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.
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!