Hey guys, whats going on? Figured I would post up another build thread for those of you like me who enjoy reading through them and to help get ideas. I've been snooping around for a few weeks now while i scoped out Jeeps in my area. Finally settled on the 1994 Sahara. It was amazingly rust free. I wasn't expecting that at all. I assumed I would find some surface rust on the inside for sure. But, after pulling the carpet there was none. Anyhow, this is going to be a slow build thread as I, like most, am building on a budget. As it sits it is on a 2.5" Black Diamond AAL lift kit. This is my first Jeep and I won't lie when I say that I don't know what I'm getting myself into. I'm planning to put an actual suspension lift on at some point. I would also like to put an 8.8 4.10 underneath her, but for now I am going to focus on refreshing the interior, tuning up the motor, and probably replacing the tires. Its running a set of super swampers but the fronts are cupped so it makes the ride somewhat bumpy. That coupled with the fact that this will be my DD and weekend warrior, I what to get something a little more road friendly and less aggressive. Leaning towards some Goodyear MTR's perhaps. Anyhow, onto pictures for now. I will more than likely have some questions along the way and I hope that you can all help me with the issues I can't find while searching, but I'm doing my best to find results through search alone. So, here we go. And thanks for reading!
Here she sits today. Just got my registration and plates, so I decided I would tear into it and get it ready to start driving next week.
The fenders are nice being they are paint matched but I plan to remove them because they are pretty badly dry rotted. Planning to put some body armor on to give it a little more ruggedness.
Heavy duty rear tube bumper with a heavy duty spare tire holder. Plans are to add a few water/ fuel cans back here and put a storage rack over the spare for weekend camping storage. I also saw a guy build a charcoal grill to mount in his receiver mount. Interested in maybe giving that a try.
The only real issue with the paint, other than the fenders is the fact that the clear started pealing on the hood. I'm planning on repainting it, but haven't settled on plans for that yet. Any input? Thoughts? Ideas?
Pretty heavy duty front bumper. May be overkill for my plans, but everyone can use a winch, right?
The drivers seat is in HORRIBLE condition. All the other seats are pristine. Thinking about swapping them out for a junkyard special, or ordering some from bestop. Again, any input?
Came with an Instatrunk but it was pretty beat up. May try to straighten it up or just order a new one. Or maybe scrap it all together. So many ideas running through my head!
PO thought it was a grand idea to install an K&N air filter in a vehicle designed for offroading and driving through mud/ water. Gotta find a solution to this issue. Ideas?
Oil buildup on the valve cover. Issue or am I being paranoid?
Again, very very little rust underneath. Where there IS rust, it is very light surface rust only.
It's got a BDS steering damper and Black Diamond Shocks. I'm pretty narrow minded when it comes to shocks. All I really know are Rancho's. Are they good? Should I look into upgrading them?
What is this rod with the two retaining clips? I'm assuming its designed to be removed to increase articulation. Also, can I remove the bump stops? Or are they still on for a good reason?
Almost entirely rust free frame and under carriage.
Can't really tell here, but it appears that my rear pinion seal needs to be replaced. Anyone concur?
Also, there is some oil buildup on the shaft and the u-joint. I tried to get a picture but it really didn't show up. Its the shiny part on the right side. What could this be from?
Back seat and carpet pulled.
Fenderwell carpet pulled.
I'M RICH!! Wait, nope, just plastic. D@mn!
Can anyone guess what my first mod is? I'll give you a hint... nah, I'll just tell you. I plan on putting a truck bed coating in. Still tossing around which one I'm planning. Thinking about doing the Herculiner. Seems to be a good DIY kit that is much stronger than the Duplicolor garbage and a hell of a lot cheaper than rhinoliner.
Made a lot of progress the first night. Gonna finish prepping tomorrow and probably paint tomorrow night or Wednesday.
And, that's it for tonight! More to come. Thanks for looking!