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Old 11-10-2018, 09:04 PM
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Free Jeep!

Up early and saw an ad for a free Jeep, sorta local. Been looking for a freeby as a source of parts for mine, especially the rear end. Want to make a "Lincoln Locker". Drove down to check it out. Flat tire, and an automatic, so the trans is locked up (no keys). Filthy and nasty, but all there and a battery that hold (is holding, at least) a charge, and 3 usable tires.

A guy hails me from across the street and asks me about the house. Only able to tell him an ad on Craigslist said it sold at auction and the two cars there are free for the taking. Guy said that the Jeep was running last he saw anybody at the house, months ago.

Hauled ass back home to hook up the trailer and grab tools, get back there and it's still there. Start to load it, and notice it's not four wheel drive! I had no idea Chrysler made an XJ without 4x4.

Eh, I hauled it off anyway. The rear end, tires and other stuff I can make use of on mine, or get it running and have a second Dog Jeep.

Got the ignition switch removed and the steering lock by-passed, so I can roll it around the yard. Had to disconnect the drive shaft to tow it home, but that was a two-minute job (4 small bolts).

Free Jeep! Free nasty, garbage-filled ashtray of a disgusting two-wheel drive Jeep. That's what I did today.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:18 PM
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An old friend sent me this link last week:

This is the reason why old Jeep Cherokees are so expensive today

I have a '99 XJ Cherokee Sport that I bought new, in the (I'm told) rare Deep Amethyst (dark metallic purple). It has over 225,000 miles on it, but it's in great condition and still runs strong. I've been thinking for years of selling it, and I'd hoped to get $2,000 for it. After reading the article, it sounds like I might be able to get more than that.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:25 PM
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I skimmed the article for now (watching football and listening to The Pink Floyd), but maybe Free was a pretty damn good deal.

It has the L6 4.0 and it looks to be in pretty good shape. I'll update once I get it running...
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:28 PM
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It has the L6 4.0 and it looks to be in pretty good shape.
Be sure to read the 'essay' the guy wrote: The original Jeep 4.0L inline-six was hewn from a solid block of granite by lightning bolts. Its cylinders were bored by the Imperial Winds and its rotating assembly was balanced by the Scales of Justice. The Ancient Egyptians used Jeep 4.0L engines to move the blocks which built the Pyramids...
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:38 PM
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I don't believe that. I've never seen a Jeep in a hieroglyph.

But there is that guy who looks like he's Hitch-Hiking, so maybe they had the AMC Jeeps. :P
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:37 PM
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Don't you need some paperwork to make it yours?
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:43 PM
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Well, technically.
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:47 PM
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Dude, you are so lucky. Give me some lotto numbers. If I win I will share the loot with you.
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Old 11-10-2018, 11:07 PM
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Only luck I had was insomnia. Free Jeeps are pretty frequent around here, but seldom in my neck of the woods. (This makes sense if you know the area, otherwise, not a fucking lick!)

But, hey? Why tempt fate: 6, 32, 42, 43, 57 and 71.

Cut me in for 30%?

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Old 11-11-2018, 01:59 AM
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Ha! I'll play 'em. Will be in touch.
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Old 11-11-2018, 02:32 AM
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How do you know that the Craigslist ad was legit and the Jeep was yours to take? Maybe the dude across the street posted the ad so someone would haul that POS eyesore away for free.
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Old 11-11-2018, 12:10 PM
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A buddy has two identical chainsaws, he kept the second around for "parts." I made fun of that, but it makes sense in some situations. If you get it running, you can have someone drive it behind it everywhere, so that he can figure out what parts are dropping off and have a backup handy.
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Old 11-12-2018, 12:16 PM
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That straight six is a hell of an engine. It should come back to life. The tranny and the rest of the Jeep might be complete garbage, but a solid ten bucks says that engine is most likely ready to come back to life. Even if the head gasket is trash, you are only about a bill and an afternoon of wrenching to fire it up. Good nab my man!
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Old 11-12-2018, 12:34 PM
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All indications are that it is a runner. I've got an ignition switch coming ($10, by coincidence ), and am pretty confident it will fire up. It's just really dirty inside, but that don't bother me much. I'll put the kid to work cleaning it.

The tire is holding air, and the battery is still good after sitting for who knows how long. And the guy across the street from where I got it said it ran.

I'll keep you posted...
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Old 11-12-2018, 08:37 PM
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You any good at rebuilding engines?

