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Redsand 04-17-2013 08:41 AM

My 3rd ZJ...the slow 4.0 project
What is up?

I havent posted here in a couple years since I regretfully sold my niner, but I am back again with my 3rd ZJ thanks to the Jeep bug biting me again. (it never goes away!!)

Im not new to this, and once again I am excited to turn wrenches on a Jeep again. Here are my prior ZJs...

My First ZJ- '97 5.2 Limited with BB and 31s..

My Second ZJ (I miss her everyday) '98 5.9 with a fair amount of motor work..

And I present to you all my 3rd baby...

1998 4.0 w/145k

She is pretty clean for her age and mileage and runs like a top. I got started with a few minor things right away.

Had these tails laying around from the niner so I threw them on, such a cleaner look then stock, i love them!

The I painted the grill flat black for the meantime..

Only issues are (i call these fun projects)..

-Minor valve cover gasket leak
-Needs new header panel, lights, grill
-Needs fuel pump (already have one, gas gauge doesn't read)
-Needs a wheel bearing on the rear (i think)
-Turn signals only flash with lights on (if someone can help with that I would be grateful)

Thats it tho, should only take a few weekends and one paycheck to fix everything. She's no 5.9 but I see alot of potential in the future....and I am thrilled to be a jeep owner again!

GCjunkie93 04-17-2013 02:59 PM

Very clean. All three of 'em for that matter! And that 9er is(was) a sexy beast!

Redsand 04-19-2013 04:07 PM

First order of business: obtain build sheet

Model Year 1998
Body Model ZJ J L 74
Color PX8- Black Clear Coat
Engine ERH- 4.0L I6 Power Tech Engine
Transmission DGKS- 4-Spd. Automatic 42RE Transmission

*F5 Cloth High Back Bucket Seats
-C3 Mist Gray
AHC Trailer Tow Group
APAS Monotone Paint
ARNP Laredo Decor Group
A24P 4.0L Engine(ERH)/4Spd Auto Trans(DGK
BAUS 117 Amp Alternator
BCES 600 Amp Maintenance Free Battery
BRGS Anti-Lock 4-Wheel-Disc Brakes
CACS Low Back Bucket Seats
CFNS Rear 60/40 Folding Seat
CGWS Next Generation Front Air Bags**
CKDS Floor Carpet
CKNS Cargo Compartment Carpet
CKRS Cargo Net
CKTS Cargo Tie Down Loops
CLES Front & Rear Floor Mats
CSAS Spare Tire Cover
CSCS Cargo Compartment Cover
CSRS Passenger Assist Handles
CUFS Full Length Floor Console
CUNP Overhead Console
DGB All 4-Speed Automatic Transmissions
DGKS 4-Spd. Automatic 42RE Transmission
DHAS Lock-Up Torque Converter
DHPP Selec-Trac Full Time 4WD System
DJJS Dana 30/186MM Front Axle
DMEP 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio
DRMP Dana 35C/194MM Rear Axle
EAAC All Engines
ERH 4.0L I6 Power Tech Engine
GBBS Tinted Windshield Glass
GCBS Front Door Tinted Glass
GEGP Deep Tint Sunscreen Glass
GEPS Flipper Liftgate Glass
GFAS Rear Window Defroster
GNAS Rear View Day/Night Mirror
GNCS Sun Visors w/Illum Vanity Mirrors
GRNP Left Power Fold-Away Mirror
GSNP Right Power Fold-Away Mirror
GTNS Power Mirrors, Fold-Away
GVBC All Vehicles W/Power Mirrors
GXMS Remote Keyless Entry
HAAP Air Conditioning
HGAS Hood Insulation
HGDS Deluxe Insulation Group
JAYS Instrument Cluster w/Tach
JCBS 120 MPH Primary Speedometer
JHAS Var Intermittent Windshield Wipers
JHBS Rear Window Wiper/Washer
JJAS Cigar Lighter
JJBS Dual Note Electric Horns
JKAS Locking Glove Box
JPAS Power Windows
JPBS Power Locks
LACS Illuminated Entry
LAGS Warning Chime
LBBS Courtesy Lamps
LBCS Glove Box Lamp
LBDS Ash Tray Lamp
LDAS Underhood Lamp
LDBS Cargo Compartment Lamp
LETP Traveler/Mini Trip Computer
LMBS Halogen Headlamps
MDAP Front License Plate Bracket
MFZP Bright Grille
MHAS Black Windshield Moldings
MWGS Roof Rack
NAA Federal Emissions
NF5S 23 Gallon Fuel Tank
NHK Engine Block Heater
NHMS Speed Control
NMCP Heavy Duty Engine Cooling
PX8 Black Clear Coat
QX8S Black Clear Coat
RAAC All Radio Equipped Vehicles
RASS AM/FM Cassette Radio
RCDS 4 Speakers
RDDS Fixed Long Mast Antenna
SBAS Power Rack and Pinion Steering
SCVS Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
SDAS Normal Duty Suspension
SUAS Tilt Steering Column
TBGS Compact Spare Tire
TBLS Inside Mounted Spare Tire
TRL P225/75R15 Wrangler RT/S AT Tires
TZAS Goodyear Brand Tires
WJ6S 15X7.0 Sport Aluminum Wheels
WLZC All Aluminum Wheels
YAAS Build To U.S. Mkt. Specifications the 4.0 came with a 3.73 rear????? Didn't know that, I love surprises :)

