I am I almost finished with round one of my Yj build. My son and I have had a blast fixing this old jeep up. I picked it up for $400 from a cop friend of mine, he realized it was way out of his league. I came out of Alaska and had been sitting in Maryland for 4 years. If it sat any longer there would have been no saving the jeep. It has the 4.2 and tf999 auto. The jeep ran and drove when I picked it up but barely. The motor was seriously sludged up and an intake valve on #5 Stuck open.
Here it is when I got it home. I ripped the hardtop and full doors off I quickly had the jeep torn apart. You can see what I found:
Last edited by windsoreight; 09-26-2009 at 07:26 PM..
I hate to tell ya, there is no such thing as a 1997 YJ
Yeah think he meant 87'. Good project for you though and it looks like you're more than capable with the head off already. Are you going with a new frame or just sectioning that one? Repairing the tub? Get some used rust free parts from the south and you'll have it made.
1993 YJ, AX15, 4.0L, 8.8 LSD w/3.73's, Lock-rite locker in front, S.O.A. JB4x4 high steer bracket, BrandonYJ 1" Booms, Rugged Ridge SS S.Y.E. XJ drive shaft, 35x12.50 BFG KM2's, Chevy Cavy seats, woods camo paint, 200,000 miles and still goin strong!
1993 Cherokee Country AW4,4.0L, 3.55's, 4" blocks in back, 4" TJ springs front, 31x10.50 BFG A/T, Ford Red paint, recently finished with 4wd conversion
I began to repair the frame and tub. I used a buddies plasma cutter and cut the bad pieces out and welded in new metal. The frame is soild for now but I am sure in a few years I will have to some serious work. The dents were the worst part. I hammered and dollied them back into shape. I also had to rebuild front seat belt mounts. I prepped the floors and put 3 coats of herculiner. I carried the herculiner around to the body seam. I also ordered some diamond plate to cover some of the bad stuff:
I drained the oil and filled the base with 2.5 gallons of kerosene. It sat for 2 weeks. I found the rear main leaked. So off came the oil pan. The main bearings look new. Now signs of brass. I also picked up a light bar and Weber carb, both were $150:
Now for paint. I decided on a dark metalliac green. I had an excuse to use my new cheap paint gun set. I turned my dads garage into a paint booth. It work well. I also sanded the old flares and painted the satin black:
The ghost flames are Hot Hues voilet pearl. They look blue against the green paint. I also added a slight amount of pearl to the first coat of clear. THe paint turned out real smooth. I think the only wet sanding I will do is the hood. Tomorrow I finish putting the Jeep back together. I will get some good daylight pics. I still have to do the Nutter mod and get the motor running.
Yea that was a mistype, I meant 87. My next goal is lift, wheels, and tires. It will be a month before that can happen. Now I just want to get it on the road. It has been about 2 weeks since I bought the Jeep.
Awesome work. I am looking forward to seeing it out in the sun so I can see the ghost flames. The most important part is it looks like your Son is having a blast. I can't wait until my boy is old enough to start a project with. He is 5 now and he loves "helping" me in the garage. I usually give him a couple wrenches and let him think he found the problem. It makes him so happy. He will talk about it for months about how he fixed my Jeep!!
1990 Jeep YJ 4.2
Howell EFI, BDS 3.5" lift, M.O.R.E 5/8" Boomerang shackles, 1" Daystar BL, 1" JKS MML, TFI, Crager soft 8s w 35" Dunlop Mud Rovers, Ford 8.8, 4.88s, Dana 30 E-Locker, Terra Flex SYE, Tom Woods CV shaft, Warn M8000.
Thanks guys. I don't know if I work quick or am just impatient. My main goal was to stop the rust. I am sure it will always be a constant battle. THe fun part for me was beating the front fenders back into shape. I never used a hammer and dolley before. I work on cars for a living so doing the body and paint work was a great change of pace. I am usually working under the hood not on the body. I will get some good sunlight pics tomorrow with the flares back on. I am waiting on a skid plate for the gas tank and the linkage for the Weber carb.