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2004blacktj 03-17-2013 02:01 PM

Rebuilding/Restoring Beginner
Hey everyone, Im new here and i was looking to get some information. I am 17 years old and ended up buying a 2004 TJ with 32 mud tires as my first car and fell in love with jeeps. I now want to rebuild/restore a Cj renegade. My boss used one and just dumped one his property to die. I believe he used it to snowplow. I don't know the year, mileage, and have no clue if it runs or even of the frame is broken (i only got a quick look at it). I would like to restore/rebuild it but want to get some information on the Cj first and some tips on where to get started in the process.


Goofyjumper 03-17-2013 03:14 PM

As you may already know, JEEP equals Just Empty Every Pocket...

Restoration projects take Time and Money (Usually you can offset one with the other.)

The older the jeep is, usually the more creative you have to get with restoration because parts are not always available. With my restoration I offset cost with my time. I had to fabricate many, many parts by hand because I didn't want to buy reproduction parts and I did all the work myself because I didn't want to pay someone else to do the work.

The better the shape your starting vehicle is in then the easier the project will be. You will also need lots of space to do the project... because you will likely need to take the whole jeep apart to repair things like the frame and body.

Lastly, finding a jeep that is nearly complete with all parts can be really important. Every part has value such as tops, fenders, flares, seats, roll bar, etc. I purchased my CJ with tons of extra parts on it that the previous owner had installed for off roading. I ended up parting out about three quarters of the parts from the jeep and made back the purchase price plus some. (Craigslist can be very helpful for selling and buying parts.)

Good Luck!

2004blacktj 03-17-2013 08:16 PM

The jeep that I'm looking at seems to be fully assembled and was just left out to rot. I am worried about body rust and how would i go about removing that. Would i use a wire brush on a grinder or sand it down to the bare metal. I was thinking of taking the tub off the frame and painting the bottom and interior with truck bed liner to keep it from rusting.

2004blacktj 03-17-2013 08:29 PM

I think it looks similar to the one in this picture. i would ultimately like to get it looking like this. I don't know what it looks like now, but thats the fun in a project car. And if all goes bad then i can sell it for parts.

ztman 03-17-2013 08:30 PM

What are you going to use the cj for when you get it running? Is this a beater or do you want to do a full restore. That will determin how deep you want to get into the restore.
It doesnt matter what you use to remove the rust,ie grinder, or sander, you will probably use a lot of different tools. Its just imprortant to get all of the rust.

2004blacktj 03-17-2013 08:41 PM

i would eventually love to get it running first and then later step by step get it looking like that. I don't think i would ever go off roading with it, maybe just like an around town driver and something to take down the shore in the summer. Who knows maybe one day i may even sell it.

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