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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:00 PM   #1
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My Son and My 87 YJ build

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:














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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:02 PM   #2
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I hate to tell ya, there is no such thing as a 1997 YJ

It looks like a fun project. If you can do the engine work and some welding, you should be able to make short work of it.
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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:02 PM   #3
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^^ I think he said 97 but meant 87.

WOW. Rust city.
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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:06 PM   #4
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I hate to tell ya, there is no such thing as a 1997 YJ
he probably meant 1987
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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:08 PM   #5
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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.
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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:25 PM   #6
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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:




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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:26 PM   #7
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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.
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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:32 PM   #8
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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.
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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:42 PM   #9
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Need any parts?

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/r...l-part-865953/
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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:43 PM   #10
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It's an amazing transformation, great job posting lots of pictures, enjoy the heck out of seeing your progress.
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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:44 PM   #11
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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!!
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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:46 PM   #12
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Nice! you work quick. I'd like to see that paint in the sun. Looks like somebody swapped some cj7 seats in there somewhere along the line too.
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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:49 PM   #13
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Wow that thing has alot of potential. Have fun with it!
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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:52 PM   #14
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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.
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Unread 09-26-2009, 08:53 PM   #15
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Wow that's nice!

My YJ was in 10x beter shape than that when I got it and I thought I had a lot of stuff to do to restore it

Good work so far man. I wish my dad would have bought me an old YJ when I wa sthat young.
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