So here it goes. I finally am at the point in my life where I can afford to build up a jeep. When I was a teenager I would browse through Quadratec and other Jeep catalogs/magazines and dream about my perfect jeep. Well, I think I'm finally on my way.
Here's the blank canvas. It's a 1998 TJ completely stock with 120,000 ish miles. Some recent transmission and radiator work but in pretty good shape all around. Some minor surface rust. All in all a great starting point.
4.0L straight 6, Manual 5-spd Tranny, D30 up front and D35 in the back. Brand new soft top so that was a nice bonus. Half doors, which I have warmed up to.
I was amazed at the amount of money people were getting for their jeeps (online, craigslist, ebay, local paper, etc) in MUCH worse condition than this one. I had been searching pretty seriously for the last year and a half. I'm happy I found this one when I did.
The downside was the lack of the D44 in the rear, which I've learned is near impossible to find in a $5k TJ.
So here's my plan:
- Strip out everything in the interior. Clean, prep, paint almost everything and make it offroad ready.
- 6 inch long arm lift.
- Throw in a D44 rear end w/ 4.88 gears, locker, larger shafts, ext. SYE and new drive shaft.
- Re-gear the front D30, larger shafts, locker, etc.
- Replace/update all of the steering linkage up font. New ball joints, tie rods, hubs, etc.
- 35 inch tires, 15 inch steel rims.
- Rocker guards, flares, tube fenders, bumpers, winch, etc.
....whatever else I can get away with before my wife starts beating me for draining our bank account
More to come!