Ok so I picked this '97 up last week and while I've owned lots of ever type of vehicle I've never owned a Jeep. It has a 2.5L 4cyl w/ 95k miles and an automatic transmission. I drove it 3 hours when I picked it up and while it was quite noisy it made it home ok. The AC blows cold and everything else seems to work well. This is going to be driven by my wife to work and home and maybe as a weekend cruiser. We do not camp or do the off roading thing so I don't think this Jeep will every be used for anything other than a commuter. Reliability and road friendliness will be the biggest concern. As of right now I have $2700 in it and I really don't have a budget yet but I don't want to exceed the value of the vehicle with add ons.
Things it needs that I know of so far: Complete exhaust from the manifold to the tip - brakes (the passenger rear wheel hub is dumping fluid) - both front fenders / flares - carpet / sound deadening material - top windows are cloudy.
I would like opinions / thoughts as to the best source for the parts I'll need and any short cuts that may be applicable to what I'm doing. I'm not a mechanic so I'll have to pay for everything that gets done.
Is there any solution to the rusted front fenders other than replacing them? I was thinking of trying to cut the rust out and add large fender flares. The fender thing is going to be the most expensive aspect of this as far as I can tell.
I would also like to do a mild lift (thinking 2") and a nice set of wheels/tires (found a mint set of Ravine's locally). I would also like to add a nice spare tire carrier.
Thanks in advance