GCjunkie93 04-19-2013 06:20 PM

Yes the ones with the tow package. Non tow package is 3.55

Redsand 04-19-2013 06:45 PM

Cool, thanks for clarifying. I didn't expect to see the tow package without a trailer hitch. Maybe a previous owner removed it...

Redsand 05-09-2013 06:00 PM

Update 5/9

first project underway and this thing is already pissing me off.

parts finally showed up and it was my day off...perfect

started pulling everything off..

cracked header panel which i was aware of, those things are flimsy anyway so no biggie....

I continue to remove the bumper (which was a pain in the *** since i never did it before)

So wonderful news it looks like this thing got banged up at one point. After this I stopped taking pictures, moving all the headlight adjusters from the broken header panel to the new one was fairly easy. But the part that drove me nuts was the HORRIBLE CRAP FITMENT of this crowne header panel. I thought crowne was the way to go. Guess not.

That resulted in my trimming and sanding various clips, retainers, and the new lights I purchased (they fit horrible too). I expected this though.

Finally got the headlights in...

After having to shave down the clips on the new headlights I was able to get them mounted. These were TYC brand btw and just like all the other non-oems they were a project to make fit.

Final product...

The passenger side looks to be lined up correctly but everything on the driver side is crooked. I dont know weather to blame that on the non OEM header panel, or the fact that the jeep was clearly involved in an impact on that corner. The header panel mounted up with no issue, so I am a little confused. Either way, I dont care...I bought this thing to beat up on anyway, at least now I will be able to see at night.

Moral of this story is....BUY OEM PARTS. I guess I didnt learn my lesson from the first two jeeps I had

Also, by looking at the pics do you think I wil have any issues installing an aftermarket rad support?? Seems ok to me but not sure if the pushed in bumper support will cause any problems...

GCjunkie93 05-09-2013 09:44 PM

I hear ya on the header panel being a pain, and my headlights ended up kind of wonky too. As for the rad support, I've seen people with worse cross member damage run 'em with no problem.

Redsand 05-13-2013 12:03 PM

Straightened out my drivers side headlight, put the bumper back since the smashed in crossmember wasnt pretty, and gave it a bath

It clean up pretty good for being the beat up turd that it is.

I had a lot of trouble lining things up with the crowne header panel and going by how perfectly it mounted on to the jeep, I cant blame the crooked drivers side headlight on the existing damage. Luckily I found a way to rig everything to make it look decent, and after Kolak told me the OEM header panel runs for about $500 i figured the extra work was worth it

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