Hello and welcome to my thread.
I'm fairly new here and looking for some input on my latest "build" that I am planning on.
There is a decent story on how I got into Jeeps and how I acquired my first one, so, I'll give you the whole story from the start.
Ever since I was a little kid, I liked getting dirty. Who doesn't right? Going to my Uncles and getting tits deep in the river and getting stuck in mud was always a blast!
As I grew up my dad bought an 89 Jeep YJ- I instantly fell in love with it.
Over the years he swapped in 2 transmissions, and 2 I6 engines.
I helped with all the swaps that he did with his buddies and that's mostly where I got my love and passion for wrenching on cars.
We had a lot of fun in that Jeep.
One day I came home to no jeep in the driveway, I was severely sad that my dad ended up selling it.
Fast forward a few years, up until two weeks ago I was looking through the local classifieds and stumbled upon this Jeep.
"1998 Jeep TJ for sale!! $3500 - Brand new 6 inch lift kit, 3 inch body lift, brand new 35" BFG Mud terrain tires on eagle alloy rims. New clutch, master cyl, new rad and heater core + parts!
I thought nothing could be better than that! I totalled it up, there had to be at least 4g just in parts put into it! I e-mailed the guy and got a reply back within a few hours, he told me to bring $2700 cash and it was mine.
U-haul screwed me around a few hours looking for the right trailer, 4 hours and 6 u-haul reps later, found one.
I called u-haul and got a measurement for the trailer, 79.5".
I called buddy and got the outside measurement for the tires - 77"
Was it ever close!
After hours of hair pulling out trying to figure out if this Jeep will fit on this trailer...we finally left. $273.00 for the trailer later...
Got to buddys house with the Jeep sitting in the driveway running, at -32C it was so cold, but I tried my best to inspect it in the little time I could.
I gave him $2300 cash, loaded the Jeep on the trailer and drove away.
Finally got home at 3AM and parked the Jeep in the respected place it would sit for the next month before being able to drive it.
Now that everyone's read partly a novel about how difficult it was (and it seriously was!) to get this truck home, we can now enjoy a few pictures! POSTED BELOW.
I bought this Jeep a few weeks ago with the intent on it being my DD.
Like any used car- it always has something you don't necessarily see for the first time.
I made the mistake of not driving it before I loaded it, but without a tail light, I didn't want to get in **** by the 5-0.
The only thing it needs for a safety is a windshield and drivers tail light. The second gear in the ax5 is slipping so I'll probably just buy one from the scrap yard.
I don't know a whole lot about diesel engines so suggestions would be much helpful!
Engine and Drivetrain
-Cummins 4BT engine
- Unknown transmission yet- suggestions? Prefur keeping it manual!
- Unknown t-case yet- suggestions?
-Dana 44 axles (what ratio should I use?)
-Fabricated Dodge rad
-Fabricated intercooler from a subaru or small rad.
Interior parts will be bought from quadratec.com
-Corbeau A4 bucket seats (black-grey)
-Corbeau Baja bench seat (black-grey)
-Nifty pro-line moulded carpet (black)
-Roll bar denim cover kit (black)
-Rugged ridge heavy duty tire carrier
-35" BFG mud terrain ta km2 tire
-Eagle alloy rim
-Kicker front dash speakers
-Sony xplod stereo
-Custom sound box with sub and speakers (behind rear seat)
Also thinking about getting the silver pack (door hinges, hood hinges, windshield hinges and door handles) opinions?
I've got a lot of work to do, so this will be a slow thread.
I'll try to update weekly!
*note* when suggesting ratios for axles, Somthing snappy and quick but gives me good amount of torque would be awesome, I'd like to refrain from having the jeep in 4th gear halfway through the intersection!
Questions, comments and suggestions welcome!
If anyone knows where I can find a 4BT Cummins in Canada or Ontario, please let me know!