George & Weezy. Movin' on up!
So, it's taken me some time to get a build thread going on my ZJ and I decided to add a twist.
THIS thread is about TWO ZJs. One is my wife's: "George", and the other is mine: "Weezy"
We bought George back in '09 because my wife needed a safe way to get the kids to school and to do our errands during the harsh Maine winters.
He's a Hunter Green Metallic, '94 Laredo, 4.0L, 42RE, NP231, 3.55s, and a power sunroof.
He had 154K on the clock when we bought him.
George is in excellent shape, considering he's been in New England most of his life. Although his rockers were gone, so I cut out the rusty metal and made some rocker/sliders to fit in their place!
We're the 5th family to "adopt" him.
We never even thought about taking George out wheeling until one day I decided we needed to check out the former County road that's 1/2 mile from our house. It's really only used by quads & snowmobiles now.
It's some pretty rugged terrain from how the yahoos around here have wheeled it for the last 30 years or so....:drool:
Anyway, after wheeling it lightly I was hooked!!!
That night I ordered a 3" BB with nitro shocks and the following morning at work I ordered a set of 31x10.5 Jetzon Mud Claws.
Put in the lift & put on the tires and took it for some wheeling at a local ORP every weekend for 3 months.:laugh:
So, now move forward to February of this year.
My wife was tired of the scratches/scrapes George was getting during our wheeling trips, so I was on the hunt for a "new" wheeling rig.
With my tax refund in hand I set my sights on ZJs on Craigslist.
I looked at half a dozen MAJOR POS's for in excess of $1500 asking price.
All major rust-buckets!!!
So, then this one '93 catches my eye for $1200 that's about 5 miles away.
I went to look it over. It had been sitting for a while and had some surface rust starting in a couple of places, but nothing major.
The battery was dead, so the owner lady(total PSYCHO!!!) had another battery on the ground hooked up with jumper cables. It purred like a kitten, no knocks or ticks.
Test drive(please don't stall now that the cables are unhooked) revealed a spent VC, a couple bad control arm bushings, inoperative radio, and power windows that didn't work(visibly broken wire in the torn driver's door boot).
Brought it back and it stalled in the middle of the driveway. She asked "Well, what do you think?"
I replied "I won't give you a DIME over $500 for it. It needs a bunch of high dollar repairs, starting with the transfer case."
I turned and went to leave and as soon as I touched my door handle, she said "Okay, would you take it for $500?"
I said "SOLD!!!"
So, since my wife named her ZJ George, I decided to name her Weezy, like on "The Jefferson's".:laugh::laugh:
Weezy is a Hunter Green Metallic, '93 Laredo, 5.2L, 46RH, NP249, 3.55s, and the Upcountry Package.
She had 203,964 miles on her clock, but surprisingly all her fluids were: A: at appropriate levels, B: acceptable color, and C: Smelled & felt fine!!:2thumbsup:
She's been an awesome rig, and wheels like a Mountain Goat climbs!!!:2thumbsup:
I'll go through the mods I've done to both ZJs in the next post.
Damn, this is getting long-winded... and it's getting late.
Thanks for reading!!
I'll post pics tomorry, I promise!!
So here is what George looked like in stock flavor.
After his lift.
I've also added a transfer case skid, gas tank skid, a custom made track bar relocating bracket on the rear axle, rocker/sliders, K&N air filter, privacy glass, Pioneer cd player, Addco rear sway bar, Thrush welded muffler, AR Baja 15x7s, and 31x10.5 Jetzon Mud Claws.
That's about the extent of what George is getting for mods. He will be a light duty wheeler only!
Here's a pic of Weezy(left) and George(right) about 2 weeks after I bought Weezy and hadn't made much progress yet.
Weezy the day I bought her.
Getting her home. Couldn't register it on a Saturday.:laugh:
Weezy about 2 months later.
I built my own winch mount for her and put my Superwinch LP10,000 on it.
