I have always been fascinated with jeeps. Ever since my dad bought is 71 CJ5, 5 or 6 years ago I’ve wanted a jeep ever since! Slowly me and him started tearing his jeep apart and for my senior project I rebuilt his 225 Buick V6 motor and I fell in love with jeeps. Then during the rebuilding of my dad’s motor I discovered that my uncle had bought a jeep from a guy he worked with a POS of a jeep too, a 1987 wrangler it was and I asked him how much he wanted for it. He said $568.00 and I finally convinced my dad to come look at it and see if he would let me buy it for a project having always wanted my own jeep. We brought a battery some starting fluid and had a key made to try to start her up. Not know if she would run or not having sat for quite some time and being trailered to my uncles I had my fingers crossed… and she stared, I fell in love with her instantly. And to make everything even better my dad said yes to letting me buy it from my uncle even though my mom was skeptical. Know once I got her home I realized what I was in for. The hard top was all mangled with a big hole in the top missing the side and rear window and many other blemishes, the inside was filthy! Glass cements dust and miscellaneous items everywhere. Driver seat was down past the foam and the body was really dinged up. Soon enough I stated with changing the oil and filter, spark plugs, wires and distributer cap, along with air filter and fuel filter after we let her run dry and filled her up with fuel and additive to clean her out. Then after attempting to drive into the garage and noticing how my jeep wouldn’t move I had my dad look underneath and the drive shaft was slopping around in the rear diff. so after taking off the cover and sludge dark brown gear fluid slowly drained out we saw the ring and pinion were SCREWED! And that’s where my project began…
Last edited by ShelbyLynn; 05-30-2011 at 02:58 AM..
Now after taking out the seats and giving her a good cleaning and vacuuming and taking a wire brush to the inside of the tub she was lookin pretty decent. Then I was off to taking the rear axle with the stock 4.11’s. JC Whitney wanted 650 $ for a rear end and me being just graduated high school did not have the money for that. One of my uncles knows the owners of WFO concepts in grass valley and told him my dilemma. He was getting a 94 YJ in sometime within a few weeks and said I could get both the rear and front end off of that for 200 bucks since they were taking them off. Patiently I waited and 200 dollars and a 30 pack of beer later I have my gently used 3.56’s. Now for the installing. What a pain in the *** it was for me to do this all by myself so I had my best guy friends come and help me or the axels would have just fallen off my jeep with me not being strong enough to tighten anything down. After installing the axels and making sure she was road ready and safe to drive my dad and I drove to my uncle house who sold me my jeep and oh man I was ecstatic to see that she was road worthy and my uncle very proud of me.
Last edited by ShelbyLynn; 05-30-2011 at 03:15 AM..
Alright so the most recent work done on my jeep is paint and a new clutch and transfer case rebuild. So how it all started with having to rebuild my transfer case was it started leaking so my dad and I decided well lets fill it up and just check it every week or so to make sure Im not running low on fluid. Well after doing that I got all way to school a good 20 minutes away and there was transfer case fluid EVERYWHERE! I was pissed! Couldnt figure out where it was coming from so my dad and I further investigated it and found a hole at the top of the transfer case where it hooks up to the tranny where a plug would go, we figured oh well there must be a buildup of pressure and it blew the plug and we lost it. Let me tell you thought this was a VERY dirty transfer case! Coated in oil and dirty and everything else possible. So my boyfriend and i ended up pullin the transfer case along with the tranny to clean it up and replace my clutch which probably would have gone out within the next few months so thought we would just save some of the extra work and replace it now. So after pullin the transfer case we discover the plug sitting right by the hole in the muck caked all over the transfer case but my transfer case was knocking in reverse the chain was sloppy and yes I have the piece of **** aluminum case too. So my boyfriend and I replaced the bearings and got a new chain and replaced all seals except one, the front drive line hook up because it was too difficult to remove the bolt and the gear on the other side. And she still leaks . But a smalllll dripp from the front driveline hook up. And she still clunks in reverse which I am now thinking is a transmission problem, if anyone has had this issue give me your thoughts or comments would be nice. Other then the slight leak and the knocking shes runnin like a champ. Now to come is all cosmetics well for now atleast.
Last edited by ShelbyLynn; 05-31-2011 at 10:36 PM..
My 97 tj does the same thing when you put it in reverse or it just has problems going in or sticks, i usually shove it in 2nd then reverse.. idk why but it goes in everytime now(my friend taught me after seeing me having a hard time getting in reverse) good luck!
Yeah I plan on keeping the top the color it is because I'm actually borrowing it from a friend who never uses it because he has a soft top and his wife wouldn't let him sell he top to me but she doesn't know I'm borrowing it either haha
So hopefully I'm gonna be gettin a 3 inch lift here pretty soon and gonna try to run some 33's but if I don't get a lift I'm gonna run some 31's that I'm gettin for free from my boyfriends grandpa. Went to prarie city on Monday and had a blast got to drive my boyfriends jeep and drove it up on a tire! Had such a good time
Rain in June in california SUCKS! its suppose to be take the top off time and throw on the bikini top but im leaving the hard top on till the rain stops. having some major leaking water issues with my jeep when it rains thought the hinges that connect the windshield to the body arnt flush with the steel so water tricles in through there so when its pouring rain i have to lift my carpet if the jeep is jsut sitting so the water goes out the drain holes and its a pain in the *** to have to deal with when its pouring outside. also the windshield glass seal leaks horribley my jeep blows bubble on the inside from water seeping in as im going down the freeway! i figured hey maybe its cuz its old or might be the original factory windshield but after looking more at the outside seal i realised that in the top corners on both sides its lifted a a perfect entry for water to run down underneath the seal and right into my jeep so i used a good amount of eletrical tape for a quick fix till the damn rain decides to stop and summer actually hits! but it has not done more then sprinkle since i did the quick fix so hopefully tomorow i will see if thats my issue with my leaky windshield. some things i would like to do to my jeep as soon as the heat hits is bedliner the inside thinking about doing white and black mixed or if i can find a grey make it less hott then black for summer and paint hopefully : D... goin wheelin for my bday super excited! might take my jeep but i gotta get new Ujoints for my front drive shaft and i think my 4LO is allll screwed up or just really loud gonna have to check it out once i get the front drive line in and not to mention im all stock underneath and got slicks on... but if i take my jeep and get stuck thats what the boyfriend is for haha. but we are takin his jeep anyways