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Old 05-11-2010, 07:00 PM
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trying to make a safe daily driver for the winter

Hello All

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I have a 1991 Wrangler with 161,000 miles, completely stock, with 4.0 and 5 speed I have owned it for 12 years. It was bought from the original owner for my sons who shared and used it through high school and college. It was their daily driver for 10 years and it has sat off to the side of my drive way the past 2 years. I would start it up a couple of times a year and take it around the block. Always strated no problems ...doesn't even drip any oil or grease. Last year the brake lines went and I had those replaced...right now the power steering hoses went and I am replacing those.

I have the urge to get a new HP car and use the Jeep in the winter etc. I live in NE Ohio so a Jeep comes in handy here. But I would like a safe vehicle for highway driving 40 -50 miles a day

The question is were to start??? It needs to be cleaned and degreased, engine and front end..any suggestions??

The floor pans need work...were to start

and for safety I am thinking of replacing the front end?? All of the rubber grometts, bushing etc are original and are cracked dried out etc. then the brakes and I should be OK

I would like to hear everyones thoughts and suggestions...also any recomended books on repair and dismanteling...maybe I take it down to the frame, I just don't know yet

thanks in advance

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Brakes, steering, suspension; in that order. Chilton's are good enough for what you want to do. Floor pans and bushings don't contribute to safety, they only make the ride nicer.

Once you have the safety factors r&r'd go after cleaning up the frame and body rust. It's no fun dumping big bucks in a vehicle to have it turn to swiss cheese. When it looks really nice it makes spending money on suspension, engine and interior upgrades seem very worth while.

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Old 05-11-2010, 09:59 PM   #3
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For a repair book, go to advanced auto parts and get a haynes repair manual. It has just about EVERYTHING you can think of in it. You can get it for around 25 bucks, it has easily saved me thousands of dollars in labor costs.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:09 PM   #4

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Welcome. crown automotive makes nice after market parts for Jeeps, as do lots of other companies.. I would start with a frame inspection to make sure all is well there first. Then fix the brakes and steering.. then see what else needs help.
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Welcome to the forum! I have learned a ton here and saved some bucks doing things myself. Most folks on here know what they're talking about and offer advice that is extremely helpful. Hope you figure it out.
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Hello All

Thanks for the input.

How does one check a frame to see if the frame is sound. I see obvious surface rust on the frame but that doesn't mean that its swiss cheese

where are the most likely places to check etc?


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Old 05-12-2010, 08:27 PM   #7
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check the frame at the spring hangers and shock mount and the power steering bracket.
get under the jeep with a wire brush and clean those areas and inspect it for stress cracks and rust . if none is found spray the spots you cleaned with a little primer and paint.

sounds like the jeep was taken care of and you know the history so you are well ahead of where most of us start.

and welcome to the wf i hope one of use on here can help you with all your questions.

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