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Old 04-11-2018, 07:02 PM
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This is going to get expensive I fear.

Crawled under my little commuter today to find the source of a minor rattle. I should have done this before I bought it........

Rust is everywhere. The "plate" that holds the fuel tank up is almost rusted in half, need to replace that. The axles are covered in it. Side note here the axles look tiny so I need to find out what kind they are. I'm used to dana 44's and 60's and these are not those. The skid plate/mounting plate for the tranny and t-case has some holes rusted in it. The springs are 100% without bushings (I already posted about this but felt the need to add it here) and one of them is bent at the main and along with the other front spring has a negative arch at the axle. E-brake doesn't work after I pressed it and felt something pull apart. Started pulling the carpet just to look and surface rust is all under it. PO did some creative wiring and a little burnt smell signaled the end of the AC blower.

So here is the list of what I need to do when I get back from vacation.
Rubicon Express 2.5" lift kit.
Pull the carpet/seats/etc. Clean the rust out, treat the surfaces, rhino line it and buy new carpet.
Replace the seat belt actuators in the front as they only work once in a while.
Replace the seat belts in the rear as they are rusted internally and the fiber belts are frayed and unsafe. (I need to put a car seat back there for my little girl).
Find a family roll bar and install it.
At some point I've got to get those axles out and take the rust off of them and repaint.

Any advice would be helpful.

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Old 04-12-2018, 09:28 PM   #2
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Any advice would be helpful.
Liquidate some retirement? The penalty's only 10%...

J/K, don't do that.

Prioritize, and budget. The best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. I'd start with essentials like shoring up the wiring (a fire would be bad, ummkay). Then I'd hit the essential safety items like the belts.

Rust is a problem, but it's usually somewhat slow, especially down in our neck of the woods (I live right down the road from you in Seguin). Replace what's broken and affects basic operation for the short-term, and work on the rest in pieces over time. Look for deals and sales to save, and pick items up when they're priced right.

FWIW, I have a pretty lengthy project list too, but luckily my YJ is in pretty decent shape, so I have very few items in the "must do now" column. So this allows me to shop hard for the stuff I want, because sometimes I'm on a pretty tight budget too.

ETA: Best of luck with your project!

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2" Body Lift, 33" Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, shiny alloy wheels (PO)
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Old 04-27-2018, 01:01 AM
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Thank you greatly for the response! End goal here is to keep it looking as original as possible while upgrading what I can to improve road manners, fuel economy and safety.

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Old 04-27-2018, 09:53 AM   #4
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Take some pictures, so we can see how bad the rust is. I fear that you are going to have to replace major body components to make it safe.
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