50-Foot FSJ

Jp Magazine - - Mailbag -

I just bought an FSJ. She looks great from a dis­tance, but af­ter I looked it over re­ally close I think I’m way over my head. My big con­cerns are frame and un­der­car­riage rust. There is body rust on the fire­wall. The sus­pen­sion and steer­ing are all shot. The brake lines are rusty. The fuel tank has a rust hole leak. There is a whole lot of ama­teur wiring and the doors flare out at the bot­tom and fill with water when it rains. I’m hop­ing for sug­ges­tions, but I would also ap­pre­ci­ate if some of you would lie to me and tell me every­thing will be ok.

Brian Ga­mache

Via face­book.com/jp­mag

A bas­ket case FSJ can of­fer a lot of re­ward­ing work. Don’t get over­whelmed, just peck away at the problems one by one. Avoid the temp­ta­tion to tear the Jeep all the way down to a non-run­ning rig. Projects that go down that path of­ten never re­turn to the road. Get to work, and every­thing will be fine, but re­al­ize you don’t have a show­piece so your re­pairs don’t have to be show qual­ity. Most im­por­tantly, en­joy your FSJ!

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