Man, let me tell you I can not wait to get back to work on this TJ tomorrow. No, I don't get to do anything as cool as adding a new winch or anything, but getting it really mechanically sound is even more important.
Tomorrows to do list?
Drain and refill transfer case (found water in it when I drained it the first time)
Install new serpentine (drive) belt
Install new transmission mount
Tear down brake calipers and see what is going on. If all goes well, install new pads.
I am a little worried about guide pins, piston and knuckle situation, and can only imagine what I am going to find.
Got the fan switch knob in the mail today and put it on. I really need to get to work on those milk jugs and get them off of there and order those caps for the bumpers. Also been looking at what to do with those tie rod ends and I think I figured it out. A ZJ/TJ tie rod mod and new ball joints should do the trick I think. Now all I have to do is figure out a way to make a little side money to pay for it so I don't aggravate the better half too much!!!!
This looks sweet I always like seeing 97 TJ with the pearlcoat blue... (thats what mine is). but getting to put all the actual build stuff on is the fun part. good luck!!
Hahahahaha!!!! Yes, there are some parts under there that are going to be quite hard to get apart for sure. And then not to break the part it is attached too!!!! It is going to be an interesting project, my my sons and I can not wait to really get started.
Well, I have ordered the Crown Automotive Heavy Duty steering kit ordered and should be in this week. This is a ZJ tie rod with ends and a stock rag link. Also comes with a steering stabilizer shock too. Now I need to look at getting the u-joints and ball joints so I can replace it all at the same time.
Here is a link to the kit, but I got it for under $200.00 from my local 4Wheelparts store.
Well, the Crown HD steering kit got here today and I picked up some Spicer u-joints for the front axle too. Now just have to save up enough for those joints and find enough time to put it all on. Might want to wait and see about putting a new front wheel hub and bearing assembly at the same time too while I am in there. After all, it is a 97 and all original. That is a few hundred dollars more though and don't know if I can have the patience to wait that long to put this stuff on.
Just Empty Every Pocket. Yep, this is my new addiction!!!!!
So I did my first official, although not a big deal mod the other day. I removed the milk jugs that were on the front bumper. Now since this is a 97 TJ and those jugs have been on there for 17 years or so, this did not go as planned.
I decided to use some PB blaster on the screw heads in hopes that it would work it's way down to the clamp type nut. This did not work though and as I turned the torx screw, I ripped the nuts right through the plastic jugs. So it was time to bring in the heavy artillery and out came my reciprocating saw. I cut the jugs off right by the bumper and then cut a little around the screws to get the rest of the plastic out. Screws are still in there, but I will leave that for a different day.
Well, with my last Differential fluid change, my D35 is now leaking and I think it is because I did not torque the bolts correctly. Non-the-less, I decided to replace the old cork gasket and I went and purchased a Lube Locker gasket.
After looking around a little on the internet, I went down to the local 4Wheel Parts store and purchased it for the on-line price.
So now I have collected quite a bit of new stuff to put on the ol' 97 and we are not through yet.
Here is the list of stuff waiting to go on.....
.Crown HD Steering kit including stabilizer
.Spicer 5-760 u-joints for the front axle
.Lubelocker D35 gasket
Next purchase I think will be ball joints at about $100.00 for both sides and both lowers and uppers, hub/bearing assembly at about $170.00 each side, pick up a new fuel tank skid/support plate for around $200.00, and figure out what I am going to do with the corroded fuel return line.
Since it has been so long collecting all this stuff, when I do all these upgrades, I will also now need to change the oil again, and drain and fill the transfer case one more time.