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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-09-2002, 10:55 AM
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Getting started on the Heep resto....

Well, partial resto. The wife is hellbent on getting the jeep roadworthy (or maybe off-roadwhorthy [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] )
I know this is going to be THE weekend project for the winter and is going to be a major "can of worms" Here is the beginnings of the list (not in any particular order)

- Pull engine and tranny (have the space, tools and means)
There are enough little things wrong with both that it warrants pulling, plus I want the experience under my belt. I've had the engine out of my Impala, but not the jeep...

- new wheels and tires
- Needs new Seats
- Fix some body damage
- install cage thats been sitting in the shop
- TR upgrade
- HEI???
- New top (mice got hungry)
- Minor electrical work....
- Mild lift

Yikes, now I am nervous....
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Re: Getting started on the Heep resto....

Being a fellow VTer, I hope you have a good heater in your shop if is going to be the winter project. Sounds like you are in for a ful learning experence. Good luck.
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Re: Getting started on the Heep resto....

I know you weren't asking for advice but I'd recommend you label all parts, keep parts in labeled bags, take lots of pics and notes. I am finally getting to putting my Heep back together, a year and half after tearing it apart, and am having a helluva time finding all the pieces and remembering where they go. Good luck.
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Re: Getting started on the Heep resto....

I still recommend shiney "First-Aid" tape and a "Sharpie" for marking parts, hoses, and wiring. My dad used every type of tag possible (except Tyvec[img]images/icons/blush.gif[/img]) in an attempt to find one that held up and would stay put for years. Most tags will fade after a few months in the weather/sun, will fall/tear off after getting wet or oily, or get hung and forcably removed if secured by string/wire. He went to Johnson&Johnson FirstAid tape and a permanent marker after the first 10 years and much of what he labeled is still legible after almost 20 years of sun, rain, wind, & multiple moves. HTH
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Re: Getting started on the Heep resto....

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" new wheels and tires
- Needs new Seats
- Fix some body damage
- install cage thats been sitting in the shop
- TR upgrade
- HEI???
- New top (mice got hungry)
- Minor electrical work....
- Mild lift "
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Hate to tell but not one thing above relates to what you should be doing after you get the drive train out.
I thought you said you want to make it reliable?
How about starting with the frame ...
Wire wheel, inspect, repair and paint.
Brake system ... don't open it up unless you want to totally replace it.
But do inspect, maybe rebuild the slaves, brake job.
How bout all that wiring? does it work? Fix it.
Scrub and paint the firewall.
Check steering mountings. Time for new ball joints? Tie rod?
Any holes in the floor boards? Now's the time...
Etc, etc. etc....
THEN go back to your list ...
Have fun, do it right, and you'll gain confidence and pride in your ride.
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