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Old 04-30-2014, 09:02 AM   #1
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Fix YJ or get TJ

Okay so I am kind of torn over this decision. I am 16 and my first car is an old 1993 Jeep YJ that needs a significant amount of body work and some interior and engine work. I bought it for $2000 keep in mind. I know a decent amount about cars and will learn more. In a couple of years I will have enough money for a newer model TJ. Should I get the newer TJ for about 8-9000 or just pimp out my YJ. I was planning on lifts, full body work, new fenders, just fix nearly everything.

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Old 04-30-2014, 09:28 AM   #2
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Depends. I would rather make the yj mine and perfect for me. Rather than buy someone else's baby. That's assuming you can do the work. Or you want to learn to do the work and can afford to.

You're definitely going to have your work cut out for you. Restoring a yj is a lot of work. And when you get it restored and think you're done then the mod bug hits and you have a list of things you want to change.

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Old 04-30-2014, 09:50 AM   #3
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Depends. I would rather make the yj mine and perfect for me. Rather than buy someone else's baby. That's assuming you can do the work. Or you want to learn to do the work and can afford to.

You're definitely going to have your work cut out for you. Restoring a yj is a lot of work. And when you get it restored and think you're done then the mod bug hits and you have a list of things you want to change.
I would still probably mod the tj a little when I get it. I have heard the ride is a little better in the tj. The rust is terrible in some spots on my yj and im not sure how I could fix it. The previous owner even welded a new front left fender, and an area by the passengers feet because they rusted through. The other fender has rusted through too. I could post some pictures later. I want someone to tell me if its worth to fix up.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:00 AM   #4
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I want someone to tell me if its worth to fix up.
Pictures would definitely help. And everyone has different views of what is salvageable.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:00 PM   #5
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Pictures would definitely help. And everyone has different views of what is salvageable.
Sorry I took so long but here are a few..
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I've seen worse. How does the frame look? Body work is less of an issue than frame work, but both can be fixed if you have the tools and skills. Sounds like a great project for you to learn some new skills. This forum is here to answer all your questions.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:25 AM   #7
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I've seen worse driving down the road. And if that's the only rust on the jeep then you're in good shape. The frame is the most important part. I'm assuming since you didn't put any pictures up of a rusty frame yours is in decent shape. If your frame isn't in good shape, post some pictures of it. I think we've probably seen every stage of frame rust imaginable. So we could better tell you if its worth it.

For the fenders I would cut the rust out and make tube fenders. Or buy tube fenders if you want to replace those.
The body under the jeep logo I would cut out a square around the rusted area. Then weld in a square of similar gauge steel. Prime and paint the bare steel. Then put some type of rocker guard on there, and it'll be like it never happened.
The corner of the tub is trickier. Just use the same procedure as above really. But it'll be more challenging to bend the piece to the right curve.

Or you could do all the metal work and leave it bare. Then prep, prime,sand, prep and paint it. Or even bedline the outside. If I had a jeep I rebuilt and painted myself, high school would have been more fun.
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Why not do both? Buy a Base TJ so you have something to drive while wrenching on the YJ.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:43 PM   #9
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I've seen worse driving down the road. And if that's the only rust on the jeep then you're in good shape. The frame is the most important part. I'm assuming since you didn't put any pictures up of a rusty frame yours is in decent shape. If your frame isn't in good shape, post some pictures of it. I think we've probably seen every stage of frame rust imaginable. So we could better tell you if its worth it.

For the fenders I would cut the rust out and make tube fenders. Or buy tube fenders if you want to replace those.
The body under the jeep logo I would cut out a square around the rusted area. Then weld in a square of similar gauge steel. Prime and paint the bare steel. Then put some type of rocker guard on there, and it'll be like it never happened.
The corner of the tub is trickier. Just use the same procedure as above really. But it'll be more challenging to bend the piece to the right curve.

Or you could do all the metal work and leave it bare. Then prep, prime,sand, prep and paint it. Or even bedline the outside. If I had a jeep I rebuilt and painted myself, high school would have been more fun.
Hmm i'm not sure if i'm comfortable about welding, as I have never done it before. I don't want to mess up lol & here is some other pictures of the bottom of it..
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Why not do both? Buy a Base TJ so you have something to drive while wrenching on the YJ.
Idk it might be too long and plus I would probably sell this one after a couple fixes to another guy to put money toward my next one.
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Here are some more pictures.. i'm kind of jealous of my moms Jeep in the last one it's a 2011 haha
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I would call it all fixable. But not for the faint of heart. There's people on here that have brought jeeps back from looking like that. But I think we'll all agree its a hell of a project to take on at 16.

If you're willing to learn and you want to fix it I would go for it. We all on this forum can help any way you need.

But if you have doubts, you can probably get your money back and save to buy a nicer yj! I suppose you could get a tj too.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:49 PM   #13
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I would call it all fixable. But not for the faint of heart. There's people on here that have brought jeeps back from looking like that. But I think we'll all agree its a hell of a project to take on at 16.

If you're willing to learn and you want to fix it I would go for it. We all on this forum can help any way you need.

But if you have doubts, you can probably get your money back and save to buy a nicer yj! I suppose you could get a tj too.
Yeah it is a big project.. I could possibly work on it in my auto-shop at my school. It would be a lot cheaper than a normal shop and has all the equipment I need. I will most likely get it partially fixed like the rust, I planned on painting it like a matte black, i'm also getting a new soft top this one is 7 yrs old. I already have it planned to fix the back right spring and the master cylinder. I would like a manual on how to do some of the stuff like fixing the wiring under the dash. Do you know where I could get one or find one? It will be fun though and summer is coming soon!
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:59 PM   #14
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Do both, keep the YJ, make it into a trail machine, and buy the TJ, pimp it out for light wheeling, and have fun!

Until you get married and SHE makes you sell one to buy a Minivan....
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:11 PM   #15
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Do both, keep the YJ, make it into a trail machine, and buy the TJ, pimp it out for light wheeling, and have fun! Until you get married and SHE makes you sell one to buy a Minivan....
I'm not sure if I would have the money to do both.. But haha nah she won't get a minivan it'll have to be a 4 door wrangler! Lol

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