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Project "Free Jeep" a.k.a Project "FJ" - part #12
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(12/06/06) Had to go down to CT for a week to do some work, but when I got back, I was pleasantly surprised with what was here and what I had scored when I was down there. From the last update, I had ordered paint, brake and steering parts on-line and was waiting for them to come in. Knowing another one of the areas I don't skimp on when building a Jeep was the wiring harness, I have been on the lookout for one to come up in craigslist or eBay.

There was one on eBay that I had been watching and knowing that the cheapest I can find them is over $400.00, I saw one that was about $350.00, so I waited and bid and won it. Upon talking with the guy, turned out he was in Stamford, CT where I was, so I went down and picked it up, saved me $20.00 in shipping charges. What happened next was just unbelievable.
He had a bunch of parts he says that were for a project that they aren't going to do anymore and wondered if I wanted to take a look. We drive down the street and sure enough, he has a ton of parts. I was able to score a NEW hood, NEW Mopar Grille Shell, and finally a NEW set of fenders for a great price. He has a ton more parts, so I am waiting for him to get back to me on what else he has and what he is looking for price wise.

So, while I was reeling from that experience, I was on my way home from CT when I stopped at my favorite tool place in Wallingford, CT called Metro Tools on rt. 5 to see about a blast cabinet to sandblast a lot of the smaller parts that we will be doing for this build-up. They were out of stock, but reluctantly sold me the floor model, 30% off, don't have to assemble it and it looks brand new. I have to put the gloves on and assemble some of the inside stuff, but I should just be able to hook it up and go. Not bad for $200.00 and he helped me put it in the truck.
All the parts that I got from the guy in CT are wrapped up in cardboard still and still haven't been unwrapped, that is why you see the pictures as I have them in the boxes. Just wanted to give an update as to where we were. I am not sure if we will use these parts on the "FJ" project or not. I have a hood and a grille shell. I might sell them on eBay to re-coup some of this cash I am shelling out.

Also, I threw in a picture of the dust shield as that is supposed to be how it looks, not like the other ones that I yanked off and immediately threw in the garbage. Also, NOTE: I bought a set of extended brake lines from someone on one of the forums that said they were for a disc brake setup. Obviously they are not according to the package. He sent me a picture of the auction that he bought. I suggest that you make sure that you get a picture of the exact stuff you are getting or you will be faced with a set of lines that you can't use.

cb (12/06/06)
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