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Old 03-17-2013, 06:50 PM
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Should have left it original !!

Just recently bought a 1977 jeep j10 Golden eagle. 97,000 original miles. Been here in Alaska since new, surface rust seems to be prevalant, but no real rot that I have found yet. Completely original down to the carpet. Very excited at first.

I thought I would freshen her up a bit. So I bought exterior window sweeps,they came void of the chrome bead as original. Bought replacement carpet, it came up 3" short on the passenger footwell. Cracked windshield needed replacing, the new glass was so much thinner the glass shop slathered everything with mastic. New scuff plates were an inch shorter than original. New glovebox had the hole on the side instead of center bottom.Can't anyone make a decent replacement part for these rigs? I really wished I would have just left her alone and not purchaced and replaced these inferior parts. In spite of the fact that the originals were worn out.

Ok. I'm done ranting. Just dissapointed.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:06 PM
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Don't beat yourself up too bad, there's not a whole lot of company's making new parts for these rigs. I don't think anybody remakes the window sweeps/wiskers with the beads. Have you looked into BJ's offroad and team grand Wagoneer for parts. They are some of the businesses that specialize in big jeeps. This website is a great source for info on all areas of our trucks and a bunch of very smart and active guys and gals.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:18 PM
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Sometimes you can buy a parts rig and break even by selling off the stuff you don't need. Restored OEM parts are almost always better quality than reproductions even though restoring old parts can cost as much or more than the reproductions.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:45 PM
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Thanks guys,
I have been reading this site and others for a while now and have found a wealth of information. I Have ordered my parts from Bj's and TGW. Both great sources, just not OEM fit and finish(in my opinion). I restored and old 56 Thunderbird a few years back and got spoiled with the abundant sources and quality of reproduction parts I guess. This one is going to be a challenge to restore correctly. At least I dont have any significant rust. Dryer than the Sahara up here. I will keep reading and learning. There is some serious skill and knowledge on this site.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:06 AM
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Patients is the key to finding NOS treasures as well. Buying good used parts is a big plus over buying just about anything aftermarket.

Lots of time can be spent on Ebay, craigslist and the few Jeep sites. Sometimes watching the baby jeep sites you'll find FSJ treasure because all they wanted was the axles. I've done some serious scores from Chevy guys who bought a "lot" of parts and they didn't know or care what the Jeep parts were, they just wanted them gone.

Patients..........
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:41 AM
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Half the battle on these rigs is putting the time in on researching not just what to buy buy from whom to buy from. And it's really hard to tell yourself no on the first thing you find.

BJ's Offroad is good and they offer many quality parts.

Team Grand Wagoneer may offer some hard to find bits but you may want to poke through the customer corner and read up on them, I personally can't say much as I have had no experience with them.

Your hands down best source are the members on this forum, we all have some stash of goodies tucked away
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:34 AM
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Wink Can't believe it!

Not one other person on this site has ever had those problems We get everything we need and it fits perfect in the lower 48. HaHaHa lol
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:43 AM
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The only thing most aftermarket parts fit is the box that they come in.

I have experienced many of the same issues that you have. Like others have said, sometimes you have to really search to find the right parts.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:18 AM
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I think there will come a time when our jeeps will have catalogues of their own. They are definitely increasing in popularity.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:09 PM
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All great advice. I do appreciate it.

I have had one stroke of luck. The transfer case chain was worn so I went to a local gear and driveline repair/ parts shop for a new one. Under a quarter inch of dust was a new Cloyes chain. I think they were happy to get it sold.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:02 PM
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All great advice. I do appreciate it.

I have had one stroke of luck. The transfer case chain was worn so I went to a local gear and driveline repair/ parts shop for a new one. Under a quarter inch of dust was a new Cloyes chain. I think they were happy to get it sold.

how much did it cost you? And thats awesome!!!!
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1991 Hunter Green Grand Wagoneer
5.9 2bbl-727-NP229-TFI-30x9.5 Firestone M/T's-Brush Guard-tire mount
SOON: 4350 and cast iron intake

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-1994 Baby Grand
-2000 XJ cherokee on Tons
-1953 REO M35A2 6x6
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:14 PM
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We kept the interior of a 77 Waggy bone stock for 10 years, 2000 through 2010. The carpet could have lasted longer but at some point you gotta toss that old crap. The door panels are probably next.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:34 PM
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The cloyes chain was less than $160.00. Seemed like a lot until I started looking at other options. Took the Jeep through a car wash to test the new glass seal. It leaked in several places. I sure hope the glass shop can resolve this without additional expense. I think the new exhaust. glass and carpet expense may have exceeded the value of the truck.

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