Im hoping I can figure the picture posting out, Not to computer wise here lol. I bought this old CJ back in 1998 for $300. Luckily the frame was in MINT condition, the only area I had to fix was the rear cross member. At the time I thought I could get away with welding in some panels and run it as a trail rider lol. As you can see, their was not much left of the body. I should add that the 258 six cyl and tranny were also a strong runners.
This build at the time took me almost 3 years to complete. I lived in an apartment with my girlfriend and built it in a tiny garage with no power to it or heat. I had to run a heavy gauge extension cord and plumb in a old wood stove for heat. Those were the days lol
I ended finding a fella in Worcester who sold Jeep parts which at the time was where I worked. I bought a 87 wrangler tub off him for $300 bucks, I had to put a floor pan and weld a couple patches in. On my budget it worked.
I also bought and installed polyurethane bushings throughout the jeep. I also added a painless wiring harness to get rid of the hacked up original. The motor needed the valves redone, other than that it runs great. the odometer on the Jeep read 110,000, not sure if it's original or not, no smoke or knocking though. I also added a header and weber carb. I reused the original front CJ hood, windshield frame, all hinges, and fenders. The front of the original CJ was in great shape.
Also added was a 2 and 1/2" suspension lift that I bought used for $150. then I had my friend spray it for me after I did the body work.
Here it is finished. It roughly cost me about $5,500 including the price of the Jeep. It was a learning experience for me being my first time. I loved and hated it at times lol. The good thing is, my girlfriend at the time I built the Jeep is now my wife, I have two beautiful kids, and we still have and drive the Jeep today.
Impressive, always love to see the rebirth of a jeep.
"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted"- John Lennon
"The Jeep is a manly device. And a womanly device. An American device. It’s a fitting instrument to transport the free people of a free nation with the respect to which we are entitled and the dignity that we deserve. Okay, we’re a little crazy to have a Jeep for a daily driver. But if we go off our meds, we might wind up in a Prius"-P.J.O'rourke