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ET48 10-11-2008 09:38 AM

20 Year old and Two JEEPS! MY BUILD THREAD!!!!
This will be my build thread for both my CJ and TJ.

Well as you can tell from the title I am 20 and own a TJ and a CJ-7.
From working on these two jeeps for the last 4 years, I know alot about jeeps and has been the best experiences of my life!

Here are the specs:

1986 CJ-7 Laredo
Inline six 4.2L engine with 2150 Motorcraft Carb
Five speed transmission
Dana 300 Transfer Case
Dana 30 Front axle
Dana 44 Rear axle
2.5" ProComp Suspension Lift
3" Body Lift
33" King All Sports with jeep Wagon wheels
Custom 3.5" square tube bumper (rear)
Fog lights
Stainless Steel Brakeline kit
SkyJacker shocks
Cherry Bomb Exhaust
Custom Stainless Rocker guards
Custom Stainless rear corner wrap
Original Interior

When I first got it..........

TJ specs and pics coming soon!

ArrizX 10-11-2008 09:40 AM

Did you do a full frame off resto?

ET48 10-11-2008 09:45 AM

The Tj!
Here are the TJ specs:

1998 TJ Wrangler Sahara
Inline six 4.0L engine
Five speed transmission
Np231 Transfer case
Dana 30 front axle
Dana 35 rear axle
3.5" Rubicon Express Suspension lift
33"x12.50 Mickey Thompson Tires MTZ Radials
Crager Beadlock Wheels
Cobra CB
Warn front bumper
2 Kc Daylighters

Pics from first getting the jeep:

Thanks for looking guys. Feel free to tell me what you think:2thumbsup:

ET48 10-11-2008 09:49 AM

No I didn't do a frame up restoration. I am going to soon though. The frame is coated with grease instead of undercoating. You guys may laugh at me but up here in Ohio where they use salt, I have found that smearing your frame with tube grease is ablsolutely the best thing ever to use. No more brushing on more undercoating every year or more paint. Do it once and your done!

The CJ has a Fiberglass body and front fenders. The rest is still steel. The interior needs no work at all, but I would like to restore it completely back to original condidtion, except still leave the lift and bigger tires on it.

Oh, and one more thing. You see the Laredo and jeep on the hood and door?? I didn't feel like paying 300+ dollars for the decals, so I cut out a stencil and painted those on!

AND, if you really want to get to know your Dad, get a jeep that needs some work, and spend time with him while you rebuild the jeep.

morr2010 10-11-2008 11:00 AM

Cool Jeeps.

Im close to your age with a 2000 WJ (stock) and a 2000 DTS, and i also in ohio (cleveland area). I like the TJ, how much did you pay if you dont mind me asking?

Im 16 about to be 17

ET48 10-11-2008 01:25 PM

For the Tj I payed 6,750 for it. It had some steering problems. I fixed the pass. side front u-joint and it was fixed. I bought it from a local guy. The guages also did not work but I fixed those in about five minutes. It has 140,000 miles on it so the pinion seals are seaping fluid a little and it doesnt have the slip yoke eliminator, so I am wearing out rear u-joints like crazy.

WranglerRush 10-11-2008 03:34 PM

good job on the cj

redcj576 10-12-2008 06:19 AM

awesome jeeps .especially that CJ looks awesome .

ET48 10-16-2008 06:27 PM

Thanks guys! redcj576, Nice CJ-5 to CJ-7 project. That color is amazing!

ET48 06-08-2009 11:43 AM

I have declared this my build thread and updated the original pictures. I will now begin posting more pics of the mods I have done. :D

ET48 06-08-2009 11:50 AM

So September 2008 I bought my first TJ. My first creek bed ride at my house:

After cleaning her up a bit I took her down to the WCSCC car show. I was interviewed by the "Handy Randy" show on the local TV station. Pretty cool.

Then I drove it like that a while until winter. Right before winter break I started collecting stuff from my regear from 3.07 to 4.10s.

Over winter break and all during Christmas I changed and installed the gears with the help of my dad. Great learning experience and I would do it again.

While apart I stuck a Aussie locer up front in the D30.

ET48 06-08-2009 11:53 AM

Some winter pics after changing the gearing.

Added a XRC8 winch up front, new light covers, 4X4 decal, homemade rear bumper, and upright hi-lift jack mount.

Hauling wood last winter.

ET48 06-08-2009 11:58 AM

First parking lot comparision. :rofl:

1997_Sport 06-08-2009 03:47 PM

you didnt happen to be in harford county md resently have you? i swore i saw ur jeep.

ET48 06-08-2009 05:44 PM


Originally Posted by laxncj18 (Post 7370066)
you didnt happen to be in harford county md resently have you? i swore i saw ur jeep.

Which one the CJ or the TJ? I have never taken my jeeps out of state yet since I have owned them. :dunno:

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