Well, I thought since I was horrible at keeping up a decent build on my old Jeep, this can be a new start!
It all started with my 1978 Jeep "Big Bear" CJ5.
This hunk of metal has been my project for the past 4 years. Far too much money and time dumped into it, to get it where it is today. It was fun while it lasted but I grew up and realized what I really needed.
Thus, the CJ was traded plus $2,300 on my end.
- 1987 Jeep Cherokee Laredo
- Strong running 4.0L, 158k
- AX15 5 speed
- Full exo out of 1 5/8" tube
- Unibody frame plating and sliders
- 36x13.50R17 Bias Super Swamper Iroks
- DIY Beadlocks Powder coated
- Dana 30
- Long armed, 3 link
- Double sleeved with Dana 44 tubes
- Full chromo shafts
- Brand new Grizzly locker
- Warn Locking Hub kit
- Synergy Suspension HD ball joints
- Inner C knuckle gussets
- Powdercoated Ruffstuff diff cover
- Fox remote reservoir shocks
- Dana 44
- Long armed, trussed, 4 link
- 33 spline, Detroit
- Grande alloy chromo axle shafts
- Powdercoated Ruffstuff diff cover
- Bilstein 5100's
- Wheelbase stretched to 109"
So, like the typical new Jeep owner, I had to test out what I had. Along with doing a much more comprehensive systems check.
And as everyone knows, no one buys a perfect rig. My Jeep needs a few things, but overall, I'd say I came out on top.
To be honest, I felt somewhat rushed during the "trade", only because he was in a rush to load up the Jeep to get on his way back down south. But oh well, it was time to say "Good-bye".
Work on the Jeep soon came around. Now, though my rig doesn't have any mechanical issues, there are a couple body and electrical issues.
The goal last night was to wire the aux fan up to a switch, take care of a door issue, and install a new ignition; considering you had to start the car with a screwdriver
Unfortunately, the front fenders weren't aligned correctly, and then had the cage built around them. I wanted to just undo the couple bolts and realign them so that the door didn't rub, but because of the cage, I had to just cut the bottom part off. I made it look as clean as I could. I might make it look more professional later.
Went out and got her all paid for and registered. And slapped on the two front half doors. Not a bad day to be driving around the Jeep. I need to do something about the floor though. There's no carpeting so driver and passengers legs are literally right over the exhaust.
Haven't been doing a ton to the Jeep lately.
Added some 2" spacers in the back to try and level it out a little. I had to custom make the spacers practically because the diameter of the tube in the rear is a lot larger than any stock Jeep. Ran into a problem when I put the coils back in without retaining bolts. Thought it would be fine, but turned out not to be. So, I re-drilled the holes and put bolts in.
I also added some camo seat covers in the front to try and clean up the interior a little. That was the only disadvantage to getting this Jeep. The interior is not pretty at all. It's just the bare basics.
Took some flexing shots as well and went wheeling for the first time in this thing. Piece of cake! Didn't break anything and overall it was a great run. I'll be honest, I was scared to push it to its limits, so I don't actually know what this thing can do. Enjoy the pictures!
I've had the Jeep for over a year now and haven't posted anything at all, unfortunately. Mostly due to the fact that I even had a build thread and I haven't done much. But, I figured it was time for an update.
Let's see, I made it out to Hollister Hills a couple times during the early part of 2013 and took a trip up to the Rubicon in June, which I do every year but this was the first time with this Jeep. Had a blast. Had no issues whatsoever on the trail itself, except for the fuel line, back at the tank, split but that was an easy fix because my gas tank is raised into the cab of the vehicle. Anyway, the worst that could have happened, did happen, luckily not on the trail though. On my way down to the base of the mountain, where the gas station is located, I noticed some very weird vibrations coming from the rear. I stopped, hoped out (by the way, this is at 10pm, completely dark) and crawled under the Jeep. To be honest, it took me a minute or so to figure out why my pumpkin was facing the floor of the Jeep, haha. Ah! That's it! My rear cross member, where the lower links for the 4 link, had basically, I'd say, broken off the vehicle. It was mangled, bent, and torn in half pretty much. My whole axle was being held in with about a 1/2" weld that hadn't ripped off yet. I'm assuming that there was a crack in one of the welds, on one of the wings that are both bolted to the frame, and under the torque and bumps slowly ripped it off. I am just thankful that this happened on the 2nd to last day of the trip and I was on a road, where I could drive my trailer up to the Jeep and load it.
But there's a twist!
On the way to the trail, about 350 miles of driving, my torque converter in the tow rig (2003 F250 6.0L) started slipping badly once I reached Aburn, along with a turbo that was on its way out This was also the first trip for this truck. There was a lot of firsts happening this trip. So, instead of being smart and calling the trip off, I just unloaded the Jeep and drove it the 30 miles it was to get to camp. The truck was perfectly fine without the Jeep on it so I told myself "Eh, what the heck, I'll 'make sure' not to break anything so I can drive the Jeep back out and be on our way home". Oh boy did I eat my words! Anywho, ended up having to leave the Jeep on the trailer at base camp, drove back home with the gear and family, got home, turned around to go back with a buddies 7.3, turned back around and came home. It was quite an interesting trip.
So, I'll post a few pictures of the Jeep from the past year (wheeling, new crap and I'll snap a few tomorrow of the carnage).
Update as of now: Jeep runs, doesn't drive. Still need to refab a rear cross member, make a custom winch mount and put the winch on, do a little interior and engine maintenance and install whatever I'm getting for Christmas. Replaced the turbo, oil cooler, and EGR cooler on the truck. It's going into the dealership to get a full diagnostics and reflash. Also rebuilding the transmission and replacing the torque converter within the next 2 months. Hopefully the truck and the Jeep will be ready for round two by June