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Unread 06-05-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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The Greatest WJ Rebuild Thread of All Time

I am so gonna catch He** over on the XJ forum for this, but I have always sort of wanted a Grand and with 5 XJ's in the shed I finally got one. Had to sell my 91 XJ project to get it and my wife and brother-in-law think I am insane but I see promise where others see disaster. Here is what I got.

1999 WJ with a 4.0 and substantial owwies.









I am such a sucker for lost causes.

The rear differential is literally shattered at the pumpkin and the control arm bracket is nearly torn off.

I will be asking a lot of questions here in the near future. BUT I GOT MY GRAND!!!

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Unread 06-06-2010, 05:44 AM   #2
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Looks like a fun project! The damage doesn't look that bad. It could always be worse.
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Unread 06-06-2010, 08:26 AM   #3
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looks like a good project, can't wait to see how it turns out, what are your plans for it?
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Unread 06-06-2010, 05:34 PM   #4
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ok so i wanna see this with a 4.7, limited interior/exterior black on black, HID's, Led interior lights, magnaflow exhaust and....

the rest doesnt matter

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Unread 06-06-2010, 05:56 PM   #5
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diff pics when you get a chance...

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Unread 06-06-2010, 06:03 PM   #6
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love to see it done
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Unread 06-06-2010, 06:22 PM   #7
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Were they playing bumper cars with it? Lol

Can't wait to see what comes of this...

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Unread 06-06-2010, 11:32 PM   #8
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Got the Jeep home and started to asses the damage. The rear has had it.



The control arm mount is pretty messed up too.


Before I can really do anything I had to make it so I could move it around so I took the control arm loose at the axle and pulled it out of the fender with a ratchet strap.

That allowed me to get the spring back in place. It had been popped out and somehow wrapped around the shock mount.
Using a second strap to pull forward I have the axle sort of held in place and even though the shaft is broken inside, The brake caliper is holding things in so I can use 4 wheel to move the jeep forward and backward a few feet.


The Next step is to try to pull the Control Arm mount back into place. But first I will be setting a couple of deadmen to pull from. I have usually used the Phone Pole outside my shop as one anchor but the power company politely told me to "stop that" so I am going to set a couple of good pulling points on either side of my concrete drive.

Immediate plans are to just get this running and then see what goes from there. I am considering several rearend options including a ford 8.8
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Unread 06-06-2010, 11:40 PM   #9
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You had to trade for that? What happened it to get it in such condition?
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Unread 06-06-2010, 11:42 PM   #10
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The ford 8.8 will be a bit narrow, you will need to get some 2" wheel spacers for it to be stock i believe. But with new brackets and the spacers for the wheels, you would be good.
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Unread 06-06-2010, 11:54 PM   #11
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I didn't trade for this WJ. I sold my XJ to my neighbor to raise some cash to buy this one. Paid $1000 figure the parts are worth that much. Engine has 119,000 on it but runs smooth. Transfer case has a hefty leak, will be checking that soon. Interior is very nice, will post pics and description later.

PO was pretty vague about what happened to the WJ. Just said someone hit it in the rear. Funny how it went in under everything, took out the bumper cover, hit the tire and nothing else. Asked if the other driver had insurance and got some real funny looks. I think it got backed into something and there was no other car involved. At any rate, I have had some experience pulling out bent stuff so I thought I would give this a try. If it doesn't work I can always sell the parts for more than I paid.
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Unread 06-07-2010, 07:06 AM   #12
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Good Luck. Looks like you'll be having some fun
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Unread 06-07-2010, 08:22 AM   #13
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Unread 06-08-2010, 12:22 AM   #14
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Today was moving day, that is I wanted to try to move the control arm mount back into place. First I had to create an anchor. I hooked a chain to an old bent truck wheel and buried it three feet deep.


Then I hooked the chain to the jeep frame. There was a convenient hole right in front of the frame damage so I used that one to anchor the jeep. On the other end I used a Ramsey 9000 winch hooked to my 1 Ton.


The first pull was on the end of the lower control arm because I could not get the bolt out with the bracket folded up the way it was. With the bolt removed I could pull each side of the bracket separately. I also used a ten ton porta power to push things sideways while I held pressure with the winch. When the inside ear of the bracket was about where I wanted it I did the same thing with the outside ear. I left things a little wider than they need to be for future fitting with the control arm in place.


both sides will need welded, but the inside of the frame has the worst tear.


A test fit showed that I moved the bracket pretty close to where it needs to be. The axle is broken and still pitched forward so I wont have a good guage on where things line up till I get a straight axle. It was late so I slapped the wheel on just to see then cleaned up for the night. At least there is a space now between the wheel well and the tire.
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