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post #1 of 4 Old 03-18-2014, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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Back from the dead 1989 jeep yj build.

This is the history and story of my jeep of what was, is, and will come of it. I started out with a 1989 jeep wrangler sahara that had a 2.5" Rancho lift and original 30" goodyear MTR's. She has the 4.2L I6, 5- speed tranny, and the NP231 T-case.
This is a picture of the jeep the day that I got it.

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-18-2014, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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First thing that I did was purely cosmetic. Being 16 at the time I Had to have a good looking ride. The sun faded tan paint was an eye sore so that was the first thing to go. Painted it midnight black, and in the process threw on some smittybilt flat fenders and rear corners.
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After driving it many trail runs the ring and pinion finally gave out on me leaving me stranded. Replaced the gears with new ones and threw in a lunch box locker to strengthen it up. Drove it for nearly a year until I got into an accident involving a pole. Let's just say that the pole won. Hit the front bumper, slid off and then hit the front fender/ grill which pushed my fender back and shoved my battery tray through my firewall. At that moment I thought all was lost and it would never hit the streets again.

This is a picture of the day that we brought into the shop to tear it apart and assess the damage.

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We decided that the jeep was worth more than just a couple hundred bucks from a scrapyard and decided to rebuild it. From the frame up.

This is a pic of the bare frame after we took the body off and in between searching for a new tub.

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Steam washing the underside of the frame with a little help from a fork lift. We tried tipping it completely sideways and found a leak in my gas tank on the gasket for the sending unit. Explains why the cab used to always smell like gas after a fill up. Ended up using a mud flap and some gasket sealer to seal it up! Works like a charm.

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