CJ9 YJ project - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > General Jeep Forums > Jeep Builds > CJ9 YJ project

Spartan Locker Promo Running now @ ROCKRIDGE 4WD plus FREEG2 Disc Brake Conversion Kit for Jeep Wrangler YJ TJ LJ ChTJ Wrangler 4" Rough Country Suspension Lift Kits in

Reply
Unread 01-31-2013, 03:15 PM   #1
Jax89Jeeper
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 345
CJ9 YJ project

I was waiting to have everything done before posting, but after getting it, beautiful, out in the sun today, I can't help but share. Lots of photos to post but I will start as she sits today, and add more pics of the entire build later. All work has been done by me from the engine to the paint and polish. Next step is interior and electrical.

Basic stats:
'89 YJ 4.2 I6

A list of mods and other info will come as I add photos later.

dscn1791.jpg   dscn1796.jpg   dscn1797.jpg  
Jax89Jeeper is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 01-31-2013, 03:17 PM   #2
wlo2000
Registered User
2006 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Annapolis, Maryland
Posts: 202
Looks awesome! What color is that?
wlo2000 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 01-31-2013, 03:17 PM   #3
jeepcrazy93
Registered User
1993 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Posts: 210
Very Very Nice. I am still in the process of completing my CJ-9 build. I know how tough it is to complete. This gives me encouragement to finish.
__________________
93 YJ 4.0 AX-15 33's 8.8 with CJ front clip
03 F-250 Extended Cab Long Bed with 7.3
jeepcrazy93 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 01-31-2013, 03:24 PM   #4
Jax89Jeeper
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 345
The color is Omaha Orange.... also known as Safety Orange, Vivid Orange, Blaze Orange, and a few other names.
Jax89Jeeper is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 01-31-2013, 05:39 PM   #5
Jay-P
Registered User
1992 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Posts: 263
Front clip swap looks great, its on my to do list.
__________________
1992 YJ + 2012 JKUR
Jay-P is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 02-02-2013, 10:25 AM   #6
Jax89Jeeper
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 345
Thanks! I think the swap is fairly simple, but then again, I have a bit of experience in fab work and find very few things dificult these days so I may not be the best judge. It only took a few mods to make it all fit seamlessly with my 1" BL installed.... Trimming the inner fenders to fit lower to the frame; Trimming the grille bottom to clear the steering box; Fabbing a new body mount for the grille (the original mount on the grille had rusted off).

Other than that, I chose to stick with my YJ Alum 3 core radiator and electric fan so I did need to fab radiator mount rails and clearance a slot or two on the back of the grille to fit the fan. The grille came off an early 70's CJ5 and needed a bit of patching and general rehab as well. If you use a cj radiator, it makes the swap much simpler.

I hope to get some project photos posted this next week if I can remember toget the files from my ext HD.
Jax89Jeeper is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 02-06-2013, 10:22 AM   #7
Jax89Jeeper
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 345
Here are a few more photos... starting 2 years ago as a tired '89 Laredo. Worn out factory springs, procomp shocks and 2" lift shackles, body looks to be in better shape than it is (later photos will tell the cancer story), rough running original AMC 4.2, and failing BA10 transmission. Very spartan interior from the worn out seats, to the busted dash with no working guages this YJ was begging for a fresh start that would take a few years and 1000's of hours to achieve.
image-566145577.jpg   image-1625518497.jpg   image-2323549946.jpg  
Jax89Jeeper is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 02-07-2013, 10:30 AM   #8
Jax89Jeeper
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 345
I started with a solid tune up and a few mods to the 4.2. HEI, MC2150, fuel pump, PCV, plugs, wires, new alternator, AC delete, new hoses, 3 core aluminum radiator, Brake MC rebuild, water pump, thermostat, timing set, and a good general clean up.

I used the ebay HEI recommended on the forums (it did come with the proper ductile gear), a set of 8mm wires, and stock style copper plugs. This really woke up the 4.2, smoothed out the idle, and eliminated any stuttering. The carb was bought from the ebay carb guy... I was not impressed with his service and he proved to me that he knows little about setting up a carb properly. I had to swap jets, and PV to get things running smooth and he was no help with the parts, but luckily my local NAPA stocks jets and PV's for holley style carbs. The AC delete was as simple as removing the compressor and installing the correct length belt, wich was another NAPA acquired part. The belt runs under the thermostat housing with about 1/2" clearance. While I had everything apart, I blasted the parts and gave them a fresh coat of paint. Everything else was very straight forward.... Timing set to 10 degrees BTDC, idle set to +/- 650 rpm (can idle smooth set to around 450 rpm), the Carb uses #48 jets with a 7.5" hg power valve with around 20" vac at idle. More to come.......
image-4259312820.jpg   image-3493212917.jpg   image-2234413333.jpg   image-967302095.jpg   image-2029057902.jpg  

