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post #1 of 19 Old 04-20-2013, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Project Canifornia Dreaming, My 1987 Worklog

I bought my first Jeep 4 years ago at auction for $2350 Canadian dollars. It was an instant love affair and I could not wait to get it on the road with the top and doors off. It being a 1987 bone stock Jeep yj in a authentic 80's color scheme of brown metallic paint with the accented pin stripping. A 4.2 power plant with a B/A 10 tranny. It sits quite low due to a beaten up suspension more than likely all original. Unfortunately my dreams were shattered due to a highly unreasonable insurance quote and the jeep was put on the back burner always in my mind when the warm weather would come rolling in and imagining myself and friends enjoying the open elements. Now fast forward to today as it stands I am doing it the right way from the start. Frame off restoration. I am 21 years old, I have access to a 2 car garage and have acquired all of my tools since I have started this project.I consider myself to be somewhat knowledgeable in terms of mechanics. My day job is in building automation systems so my electrical/ troubleshooting skills are quite confident. Anyways back to the jeep, It was originally from California where it was then imported into Ontario Canada in the mid 90's according to the car report and to some clues that I have found, 1/2 an inch of undercoating, Though the undercoating really saved the Jeep from the perils of Canadian winters it was not unscathed. The floor pans both driver and passenger are going to be changed out and new ones are going to be welded in. Passenger/driver side from rear wheel arch up to the joop is rusting out. Now I have a general idea where I am going with this Jeep, cosmetically I want to keep that 80's look with the metallic brown paint and pin stripping. Mechanically things will have to change, I will be keeping the 4.2 but will be swapping out the carb for a Weber though I have a line on a Holley setup that might find a home in my Jeep. As far as fixing my suspension or lack there of I will be putting in a 4 inch lift and have that sitting on 33's. I want some good off roading capability but nothing crazy.

Well I will be taking the body off tomorrow I spent my afternoon today getting it prepped for that so I am crossing my fingers the rear frame members are in good shape. so stay tuned.

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post #2 of 19 Old 04-21-2013, 01:55 AM
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Subbed because I love restorations and you took the time to type it all out with good grammar and punctuation. That goes a long way for me. I'm sure this will be a good one.

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Not a bad start for what looks like an unmolested Jeep. Good luck with your project.

Please don`t do the "how can I do xxx with no budget/as cheaply as I can" mentality that is so prevalent here. Do it right the first time.

Remember that cost/effort and quality results often go hand in hand. In most cases cheap and good are opposites. Rarely do they both work together.
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Please don`t do the "how can I do xxx with no budget/as cheaply as I can" mentality that is so prevalent here. Do it right the first

Remember that cost/effort and quality results often go hand in hand. In most cases cheap and good are opposites. Rarely do they both work together.
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post #5 of 19 Old 04-21-2013, 08:41 AM
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FYI.
4" lift=SYE.
33" tires=gearing
Gearing=Turdy 5 debate

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Couple random thoughts.
87's got a factory undercoat which is what you see.
Expect to find rust under the floor rollbar mounts as well.
Be careful when welding if you plan on repairing your tub, 87 tubs are galvanized.
Scrape the seam sealer away from where the side panels mount to the firewall and check for rust there.
If somehow your front hubs are still the original ones like mine were then they can be rebuilt.
Do you have the 231 or 207 transfer case?
Some pictures of my 87's tub and the rust issues I have.
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LOVE That color

Is it a stock color ??

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I love that color too....my first CJ7 Laredo was that color exterior, with a slightly darker interior than the YJ's have

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Good day today started a little late 11:30ish, I got the body off with the help of my dad and his old 1949 Massey Harris 22 to all of you tractor guys.I did a quick inspection of what needs to be done. Really happy with the condition of my rear frame section, although, my rear cross member is in pretty rough shape as you can see in the picture. I've got a lot of cleaning to do so that will keep me busy. I intend on sand blasting the frame and either painting it or doing a por 15 treatment. I would like to say thanks to all of you guys that have posted and to those that will be staying in tune with what I have going on. I have quite a busy work week so most of my work is done on weekends. I will keep this updated as much as possible. In response to your questions I am running a np231 transfer case, not sure how you guys feel about those but let me know how rock solid that is. I appreciate the input on where I was going with the lift/tires. I thought I could get away with 33's without touching my gearing, I am more than content with a 2 1/2" lift and 31's. I do intend on doing a 1 inch body lift.
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Almost forgot to mention I found a nice gift the previous owner's have given me. 20 gal poly tank.
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I love that color too....my first CJ7 Laredo was that color exterior, with a slightly darker interior than the YJ's have
I am almost certain it is mocha brown metallic but want to be sure before I invest in some. can anyone chime in on this ?

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I always thought Jeep just used color names like 'Black, Brown, Blue' until '96 and later... but I could be wrong.

I remember reading somewhere that all YJ tanks are actually 20 gallon tanks, even with the 2.5L motors, it's just that the filler neck was a different length so it would only fill to 15 gallons.

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I am almost certain it is mocha brown metallic but want to be sure before I invest in some. can anyone chime in on this ?
I've got a chart at work with all the paint colors and the related codes for them.
I'll see if I can find it tomorrow.
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I always thought Jeep just used color names like 'Black, Brown, Blue' until '96 and later... but I could be wrong.

I remember reading somewhere that all YJ tanks are actually 20 gallon tanks, even with the 2.5L motors, it's just that the filler neck was a different length so it would only fill to 15 gallons.
For early model years you either got a 15 gallon metal tank or a 20 gallon poly tank.
A early year 15 gallon tank is truly 15 gallons.
Chrysler probably both saved and made a bundle when they switched from manufacturing two tanks to a single tank with different filler necks.

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Nice find. Did you have any trouble getting the body mount bolts out? Also, I wouldn't put any money into the BA10. If it acts up you should consider going to the AX15 (I did). As to the NP231, it's a good transfer case for your current drivetrain. Looks like you're having fun keep the pics
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And if it is 4B mocha brown metallic then I'd assume these paint codes would still be applicable.
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