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Unread 06-18-2009, 05:04 PM   #1
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I was driving down the road one afternoon on my lunch break in my old 91 YJ. The body was falling off and the frame had more holes then a good swiss cheese. But it was my 1st Jeep and I loved it. I did some minor body work to cover the rusty exterior but the frame was so far gone there was no saving it. I heard there was a CJ5 for sale and I was on my way to have a look. I happened to pass a house that had a YJ sitting by the barn with out of state plates on it. So I said what the hay I doesn't hurt to ask. I pulled in and a women came out. She said it was her husbands Jeep and she wasn't sure what he was doing with it. She called him on his cell and left a message. As I was heading down the driveway he pulled in. I told him I was intrested in his Jeep. He proceeded to tell me he was a Doctor and had no time to work on it. He bought it new in Texas and it had only been in the north country for a couple years, and for the last two years it sat behind the barn. We looked it over and he told me it wouldn't run and it needed some work. I asked him what he thought it was worth he said " I'd like to get six for it." I replied " I don't know don't you think six is a little high." He awnsered " No I think six Hundred dollars is fair." I scratched my head and told him I'd be back in a half hour with the money and a tow bar. I thought he was asking six thousand. Other then needing a good charge in the battery, a serpintine belt, a passenger side rotor and some fresh gas this thing was mint. No real rust issues anywhere, the floors were solid, the frame was solid and still had some of the factory paint on it. I called the boss told him I wouldn't be back from lunch and thats were it all began. Here's a few pics of her as she sat with the exception of a set of well worn 31's that I threw on.


In the spring I added an RC 1 1/4 shackle lift and a new set of Hankook MT's on some aluminum rims with 3 3/4 back spacing. This would get rid of the rubbing issues I had running 31's with the stock set up.





That was the first real upgrade that I made. I loved it. I wheeled her through the spring and summer. Here's a few pics.




When fall arrived I got another killer deal.This time it was on tires. I picked up four Donlup Radial Mud Rovers for $250. A guy had them on his pulling truck at the fair. He made one practice run with them when one of the judges told him he couldn't run them. So they had one pull on them and the blue crap was still on the white letters when I got them. Here's a pic or two.


So now I got these tires and can't use them until the Jeep goes higher and I get some different rims as the ones that the 31's are on are only 7" rims and a 12.5 tire wouldn't like that. I fixed the lift problem with a call to the guys at RC. Here's what they sent me along with a box of stuff I didn't get any pics of.


The rims I got from a memeber of my local Jeep club. Five rims with one spare 33" Procomp mt mounted $125. Thanks for hooking a brother up Derrick. I know that RC hasn't had the best track record with their leaf springs but they have changed the design and stand by them %100. Stay tuned pics of the lift install to come.

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Unread 06-18-2009, 05:16 PM   #2
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You are so lucky. I hate you. It looks like its in really good condition. DAM you. I like it much
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Unread 06-18-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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nice find!!
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Unread 06-18-2009, 06:20 PM   #4
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nice story to man!i mean the way u got the jeep,600 only......
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Unread 06-18-2009, 07:18 PM   #5
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That's a sweet deal. I thought my '93 for $1500 was good but this blows that away. The build is coming along good. You need to ditch the track and sway bars next.
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Unread 06-18-2009, 07:41 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. Theres more to come I've had the Jeep for a few years now. I'm just gettiing around to putting together the build thread. Keep checking back as I get time I'll continue to update until I get you to were she is today. Sway bar is there but when I wheel it gets unhooked.
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Unread 06-18-2009, 08:21 PM   #7
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Awesome story man! Looks great too!
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Unread 06-19-2009, 03:49 PM   #8
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So the time came to install the lift. I pulled her into the garage Friday night around 4:30 and started on the front. With my younger brother being the official tool hander and hold that guy everything went well and by 11:30 I had the new springs in and the axle reinstalled. It was time to call it a night.



The following morning my uncle showed up and we got all the hardware on for the sway bar, track bar, bumpstops, put the shocks on, and after breaking two pitman arm pullers and lots of swear words we got the new drop pitman arm on. The front was done.


Now being union workers we stopped for lunch then moved on to the back.





We stopped at 5:00 Saturday evening and finished up Sunday. Here's what we had.

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By Tuesday I had tested her abilities in the mud. I was pleased. It took four hours to clean that mess.


In this pic you can see my very simple yet extremly functional custom rear bumper. The tow hooks are tied into the frame via the plate under them on the bottom of the bumper. The plate is welded to the bumper and then bolted to the frame in the factory drilled and tapped hole. It is also a nice step and a great jacking point for my Hi-Lift'


Next came the winch. Any Jeep worth its salt needs a winch. I went the the Smittybuilt XRC8. For the $ you can't beat them.



She doesn't flex to bad either. Stay tuned theres only a few more upgrades to go.
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Unread 06-19-2009, 04:35 PM   #9
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Nice lookin Jeep. My last YJ was the same color and a hard top too. The one I have now is white. I love that green though.
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Unread 06-19-2009, 08:06 PM   #10
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nice looking jeep man. now ditch those trackbars and sway bars and youll have MORE flex!
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Unread 07-25-2009, 10:04 AM   #11
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I scored some steel half doors for $50. They needed some paint but I figured for the price I couldn't beat it. Here's a few pics.

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Here's a with them on the Jeep. I stayed with the flat black I like the way it looks.


I've been tossing around the idea of painting the Jeep but with the tight trails up here in the Adirondacks it seems like it would be a waste. If I did paint her I'd go with o.d. green. We'll see.
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Unread 07-25-2009, 10:41 AM   #12
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Love the AR-23 rims

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Unread 07-25-2009, 10:55 AM   #13
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Unread 01-29-2010, 10:23 PM   #14
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Wow I haven't checked back in a while. Thanks guys. I loved the AR-23's myself but unfortunetly they where 15x7 so they had to go when I got the 33x12.50's. Next will be an LS 8.8 in the rear and a Aussie locker up front. I'll get started on it when it's not 0 degrees outside as the garage is not heated. Hopefully it will be done by this coming wheeling season.
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