So, I've already started my(slow) build on our ZJ. Just found JF recently, so I figured I'd catch you up to what I've done so far, not that it's a bunch of stuff, but ya gotta start sumwhere! LOL
This is the story of our '94 ZJ that my wife has named "George".
We started off in July '10 when we bought it. He had 154,700mi on his odo back then. He's got 174,000 as of today. George was absolutely bone stock and in desperate need of a brake job. We paid $2,000 for him. The P.O. was asking $2,500 for it and I talked him down because the ABS light was on.
I did the brakes and a few other things that any 16yr old(at the time) vehicle needs. Had it checked out and the verdict was a dead ABS pump. I can live without ABS. I think it SUCKS A$$!!!!
George is really pristine for a vehicle that "lived" in Maine all it's life. His rockers were just showing a little rust back then, but now they're pretty much toast. Got a guy from my 4X4 club that's gonna make some killer rocker/sliders SOON!!!! No rust aside from the rockers, a super clean interior, and the paint is still pristine!!!
This is what he looked like the whole time we've had him until September of '12, when I decided he would be even more capable with some mods.
This pic was taken moments before I started his 3" BB at my Dad's house.
Then I picked up a T-case skid and a gas tank skid from a friend, along with a roof rack light bar. Snagged some cheapo(for now) "off road" lights and a relay for the light bar, and a sanding and fresh paint for the G/T skid.
I hooked the relay up to the reverse lights for one pair of lights that face the rear, so that they come on with the rev. lights.. The pair facing the front is hooked to a switch in the dash. They are wired with a trailer light plug, so the light bar can be removed or installed in 2 min or less.
The skids are great, but the only thing I ever get hung up on is the damn T-case skid....
Above the shifter on the right is the switch for the front lights. The post to the right of the console was for a car phone(remember those?? LOL). The mount is bolted thru the floorboards, so I left it there. I turned that into my cb mount, by putting the cb mount on it. It unscrews so I can store the cb outta the way. I also put a lighter plug end on the cb cord, so that it's less than 1 minute to install/remove.
Then the mufflah went, and I found a nice Thrush welded mufflah for cheap and put that on. It sounds great!! It's just slightly louder and definitely deeper thank stock on the outside and considerably deeper inside, but not obnoxious or droning.
I also picked up a used set of American Racing 15x7 wheels. I saved my $$ and bought a set of 31x10.50s I chose Jetzon Mud Claws. I dunno what it was that I liked about them, but I just liked their looks.
I did well, because I'm definitely impressed with their performance off road!!!
I did need to trim the bumper here and there, but it's only minor.
THEEEENNNNNN.......... We went wheelin' and I got hung up on that #$*% T-case skid...... It's the ONLY thing i ever get hung up on.....
I have no front tow points, so I had to be towed backward.
Well, when it was all said and done, I had a new upgrade.....
I have a few things that will be happening in the next few weeks. I picked up a new Addco rear sway bar and a pair of Energy Suspension sway bar links. Hopefully putting these in tomorrow!!
I bought a Hi-Lift jack storage bag today, not that that's a big deal.
I also have a new, stock front LCA that I've had for months and need to put in.
I'm also planning some home grown front sway bar disco's
I'll be posting up pics of my progress as it goes.
George got a new set of rear brakes today. Everything except the drums.
The self adjuster cable broke on the driver's side, so I changed it all!!
It helped the brakes a little, but not much.
I put in the Addco rear sway bar & Energy Suspension end links today, while I had both rear wheels off already.
I didn't realize what a monster this sway bar is, compared to stock!!
The bummer is, that I broke off a mount bolt.... I got it drilled out, but I need to tap it and put a bolt in it.
Takin' the ol' boy wheelin' tomorrow. It oughtta be a wickid good time, Mistah.
Went wheelin' yesterday and had a blast! Went a few places that I wasn't sure I'd make it out of under my own power. Did quite a bit of playing on the ledges at one of our local off road parks. I can't wait to go again!!!
GOOD news.... I went to Bath Industrial Sales looking for an angle grinder. I picked up a pretty nice Makita with a storage case.
I also got a recovery point with a shackle to go in my Reese hitch, and a couple extra shackles. Plus I picked up some steel so I can weld me up another roof rack light bar like the one I have.
BUT the best thing is that I PULLED THE TRIGGER ON THIS BAD BOY:
Superwinch LP 10,000