Okay, so I've bought it. Now what?
Made a rather impulsive purchase and now must decide how to proceed
I have long had a quiet admiration for the full size Jeep product line that likely kept AMC afloat for most of it's run in the US Market. I spent many hours perusing the auto classifieds looking for a worthy contender to satisfy the odd craving, but found prices and states of repair incompatible with my budget. Rather unexpectedly, a friend of mine was served a warning by his local municipality that he had too many inoperable vehicles on his property and had a 30 day window to fix, register, or sell as many as possibly of his vehicles to avoid massive fines. He is a confessed automotive hoarder with an obsession with Jeep products. More to help him get out of his jam than anything else, I ended up offering to buy his 1987 Grand Wagoneer. Well, long story short, I now am the proud, and somewhat nervous owner of a largely oxidized example of the breed. It is in quite a state of disrepair, so I have quite a long road ahead of me.
The State of Affairs
Basically, on an impulse, I purchased a barely running, very rusty full sized jeep with 150,000 miles long distance to help a friend avoid a fine, and now it is sitting in my mother's garage back in the USA.
I might be an idiot. However, I do believe that if you make your bed, you must lie in it. Let's get a list together of what I know is wrong with it at present:
1. It only has front brakes. (the lines for the back have rusted through)
2. All of the body mounts are shot
3. The driver side floor pan, and both rear floor pans are rusted through to the carpet
4. The fuel tank support and skid plate has a very large rust hole in it
5. the carburetor needs a good rebuild and tune
6. The rocker panels are rusted through
7. the tires are 13 years old
8. The carpet is trashed in the back hatch area
9. The driver's seat needs a slight structural repair to be fully upright
10. The Gauges are all dead
11. The headliner is MIA
12. I doubt the shocks have survived the 10+ years of sitting in a field in Ohio
Positives include the fact that it does run and drive. My friend got it running smooth, and fixed the front brakes so that it stops. The AMC 360 is not exactly a power house, but seems to be in good working order. I have more than a year before I return to the states to tackle this project, which means I have a good, long window to brainstorm some interesting modifications or improvements to attack on top of the necessary repairs to make this beast road worthy.
So now what?
I have a very limited level of experience with these old full size Jeeps. I have a few ideas of what I might want to do to it when I return stateside and can get to wrenching. What I am curious about though, is what some of the Drivetribe community might suggest as to what I might do with it. I am looking into EFI, Hydroboost for the brakes, and XJ window regulators to fix some of the known faults (i'm looking at you Motorcraft ignition), but am open to suggestion. What might you do in my shoes. I look forward to your ideas.