Goob's "Hell on Wheels" YJ Build
Let's just start with this. :confused:
Here's some shortcuts :)
Phase 1 - Stock fun! (Read on)
Phase 2 - The teardown and swapping fun
Phase 3 - Working out the bugs, neverending bugs :fish::gunfight::club::fight:
Phase 4 - Rollbar, interior, extras(Coming soon!)
Some other shortcuts:
Wheeling pics and vids! 4-26-14
I will try to keep a current picture here:
One of the things I will highlight in this adventure is the day to day struggles of doing this build without the knowhow, time, money, skills, tools, or space but finding a way to do it anyway. :D
Now thats out of the way, what we have here is a 91 islander with 4.0 and tf999 with 3.07's. Brought her home summer 2012 cause I always wanted a Jeep.
For the first year I just enjoyed having and driving it. Seeing all these built Jeeps on here, and how "easy" most of the work is to do, really is infectous. early 2013 I decided to pay it off since I hate car loans, and I started first few little mods.
Well first I had to fix a dead water pump
Hardtop was not my thing so I took it off and bought a supertop
Next I got myself a 1" body lift, only broke 2 bolts. Was alot trickier than I thought but got it done.
Then I hit a deer and my euro bar saved my front, but the thing never lined up with the body after the BL so off it came.
Then I read about removing tracbars, BEST MOD TO DATE :laugh:
Next up I needed some rear recovery, and to be able to tow my lil trailer so I got this, love it. Wish I would have considered a tire carrier one before I pulled the trigger.
So after that I was tired of the chrome grill inserts and the rust on the grill the body lift exposed, so I got painting!
At this point I went to Jeep Mania and tried to wheel it, did pretty well considering.
Bent the hell out of my exhaust ^^ but took BFH to it and its fine for now.
Now I added some 1" Booms from BESRK, Turned out well. Had to reset toe in and steering wheel, that was all new to me but my trusty Jeep bible got me through it. At the same time I sold my hardtop. the guy that bought it had 31" mud tires that he didnt seem to want. He agreed to trade tires and rims for me in exchange for $50 off the hardtop price. I WON.
At this point, Having nicer tires and the extra 1" lift from them and booms, it was Wheelin time! But first I noticed my stock shocks were limiting travel so I used the idea from ashland to use old ford truck shocks, they work great!
Not bad for flat stock springs :)
Ok ok the next week was Iowa Jeep show so off we went
I have little kids so the sport bar isnt enough in my eyes, and after a few months of looking i got this turd for $60 or so, needs alot of grinding and paint.
Thats as far as ive gotten is the bottoms done on that for now.
Now it was time for my first wheelin trip with Mississippi Valley Jeep Club, and boy did we have a blast! Didnt get a ton of pictures
For my birthday my wife got me this, cant argue!
Had to relocate light tabs to fit my lights, first time Ive welded in 10-12 years, better start easy
And now I am caught up, got me a SYE on CL for $125, to add to my parts list for later.
It's time to start talking about the plans for this Heep.
First and foremost, This thing will always stay an Islander model, even if I ruin it with stickers and mud and dents. Something about it I just love.
It is also my summer DD. i have a 94 blazer that i use in the winter to soak up the salt. In addition, I am not made of money so this will be somewhat of a budget build, Id rather not shoot for the moon on everything since I still like a challenge. Very very much open to suggestions and tips.
I do not like paying for auto work though so I will be doing this all myself as a learning experience.
At this moment Im' compiling a "winter parts list" of mods to be done all at the same time. the plan is to get it all and hopefully be ready to put it all on come spring. My garage is way to small and Iowa is way to cold to try and do it all in the winter. (EDIT LMAO this is too funny, since I ended up being out there all winter anyway 3-3-14)
There is more on the list but my brain is fried so I will update it later. wish me luck!
Some other things I have planned (or just ideas), but in no particular order or timetable:
Looks great so far!
Looking good man! Love the pic/video heavy thread! :thumbsup:
Keep it up.
Looks good! I love white Jeeps...Sub'd
Thank you Thank you! looking forward to what I can do. learning alot and having fun along the way! Looking at this again after several beers I realize I did pic whore it up a bit :P
Can't really have too many! Personally I appreciate builds that take the time to snap and upload a lot of pics.
Well, I wheeled it today for possibly the last time this year, at least on the club calandar. Had to go on the line 4 times :O
Not having the kids with I guess I got a little more adventurous. Think I bent my springs a bit, and on top of that they finished out flattening. lost about an inch of height and the ride is garbage now. And I smashed up my fiberglass step thing that continues from the front flare. other than that great day!
-Also note while I love my new front bumper, I never knew how har it stuck out and it stopped me several times today,(that and shackles) hoping lift will cure that a bit!
This here bent my shock it wont travel now.
This is alot steeper than it looks!
I cant see the videos can you give me q YouTube tag to surch?
I love that you use it. Looking great so far.
It is a little nerve racking when i slam on rocks and stuff but I'm getting used to it
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