I just found out that there is a build forum. So I'm gonna just consolidate my other thread in the tech forum here.
So as a background into why I have Olivia, it's been 13 years in the making. My father had a jeep the whole time I was growing up. He had em before I was born as well. I joined the USMC and got a girlfriend (who just happened to end up as my wife) and I had to have a way to visit her down in San Diego from Camp Pendleton. So i got myself a super economical vehicle with super good interest to go see her (Heavy on the sarcasm)! Needless to say, I got married, had kids, and the Jeep went away cause it was 'unsafe' or whatever.
13 years after that, (currently) I helped a friend sell an RV and I got 1/2 the profit. Enter Olivia. She's 23 years old, been 1/2way taken care of, and has been offroad a little bit.
When I got her, she was very very stock. Not just stock configuration, but a LOT of original equipment. All the suspension was original, the radiator, the busted tail light, all that stuff. This was the 1st jeep that I was going to get to wrench on, and I figured it would be a good learning curve for me. MAN was I right.
I got very familiar with the cooling system because the PO let the radiator rot. Something about using tap water as coolant (I think) made the fins corrode. Also, the water pump was on the edge of failing. Had to replace those.
The transfer case bolt that goes to the skid plate was loose as anything. I had a nasty shake when starting in 1st or in reverse. Had to buy a washer to fix that, so not so bad.
The rear right tail light was busted, and the replacement light had a different wiring harness, so I had to splice that in.
There was a whining sound coming from the engine bay after the engine warmed up. It was a loose bolt on the air intake.
The air filter had oil on it. The CCV system vent to the intake was totally and horribly clogged. I cleaned it and the valve cover, changed the gasket and PROPERLY torqued down the gasket and stopped it from leaking as well.
The engine still burns about a quart of oil a month. I am pretty sure this engine has NEVER been overhauled, and I'll probably have to either do that OR get a not as old engine.
I wanted to start in easy on upgrades, so I plasti-dipped the wheels.
I thought I lost my stock car jack that was mounted under the hood while wheeling the 1st time, so I bought a hi-lift and mounted it on the hood.
I did a 2.5" RC lift. Still working some bugs outta some vibes, but I think it's because the u joints had to get their wear spots in their new alignment.
I just installed a new steering dampener today cause I accidentally found one for $15 on craigslist.
I don't NEED to do much else. But I own a Jeep. Like that's gonna stop me.
I do want bigger tires. I've found that 31's are the biggest I should go, so that's what I'm gonna do.
I want to put on sway bar disconnects. I want to go off roading about twice a month, and it's a pain to have to take off the nuts and wedge off the sway bar links. Along with that, I need some brake line extensions if I want to actually disconnect.
I want some sort of lunchbox locker in the front. It wouldn't be active when in 2WD, so there should be minor clicking when driving this daily driver around town.
I want to paint the hood because one of the POs had a bra over it. Ugh.
Of course a winch will be involved at some point.
I want to get an extended bikini top because I will continue to take 3 kids out with me. Sitting in the sun the whole time doesn't seem like much fun.
But that's pretty much it. This vehicle is my daily driver, and it's a 4 banger. I don't want to upgrade axles or change gearing to crawl better, because it'll ruin my day to day gas mileage too much (I think).
Oh, and about me, I'm an A&P mechanic that's worked on helicopters for about 10 years now. 4 in the USMC, and 6 after for the Army. I joke that I've actually been in the Army longer than the Marines. I'm a pretty decent helicopter mechanic who is just starting to dabble in automotive stuff. I don't have that many tools at home (they're all at work), and absolutely no power anything. I figure that'll change here in the future when I start doing my own modifications or having to cut bolts out with a cutting wheel (which I had to do on the lift. I borrowed a buddies grinder).
Haven't done much to it. Saving up for 33's. I did go jeeping today and installed a CB so I could talk to the other guy with me. Used a Dremel and removed some of the plastic and metal around the old ash tray. Fit the 2nd time I put it in! Now all I gotta do is figure out how to make it transmit better.... I can transmit about 1/8 mile, but if the person I'm with goes around a corner, nothing.
Put some new beef on it! 32x11.5xR15s. After putting them on i realised that I need new longer bump stops so it doesn't rub/ bottom out my shocks. I also found out that I my tires rub on the leaf springs at ALMOST full left or right. So I guess I need some new wheels with some backspacing. Always something.....