I have had several inquiries regarding my YJ project. So I decided to start my own thread regarding the vehicles, parts and progress.
It all started out with the purchase of a 1988 YJ Laredo for three bills, and a 1988 XJ for one bill. The YJ was missing the tranny, transfer case, drive shafts, interior pieces like the front seats, and most of the dash was missing also.
It did have a MPI conversion started, but I am willing to bet that the PO had given up on this daunting task.
At this point, I can virtually do what ever I want to this thing. I elected to keep the motor that was dropped in, and use the Cherokee as a parts donor.
2015 Cherokee Trailhawk V6.
Last edited by remmons; 03-11-2010 at 02:42 PM..
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It has no title, and it was not in running condition. The parts were strewn through out the interior. It appears that the PO had taken the top end off the motor to see why it did not turn over. I had discovered, during the tear down process, that the flex plate was broken.
I had recently purchased a new flex plate in order to begin the resurection.
I also noticed that the fuel tank wires were damaged.
I am willing to bet that a PO had misdiagnosed his engine troubles and dumped the Jeep with little knowledge as to what was really wrong. On this Jeep, the Crankshaft Sensor is the ring on the flex plate. So getting no timing AND no fuel was probably very frustrating for him.
Now, onto the project. I will keep this progress posted as time permits.
sweet. thanks for the link and good luck. I am slowly assembling parts trying to get mine all back together. How complete is the wiring harness and engine on the cherokee? Could you tell me what the bundle coming out of the harness near the firewall side of the valve cover and I think going through the firewall is for? There are two bundles coming out there, the smaller one has a hose in it which I think is for the wiper motor and sprayer but the bigger bundle was completely cut and I don't know where it goes.
I will have all the wiring figured out by this weekend.
There were three sets that passed through the firewall, plus the firewall connector. One of the sets was for the tail section including tail/stop lights, rear wiper and defrost, dome lights and the fuel pump. It also had the E-brake wire and the seat belt reminder wire set. I should have taken pics of the tear down process, but I was more worried to get that XJ out of my wifes parking spot.
I took virtually every part of the wiring harness, short of a couple feet of dome light wire. I did notice that the engine in the YJ had some upgrades performed before I bought it. It has been upgraded with the 4.0L head, intake and exhaust, and the engine compartment wire harness, so I will have to perform some cross referencing on this as well.
I managed to spend about an hour and a half on the tranny/transfer case install last night. This is where I am at thus far. (The transfer case pic did not turn out right).
I got the tranny bolts tightened to spec. I also got the transfer case installed and tightened to spec as well. While I was under there, I checked to see if my drive shaft that I bought from winners97tj would fit. It was a perfect fit. I will be replacing the U-joints before I install it.
I also managed to get the left motor mount installed last night.
It was missing when I bought the Jeep. I had to wrangle the motor around with a floor jack, and a chain hoist suspended from the garage rafters in order to get the mount holes to line up.
I was satisfied to this point with the install. So for now, the easy part is over with.
I placed the transmission shifter assembly into the stock 5 speed hole and determined that it was in an adequate place. I then determined the best place to drill out a firewall pass through for the cable.
This is my initial placement before setting the shifter assy. to the right side of the hole.
Here, it is passing through the firewall on the engine side. It is looking good for clearance from moving parts and exhaust at this point.
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