|12-07-2012 12:04 AM|
Ran into a ton of speed bumps but overall I feel pretty good about it. My dad keeps on giving it weird looks with all of the dirt, paint chips, etc. but I think he will get over it.
|12-06-2012 11:49 PM|
|Throwmorepartsatit||Holy shit, not only did you get a great deal , but with all the "running around like a Chicken with your head cut off" you earned it. Grats|
|12-06-2012 11:46 PM|
The problem on the driver side door is that there probably isn't a mechanism. Lock on the inside just spins when you push it. The passenger side you can move the lever from unlocked to locked fine. I may give that a try though now that you mention it and see if that would make the locks work. Only reason I need them to work is for insurance purposes.
I looked more at the suspension today in person and I'm thinking that this is just a leveling spacer and not a budget boost spacer (couldn't find a spacer in the rear). Could someone confirm?
|12-06-2012 10:53 PM|
Glad to hear you got it, congrats.
I had problems with one of my door locks and a quick cleaning and lubing of the inner mechanism worked wonders.
Good luck with the Jeep!
|12-06-2012 10:27 PM|
|mhills16||the guy finally got attitude because like me reading he was annoyed to the max with all the newb questions and so on lol. but we all have to learn|
|12-06-2012 10:26 PM|
|mhills16||i would have bought it the day i saw it and would have gotten $10,500 within 3 days here at Ft Campbell.|
|12-06-2012 10:25 PM|
|mhills16||wow..i was getting annoyed reading this whole thread lol.. bottom line, I like most here am very experienced with jeeps, and i buy and sell them alot. That is a $10500 jeep all day AS IS with or without the title/carfax history. a big majority of TJ's locks dont work. Most jeep owners do not lock their doors, why would you waste money fixing a lock for your door? all they have to do is cut/rip your soft top or unzip your rear. So, if you like replacing soft tops, get your locks fixed, or just leave it unlocked and keep valuables out of it. just my 2 cents.|
|12-06-2012 10:08 PM|
Well, finally had a chance to post an update.
Got the Jeep home in one piece!
Loaded the soft top into the back of my mothers van so I'll have to pull that out sometime tomorrow and clean it off. It looks like a mess. I'll try and get pictures of everything tomorrow.
Once I got it home, I did notice that the doors WILL NOT lock. The driver side door won't lock from the inside or outside and the passenger side door will only lock from the inside. I'm not sure if it's the mechanism itself or if these are doors off another Jeep that were not made to work with the current key. My parents aren't too thrilled about this but I told them that as long as I kept it clean, I rather have someone open the door and look around then slash thing windows and have to deal with that.
How much would it run me to get the doors fixed to work with my current key?
Also, the bedlining of the tub was poorly rolled on. It looks like they did it AFTER they installed the Tuffy console so the whole bottom of the console is yellow if you open it up. Hopefully if I have time this summer, that can be one of my projects to put a new coat on. Would this be a bad idea to put a coat on top of what's already there?
Other than those things above and the leaks, it looks good. A few scrapes and dents but what Jeep doesn't?
|12-05-2012 11:27 PM|
I'll try and post pictures when I get back if it isn't too dark.
I'll probably start a build thread soon on small modifications I'll be doing. I'll be strapped for cash paying it off/buying parts and saving for school but it'll make a fun project.
|12-05-2012 11:20 PM|
|G-LOVE||Great story so far. Good Luck, and congratulations!|
|12-05-2012 07:02 PM|
Talked to the mechanic at the Ford Shop.
He said everything looks good. Tires just need to be balanced and it'll be fine.
As for the leaks, he said they are very small and I could get away with driving it as long as I check all of the oil levels every once and a while. If I go ahead and get the seals fixed, I won't have to worry. He said all the seals were just basic seal fixes.
He did say that it has been regeared, he didn't open up the axle to find out (more of a fee for us) but he said it felt like 5.13 or MAYBE 4.88.
He said to fix the steering wheel I would just have to have it realigned. It was driving straight and was aligned except for the steering wheel being set. It was a little pricey there so I'll find somewhere local that can do it.
Rear brakes are still hard and he told us that with that big of tires and that high of lift, it'll be like that. He said the rear brakes were drum so I'll upgrade to a big brake kit hopefully soon when I have the money.
Other than the small leaks, he said it's a well put together Jeep. He sounded like if we didn't buy it that he probably would.
We're going over to pick it up tomorrow afternoon. Can't wait!
|12-05-2012 03:33 PM|
It's over at the Ford shop as I write this so the whole deal is riding on what they find.
|12-04-2012 10:37 PM|
|Indy900||Tough to do, but waiting for the next one might be the best option. Quick search locally turned up a salvage title 04 with under 60k miles for 7500. I'd wait for a clean title jeep with no excuses.|
|12-04-2012 06:05 AM|
|12-04-2012 12:33 AM|
I hear ya. Parents just don't want to see me get a POS and watch me try and dig myself out of a money pit.
The ball is in the guy's court now. We called the Ford shop and had a ticket made out so ANY mechanic can check it out. All he has to do is get it over there and we have a deal. Just want to make sure the frame isn't bent. He said $7,600 is his BOTTOM number even if it does have problems.
