I am rebuilding my old 87 Wrangler for the Bantam Jeep Festival this June. I began tearing it down after the first festival almost 2 years ago and it is time to make a final push to get it done. I went to the festival last year without a Jeep and I will not let that happen again. I will update more when I have more time, but at least wanted to get this thing kicked off.
This is the current state of my Jeep...I have a few things to finish up don't you think?
OK, here is the master plan.
I have a set of newly aquired axles, HP D44 front and 9" rear. Both axles have been recently completely rebuilt. The 9" even has a disk brake kit and locker. These were from someone else's unfinished project.
I picked up a 95 Grand with the 5.2 for $200. The 5.2 is off at my local Vo-Tech School for rebuild and I will be using the 46RH auto tranny as is for now. I will rebuild that later.
For suspension I am using the Ford Raduis arms that came on the axle up front and a 4 link out back. The 9" came with links, but they are going to have to be completely redone to work for my build. The lower links are currently 47". I am going to try to keep this as close to stock ride height as I can. This is going to take some careful planning.
This is my first build to this magnitude. I have been scouring this site and others and think I have a pretty good handle on what I am doing, but always welcome advise from thos that have been here before.
Picked up a steering box out of an 89 Astro van today. Not sure yet if I am using the whole box or just the pitman arm, but I have options now.
Also got my pistons today. The guy that put them together for me even cleaned up the old rods. They look brand new! they are going to Vo-Tech in the morning so they can finish up my 5.2.