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Unread 02-22-2011, 04:51 PM   #1
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89 YJ 4.3l and a bunch of other stuff build

I have some time this afternoon, so I thought I'd start my build thread.

I've been wheeling for a while but never in a Jeep. My wife has always wanted a Jeep, so when her old boss decided to finally sell his 89 YJ 5 speed, we jumped on it. He has had it since new and was his baby, so we know it was great shape. Have all the receipts from the dealership to present. Kind of funny going through them, seeing how he was getting bent over by certain shops...

The plan is to have a streetable Jeep for my wifeto drive every once and awhile, but capable on the trail.

My current 4x4 is a pretty heavily built up Blazer. Yota axels, 4:10, welded rear, detroit up front, 4.3l Vortec, Racerunners blah, blah... Very good rig with all the bugs worked out. I`m probably going to sell it, but its tough. Lots of time and effort went into it. We call it Frank because it has so many different parts form different makers. We`re especially proud of the John Deere fender flares...



Anyway, we bought the Jeep and I quickly realized that the 4.2 needed to go. We found a 2001 Jimmy with a 4.3l Vortec on kijiji that was smashed but still had the motor and was in good shape. So we tore into it last weekend and got it out. What a pain in the a55! These motors are in there tight to begin with, but add a little tweakage to the front passenger side, and its in there good! Finally got it out after lifting the body off the front motor mounts. Cost me $500 and I should be able to get my money back parting out whats left.

Crappy cell phone pics. I will take proper pictures soon.





After much though, I decided to keep the Jeep manual and sell the auto and tcase from the Jimmy. I like gears.

After we install the motor, we`re putting in a Ford 8.8 with 4:10s, regearing the D30 front to 4:10 and beefing it up (not sure how yet...). Next will be a SOA done right. Tires will be 35s with offset (to be determined later) steel wheels. I prefer steel.

I ordered up Metal Cloak arched fenders and flares font and rear, as well as the rear armor. My buddy who`s shop we are using, is going to build some aluminum bumpers front and rear to match the fenders. Should look pretty good and be strong.

Its an ambitious build, but luckily my good buddy is a mechanic and has a fully stocked shop close to my house. I'm hoping to have it finished by early summer. I got a Valentines day present from my wife that we are expecting our first, so I need to spend all my money on parts now, rather then later... If she knew how much I`ve already spent, it would not be good.

Any and all thoughts, suggestions and opinions are welcome.

More pics and posts to come....

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Unread 02-22-2011, 05:20 PM   #2
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Looks like it's going to be a sweet build. You obviously know how to wrench. Only thing I would add to the build is to check the transmission in the Jeep to make sure what it is. From what I hear the earlier Jeeps came with a pretty weak tranny and now your putting a more potent engine in front of it. Hopefully others with pop in to add their expertise. Good luck, Dave
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Unread 02-22-2011, 07:01 PM   #3
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Thanks!

I double checked and it is indeed an AX15. The plan was to go with the auto out of the Jimmy if it was the crappy AX5 or BA10/5. Auto was tempting, especially since I have all the parts...
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Unread 03-06-2011, 10:22 AM   #4
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Well, we got some more done over the last couple weekends so I thought I'd update the build thread....

The Jeep as I bought it. Its been way too cold to hit it with the hotsy (heated pressure washer) so the pics don't really do it justice. Its in great shape for an 89.









With the new motor.



Old motor.





New seats.



Pretty clean interior.



I now have a serious hate on for torx.



Here is where we're going put the york compressor on the 4.3l for OBA.



Out with the old.





The tranny. Pretty sure its an ax-15.....



Next step is to clean up the 4.3l, re-gasket and paint. I'm thinking red on black would look pretty good.

Next post I should have a whole bunch if new parts....Its gonna be like Christmas!
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Unread 03-08-2011, 07:15 PM   #5
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Woohoo! Metal Cloak stuff.







