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Old 03-18-2017, 11:13 AM
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95 Rust Bucket Build (Videos)

Since the weather is starting to warm up around me, and I'll finally be able to talk myself in to going out and working on the Jeep, I figured it was time to start a build thread. I don't take a ton of pictures, but I try to take video of everything for my youtube channel, so this thread will probably, mainly, be the videos of the different projects I attempts.

History of the Jeep: No Clue! I bought this, sight unseen from a guy across the state. He told me that he bought it to try and harvest the drive train for a Willys project he was working on. He told me he bought it from a co-worker and had known the Jeep for a while, and even had driven it a bunch. Sounded good to me.

Buy the Jeep: We agree on a price, and then I come to find out, the Jeep isn't running. He said he tried "everything" to get it to run, but it just won't start. We discussed the symptoms over the phone, and by the end, I'm fairly certain it was the ecm/capacitor issue. We renegotiate the price for a non-running Jeep, and he even agreed to throw it on his hauler and drag it across the state for me. (First flag up: Why was he so willing to take care of hauling it, for basically no extra $? At this point, I'm wondering what might really be wrong with it)

Jeep gets delivered, its a cold, windy, snowy, nasty day, and I'm just getting over the stomach flu, so I only give it a cursory inspection. Lots of rust, still isn't running, still convinced its the ecu from the symptoms. We conclude business, and he high tails it out of there. (Second flag raised: Take the money and run. That, in and of itself, isn't a bad thing, but since I still had a flag up from before, it just added to my wondering what he was worried I might notice)

Weather warms up for a couple of days, so I get out there to give it a better look over... Rust, rust, and more rust! At first, I'm not that upset. I have 96 XJ that I've been wrenching on for a few years, and it has been one constant battle dealing with the rust, so figured this would just be a little more of the same. As I go over it though, besides the frame repair by the rear shackles which I was figuring on... besides the rotted out rockers, rotted out fenders, and rotted out windshield frame (which you could all see from the craigslist pictures)... besides the rear quarters rotting out along the bottom (Not really noticable from the pictures)... I also notice the drivers door frame is completely disintegrated where the window frame meets the top of the door. Both front seat belts aren't functioning, rusted to the point where they're inoperable. Rust discovery, after rust discovery.

The only thing that amazes me from its generally good condition is the floor. I need to get a couple of the replacement pans for the fronts, but the rear seat and cargo area is as solid and rust free as can be. A complete shock after comparing it to the rest of the vehicle.

So, a good chunk of this build thread will be rust repair, including rebuilding the doors, fabricating a new section of the window hoop/frame, and replacing/fixing the non-functioning door handles and at least one window mechanism. God, I'm glad I got this for a really good price. Had enough left in my Jeep budget to buy a lot of the replacement parts I'll need.

I'm not big in to the lifts and giant tires, so you won't find much, if any, of that, but I do plan to do a cool airbrushed paint job it (another hobby of mine), and we'll see where else it goes from there.

So, first video is just me getting it running. It had been sitting in my driveway for three weeks... I wanted it to be warm before I started my new undertaking, but I just couldn't wait any longer, and had to pull the ecm and get those capacitors replaced so I could hear the thing run. Oh yea, now that its running, add "find and fix exhaust leak" to my growing list.

Here's the first vid, and thanks for checking out my build thread. I'll throw the pictures in from the craigslist ad after the vid.


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Old 03-18-2017, 03:47 PM   #2
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Hey Jason glad you got it running. Our Jeeps are the same colors (blue & rust). Will be keeping an eye on this thread to get some tips on chasing rust. Good luck. Dave
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