My youngest son turned 15 on August 6th and he is into cars like me. I’ve always wanted to do a project with my boys and I thought a Jeep Wrangler would be great. I bought the Jeep from my brother-in-law who is a car dealer, it has high miles (220,000) but runs and drives great and the 4 wheel drive engages and seems smooth. My B-I-L has sold some Jeeps so he knows where the bad areas are on the frame to watch out for, and this frames looked good. We knew it would need floor pans and a few patches on the body but for a New York vehicle it was solid!!
Here are some pics of when we purchased it:
The jeep will be used primarily for on road use, my son says he doesn’t want to get it dirty after we fix it all up but he wants a winch on the front (must be just for looks).
The Jeep currently has 30” tires and from the reading I’ve done we figure the largest we would go is 33” tires (with the stock axles) so we are thinking about a 4” Rough County lift but that is yet to be finalized.
Here are a few pics of a mocked up 4” lift and the 30” tires, the tires are a little small but we don’t think it looks too bad:
I’ve been doing a lot of reading on YJ’s but we’d welcome any suggestions of other options as we work on it.
The basic plans for the Jeep are:
- Completely Disassemble the Jeep down to the frame
- Sandblast, repair and epoxy prime the entire frame and running gear
- Install a suspension lift
- Replace the body mounts
- Have a valve job done, replace the water pump and repaint all the engine components
- Replace the stock Carter carb with ????
- Rewire the under hood electrical system, clean up the under dash wires and reroute the vacuum hoses
- Repair the rust in the tub, fenders & doors
- Repaint the Jeep bright red – my son’s girlfriend wants yellow
- Spray the inside of the tub with Raptor bedliner
- Reundercoat the underside of the tub
I’ve been doing a lot of reading on YJ’s but we’d welcome any suggestions of other options as we work on the jeep. I hope this will be a good experience for my son & myself, it should bring us closer and hopefully I can pass on some of my knowledge to him.
I’ve been reading threads by “Jeep Hammer” on wiring, man there is some great info and knowledge on this site!!!
More to come, Steve & Zack