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Project "Free Jeep" a.k.a Project "FJ" - part #4
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(03/19/06) We had to get the axles in one location and then we headed out to another location to get the rest of the parts. I loaded up a bag with wrenches, a sawzall and some other miscellaneous parts and we got to the "back 40" and headed out to where the Jeep was located.

We were met by "George", a goat when we got there. I have never seen a goat this up close before. He was friendly and was gnawing away on a bunch of stuff while we worked. He even tried to get into the back of my Dodge Ram 2500 when I mistakenly left the door open. He was a cool goat, reminded me of the talking goat from Adam Sandler's CD's. We listened to that CD on the way home and had a good laugh.
A note to anyone going to a pick a part place. Make sure you have a set of torx bits with you as a lot of parts on a Jeep have torx bits. I had a set with me, however, some were stripped. You will need a drill to remove the rest. I didn't have one with me, so I wasn't able to get the dash that I wanted, which was unfortunate. Next time I will bring a drill with a set of bits with me. Also, keep in mind that you might not have electricity to work with. I brought a 100 foot extension cord with me, but it was no good. Battery operated tools are going to be the best in a situation like this.

I mentioned also that I swapped out my old motor and engine parts for the axles. This is a good way to get parts you need for your build-up. I traded a motor that I wanted $200.00 for and I got a lot of parts for the trade. Keep this in mind as you might have to do this in your travels.
One other area that as a real pain was the springs. After I cut them off the u-bolts, I had to get the rubber bushings out of the eyeholes of the springs and the sway bar. If anyone has done this, they know this isn't an easy task. I hammered, drilled, wrenched and wd40'ed the hell out of them and there is no really easy way to get them out. About 2 hours were chewed up doing this. Take your time and just hammer away on them. A vice is your best friend when it comes to this. Take your time and it should go easy, except for a few broken drill bits along the way.

Lastly I want to mention that when others are in need of getting rid of stuff they might call on you in the future to help them out with parts they need. Remember this and be prepared to give back. The guy that let me have the parts was in a bind and I was able to benefit from this, however, I am prepared to give back if the situation arises. We are only here for a short time and if you get, you need to give as well. I have always lived my life this way and I hope to help out others along the way as someone helped me out on this project.

That is all on the project as it stands now. I have a ton of parts that I have gotten and now I am running out of space to put them. Soon I hope to be in a new place that has plenty of room for my sickness, errr... I mean projects and parts. Jen has been real patient this far, and I can't say enough about that except for Thank you!
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