Hopefully we work something out...
|12-03-2012 11:04 PM|
|12-03-2012 12:56 PM|
The guy went over to the Ford place this morning and the mechanic we had talked to wasn't working today. Instead of asking for someone else to do the work OR giving us a call, he left and went to another shop to get it checked over. Didn't have any of the things checked that we wanted but we did find out that the radiator is leaking, axle seals are leaking and the trans seals are leaking. At this point I'm really ticked off with the guy but I'm going to try and get him to go back over to the Ford shop and get it checked out.
Edit: Looks like the deal is off. He is now refusing to take it anywhere and says he is selling it "AS IS". It's really his fault because he didn't take it where we told him.
I'm going to try and see if I can get him to come to his senses but if not, I'll just have to start looking again.
|11-30-2012 04:07 PM|
|KILRIK||Did some searching and found a shop just outside of Parsons that said they could look over the body, frame etc but they don't do mechanical stuff and said they allow the local Ford Dealership/Shop to do all of their mechanical work. We gave the Ford place a call, worked out a time and everything and the owner said he would take the Jeep over there on Monday. Hopefully everything checks out and I'll be a fellow Jeeper soon!|
|11-30-2012 12:02 AM|
I have the ad bookmarked. Here's the description:
Now we're trying to locate a mechanic in Parsons, TN that we can trust and not one that he recommends (to avoid any hand shaking going on). If anyone knows of a Shop in Parsons/Lexington that is a good reputable mechanic, let me know ASAP. I think I may have found a place so we're going to give them a call tomorrow and see if we can have it checked out (it's in Lexington but that's close enough) tomorrow and hopefully come to a deal.
Here's the link to the place I'm talking about:
|11-29-2012 10:03 PM|
From my observations pricing these, the rebuilt title will drive the price down - irrespective of cause. This should be a consideration if you plan to resell it at any point in the near future. A theft recovery is generally favorable to a wreck, unless the thief went wild and stripped everything/damaged parts in the process. All pricing guides are dependent on a clean title, so salvage drops valuation below the least favorable price - usually private party fair/poor condition.
All that said, KBB (for one) quotes Fair in the 8's, and this one has some quality upgrades. Again, if you plan to resell, the buyer will likely expect a good discount over a clear title vehicle, even if yours is cleaner.
Best of luck in getting the information you need.
|11-28-2012 11:49 PM|
Haven't bought it yet. Trying to contact the guy to meet and pick it up tomorrow and take it to my mechanic. Hopefully he will reply in time tomorrow for me to go and pick it up.
He may have just deleted one of the ads because he still has the ad under my city up.
|11-28-2012 11:17 PM|
|SeVeReDiStOrTiOn||Did you buy it? The craigslist ad says it was deleted by author.|
|11-28-2012 10:25 PM|
I guess I won't try and haggle with him. If something does come up during the inspection, I may try and talk him down just a bit.
|11-28-2012 09:05 PM|
|Coastiejeep||Pending damage from the wreck, I would also take it to a body/ frame shop. 7800 is not bad your getting a 2200 transfer case, lift guessing another 800-1500 (pending the lift and controll arms), then 1200 in tires and rims, 600 on the winch. All in all seems like it could be a good deal|
|11-28-2012 08:42 PM|
I'm thinking that $7,800 is a fair deal seeing how with all the upgrades on it + the price of the Jeep would go for around $14,000 or so with a clean title.
I remembered someone telling me that they had picked up a rebuilt bone stock that drove fine for like $5,000. With all the stuff on this Jeep I think it's a fair deal. If anything pops up during the inspection, I may talk him down a couple hundred depending on the problem.
|11-28-2012 07:32 PM|
Weird stuff is weird, but doesn't effect the deal as a whole. Salvage title for theft is a bit different than damage, but as you are finding out, salvage regs are different state to state.
The part I'm hung up on is progressive as an insurance company. I will never again have anything to do with any insurance company that will not insure people because of the breed of dog they have.
If the jeep is worth it to you and you can license it, insure it, and it runs out alright then why not buy it?
|11-28-2012 06:51 PM|
|11-28-2012 03:16 PM|
|free78||Rebuilt title, it took him awhile to come clean with the story and who knows if that is the truth. I would start lower than $7800 and see what happens.|
|11-28-2012 02:53 PM|
|KILRIK||Question still stands, if it everything checks out should I go through with the $7,800 we agreed on or try and haggle with him because of the rebuilt title? I'm thinking the price is pretty fair for what it is, what do you guys think?|
|11-27-2012 08:34 PM|
Gave the capital a call and they told me that I personally do not have to keep any records other than what I personally have done to it. All records from previous owners have to be pulled by my insurance from the state. I went ahead and called my insurance back and a different agent backed that up. He also said that the first agent we talked to was right, there is a 4" max height for lifted vehicles so I'll have to keep an eye on that if I want to be insured (also if I want to fit the thing in my garage for that matter).
Trying to work out something with the guy to have him drop it by my mechanic Friday morning to have it looked over.
If everything looks good, is that a good price? He sounded pretty firm on the $7,800 so I may just leave it alone. What do you guys think?
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