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Old 10-23-2017, 05:15 PM
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I'm just hoping they don't crush a J20 because of bureaucracy and legal nonsense. I sure wish I could get a hold of the title holder on the phone or something...

Oh my goodness, that is EXACTLY what I was thinking.
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Old 10-25-2017, 04:25 PM
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Oh man. It's been a wild ride you guys.

Let me start by saying- the Jeep is BACK IN MY GARAGE! I got it back, and it won't see the street again until I have temporary tags to drive it to the VIN inspection. I learned my lesson somethin' fierce.

I ended up going up and down the phone/ email chain Monday morning until I finally got forwarded to the supervisor of the officer who wrote the tow slip. She said "bring me good enough proof that it's your truck and I'll write a release letter to the tow company." So I brought the old plates off the truck, the keys, the original owner's manual, my bill of sale, the countless documents I have printed in order to work on it (including some from you fine jeep owners from way back on the quadratrac stuff), all the forms needed to apply for a new title filled out as completely as possible at this point, emails, phone records, pictures, part numbers... Anything I had, it went with me to the PD. Turns out, they needed a picture of the VIN plate (since they wrote it down wrong in the first place) and a picture of it in my garage last January. They went ahead and signed the form and told me pretty much straight up that they towed it because they thought it belonged to the guy across the street running the auto shop illegally. They told me, very transparently, that they receive many complaints a day about him, and that it would be wise to avoid violating code on my street as they are desperate to catch him at anything.

They said the truck is very recognizable and gave me their office lines, I gave them my cell and they put it on file and told me they would call me if they ever put another slip down in case I missed it.

I still had to pay some of the impound and tow fees, but a little less than half of them because the tow yard was very understanding (and a little impressed I managed to get a release letter) and I went to the tow yard and, even though I just got it running two days before it got towed, it started up and drove right onto the trailer. Didn't even complain about it. So now Plain Jane, became Felony Jane, and will be affectionately referred to as Jailbird Jane until she has plates. This is why we don't name things, but my buddy that helped me get her running again is a serial project-namer.

Anyways, thanks for following the crazy drama. So far, a happy ending, but it isn't really an ending until there is a title in hand. I'm gonna focus back on the build thread and kind of let this one die unless you guys have any questions about it.

I'm about 90% of the way to a VIN inspection, but I have to be able to drive two cities over for it. So suspension and brakes, then temp tags. Should be fun. I'm really, really glad I have good news for this one. Thanks for the advice and help along the way.

Cheers

(also, in CO, depends on the city but where it was impounded will not let you bond for title without VIN inspection, and will not go to site for inspection. You have to bring it in. Also, yes the legal fees would have been way more than I could throw at the truck, but luckily this time that didn't matter in the end. The truck and budget is still on the "worth it" side of things, but only barely. If I avoid another tow and get the stupid thing titled without incident, and nothing blows up, then it will still all be worth it. And even if all that doesn't happen, this has already paid off in fun days of wrenching, despite the headache.)
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Old 10-25-2017, 04:35 PM
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NOW THAT THAT'S ALL OVER....

With the impound headache out of the way and the repairs to my Honda done (got rear-ended back in August) I can finally focus on the game plan moving forward.

Priority number one is running, driving, stopping, and not puking oil, just enough so that I can drive the 25 miles to the VIN verification. On the list for that (probably harrowing) journey, I MUST do front leaf springs. The investigation into the titleholder revealed it has been a plow truck since 1978, and it still has the original leaf springs and shocks. They are a little tired. So, Leafs, shocks, driveshafts, brake rotors and pads on front (calipers if I have time/ funds) and shoes and drums on the rear. I hope to get rear leafs, but man are they pricey. The rear's that it has are in okay shape, but I know the stance is going to bother me if I only replace front, since back is sagging a bit too.

I've got shocks and brakes all around already and will throw them on this weekend, and I can tell the oil leak (not awful, but bad enough at pressure that I need to look at it) is the front main seal. Any one have advice there? Am I definitely pulling the engine, or can I come out the front with the crank? Anyway, not a whole lot of interesting yet.

Future plans: I think I decided to keep this one pretty classic. If I can find a three piece from bumper for it, I may do that, or I'll fab one with a winch plate and rescue hooks. I'm definitely keeping the patina for now, as funds say no paint yet, and I am completely new to body work, and if I DID paint it, it would need a lot of body work first. I'm gonna work on repairing the glove box and finding a dash pad, but other than that (maybe a seat cover) The inside stays for a long while.

Alright, that's all for now. I'll take pictures of brakes/ suspension this weekend, but I don't expect it'll be anything too fancy. till next time.

Cheers.
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Old 10-25-2017, 06:38 PM
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THAT's AWESOME!!! Way to go Westminster CO PD! Apparently there are still some folks that are good hearted and understanding!!!! I had a bad day today and reading this post really lightened things up! SOOOoooo Stoked for you!

As the old saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease and I think you did it respectfully so they hooked you up.

