I have a new TJ project in the garage. Fortunately/Unfortunately it is not mine. I say fortunately because I don't get to spend enough money on my own TJ, much less two TJs. I say unfortunately because...hey, it would be fun to have two.
My buddy picked this up from a friend of his. She was moving up north (from central Texas) and just picked up a Tahoe, so she needed to get rid of the Jeep. She sold it to him for $2000 and that is where it starts for us.
*I will note that my wife gave me full permission to buy it myself if he didn't.....can't pass up a TJ for $2000*
For $2000 you wouldn't expect too much; however, it is a great starting point for a tame build. It was her daily driver and started life in Colorado. From there went back and forth from San Antonio to Houston. It has about 145k miles on it. It's s SE, so all that implies (4cyl, 5spd, d30/d35, etc). It is pretty bare bones, but has a newer stereo, newer front seats, newer Bestop soft top, and a tow hitch.
The final destination of this Jeep is somewhat unknown. My buddy might sell it after fixing it up or he might keep it for his daughter to drive in the next year.
You might wonder why it is in my garage.....
I've got the space and the tools. My three car garage will satisfy the space to work on this and I have the 'knowledge' of where to go with this thing.
First order of business is a bath. The Jeep, not me. The top is in good shape but you can't tell because it is so dirty. The rest of the Jeep is filthy from being bounced around the oil fields outside San Antonio for the last couple of years.
After it's clean, the top will come off to aid in cleaning the interior. It seems having a clean slate is the best way to start addressing what needs attention, and in what order.
Things I know from a short drive with it:
needs new brakes
needs an alignment
needs lift/wheels with different offset
needs new shocks
likely needs a host of new bushings
All that said, it actually drives pretty well...just a little sloppy.
It needs a new driver's front fender (let me know if you have one ) and needs a lot of surface rust cleaning underneath.
We're going to do a tune-up and the brakes soon, and the fuel gauge doesn't work, so we need to address that.
I am going to work on a lot of the cosmetic junk in spare time. We might throw an inexpensive lift on it to give it a little edge. The springs sag and the shocks need to be replaced, so a small lift might be in order. We'll likely go with some black steelies and 3X" tires.
Once we get it clean, we'll decide if it's getting a complete paint job, or just the front clip (after new fender). Black is hard to match so I am pushing for full paint.
Ha, mine has the same rust spot starting on the drives fender... Good luck with the build, and nice buy.
I know a lot of things, most of them are only correct in my own head...
Better to be judged by twelve then carried by six. I'm sure this is going to get me in trouble down the line
2000 sport, 5speed, 1-1/4 body lift, 3" zone, metal cloak front fenders, metal cloak control arms, 4.88, 35" cooper stt.
I am thinking about making another one for this TJ. I haven't done anything with the other half of my sheet of MDF. Even if we don't put a sub in it, I could at least make the trunk portion. I do have an extra 10" sub, so we'll see.
Sounds pretty good. I messed up when cutting the hole for the terminal. i forgot and cut it too low :/ It left a small hole where air escapes from, gotta fix it. You can see that i covered the outside of it with a piece of wood. I also elevated the amp, which gave me a vibrating problem that was really loud, so as a temporary fix i stuffed a rag under it, probably not a good thing for heat but oh well. Also I only put one coat on it so i have to do another which sucks cause getting that box in is a bitch.
All credit goes to you though man. The dimensions were straight on. Im playing all these songs on my ipod and they all sound brand new haha.
You wouldn't want that 'extra' sub I have. It's a Sony Exploder 10" from a buddy's old project.
The enclosure looks great. Now I see what you mean about how light the Herculiner went on. That is actually pretty nuts how light it is. Even as a first coat, it should've been a lot thicker than that and given even coverage. A second coat should only have been needed to thicken it all up.
yea hopefully ill get a thick coat on it. My next project is to make all my trimming red and get rid of this stupid white double stripe that goes down the sides. I'm excited
What trim are you painted red?...inside I presume. Heat up the stripes with a hair dryer. It will help a lot. Keep it moving though, or you'll burn the paint.
If I'm not busy with leveling kit installs on Sunday, I'll likely start the lift(s) install....parts will be at the house by Thursday. Hopefully I get back to town before the UPS guy makes it to the house; otherwise my wife will have about 400 pounds of "stuff" to pull off the front porch into the garage.
There was also a 4" YJ kit, Bestop auto-drop steps, Bestop oversized tire carrier, and a couple other do-dads in that same shipment
By trims I mean the headlight bezel, grill inserts, jeep logo on the swaybar cover, jeep and wrangler logos on the sides, and I might add some. Then I'm also going to paint some of the interior. Going to be cool.
Your wife is a champ. Those "U-shaped heavy things" are exactly that. Heavy.
Just thinking the same. My back was really acting up last week so I couldn't lift much. Fed Ex left a nice but heavy 65 pound winch on the doorstep. She carried it in. We need to give our wives and girlfriends a lot of credit on how they help out with our "obsessions" (aka-Jeep).
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