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Douglas S. 03-15-2009 04:13 PM

87 YJ Build
 
This all started about two years ago. Saw this YJ sitting in a driveway near my house with expired plates, seeing this I went to talk with the owner. He said it had an engine problem and only ran on 5 cylinders, his price was $2500 firm (a good deal around here, jeeps aren't cheap around here). After thinking about what the problem could possibly be, I decided to pick it up.

Got her home and immediately removed the valve cover. As suspected, one of the push rods had come off the rocker. $20 in parts later I was on the road.

The first time she went off road was with the worn out stock everything. Needless to say, it didn't take much to get stuck. These pictures also give a good impression of the condition (faded paint, generally just rough around the edges).

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...02786_1945.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...02787_2235.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...02789_2823.jpg

Not soon after, I decided a full respray was necessary. Turned out to be a lot rustier than expected.

Before

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008314.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008318.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008316.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008315.jpg

It turns out that it had been in a minor accident on the drivers side, whoever fixed it did not do so properly. This is what was removed:

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008313.jpg

Douglas S. 03-15-2009 04:13 PM

During bodywork:

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008351.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008330.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008328.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008326.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008355.jpg

During Assembly:

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008373.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008374.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...3rd2008376.jpg

Finished:

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...0/DSCN2239.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...DSCN2240-1.jpg

Douglas S. 03-15-2009 04:13 PM

Some other things accomplished:

4.0 Head Swap
HEI
Weber 34/34
Winch
Front Bumper (homemade)
Rear Bumper (no pics yet)
1" BL
MORE 5/8" Shackles

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...0/DSCN2279.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...0/DSCN2445.jpg

Planned for the summer:
RE 4.5" XD w/ OME Shocks
Ford 8.8 Rear
4.10's
33"x12.5" KM2's
York OBA
Swing out on rear bumper


Long-Term
SOA on RE 1.5" Springs
Waggy 44 Front on 5"x5.5" BP
Super 88 on 5"x5.5"

Random:

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...g?t=1247586021

flexsaharatj 03-15-2009 04:52 PM

wow, great work! looks real good

kyle_craig 03-16-2009 09:33 AM

Looks awesome! Nice job! Complete transformation with the paintjob. Any future plans?

Douglas S. 03-16-2009 12:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kyle_craig (Post 6807883)
Looks awesome! Nice job! Complete transformation with the paintjob. Any future plans?

Hopefully a 4.5" RE XD with some other stuff like a ford 8.8, 4.10's and some 33's. All depends on how much time and money I have. :rtft:

Augy 03-16-2009 07:01 PM

I love that paint. Did you spray it yourself? What did you use (bc/cc, single stage, brand, etc.)? Just curious, I'm looking to paint mine and am leaning toward metallic silver. I'm thinking PPG Omni single stage to keep the price down but haven't settled on anything.

BTW, very nice work, it looks great.

Douglas S. 03-16-2009 07:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Augy (Post 6812296)
I love that paint. Did you spray it yourself? What did you use (bc/cc, single stage, brand, etc.)? Just curious, I'm looking to paint mine and am leaning toward metallic silver. I'm thinking PPG Omni single stage to keep the price down but haven't settled on anything.

BTW, very nice work, it looks great.

Mmn, I'll have to get back to you on the specifics of the paint. I know it is made by Endura and it's a poly, but that's all I can remember. As for the paint job, did the body work myself, with my dad and brother (except for that gross rust repair), including multiple sandings of the entire thing. The body guy actually sprayed the paint.

:cheers2:

jstreet 03-17-2009 09:31 AM

I have the same jeep, makes me want to repaint mine as well

kenswanson 03-17-2009 03:27 PM

nice work man, the location looked rather familiar as I am from Sask. Your not near Estevan are you?, work in a welding shop?, keep up the good work.

Douglas S. 03-17-2009 03:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kenswanson (Post 6818303)
nice work man, the location looked rather familiar as I am from Sask. Your not near Estevan are you?, work in a welding shop?, keep up the good work.

Nope, I'm in Regina

tomwhysy 03-17-2009 08:12 PM

heh anything after 88 was galvaplated so little more corossion resistant .
I have an 87 myself and had to deal with cancer issues , but there is no bondo just weld and grind and paint not too pretty but super funcional can't fall off when u drag a rock . to be honest i only had about 50% of rot u had.
You did nice job fixing old lady :)
I couldnt resist the urge and replaced 4.2 with something little bit modern :)

Douglas S. 03-18-2009 01:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tomwhysy (Post 6820218)
heh anything after 88 was galvaplated so little more corossion resistant .
I have an 87 myself and had to deal with cancer issues , but there is no bondo just weld and grind and paint not too pretty but super funcional can't fall off when u drag a rock . to be honest i only had about 50% of rot u had.
You did nice job fixing old lady :)
I couldnt resist the urge and replaced 4.2 with something little bit modern :)

We'll see what happens to the motor. I wouldn't be surprised to see a tbi 4.3 in there, but a university budget doesn't really leave room for an LS series motor; although it would be nice. :drool:

Douglas S. 04-11-2009 04:00 PM

I have been searching for a Taurus 3.8 electric fan for the YJ for some time now, but it seemed like every time I went to the junkyard they had either been pulled or were broken.

Today I was browsing and I happened to find a nearly new (still has part# stickers on it) fan in a 3.8 taurus. I picked it up for $25 and plan to eventually install it with a Delta Current Control E-Fan setup.

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...0/DSCN2647.jpg

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/e...0/DSCN2648.jpg

Joe Dillard 07-14-2009 08:00 AM

Hows progress going Douglas? :)


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