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    He was willing to do things in the dark...

    I asked him how late he would be up. He said "as late as I need to". The neighborhood was nice and the guy turned out to be a clean-cut 20 something with a couple of his friends. They were duly impressed with Bob. We did the deal and loaded the Grand on my trailer.
    Just saying...
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbob309 View Post
    He was willing to do things in the dark...
    Some things are just worth it.

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    Totally... and with Bob's background and experience, I knew he wouldn't judge. ;-)

    and to your point, Daniel, I'm floored. It is completely unmolested... just dirty and old. Unreal.
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    Nice find!
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    Great find Alan. Can't wait to see it on the trail!

    You really can't go wrong taking Bob on a road trip.

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    So Cool....
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    http://jeepmeister.com/JEEP-TECH/1974-specs/LARGE_1974/ Alan this ftp site may be helpful to you.
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    I picked up a new battery and all the stuff for a tune up last week (filters, fluids, plugs, wires, distributor cap, etc...).

    Victory: The rear window rolls up and down perfectly. This was a big issue in many of the ones I looked at, so I was excited that it worked so good. A couple of the windows need the little plastic strap that connects the window to the motor replaced, but all the motors work. Another win.

    Since I could drop the back window and open the rear gate, I started clearing out all of the crap. Evidently, I have a spare door. All of the missing door handle pieces were in the back. Once the crap was cleared out, I vacuumed it out. It not a full detail by any means but even just vacuuming it reinforces that it's going to be a great restoration project.

    The rear seat is a full tumble forward; all the carpet is there and still no stains; all four original floor mats are there; the 1983 radio works great (but could use an amp, a sub, and new speakers… LOL)

    Later this week I'll tackle the tune up and then I’ll tackle the transmission and see if I can get it driving or if a Transmission shop is in my future.


    All the crap in the back:




    I lifted the rear seat, and except for a small tear (that's easily repairable), it's in great shape too:




    I vacuumed out the the carpet. Made a world of difference. I'll detail it after it's mechanically sound and drives.
    Here are the passenger areas:














    The rear deck. First is seat in normal position, 2nd is with the seat tumbled all the way forward. It also removes completely.







    Also, here is a 1983 review from motorweek. It cracked me up.

    https://youtu.be/g0RV2QG3nPk
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    Wow. Beautiful find
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    https://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php?ck[ID]=0&ck[idlist]=0&ck[viewcurrency]=USD&ck[PHP_SESSION_ID]=4in65g79ic00i9ig6do7pfoen6 this may help you also
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