image-1593881493.jpg   image-100788498.jpg   image-1893265401.jpg  
Jax89Jeeper is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 02-08-2013, 09:54 AM   #9
Jax89Jeeper
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 345
Next up was the transmission swap. The BA10 had lasted over 140k and was nearly missing 2nd gear and quite difficult to shift, all to be expected at it's age. The NP231 was in dire need of TLC as well. I ordered a reman AX15 from ManTrans out of Tallahassee with external slave conversion and the NP231J w/ SYE already installed. This made the swap super simple with no major hiccups or major modifications. The only small bump was sizing the pilot bearing, the inset in the flywheel was a few thousands too small for the included ball bearing set. I had the proper size bronze bearing that was too large as well, so I used my lathe to shave down a few thousandths until it was a press fit. Not sure why the stock dim parts did not fit, the flywheel was in great condition and did not appear to be a non-stock part. I threw in a new clutch kit and poly mounts for good measure and everything bolted back in place. As with everything in my project, I took the extra time to clean up and recondition parts before reassembly.
image-2737024077.jpg   image-3936705890.jpg   image-2417818807.jpg   image-339691792.jpg   image-4215568628.jpg  

image-2998563378.jpg   image-752232231.jpg   image-3099861095.jpg  
Jax89Jeeper is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 02-08-2013, 04:51 PM   #10
Jeeptj3429
Registered User
1995 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Uniontown, PA
Posts: 55
Looks awesome!
Jeeptj3429 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 02-12-2013, 07:34 PM   #11
1hand
Registered User
1988 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Medford, WI
Posts: 154
Awesome build man! Lots of ideas for my real tired 88 I just picked up.

Keep the pics coming

Matt
1hand is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 02-13-2013, 12:19 PM   #12
Jax89Jeeper
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 345
Next up was the suspension... After a bit of research online and checking out a few suspensions in person to compare, I decided on an OME suspension. I am building this as a multipurpose rig and wanted something that would perform on and offroad with out too much height as my wife getting in and out is a consideration. I bought the stardard HD spring setup thru Qtec and got to work. With all new hardware, I simply cut off the old suspension to save time. I ditched the track bars and went with sway disco's from the start. The front spring mounts as well as the rear shock mounts were failing so replacements were welded in. I also discovered that the front axle housing was bent, which explained bad handling, failed seals, and the axle disconnect wast not operating smothly. I found a replacement axle on CL, set up the existing gearset and was back on my way. The new suspension includes 2.5" OME springs, OME shocks, new urethane bushings all around, 5/8" boom lift shackles, drop pitman, ball joints, u-joints, new bearings and seals, and balanced CV shafts front and rear. All parts were blasted, recoated, and restored to better than new condition. Pics of the finished suspension will come tomorrw with brake and steering system rehab photos (trying not to post too many at once).
image-1489276343.jpg   image-1811564669.jpg   image-431068655.jpg   image-2748658117.jpg   image-1429107845.jpg  

image-438793119.jpg   image-4183173107.jpg  
Jax89Jeeper is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 02-14-2013, 11:09 AM   #13
Jax89Jeeper
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 345
While doing the suspension, I took a side trek to rebuild the entire brake system and tune up the steering. I started at the axles with all new brake parts and worked back to the master cylinder with new steel lines and braided SS flex lines. I dismantled and cleaned out proportioning valve and rebuilt the master cylinder with fresh seals, and a thorough cleaning. The booster was in good shape so I simply cleaned the outside, removed some minor rust and gave it a fresh coat of paint. The front knuckles and rear drums were blasted and given a coat of paint as well. Added new parking brake cables and Finished up with fresh fluid and a pressure bleed. The steering system needed a bit of TLC as well... I tightened up the adjustment on the steering box and replaced all joints in the system with stock parts. As I said before, the axles were fully refurbished with new parts as well. As you can see in a few of the pics, this is where isses with the body had become apparent and I had done a bit of sheetmetal repair and replacement along the way which I will start into next.
image-3798622081.jpg   image-3357910066.jpg   image-2123495133.jpg   image-4191570363.jpg   image-4091343924.jpg  

image-1310992763.jpg   image-1341295538.jpg   image-1071221340.jpg  
Jax89Jeeper is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 02-14-2013, 12:42 PM   #14
rusty762
Senior Member
 
rusty762's Avatar
2005 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Monterey, CA
Posts: 775
Looking Good!
__________________
Rusty

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, Id spend six sharpening my axe.- Abraham Lincoln

My Build

My Videos

My Work

Have you hugged a Firefighter today?
rusty762 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 02-14-2013, 02:38 PM   #15
ginger-mech
Registered User
1963 CJ5 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 66
I'll probably catch flack from the YJ guys but that's the jeep that should have been built in '87. Great job. My dad and I are in process on a '92 with a cj front end. I hope it looks as good as your's some day.
ginger-mech is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.
Note: All free e-mails have been banned due to mis-use. (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)
Don't have a non-free e-mail address? Click here for a solution: Manual Account Creation
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools






Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.