Should have a bunch more deliveries this weekend!
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Unread 03-08-2011, 07:17 PM   #6
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Anyone want to buy a 4.2?
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Unread 03-23-2011, 10:15 AM   #7
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Did some cleaning with the hottsy, then pulled the front end. Also, some parts showed up. MORE traction bar, sliploc trac bar, shackle reversal kit, headers and some other goodies. Christmas came early!





This weekend I will be grinding and POR15ing. Rough stance with an old 35.

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Unread 03-23-2011, 01:12 PM   #8
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Jeep looks sharp!! that 4.3 will be nice in that YJ. 8.8 rear. 4.10s gonna be nice jeep.

That blazer with lockers and boggers is a beast too...
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Unread 04-07-2011, 10:15 AM   #9
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Thanks! I think we have a decent plan.

I'm still torn on what to do with the Blazer. I haven't put it up for sale yet, and I'm not totally broke yet, so I might just keep it for wheeling at our property. We have 80 acres with decent mud/hills/rocks. My wife wants it gone, but the blood sweat and tears I put into it is making me procrastinate.

Did a bit more work on the Jeep. Lots of grinding/rust removal.

Metal Cloak sent me the wrong inner fenders. These are for a TJ, not a YJ. Sounds like they're sending me out the right ones today.


So we started working on the rub rails. We are using 2x4 tubing and 1 inch round bar. Should be SUPER strong.

After cutting.


Mocked up with fenders. Fits like a glove!


Leaving a slight lip.


Mocked up with fenders.


Decided against going with the York OBA and ordered up some ARB lockers with the large compressor. I'll probably mount a tank somewhere for extra air.

Also ordered up Jeeperman's rear bumper and tire carrier. Can't wait to see it!

I'm off to Maui for a bit of R and R, so won't be doing much work on the Jeep in the next few weeks, but I've convinced my buddy to pick away at it. Hopefully I'll have some updates when I get back.

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Unread 04-07-2011, 10:35 AM   #10
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Forgot to mention I made up my mind on springs. Ordered up Full Traction 0 lift. I think they should work well with the SOA while keeping it as low as possible.
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Unread 04-07-2011, 10:46 AM   #11
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Looks great man. Can't wait to see what it turns out to look like.
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Unread 04-07-2011, 11:52 AM   #12
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Should look pretty good, but more importantly, it should function good. It will be wheeled.
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Unread 01-04-2013, 11:29 AM   #13
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Sure been a while since an update. Unfortunately, I destroyed my Iphone, so I lost quite a few pics, but was able to retrieve a few.

For the 4.3 swap, I sent the harness and computer into Novac and had them do their thing. Also got most of the conversion parts from them. Wasn't cheap, but I think in the end it was worth it.



Rebuilt the motor and "tweaked" it a bit. Went with a shallower oil pan off a 2wd S10, which led to some issues with the pickup and dipstick, but we managed.

Stock oil pan.


S10 oil pan. I know its hard to see.


In she goes


BTR rad and e-fan off an Escort, will take better pics tomorrow. Headers off an Astro van, with minor tweaking.

Fuel pump has yet to be decided, but its looking like I'll go with an external unless I can find something that will fit the stock tank. Its my understanding that the stock one for the 4.2l won't have enough power.... Thoughts?
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Unread 01-04-2013, 11:45 AM   #14
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The interior was stripped, floor pan replaced, de-rusted, POR-15ed, sanded, then bedlined. I lost all those pics, but will try and get my buddy to send me the ones he took.

Jeeperman rear bumper/tire carrier. Very impressed with it!


Custom rub rails painted and finished. Gonna need some grip tape or something....


I'm really starting to realize how many pictures I lost.... I'll take a bunch more tomorrow and update again when I have some time. We are basically onto the axles.

PS Fuel pump advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Unread 01-04-2013, 12:07 PM   #15
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I guess I should mention that I went with Crager rims and 35 MTRs. I wanted KM2s but they are unobtainium around here. Also got new door hinges and rubbers.

We are in the process of re-gearing both the D30 and the 8.8 to 4:10 as well as installing ARBs. Should have the D30 done tomorrow.

Pics to follow, thanks for looking!
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