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    A week ago last Saturday my son calls me up and says: "Dad, what are you doing tomorrow"?

    I reply: "I don't know, not much, why"?

    "Do the trailer lights work?"

    "They did when I parked it two years ago the last time I used it to tow for you"

    "Let's go to South Tahoe tomorrow. I am buying a TJ".

    "How much"?

    "1750"

    At this point I am thinking:"What's wrong with it"?

    So Sunday morning we hook up the trailer and find the lights don't work. The mother of all electrical gremlins has invaded my wiring. First there is power to the plug then not. Then we have brake lights with jumper wires, but plugged in only one and on and on. By noon he is getting a little antsy and says: "If I get some magnetic ones, will that help"? So off to town he goes and returns with some magnetic towing lights. We plug them in to my other existing four prong plug and they all work. Go figure.

    So off we go, really late for a four and a half hour drive to get to South Lake Tahoe. Past the shortest mountain range in the world.



    Just another CA volcano. Past Old Sacramento, nicely visible from the Interstate. Officially a ghost town within a metropolis when I was a Kid.





    Stopped in Hangtown for gas.



    And on up to the lake. It is just a wee little puddle. Here is a view across the short side.



    I lived here when I grew up, but the lake is so big I had never been down to the south end but twice all the time I lived there. I had never been on US HWY 50 either past Hangtown. So a new experience for me. (I lived two blocks from the lake at the far left edge) The weather was good and no snow on the roads. I hate towing on snow covered roads. So we get there about 4:30 and start loading up.



    So you say, why so cheap? Well, this had been on Craig's List for an unbelievable month. The guy was wanting to be honest about it. Very high miles, horrible transmission leak, some parts gone and sold. It had a hard top, which he got good money for. A few other things were gone, like the radio and glove box. Then Paul (HUM WEE JR) asked the right question. "How much stuff do you have that wasn't sold"? A couple of trips later we had a lot stuff brought out and in the back of the pick up it went. By now it is getting dark and we need to get started. Stopped at Taco Bell and made a sharp turn to get in and rolled one of the tires off the rim. I hate tapered beads. We can't get enough air in to seat it and it is Sunday night after five and Paul has to be at work bright and early and his daughter Emily has to be at school. So we park the trailer and back down the hill we go. Now you have to understand, we don't have towing trips, we have towing adventures. Got back to the house at 10 PM, I crashed and Paul left for Grass Valley.

    The next day I was up at the lake by 10AM with a jack and tools and took the tire down to the tire shop. It only took them 15 minutes with state of the art tools to get air in that tire. Five bucks well spent. Besides, they had the coolest parrot loose in the office. I had lunch, hooked up and on the road by noon. Now why couldn't this have happened yesterday?

    So, here is the deal. We were expecting to be rebuilding an AW4 tranny. I stepped out on faith and bought a front seal hoping that might be it. There were so many drips off it that you couldn't tell exactly where it was coming from. But the majority of them were under the bell housing. So the following Sunday after going to Table Mountain together we threw a a cheap used top on and put some oil in the tranny and started it up and backed it off the trailer. Here is what it looked like in less than a minute.





    I didn't take rocket science to figure out the leak was in the front. So we pulled up to the shop and I dug out some spare braided stainless steel hose and tossed it to him and in a few minutes he had it on. Topped of the tranny and took it for a spin. Works perfectly. Sure glad I didn't have to pull that oil covered tranny. I think we need to wheel it so we can get rid of that excess oil now.
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    WOW.
    Great story, amazing CL find, and an amazing start to what could potentially be the cheapest TJ build platform in recorded history!
    5" lift, 33's. Armored, Lighted, Chipped, & Locked up Front. Soon to come: winch, gears, axle shafts, and more...
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    It might be. He is talking mild lift and stuff. So we shall see
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    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Very nice!! I love it when seemingly huge problems have such a simple fix! Makes the "towing adventure" that much more worth it!

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    All right here's the story.
    Craigslist add # 1. One 1998 T.J. no top, no doors, no mirrors, no glove box, no back seat, no carpet, no back seat, has transmission leak, something making right front tire ware uneven. 2500 or best offer.
    Paid 1750

    Craigslist add # 2
    Soft top with all hardware no upper doors 250
    Went to Sacramento bought the top in the dark. It didn't look as good in the daylight, missing roll bar mount bracket
    Paid 250

    Craigslist add # 3
    T.J. soft doors 250 T.J. mirror with windshield pillar mount brackets 30.
    Went to auburn got doors, mirrors and somehow a crome trailer hitch that I didn't even know was for sale untill it was in my hands.
    Paid 200

    Went to junk yard bought 3rd mirror paid 6.50

    Total so far 2206.50 not bad for a week of Craigslist shopping!
    Stay tuned for more.
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    Nice hunting Paul! 1750 for a tj. Not much better than scoring a good deal. Making me want to search for one, oh yeah, money. Hmmm.
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    coolies...v8 it
    keeping it red........

    I DRIVE A BARBIE JEEP

    Quote Originally Posted by XJ4IV
    .... lol Im a jerk tonight!
    Originally Posted by bigjim350 View Post
    Think I would go that crazy too if my Jeep turned white

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    Quote Originally Posted by cantab27 View Post
    coolies...v8 it
    Watch your mouth, I have enough projects already
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    Wow Steve ya need to make a clone bro
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    That would be fun. Maybe we can saw this one in half and the other half will grow back
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    Quote Originally Posted by cantab27 View Post
    coolies...v8 it
    Already thought about it, but... Spending the money elsewhere. Maybe next tax return. He he.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    That would be fun. Maybe we can saw this one in half and the other half will grow back
    Oh there will be some cutting and welding and grinding and .........

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    And who is doing said fab work?

    And guess who didn't pull his battery cable before departing for parts unknown.
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    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hum Wee JR View Post
    Already thought about it, but... Spending the money elsewhere. Maybe next tax return. He he.
    ya old man will spring for a 8.........eh steve..
    keeping it red........

    I DRIVE A BARBIE JEEP

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    Think I would go that crazy too if my Jeep turned white

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    If I spring for one, I get it and he can have the 4.3

    Probably have to change my username to LS1 or something
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
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    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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