To some there is a fine line between rebuilding an old Jeep and restoring an old Jeep, but truth be told the line is not fine at all. In fact, the line is huge, maybe even larger than a Jeep itself. But what is the real difference?
The main difference between rebuilding and restoring is that when you are simply rebuilding an older Jeep you are just trying to get it to run again so you can getting mudding as quickly as possible. This means using any part that makes the Jeep run safely. While quality always matters, the overall “fit” doesn’t matter when simply rebuilding.
On the other hand when someone is “restoring” an older Jeep they will seek out replacement parts that are original to the model they are building. These types of projects require a lot of internet searching, phone calls and trips to local junkyards and part shops while the owner searches for the perfect part to bring the old Jeep back to its former glory.
The good news for people trying to truly restore an old Jeep is that there are tons of Jeep lovers across the world that can help you in your search for the perfect part. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Jeep owner forums, chat rooms and facebook pages. These resources can help the person find the part they need and they can also help fellow Jeep aficionados connect with each other.
Now, there is nothing to say that if you have an old Jeep that you are required by any Jeep owners code that makes you want to restore your old Jeep to pristine condition, but you certainly need to treat the Jeep with tender loving care. Even in a simple rebuilding process it is important to use parts that are designed for the Jeep even if they are not “original” parts.
Using good quality parts will keep your overall operation expenses down and keep your wheels covered in mud for a much longer time. That is why you always want to get your Jeep parts from a company that knows Jeeps better than the manufacturer. You only want to trust on-line sites that understand your needs as a Jeep owner.
That last statement is especially true when seeking to restore old Jeeps. You will only want to trust a store or site that understands how important returning your Jeep to its former glory truly is to you. Don’t trust people who only sell a couple of Jeep parts. Stick with folks who sell hundreds of Jeep parts and accessories.