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Unread 03-15-2009, 05:13 PM   #1
Douglas S.
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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).







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

Before









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:



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Unread 03-15-2009, 05:13 PM   #2
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During bodywork:











During Assembly:







Finished:



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Unread 03-15-2009, 05:13 PM   #3
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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





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"

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Unread 03-15-2009, 05:52 PM   #4
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wow, great work! looks real good
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Unread 03-16-2009, 10:33 AM   #5
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Looks awesome! Nice job! Complete transformation with the paintjob. Any future plans?
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Unread 03-16-2009, 01:25 PM   #6
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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.
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Unread 03-16-2009, 08:01 PM   #7
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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.
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Unread 03-16-2009, 08:36 PM   #8
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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.

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Unread 03-17-2009, 10:31 AM   #9
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I have the same jeep, makes me want to repaint mine as well
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Unread 03-17-2009, 04:27 PM   #10
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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.
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Unread 03-17-2009, 04:31 PM   #11
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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
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Unread 03-17-2009, 09:12 PM   #12
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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
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Unread 03-18-2009, 02:33 PM   #13
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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.
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Unread 04-11-2009, 05:00 PM   #14
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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.



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Unread 07-14-2009, 09:00 AM   #15
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Hows progress going Douglas?
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