so, I got this trooper for free from a buddy of mine. brought it home, looked it over- minor things in the interior (lights, rear door inner handles not working, stereo is junk, some speakers not working)
exterior wise its straight, but rusty around the rear wheel-wells. windshield is cracked, but not in my line of sight. broken pass side exterior mirror lens (power &heated) tires shot, stone bruised headlights, inop fog lights.
jacked it up and pulled the tires- brakes ok, new shocks all around, BUT worn-out front end parts. bad ball-joints, tie rod, idler pitman, idler arm. bad outer cv boot
so fast forward 6 months, I was slowly getting parts for it.
complete front end kit-$173- all 4 ball-joints, inner and outer tie-rods, drag link and sway-bar end links.
pit-man idler, $16
4 cv boots, $18 each.
so, this last weekend I tackled the front-end. put the unit on the hoist. those ball joints came out pretty easy, pickle fork on the top, pitman arm remover for the bottom-boy did they snap out of the bottom!
tie-rod remover (and a bfhammer) for the drag-link and tie-rod ends.
axle boots were easy, but one of the new boots had the wrong clamp in the box, the wife and I fought with it- finally grabbed a clamp from the other box, and things went easy after that.
its all back together, now off to the alignment shop to straighten the front-end, and install 4 different tires (current ones scuffed off on the front, one rear is badly weather cracked, the spare is slashed on the sidewall)
so far, $261 in parts.
need to order sway bar bushings. that's another $30
new to me tires were free. lt 245/75 r 16 bridgestones. 60-75 % tread on them
next, some rad work-I noticed a small leak at the drain petcock, tried tightening it by hand and -it snapped off-but its threads are still in the hole. maybe a small reverse easy-out will get it out. will do a cooling system flush at the same time.
don't know when the timing belt/water pump was last done- that's on the list as well.
pesky rear abs light on. sensor, or wiring? will try to pull codes out of it.
that's about it ,for now......