Mix-n-match parts from the HO 4.0 and the AMC 4.2 and end up with a SHO 4.5!

https://www.4wdmechanix.com/Jeep-CJ-...er-Rebuild?r=1
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Old 11-12-2018, 08:53 PM
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A buddy has two identical chainsaws, he kept the second around for "parts." I made fun of that, but it makes sense in some situations. If you get it running, you can have someone drive it behind it everywhere, so that he can figure out what parts are dropping off and have a backup handy.
I pictured two guys riding down the highway on matching chainsaws.
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I pictured two guys riding down the highway on matching chainsaws.
Groovy.
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... And the guy across the street from where I got it said it ran.
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"Ran when parked." Yeah, never heard that before!
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:52 AM
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How do you know that the Craigslist ad was legit and the Jeep was yours to take? Maybe the dude across the street posted the ad so someone would haul that POS eyesore away for free.
This is the question I want answered!

I picture the guy coming home, "Where's my Jeep!" And the neighbor is all "I dunno."
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:36 PM
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You any good at rebuilding engines?
No. Found this out the hard way.

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I pictured two guys riding down the highway on matching chainsaws.
The "B" word? What happened to this guy?
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:20 PM
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Up early and saw an ad for a free Jeep, sorta local. Been looking for a freeby as a source of parts for mine, especially the rear end.
(post shortened)

You might want to run the VIN and get some history on the vehicle.

CARFAX is one of the companies that offers an internet lookup. Your insurance company can also run a check for you.

https://www.carfax.com/company/vehic...n-numbers-vins

Nice find (if the title and VIN are clean).
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Yay! Now all you have to do is scrounge an LS1 and scare the Bejeezus out of the next SRT you see....http://www.novak-adapt.com/knowledge...ick-gm/xj-swap or build up that 4.5 Stroker. It was on my wishlist until I sold mine...
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Old 11-14-2018, 01:32 PM
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Dude! Now you got me thinkin'. I just happen to have a low-mileage Olds 305 with matching trans sitting in the garage.
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Free Jeep? Dude, you overpaid...

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Old 11-15-2018, 03:03 AM
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Indulge my curiosity, please...

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I don't believe that. I've never seen a Jeep in a hieroglyph.

But there is that guy who looks like he's Hitch-Hiking, so maybe they had the AMC Jeeps. :P
What did you do with the internet you won the day you posted that?
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Old 11-19-2018, 03:34 PM
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Free Jeep Update!

Got the new ignition switch, plugged it in, hit start and it immediately fired up! No weird knocking, no cranking or whining, just fired and idled perfectly!

Cooling system is gungy, and needs a good cleaning, so I'll work on that. I'll reinstall the drive shaft and take it for a drive this afternoon.

So far, so good!

kaylasdad, what do you think I did with the Internet? Watched porn!
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:51 PM
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Went out driving. All forward and reverse speeds, brakes work.

Hard to determine, but I think even the A/C works!
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Old 11-20-2018, 10:24 AM
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Score! Sounds like a good pre-runner project then!
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:41 PM
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Dumb-ass kid took this thing out into the Sippy-hole that is the Back Forty and got it stuck in the mud. With the dogs. Almost dark.

I got suspicious when he didn't show up after 20 minutes and went looking.

If I had 2 foot less of chain, I wouldn't have got that sum-bitch pulled out of there.

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Wait... so you saw an ad on Craigslist advertising a Jeep for free, you went there, did not speak to the owner, and towed it off for parts. Is that right?

I gotta say, I would have some reservations about that.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:26 AM
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I thought jeeps couldn't get stuck? Ain't that what they're for?
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I thought jeeps couldn't get stuck? Ain't that what they're for?
Gatopescado's free Jeep is not 4WD.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:40 AM
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Oh. Okay. My bad.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:05 AM
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What is a 'sippy hole'? A mud puddle with a straw in it?
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A deep mile 'o mud.
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Free Jeep Update!

Got the new ignition switch, plugged it in, hit start and it immediately fired up! No weird knocking, no cranking or whining, just fired and idled perfectly!

Cooling system is gungy, and needs a good cleaning, so I'll work on that. I'll reinstall the drive shaft and take it for a drive this afternoon.

So far, so good!

kaylasdad, what do you think I did with the Internet? Watched porn!
Simplest way to clean out the cooling system is to drain it, refill with vinegar, run for 1/2 hour, drain and refill with fresh antifreeze.

A good supermarket sells store-brand vinegar by the gallon at a reasonable price.
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