It's a 1989 Jeep Cherokee 6 cyl 4 liter . When its loaded up with all our gear and we go over a bump the tires rub on the plastic cover thing. I checked under there and its not rubbing on any of the metal, like the frame or leafs, but on the plastic thing on the out side of the tire. We could remove them, I think they are mostly to reduce mud splatter any ways.
Here you can see how close the tires are to that plastic frame, the real frame is a good two inches in. It would look ghetto but might be worth it.
We were thinking we should add some leafs to it to increase its load capacity, do you have to do a lift them? Also, I'm aware that body lifts ( opposed to a suspension lift or all those other kinds) aren't as good because it doesn't actually increase clearance underneath the vehicle, but were not doing any off roading with this old thing.
Also, lifting will definitely cause some disruption to the alignment and possibly the drive shaft and hoses, but we're looking to buy a commuter car in 2011-ish so really we need this beast to last us a year/to next summer. We said we would put 1000 in it this summer and maybe another this winter then we'll retire it. I think it should have a name?
As for rust, there isn't any on the frame. The leafs have rust discoloration though
And here's a picture of the exhaust. its been leaking more in the past week so I think that crack is catching up with us. Its behind that thing with the red sticker, and its shiny and black from what ever is leaking. You can see some of the rust here too.
OOh I should mention, me and my partner "work from home" which means as long as we bring our laptops and hopefully break down some where that has cell reception, we could use our AAA, and camp/work from where ever we end up... So were not as worried as most about getting stranded...that's what happen last year! its was like second vacation.