My parts have started to arrive so I have decided to start a build thread.
This will be a slow thread as I can only work on it as time/money allows.
I recently purchased a 1995 Jeep YJ 2.5/5speed for a great price.
It has over 100K miles and need lots of attention, however it is almost completely rust free which is amazing for a Bahamian car.
only the windshield frame is rotted. The body and frame only has light surface rust.
This is not my first Jeep. I owned a 1973 CJ5 for 16 years and enjoyed every minute of it.
I have owned a couple Suzuki SJ413's, a Hyundai Galloper, Toyota Land Cruiser, Mitsubishi Pajero and presently own a Land Rover defender 90.
I love to off road hence all the off road vehicles.
Anyhoo, The YJ needs lots.
So far I am starting with the clutch and brakes, neither works.
I have ordered a complete clutch kit with slave and master cylinders.
I also ordered a brake master cylinder and brake booster as the booster had rotted away.
The guy that owned it had installed boat seats! So I have 2 new seats.
A new windshield frame with all the rubbers and a new bikini top.
My daily driver is a Cooper S that I hate, I am an off road man. Plus the Cooper is too fast for me, it has to go. So I am thinking to get the YJ going for the daily driver and the Defender for weekends and vacation. I spend most of my vacations on the outer islands exploring with the wife and dogs in the Defender.
I want to first get the mechanicals sorted out. Engine,drivetrain,,..
I do not
want a pretty Jeep, in fact I may paint the whole thing with bedliner or something similar so that it can take lots of bush.
Then I am going to lift it. I am going to run 33" tires so I figure a 4" kit will do it.
Keep in mind that some of my excursions involves deep water so the higher the better but I think 35" would be a bit much for the 2.5.
If I do decide to use it as a daily driver I will also install a full soft top, I am trying to keep the weight down as much as possible.
I have ordered 16" alloy wheels to help with the weight.
I already have the SYE ordered and the CV drive shaft but am still on the fence about the lift kit.
My Defender has a 2" Gywn Lewis OME kit and she rides amazing. However I may not be able to spend that much on the Jeep.
Keep in mind every part I order for the Jeep has to come out of the US and I have to pay duty and freight on top of the first cost. Starting January I will also have to pay VAT !!!!!
Here it is.
The Jeep and the Defender 90 (Pumkin)
I look forward to asking tons of questions.