Weezy got an NP231 swap last month. $20 for the 231 at the u-pick-it JY!!
She got an overhead console from the JY. $3
I scored a D30 for Weezy, a D35 for George, a lift-glass hatch, trailer hitch, a stock ZJ wheel, and the NP231 for Weezy. All for $100!!!
Weezy also got a Niner e-fan operated by a 2 stage BMW thermo-switch, a 2nd PDC for my electrical accessories, a Durango air hat, a Caravan 136A alternator, front & rear roof rack light bars(the rear has a drop down HiLift mount), Bushwacker cut out flares, 3" BB w/Nitro shocks, TJ 15x8" alloys, 1.25" wheel spacers, 32x11.5 Jetzon Mud Claws, a Cobra CB, and Angry Eyes.
I also made a set of window screens for camping and wheeling in "Skeeter Season"
Now I think you're up to speed!!
those bloody fangs !
I like to be different!!:laugh:
Haha. I wish I could convince my wife to give up her Terrain for a ZJ. Keep up the good work with both of them. Have your wife wheel George with you. And those hooks are awesome. That was a great idea.
Thanks on the hooks!! I love 'em!! ;)
So, today I changed Weezy's spent motor mounts.
That was kind of a pain.....
Passenger's side(forgot the pic with the center removed...):
No wonder why the engine hit the hood under a load.....:drool:
Hopefully tomorrow I can afford my transmission mount too.
Just read through the build/s, man you've got a couple of jeeps there don'tcha?? I like em both man. hahah Good find on that 231 for $20! I paid $100 for mine and thought I got a good deal. :laugh:
Our local JY goes by the "The harder you have to work for it, the less it will cost you" theory.
I was there 10 min after he opened and left 10 min before he closed.
2 complete ZJ axles(F&R), the 231, the hatch & the ZJ wheel. From 4 different donor ZJs... My hilift got a good workout that day
5 items, $100, = $20/item on average:laugh:
I had a totally freighted ZJ(bone stock at the time) on the way home.... It was kinda scary:rofl:
Thanks again for checking out the thread!!
I'll have plenty to post about in the spring when I actually feel like working on it outdoors. :laugh:
Let's see... Off the top of my head.....
Double axle swap, hood vents of one form or another, airbox relocate & cowl induction mod, dual battery install, various metal fab projects, and anything else I may come up with...:laugh:
Haven't updated recently, but I've done some work in the past few weeks.
I swapped out both of Weezy's axles since the brackets on both axles were completely rusting away and were either really weak or crumbling apart.
I also put in my adjustable rear upper control arms I had previously been procrastinating installing.
What better time to put 'em in than when the axle is already out? :laugh:
I could only find axles with the 3.55 ratio like Weezy already had.
Soon I hope to swap in some axles with taller gears, but we'll see how that works out.:laugh:
Yesterday George's master cylinder crapped out and puked all the brake fluid out the back side and all down the vacuum booster.
I bought the master cyl on 3/1/13 and it failed already.:drool:
Thankfully Napa has a lifetime warranty on it!
Unfortunately the closest one to me is in Philadelphia....:confused:
It will be Friday afternoon before it arrives in Maine.:drool:
Hard to believe they don't actually have one in a store anywhere within 7 states between here & there.
Whatever..... It's out of my control.
Man your havin some bad luck, good thing you got that rusty **** outta there though, that's freaky lookin! :eek:
Yeah, the rear track bar bracket letting go made things very scary...
A ZJ with rear wheel steering on corners/bumps is not a fun ride.
Good thing my commute to work is only 12 miles round trip.
I had no choice but to drive it like that for 4 days:drool:
Also found some previously unseen heavy rust(from the inside out) in the rear unibody rails in front of the lower control arm mounts.
Those mounts are also not very pretty...:drool:
I need warmer weather to come so I can get out there and do some cutting, grinding, and welding.
I'll keep this old gal running just as long as I can! :2thumbsup:
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