I have the brackets and 4 separate end pieces for a chrome 3 piece bumper (missing the middle chrome part) that I would ship/sell you for cheap when I get home in November. They are not perfect but they are in good shape and would match your truck well. I don't have any of the hardware, though.
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Old 10-26-2017, 11:01 AM
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That would be awesome, thank you! Yeah, I may try my hand at fabricating a middle section with a winch plate, kind of combine the original with a little extra in the middle, but it has been a long time since I touched a welder. Plus, I have no idea if I could make it look any kind of good. Baring that, I could probably find the center section much more easily (and cheaper!) than a whole bumper. Saving my butt again, dude! ha until then, I think I have the old plow bracket around here somewhere... Probably good 'nough for the county so I can get the temp tags.
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Old 10-26-2017, 11:18 AM
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I had been thinking about your situation since I read about it. I hoped you would get your truck back. I am really glad to read that you did. Life sure is not fair sometimes. But it worked out.

The neat thing about the three piece chrome bumpers is leaving the center part out for a winch mount. Installing the ends on each side actually looks really good. I wish I had pictures for you. I made a tray and bolted it to the front of the frame after welding three very heavy tabs hanging down to help take the load. I took it all apart and those pictures are on a now dead computer. If I find something I will post it up. Glad the truck is home.
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Old 10-27-2017, 11:31 AM
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Thanks for the thoughts. And good to know it doesn't look too goofy! I think it needs a winch there- the truck looked better with the plow mount on the front than most do with just the three piece. I hope that the end pieces will fit with how mangled the front sheet metal is- they sawzalled it to get the plow bracket in place. The end pieces should be able to cover is and put everything back where it belongs, and the winch will be a good insurance policy anyway. Let me know if you find those pictures, it sounds awesome!! I don't quite know what you mean by three heavy tabs- like you welded a cross member on front of the frame and dropped three down along the grille, or there are three running along each frame rail? Trying to picture it...
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:19 AM
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Just brakes this weekend. New calipers, rotors, and pads for the front. The new hoses didn't make it from rock auto in time, so those will be soon. But it was a good weekend- never dealt with floating rotors like this, glad I bought that press a while back so I could get this done. I didn't know changing rotors on this would be such an ordeal, so passenger side took forever. Driver side only took about an hour once I knew what I was doing.



Up next week (hopefully) is shocks, fix the tcase leak and install the new brake hoses. I'll only have a few hours so nothing too crazy. Springs all around next month, but focusing mostly on the front from all the plow stress on the suspension.

Little by little.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:49 AM
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Soooo.... I got new shocks on the front. Except I sheared the stud on the passenger side (not enough fire I guess) and now it is held on with baling wire. Temporary fix, obviously. I'll either grab a bracket off the junkyard waggy I've been treating as a donor or figure out a way to press a new one in. Progress is slow, life keeps pulling me away from the build. I can't wait until I have something besides maintenance to share with you all.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:13 PM
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You still alive connor? Any updates?
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:26 AM
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The Update I never wanted

So life took over and I can no longer finish the Jeep

I posted in the classifieds here, so if you need another truck, take a look!

More than anything, I'd like to keep making progress on it, but with a job change, illness, and now moving, I am nowhere near the right place in my life to keep this project going. Unfortunately, I have to give it up. I am offering it to the forum for whatever anyone will pay, and I hope someone takes me up on it, even if they don't give me squat, because I want it to stay in this group. That said, I am looking at storage I can't afford or junking it, which would absolutely kill me, but I am moving this month and can't keep it.

If you aren't local or can't do a local pickup on the truck but you are interested, Let's see if we can't organize a hold by another colorado jeeper. The price is right, so if you want it and aren't local, don't be shy. And I didn't say it in the ad, but I could maybe work out a hold for a month or two around here if you need some time, but it's gotta go fast.

I hate that I have to do this, and I always see the "gotta get rid of it" posts and think to myself, "what would ever drive a man to that?" and now I know. So help me keep it with the people that will take care of it!

Special thanks to Marc for all the parts and advice - I got way more done than I ever could have on it because of your help. If I can't get it sold, let me know if you want some of the parts back and I will figure out how to get them shipped to you!
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Old 05-06-2019, 08:24 AM
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I wish I could come get it. One of my favorite trucks on here. Sorry to hear about your situation, Connor. Sometimes life comes fast and hard, eh?

Where are you moving? In the area? Out of state?

Nah, send all the parts with the truck. Someone will be happy to have them (I think). Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.
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Old 05-06-2019, 02:10 PM
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Thanks dude. Yeah, life has a way of making new plans. I am staying in my area, but the new lease has specific lines against unregistered/ inoperable vehicles on property. The landlord said it wouldn't be a problem and then I read the lease a week ago and asked again and they said "yeah, sorry can't do it." So instead of having time to figure it out, I now need to off-load the thing this week, or at least by the end of May. I have a guy in Texas that might come and get it, but we will see. Don't quite know yet. If he gets it and we manage to keep working on it, I will definitely keep you posted! The truck's got personality, and I'd like to see her complete. I'd store it somewhere near me, but a spot in the sun costs over a hundred bucks a month and I can't do that for as long as it'll take to get a title.

You're incredibly generous, thanks again for the parts and I'm sure the next owner will be grateful for them as well.

The only bright side of all of this is that my dad and I got a project down in Texas to work on late last year, so when I get the wrenching bug, I can always catch a flight down there and get it out of my system. Not a jeep, but a 66 mustang notch back. All original and in good shape as well. It's nothing unique, but I'm excited about it.
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