’97 TJ Frame Swap, My Trials and Tribulations
I will start with a little background. I started looking for a TJ in 2009. I thought that I could get a mildly built jeep cheaper then building it myself. I just need to find one that I would be happy with and was cheap enough for me to afford.
Funding and lack of automotive related tools were 2 reasons I wanted one already built. I have a mechanical background, but not in automotive industry. It has been over 20 years since I had done some serious wrenching on cars. Lately it had been oil and brake changes, and a Water pump on my XJ. I do not have an air compressor, air tools or a welder. I do not weld (yet).
I do have 20 years of working on helicopters.I have Friends that have built Jeeps from mild to wild buggies. I have access to a full machine shop with pipe benders to huge sheet metal breaks. Friends that can work miracles with sheet metal and fiberglass as well as other composites and I know guys that are welders by trade. I do not care about getting my hands dirty and I have an intense curiosity on how things work.
So onto the Jeep. The beginning of 2013 I have friends that are getting ready to move. He had just built a ’97 jeep with 4.0 engine 5 speed transmission and stock NP231 TC. He put a 4” rough Country Lift with adjustable control arms, on it with 33” tires. He put on a rear bumper w/ tire carrier and replaced the gas tank. It still had the stock Dana 30 front and and Dana 35 rear with 4.10 gears. The price is right, and better yet my wife wants the jeep too. I know there are some things that should get upgraded before hitting any trails to serious.
I start compiling a list of mods and upgrades I want for this jeep.
"Tires are like boobs. They always look big until you have played with them for a while. Then you just want a bigger set!”
-"YEEP” from Virtual Jeep Club