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Unread 08-20-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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The Princess Jeep YJ Build

Hey everyone, I am back at it again! I picked up this Gem that my girl found on craigslist.

Pros:
-She's got a great body
-Frame is solid (minus a few troublesome areas)
-adds jeep parts to my collection to sell

Cons:
-both rear shock mounts are beginning to rot the frame.
-both bottom end seatbelt mounting pillars are beginning to rot.
-the tailgate was hit, and dented in causing some denting in right upper wheel well.
-It doesn't have a motor...(got my own idea anyway)
-Axles need to go

It was a manual 6cyl before it had a V8 Swap
-It has a spring over conversion with a 3 inch body lift.
-has Bronco 9" rear and 44 front axles.
-TH350 transmission
-4.56 gearing
-A bad a$$ paint job... bahaha
-brand new Cragars and okay shape tires...

I will need some help on this one! (I plan to do a lot!)

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Unread 08-20-2012, 01:51 PM   #2
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A few pics I could get for you guys right now. Also, it came with decent vinyl seats, which may also get sold. I will have a lot of YJ parts so keep checkin!
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Unread 08-20-2012, 10:35 PM   #3
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Man I work fast! All that front end stuff disappeared in 2 hours... :-P
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Unread 09-11-2012, 10:26 AM   #4
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I guess I am pretty terrible at posting to my own thread... But I guess most of my time has been spent on the internet researching what I actually want to do. I have also been parting out a lot of parts that I don't need for my project. Hoping to break even with basically a free jeep. Shhh! it is a lot of work removing something and cleaning it up to make money off of it! I have also been fully restoring another frame that I am posting to an old build thread (my original build). This is still the same build, just on a fresher frame and body as I have mentioned earlier.

Check out my jeep Junkyard!

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Unread 12-05-2012, 10:10 AM   #5
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Pulling the body tub

Well I did actually remove everything from this jeep in the 1st week. Then I continued to work on other crap to sell. Unfortunately the big things didnt sell...

But I used a cherry picker to pull the body off!

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And i set it on a rack made of angle iron and trailer crack post wheels to roll it around and eventually do body work. Its supposed to roll over a chassis and be lowered close to frame.... supposed to be able to...
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Unread 12-06-2012, 10:20 AM   #6
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Sandblasting attachment for a pressure washer is the best!

I have got to tell ya! this frame did not look as bad as it turned out to be. And that may have to do with the 3500lbs of water pressure with sand tearing the paint and rust off. It revealed a few more holes or cracked metal.

keep in mind this frame became this clean within maybe 2 hours!

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Something that really made me wonder... The giant bolt that is directly behind that last body mount in front of the shock mounts. There was one on the other side too, but that seems to have been ripped off the frame because the past owner over heated the metal there (cant weld for sheet!)
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Unread 12-07-2012, 09:57 AM   #7
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The Frame Needs a Doctor

After I sandblasted my frame with the 3500lbs psi I noticed there were a few more holes in the metal than i had thought. But still! not bad. I ended up cutting out holes at the rear of the frame rails to spray out the 1.5 feet of dirt and rocks in there as well.

Over all I have to fix:
2- end of frame rail sections I cut
1- left rear frame rail 3x3"
2- rear body mounts
1- upper shock mount, but am replacing both with a way better design!
1- large bolt on left in front of shock mount
1- one huge hole from a broken bolt right side of frame
2- front nut serts for center skid plate
8- factory of nasty welded engine mount brackets to remove
4- bent spots in brackets or cross members
?- miscellaneous repairs on past owners wannabe fixes

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Both rear body mounts looked like this.

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Stupid cup shape stamped steel mounts! Holding dirt n moisture all the time!

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Angle Iron brackets and factory mounts still left to cut, plus some more goofy brackets welded up in front of the shock towers...

Looks like a lot of work, but this is my 2nd frame resto. The last one was terrible!
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Unread 12-13-2012, 11:39 AM   #8
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Frame Repairs Made and Paint Layed

This was my second frame repair, so unfortunately I wasnt as psyched about snapping a bunch of pics... There was just a lot of fine cutting, then tracing the cuts made in frame onto paper and moving that to fresh steel. Then cutting that and and beveling the edges so that my welds looked pretty. (I have never taken welding classes or anything. Just done it a few times in the past 2 years)

This pic below is of the area where the shock usually mounts. The other side was a lot neater looking only because I had to make do with what steel i did have. Still, after the grinder came through, you would never know.


Then the Shock mount was welded in place. Dont worry i did take measurements!


This a shot of the inside of the frame horn. I sprayed Eastwoods Internal frame rust converting sealer inside with the long hose nozzle. Strong chemicals! Bubbled, and dripped all over!


Primer was Layed, Yes i had the princess out there working for a minute too! After all this is her jeep! so You will see I put her to work more so later.


Topcoat was definitely a smelly one


Final Product! And yes I did use the Gas saw in the corner to remove some big stupid motor mounts!
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Unread 12-20-2012, 10:35 AM   #9
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The Super Dana 30 and 8.8

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So here I am with two used axles but the mileage on the are not too bad. I just went through and replaced what needed to be. (Bearings, hubs, ball joints and all the seals) They are both 3.73 geared and the 8.8 has a limited slip.

Disassembly and Sandblasting is complete.
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Parts got layed out, and Painted
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Yup! I told you! A Princess Jeep

Now to put the lady to work!
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Unread 12-20-2012, 12:24 PM   #10
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Lookin good so far but why paint the frame before the motor mounts were welded in? i just did my first frame up resto and what a time comsuming affair that was. cant wait to do the next one.
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Unread 12-20-2012, 01:41 PM   #11
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A girl at work on a Jeep: I support this endeavor. Well done, sir.
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Unread 12-20-2012, 03:02 PM   #12
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Sub'd, since I have been commenting on your waggy spring threads. want to see how this thing turns out.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 10:48 AM   #13
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Lookin good so far but why paint the frame before the motor mounts were welded in? i just did my first frame up resto and what a time comsuming affair that was. cant wait to do the next one.
Good question. I was thinking the same. The only reason I did go that route is because everything is being mounted onto the chassis. I will have to mock the body up in its position and all, this way when I start dropping in the 5.2 I can line it all up. It only needs a little grinding on the paint then some welding... then its all done! sorta...

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A girl at work on a Jeep: I support this endeavor. Well done, sir.
Haha Thank you! After all she loves jeep. and will confuse most guys that ask her questions about it because she knows more than him!!!

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Sub'd, since I have been commenting on your waggy spring threads. want to see how this thing turns out.
Awesome. Yah I am working on selling a frame I rebuilt this year and my brand new RC 2.5 lift so I can fund some Generalkc waggy springs, 1" boomerangs and some new shocks.
Open to suggestions!!!
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Unread 12-27-2012, 12:24 PM   #14
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Looks good, can't wait to see more.
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Unread 12-27-2012, 11:49 PM   #15
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Great work so far.
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