I found this Jeep on craigslist a few months ago and am finally beginning the tear down phase of the build. My job (FAA) keeps sending me away for training so this may take a while.
My plan is to make a hybrid, using it as a daily driver when the weather is nice (not planning to put a top on) but also taking it on the trails. I'm not into the rock climbing so it won't be a crazy project but it will definately not be stock.
Well, I finally began the tear down. So far there are no surprises. I've found a few areas that need to be repaired and some that make me wonder what the PO was thinking.
I suppose the PO was taller than average. I thought about trying to repair this but I'm just ordering a new panel.
At first I thought the frame was repaired because it was on both sides. The driver's side appears to be beefed up for the power steering, not sure what the pass side is about.
Also on both sides, near the same area, is the only real rust on the tub. Easy fix. The step modification, if it can be called that, is frustrating because they apparently used a hammer and screwdriver to pound a hole into the floorpan.
Picked up a donor engine yesterday, 258ci out of an '86 CJ7. Got the T5 with it also. I think it will be a better fit for this than the T150. I'll just have to adjust the gearing, once I figure out what I have installed.
A little more progress this weekend. No football on so I was able to spend some time in the garage. I got the rear end assembly taken out and semi-apart. It has 3.54 gears in it with a limited-slip. Not too bad. I looked it up and with the T150 and 35's it will give me 2200 RPM at 65 MPH. I wanted to swap in a T5 that I have but I think it will be too much modification. I have a Dana 20 and was told I would need a Dana 300 to use with the T5, and also would have to cut out my floor because it was longer. New driveshaft, odd pinion angles, etc...So much for overdrive. I think I'll keep looking for the infamous NV4500 that I hear so much about.
I head to Oklahoma City next week for training. I'll tackle the front end when I get back in March.
Thanks Tj03ken. Its a lot of work but I have helpers. We have 4 girls (5 total, but one is away at college) so I have a lot of "training" to do!
I am going to give you a warning my freind. I see 4 girls out there working on your jeep. and from my experiance (MY girl) in 7 years you are going to need an extra jeep about every 2 to 3 years. So any time you get a cahance to get one now, then you better do it.
My girl drives a jeep, my son drives a jeep. and it is all because Dad has/had a jeep and we went jeepin...... Lots of luck
With 20 years in the US Navy, and nine+ years underwater on Nuc Subs.