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Old 08-26-2015, 06:30 PM
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87 Wrangler Fire-Sell & Cause Advice

Our story- (my jeep & me) Bought her 2 months back. 200k on odometer, top 1/2 of performance engine re-built with 10k, 89 Cherokee running gear, hard top. I started having a blown fuze, 3x. (taillights & gages.) Got to work the other day & parked. It was in gear & ebrake engaged. About 5 min later I heard it crash into another parked car in front of it & it was really on fire! I'm CRUSHED! I have to sell her.
The only damage is everything between the front seats & the dash. All the wiring under the dash & everything meltable is gone. The only thing under the hood was wiring to the battery & there was soot above the battery on the underside of the good. Everything else under the hood, body, doors, hardtop (it was off) are perfect!
I know it's worth something to someone, but I don't want to part it out.
*Does anyone know what could've happened?!
*Since I have to sell, what is a good asking price?
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:36 PM   #2
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Where are you located?

Is the tub salvageable? Is it rusted at all?

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Old 08-26-2015, 07:19 PM   #3
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I had a mustang catch fire. Caused by a shorted alternator wire. Everything under the hood was a mess. I finally rebuilt it but I would think depending on how hot it got inside the jeep that the whole thing will need to be blasted down to bare metal and resprayed. If it was rust free before hand heat will ruin the clean surface of the metal and rust will start soon. Fire extinguishers are also extremely corrosive.
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Nor Cal about an hour from Sacramento. No, there's no rust.
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Here's the damage. Everything between the front seats & dash. I think we got it out pretty quick. Great to know about the possible extinguisher damage & rust! Interesting...
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You sure you don't want to save it? Looks like a solid rig
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:32 AM   #7
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Save it and rebuild it! I don't know about too many people who can call their jeep flame rider and mean it!
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:54 AM   #8
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So sad I want to cry, can't imagine how you feel. But I agree with others. Once the trauma is less overwhelming, rebuild, or at least think about it for a while before deciding what to sell or not. It still looks solid, don't want to make a hasty decision.
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I hate to say this, because it's a tragic loss of a nice looking Jeep. But you brought that upon yourself.

You have electrical short circuits that keep blowing the same fuse over and over. Instead of finding the short and fixing it, you just keep replacing the fuse (probably with incrementally larger fuses too...). And now you are completely bewildered by it catching on fire and can't figure out why?? So ya, that would be the cause for you. Electrical wiring fault, repeatedly ignored and protections bypassed by the owner. Live and learn. Be thankful you weren't parked next to building or in a garage.

The engine and chassis is likely scrap at 30 years old. And obviously the interior is toast (literally). You can probably sell it to someone looking for a body to use for dent or crash repair. IDK what it is worth for body salvage. Craigslist?

I don't see you "rebuilding" it after entire interior and engine bag have been electrically firebombed.
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Personally, I would try and save it. Looks like a nice platform to keep.
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There's a jeep salvage yard here in Sacramento, you might want to give them a call. They are called j&w jeep and they have it all, but they are a bit pricey.

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