They don’t make them like they used to. Most new 4×4’s these days are the sleek, sports versions that wouldn’t last five minutes if you actually took them off road. They’re just for show. I suppose that’s fine if you just want something to ride around the city in, but it isn’t much help if you want to go further afield. Back in the good old days, they were robust machines that would withstand whatever torment you put them through, and just keep on driving. If you’re struggling to find a 4×4 that suits your needs, your best option might be to restore an old one. Jeep’s are one of the original, and the best ones out there, especially for restoring. If you’re thinking of having a go at it yourself, here are a few pointers.
Why A Jeep?
Your first question might be, why is a Jeep best? They’ve been around since 1941 when they were originally produced for the military during the Second World War, so you know they’ve got a long history. Over the years, they’ve perfected the formula, sticking to the basics and doing them well. A lot of the other models available have compromised functionality in favor of style and gadgets. The Jeep is also, in my opinion, one of the best looking 4×4’s you can buy. The new ones are all curves and flashy headlights, I much prefer the classic Jeep look. They also use much simpler parts, so they are easier to maintain than most of the newer models. This also makes it a lot easier to restore one, as the design of the engine has only changed slightly from the original 1941 version. So, it doesn’t matter what condition your Jeep is in, or how old it is, you’ll still be able to get hold of all the parts that you need.
Where To Get One
Surprisingly, Ebay is one of the best places to buy used Jeeps. But make sure that you have a proper look at it first so you can gauge the condition it’s in and the amount of work that you will need to put into it before you agree to buy anything. You could also try Craigslist, or look for auto ads in the local paper. Some second-hand dealerships might have one, but it is not that common. The main thing to remember when looking for your Jeep is not to rush into buying one, wait until you have found one that you are sure is perfect.
If you’re planning on giving the Jeep a hammering once you’ve finished it, then you’ll need a lift kit. Get something like a tjm perth 4×4 suspension kit fitted. Then you can put on some big swamp tires that should help you to get over almost anything. If you plan on taking it through deep water, install a snorkel kit to reroute the air intake so it doesn’t get flooded.
Installing a fiberglass body is very popular in restoration projects at the moment.They can update the look of the old Jeep, and they won’t rust either. Make sure that you clean the frame of all of its rust before putting the body on, then you shouldn’t have any trouble in future.