I bought the Jeep in Oklahoma City, OK through a friend of mine. The ad said "new paint, engine general overhaul." The yellow paint was new, but the car wasn't even washed. And the engine... probably there was an old general passing the car in his wheelchair.
Moved to Germany in 1993. I stripped the Jeep complete in every
single part. Sandblasted frame, sheet metal, and casing of
transmission, transfer case and steering, and did a complete paint job
on all. Bought a new/used Hurricane 4 (was an old military stationary
motor) for 1500DM = $800.
Bought new springs for the front and rear ($350). Rebuilt the
transmission (JC Whitney and German dealer, $800). Rebuilt the
transfer case ($400). Still have a problem with oil leaking from the
outlets of the transfer case, especially in the handbrake -- the
German vehicle Inspectors hate it!
Rebuilt the steering: worn gear and the fork which works with the
gear. I got 3 forks before I got a good one: JC Whitney one -- riveted
cone which works in the gear came loose after 1 day driving. The hole
was drilled too big and there was no way to rerivet the cone. The
second broke the shaft on the test drive (nice feeling). It was bought
in Germany. The third one is working fine for 5000 miles now ($300).
New shocks, a lot of roller bearings, new seat covers, new cylinder, brake linings and wheel bearings, new steering wheel, new top (BestTop fits great). And converted to 12 volts. The diffs are the only parts I didn't take apart. They look great and work fine.
It took 2 years, the help of a lot of friends, a lot of money, some frustration and now a lot of FUN. There are still some problems, like a rusted tank (from the inside, even sealed with special tank sealer) and so on.
-- Uwe Strecker
Thanks to Uwe for sending the photos from Germany. -- Derek Redmond
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