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  1. It's been a few months since I purchased my Highlander and I have a short term report to make. The vehicle is definitely capable in the snow. It would have been nice to have had more aggressive tires on it during the snow covered months. We got plenty of the cold white stuff this year and at one point I had to plow through a pile of snow left on the road by town road crews that were obviously having problems with the distribution of the fluffy white rain. I have to say that as much as the traction control \ 4wd helps to get you going I find that there is a tendency to lock out power in a
  2. We had a Jeep Liberty that literally fell apart in the 2 years that we owned it. I wish I had stripped off the plastic kick plate (?) when we first got the thing. Here in North Central Vermont the plastics totally wrecked the rocker panels and made our Liberty a junkyard ornament. So now we have a 2004 Toyota Highlander. It came from a warmer Southern climate and was well cared for. It is a Limited version and has all the goodies including heated seats and a sun/moon roof. All we wanted was a good car with a clean body that wasn't about to die. I'm still learning about the Highlander so
  3. Almost a year later..... It's interesting to see old posts and think about all the time that got wasted by people trying to mass with your life for no other reason than they are petty little people with delusions of grandeur. I've been so busy I haven't even been able to make use of this wood, but there is always this year. Fishing, and work? Can they coincide? Don't ever let them get you down.
  4. Thanks for your help Moses. I find that it is impossible to determine the price of anything as a seller because everyone likes to take the lowest price paid for anything and apply it to newer or decent items. Now, I will take a low price that was paid, look at the item on it's own merits and try to negotiate a reasonable price. Only a few times have I looked at something so abysmal that it should have gone to the trash bin, but those are rare and the one time I have seen those items I told the owner and then let him offer to sell them for parts. Since the items were old, modified CBs I didn't
  5. I was wondering if anyone could give me a conservative estimate of what a running, driving, and rusted out 2005 Jeep Liberty is worth parted out? I've been told not even to expect "Wholesale" price because it's uninspectable, that's here in Vermont though, so I don't have a clue what it could be worth in an area where the value is not in a driver, but parts car. Good engine, transmission, transfer case, etc... The "Salvage Yards" are paying scrap prices for vehicles no matter the condition these days, and $150.00 isn't going to get it when the engine alone is worth more than that.Prices i
  6. I didn't mean to bash anyone's choice of vehicles, but I haven't owned a domestic Chrysler that didn't treat me badly. I have owned a few, and the best were those that didn't have American roots. Even those ran afoul of rust or time. I used to have a Jeep Cherokee 4 cylinder, I think it was an 85? (Always thought it was under powered, and no 4x4 goodies in early 90s for it.) I still have a new bumper, bumper hangers, and headlight rings for it. I haven't owned it for 22 years, but I haven't sold those parts yet. I've had a Plymouth Colt, a Plymouth Arrow pickup, a Plymouth Sundance (Junk,
  7. Found a junk yard fix to the seatbelt alarm issue. Grabbed a belt buckle clasp and modified it to fit. No noise, and belts are still 100% safe. Too bad that didn't stop the need for complete brake work with e-brake rebuild, steering rack, new muffler and final exhaust pipe replacement. (Muffler was good except for the part leading to the rusted off pipe.Couldn't be saved economically.) I'm sure there is something else major I'm forgetting. The most recent "repair" was a new transmission mount and U-joint. If it weren't for the fact that it's the only inspected and running vehicle at our d
  8. You'll do plenty of reading and research to get a project in shape. Here's the Shop Manual now. I hope you'll check out Faxon Auto Literature http://www.faxonautolit.com if you need to find a quality reproduction shop manual for your vehicle. More to follow.....
  9. alheim, I think you may be a little more concerned with the intimacy of who works on your Jeep. We can all relate, especially those who have worked so hard for our dreams to come true and those still hoping for their dreams to come true. If you want to learn how to pick the right mechanics I suggest you stick to certified shops with certified mechanics and then talk to some of the mechanics to see how much they understand and if they do their own project cars. For some mechanics it's a job and for others it's an extension of who they are. Look for the ones who are proud to show off their
  10. Oh yeah, if you're a bolt head that wants to go out of shape and make me mad, just watch out or I'll turn you into this: As the expert Doug Marcaida on Forged in Fire likes to say, "It will cut!". Well, this is what my little torch will do. I left the hole in the steel beneath it perfectly round and untouched. I told you I have had some experience with a torch.
  11. OK, so, I got some better pictures, found some more rust. Yeah, like that wasn't going to happen and I got some free stuff that will help in the future and just make the Jeep a little more interesting. First some daylight pictures of the Jeep without the plow hydraulics in place. A "what if" picture of a possible future look. Thanks to the plow hardware still being on the Jeep there were some holes to fool around with. Now, for one of the things I found in a FREE listing on Craig's List. This is a Jerry Can that just happens to match the color of my Jeep. (Well
  12. OK, so there is no place to discuss other tools generally, and Pnuematics in particular. I went ahead with the purchase of the older compressor with the questionable tank and the extra "new" tank to go with it for $200.00 the picture from original owner is below. (I haven't had the chance to take it off of my truck yet to get my own pictures.) It turns out to be a 2 stage Kellogg-American built between 1910 and 1925 (http://kellogg-american.com/company/). I did get a picture of the makers plate, although it isn't very good. The owner had quite the time locating the tags on
  13. OK, so I made some headway on the Jeep today. I really don't like plows on Jeeps and since the plow hardware was coming off to do all the work I need to do, I got the hydraulics off it today, and really looked over the rest of the Jeep seeing where all the weaknesses are. It's amazing how much you miss or don't want to think about when you pay a small price for a vehicle. Is there more work than I expected a few days ago? Of course there is. But take a look at what I've uncovered so far and what would you do with a nearly unmolested classic like this. BEFORE AFTER I wa
  14. I have found a rather adequate sized commercial style compressor that has a leak in the tank. I don't know the make or model. I have the owner looking for more information. Here's his picture. The Sear Craftsman tank comes with it. If the original tank can be welded, and I know a great person for the job, could I use the extra tank for an expansion tank? I would really hate to try to stick the old compressor on the new tank. The asking price for everything is $200.00 Thanks Moses. More Jeep CJ - 7 content coming soon.
