Canadian 2003 TJ: assembly required!

cdnwillyg

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Stony Plain Ab, Canada
Hi, new here and thought I would document the assembly of a TJ project that I scored for $1250 cdn...$800 USD!!
It was disassembled by a guy then sold to his buddy and then to me, it was a risk but I thought there were enough good parts I could recoup my money if it was a bust.
The guy even delivered to me on his trailer.
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I call this a crate TJ because all the so called parts are in the crate behind the jeep.
I did check the frame for rust and it was in amazing shape, floor had a 4x6" rust spot on the torque tube and a 2x4" rust hole by the drivers roll cage attachment.
To my surprise it came with all the pieces and most of it bagged and tagged!!!
Both wiring harness's were removed and the interior completely gutted. Engine 4.0 L Auto is to have only 114,000km (yet to be started but it does turn over) and the 5 tires look almost new. It came with a 2" suspension lift and a 1" body lift.
So with all the interior out I thought I would repair the rust and then coat the tub with rockguard, underneath of fenders as well.
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With the fenders off I thought I would clean and paint the front frame in the rngine bay along with the firewall in rock guard.
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I have the interior back in along with the wiring harness's and connected.(with help from this forum...thanks Tom)
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Next up is to see if it runs and moves before I complete the frame refresh and steam clean the engine.
 
After trying to start the TJ, found that the alternator was seized solid...some ugly sound from the belt. It runs amazing with no noise or funny sounds now that the alternator is replaced. Found that the shifting cable was also siezed and got that freed up so it now drives.

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Underneath the frame was in great shape and only had to replace two inserts on the skid plate.
So on to the body, the windshield frame was in pretty bad shape as the PO had cut out the rust and didn't finish it. I cut a new piece and installed it. Thr rest of the jeep was in nice shape with only a few issues to deal with, multiply holes drilled and a few fender rust spots.
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My plan was to do that color but its only Tremclad/Rustoleum and by the time I clearcoat it would be more than automotive paint. So I ordered single stage Dark Royal Blue with pearl from Summit. Man you Armericans sure have it good for cheap products there. For us Canadians I would have had to pay $382 cdn for 2 quarts while from Summit I get 1 gal. for $277 cdn and that includes $83 cdn for shipping and tax.......just not fair.LOL
 
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May plan was to do that color but its only Tremclad/Rustoleum and by the time I clearcoat it would be more than automotive paint. So I ordered single stage Dark Royal Blue with pearl from Summit. Man you Armericans sure have it good for cheap products there. For us Canadians I would have had to pay $382 cdn for 2 quarts while from Summit I get 1 gal. for $277 cdn and that includes $83 cdn for shipping and tax.......just not fair.LOL

Yea but you guys have......ummmmm......sorry, drawing a blank! lol I mean it seems like Canada has some beautiful mountains and countryside??
 
The airbag issue is probably the clock spring

I don't think so as the horn is working well and the fact it clears monetarily before it comes back on. The SRS module was loose in a box so I'm thinking it needs to be reset from being bounced around??? Going to power it all down and check the connections first, then see if a code reader will tell me what's up?