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post #1 of 6 Old 11-13-2012, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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93 YJ Resto Thread

So I figured I would start another thread to track progress on my most recent acquisition.. A 93 YJ 4.0l auto that I got on a straight up trade for my old DD (2000 cav) back in March.

My original intention was to fix this up and resell it because the damage and rust on this thing were easy fixes. Then I realized that my younger sister will be turning 16 next November and does not yet have a vehicle. After speaking with the folks and her, it turns out she was more than interested for me to fix it up for her.

Enter the winter project. The plan is to get it roadworthy and reliable up to a "first car" standard by next summer.

So now that brings us to the pictures. Here's when I first got her home..

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Overall the jeep ran great besides burning oil (which I believe to be bad valve seals). The only thing was the amount of rust that was on the body and the frame.

I stripped the nasty soft top from it and put it into my garage where it would sit all summer waiting for me to start work on it.

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89 YJ S, 2.5L/AX-5/NP231
99 WJ Limited, 4.0L/42RE/NP247
93 YJ, 4.0L HO/32RH/NP231 - Sold
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-13-2012, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Next up was to assess the amount of work I would need to get this thing back on the road, and ended up with this list

New or used top
Fix the body rust
Fix the frame rust
Install a cat converter
Address the oil consumption issue
Fix the fuel leak by the tank

Picture time..

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89 YJ S, 2.5L/AX-5/NP231
99 WJ Limited, 4.0L/42RE/NP247
93 YJ, 4.0L HO/32RH/NP231 - Sold
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Started by pulling the interior for cleaning and some rattle can paint. The interior was already Bedlined so I fixed the small rust issues I saw and sprayed it black (still about half done)

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I got the front seats in and turned to simpler things like a tuneup. At this time I was knee deep in replacing my floor on the 89 so I tried to keep things simple.

Found this when I did the cap/rotor/plugs.. Yikes

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And compression numbers.. Seems to be a good motor minus the oil consumption

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I then moved to the fuel filter. There must have been two pounds of dirt on the filter guard. The elbow hose actually dry rotted through and was leaking when I removed it.

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99 WJ Limited, 4.0L/42RE/NP247
93 YJ, 4.0L HO/32RH/NP231 - Sold
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-13-2012, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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The first thing I started looking at was getting rid of that god awful 3" body lift. The plan is to replace it with a 1" poly kit and install a shackle lift that used to be on my wrangler, then my brothers, and now so to be this one lol.

I also scored free 3/16" steel panels from work to do the frame work.

As far as the body work.. I'm not sure if I want to try and make the panels I need, or buy preformed panels. I was leaning towards making them myself, but the fenders may need new/used replacements.

I decided to use my 89's soft top skin to replace the top this came with. It's not the best condition but at least it doesn't need duct tape

89 YJ S, 2.5L/AX-5/NP231
99 WJ Limited, 4.0L/42RE/NP247
93 YJ, 4.0L HO/32RH/NP231 - Sold
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-25-2012, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Just paid a visit to a jeep junkyard and picked up the following:

Passenger seat belt (mine was missing the buckle)
Full set of body bushings with bolts (replacing the 3" BL)
Shift boot for an auto (mine was missing the top half)

Picked them all up for $70. I think that was a pretty good deal considering individual prices ive seen on eBay.

Plan is to replace the BL after fixing the frame. I'll replace the easy stuff in the meantime, but I'll post some pics up soon once things gets completed

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post #6 of 6 Old 12-22-2012, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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So after further poking around under the jeep, I came to the conclusion that the frame was too far gone to try and patch. So I've been comparing options and stumbled on this *completely* rust free 92 frame. Only issue it is from a 4cyl so I'll have to reweld the motor mounts, but that's no big deal compared to the welding I would have had to do.

Here's a picture after we got it home. Looks rusty but it's just mud.

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Looks like this is turning into a frame swap thread

89 YJ S, 2.5L/AX-5/NP231
99 WJ Limited, 4.0L/42RE/NP247
93 YJ, 4.0L HO/32RH/NP231 - Sold
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