Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Palmyra, WI
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Re: Build a jeep from scratch ???
I started with a '83 CJ-7 that was junk from rust...frame, body, etc. I used an AFW frame, 4WD Hardware tub/fenders, replaced all steering/brake components, new suspension, urethane bushings, s.s brake lines, s.s. hinges, new wheels/tires, windshield and frame, radiator ... and on and on. About the only thing I didn't touch was the driveline. Other than fuel injection and a twin stick, the drivetrain is all stock and 160,000 miles old. I re-used my wiring harness, dash (new Auto meter gauges though) seats, and the tailgate and hood are original. I spent nearly $16,000 (I'm afraid to add up the recipts, but this is how much the large orders came to). I also painted it myself.
Think very carefully before you jump into a project this deep! I could have bought a southern (rust free) Jeep, lifted and tires and had enough left over to build my Dream car, '68 Road Runner!