  15. Moses, I know that the best air compressor that I can get is what I should aim for, but is there a smaller portable alternative that I could use for multiple purposes such as a source for a plasma cutter so that I can afford a plasma cutter like the one you directed me to earlier? I'm not convinced that the plasma cutters with the built in compressors can really do the job and the prices of the Hobart units at Tractor Supply seem to have jumped significantly. Also, I think it would have to be able to supply a media blaster. Impossible, or just a matter of trying a little harder to find an
  16. So, interesting or not I thought I would post some pictures of my cheap Jeep. This is a real project. It's a lot of work, but that's the challenge. As long as there are ways to work through the individual problems without having someone get involved to the point it becomes a financial burden, then it will be my own build, my own masterpiece. I may have to swallow my pride and ask for help, but I want instruction, not someone to do it for me. I have to admit, as much as I thought the show was a bit of a con job, Cuban Chrome has influenced me to try to do what our families did in the earlier ye
  17. You know, now that I have a 1979 I had to get this book to go with it. I hope the author doesn't mind the use of the picture. His name is Moses Ludel. Whoever that is. So now I have 1946 to 1971 and 1972 to 1986. Soon I'll have a complete set. Well, if things keep going the way they have been. I'm working my way to getting the Jeep Owner's Bible. I wonder if there's such a thing as an autographed edition? Oh well, it's a while before I can really work on my daughters Cherokee, so I guess I've got time to find one. Would the Shop Manual for the '79 be an invaluable addition
  18. Well, I have continued to look for a CJ 7 and I have finally found one. I will have more about it once I can verify a few things, but it is in fair shape for a rust-o-ration. It has the 258 Straight 6. All I have is one picture from the PO's ad on Craig's List. Yes, this is the good side. It is all there, and all steel. Oh sure there is some rust on this side too, but overall it's a good base to work with. OK, so I paid $325.00 for it. I knew I wanted a project and I got one. It's gonna be a heck of a ride, but I have a few consolation prizes. You're looking at floor p
  19. I got the guy at my usual garage to put the Liberty up on a lift and he said that I need a new bushing for my cable to stay on. I've looked around and found the part online, but does anyone have a place they get parts like this for good prices and with good service? I really need to get the exact part for a 2005 Liberty, not just something close, or a good upgraded part. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
  20. After an embarrassing amount of work to get the center console out of the way I found out I only really needed to pry off the transfer lever boot to see if the cable was connected. DOH! Well, the cable is connected to the ridiculous plastic handle and I will need to get under the vehicle to reconnect the cable or find out if it has broken. Now, I can either get into the mud to check it out, or go to a place where I can use a lift, or have someone check the linkage for me. That's where having a cousin in the auto salvage business comes in handy sometimes. We'll see what I can manage.
  21. I hope people are looking in this area of the forum. There is a Harbor Freight Tool Sale going on this weekend. See dates in Title. The 90 Amp flux core wire welder is now $81.84 with normal shipping of $6.99 the total would be $88.83. The 1000 lb motorcycle lift is also on sale at $299.99. The 1/2 inch electric Air Wrench is $38.00. I know these are decent deals, so get them if you need them now. Moses can tell you how good the motorcycle lift is.
  22. 53HiHood, Appreciate the fact that you can go to a swap meet in your area. Here in Vermont there is no such thing. At least not a steady weekend thing. The only time you can pick up parts for your project car is when you have to hand over $15.00 to $30.00 per adult etc.. for a car show. There are "secret" club swaps from time to time, but I don't belong to any clubs yet, so they are members only, you just have to know a member to get to one without the annual fee. Sounds like you had a good time. That's the best part isn't it?
  23. Thanks Moses, My Haynes repair manual has a very poor picture of just the lever, and an iffy picture of the connection to the transfer case. Allen
  24. Today I went to shift out of 4 high and my transfer shift lever didn't feel right. The fact that I had a hard time getting out of my icy driveway didn't sink in until I tried to shift back into 4 high. I was trying to properly engage the transfer case at the proper speed, but nothing happened and it was then I realized that there was no resistance in the shift lever. I went all the way to 4 low without anything happening, so I assume that the cable has become disconnected or has broken. Being without proper space to work under the Liberty at this time of year I will be forced to take it into a
  25. In order to get a dedicated space for my welding tools and consumables I decided I needed a place to put my more common automotive tools together. I have several small tool boxes and tool bags with many different tools in them. I have some diagnostic tools that should be on a wall or in a dedicated cabinet, but I don't have that space, so I decided to purchase a new tool chest. The great thing is as well as getting a very good quality product I got it at 50% off the normal price. This will now be my dedicated automotive tool center and a rolling storage cart will become my welding tools and c
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