post #1 of Old 09-01-2009, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
mavrick331
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 591
My YJ LT1 build

Hello all,

Buying my second YJ Thursday, my first was a brand new 94' 4.0, did a few mods on it, then sold it in 2000 in mint condition w/36k on the odometer (Had company truck). I sold it for a 96' Grand Cherokee 4x4 to impress a girl, who I later married, figured zip up windows wouldn't work. I kick myself the a$$ every time I see a YJ for getting rid of it.

Fast forward to present day, married 7 years with 2 small kids, 2 small dogs and 2 vette's. One is a 73' roadster which I restored mostly myself. I couldn't have done it without the help of a corvette forum, the assistance I received was invaluable.

I recently found an 87' YJ sitting behind a storage facility in fairly decent condition, has hardtop and doors and half steel doors, no soft top or engine. I tracked down the owner and convinced him to sell it for $1000.

I plan to make a daily driver out of it, but I'm going to start from the frame up, from there Iím still up in the air....back with a 4.0 inline 6, or small V8. Would a small V8 be practicable for an everyday driver? I don't plan on heavy offroading, mild at best (getting too old).

Iím looking forward to pestering everybody on this forum for information as my build progresses, as you can tell, Iím very long windedÖ.

Thanks and apologies in advance ,

Rick


Last edited by mavrick331; 12-15-2009 at 02:58 PM. Reason: Title change
mavrick331 is offline  
post #2 of Old 09-04-2009, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
mavrick331
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 591
It's mine !!

Where it's been sitting for 5 years





Brought it home




What was inside....





Floors look great !





Project begins!!


mavrick331 is offline  
post #3 of Old 09-04-2009, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
mavrick331
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 591
Not sure what happened to images, worked fine in preview...
mavrick331 is offline  
post #4 of Old 09-04-2009, 07:58 AM
Vertisce
Registered User
2007 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 1,357
Quote:
Originally Posted by mavrick331 View Post
It's mine !!

Where it's been sitting for 5 years





Brought it home




What was inside....





Floors look great !





Project begins!!


This poor thing just got forgotten didn't it? Get it fixed up and good luck. Gave ya a click free. You have to have like 50 posts or something like that for them to actually show without the link. Just takes a few days of active posting.
Vertisce is offline  
post #5 of Old 09-04-2009, 08:01 AM
5.7YJ
Senior Member
 
5.7YJ's Avatar
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Rockledge
Posts: 912
Welcome to the forum and nice looking YJ! Looks like you have the perfect start for a SBC swap. Mine has a 5.7 TPI motor from an 88 Vette and can be driven all day long with absolutley no problems at all, I love it!

Last edited by 5.7YJ; 09-04-2009 at 08:04 AM. Reason: add pic
5.7YJ is offline  
post #6 of Old 09-04-2009, 08:59 AM
Vertisce
Registered User
2007 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 1,357
Wait...you are saying you can drive your Jeep ALL day without any problems? Wow...is that an accomplishment for a YJ? Us JK guys can go a few weeks...maybe a month without problems.

Im kidding...the way that was phrased though...just didnt look right.
Vertisce is offline  
post #7 of Old 09-04-2009, 09:10 AM
5.7YJ
Senior Member
 
5.7YJ's Avatar
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Rockledge
Posts: 912
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vertisce View Post
Wait...you are saying you can drive your Jeep ALL day without any problems? Wow...is that an accomplishment for a YJ? Us JK guys can go a few weeks...maybe a month without problems.

Im kidding...the way that was phrased though...just didnt look right.
I would expect nothing less from a JK owner, just kidding! I guess I was just trying to answer his question about a V8 being practical.
5.7YJ is offline  
post #8 of Old 09-04-2009, 09:16 AM
Vertisce
Registered User
2007 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 1,357
I know...just the way you said it made it sound like the YJ usually can't go a whole day without a problem.
Vertisce is offline  
post #9 of Old 09-04-2009, 09:22 AM
5.7YJ
Senior Member
 
5.7YJ's Avatar
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Rockledge
Posts: 912
You have to admit, working on them is half the fun, well maybe not half!
5.7YJ is offline  
post #10 of Old 09-04-2009, 07:17 PM
bigh20rnr
Registered User
 
bigh20rnr's Avatar
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Sartell, MN
Posts: 662
5.7YJ- that is one sweet looking engine! To the OP, have fun with it and it looks like you got a really good deal there, definitely a diamond in the rough.

Rick

87 YJ 4.2L, Weber 32/36, rear bumper tire carrier, nutter bypass, RE 4 inch lift, SYE, AX 15, lined the body tub
"Baby when you said you wanted a project jeep I expected you to spend a lot of money on it" <---Worlds best wife!!!
bigh20rnr is offline  
post #11 of Old 09-06-2009, 05:54 PM
wheresthebfh
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: seattle
Posts: 68
That does look like a smoking deal. Keep on posting the pics

Milk it does a body good........
wheresthebfh is offline  
post #12 of Old 09-07-2009, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
mavrick331
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 591
Finished my inspection, itís a Peugeot tranny with a NP207. I decided to go w/ a Chevy 350, AX 15 tranny. What does the forum think of the NP207 transfer case, I donít read anything positiveÖ

I am always the first one preaching to people donít buy the first year of any vehicle and look what I did, my wife even called me out on it !!

If I go with the AX15 tranny, will I need to change the tranny mount? Will the NP207 mount to the AX15 without an adaptor?

What are your thoughts on the Novak motor to tranny adaptor and GM motor mounts ?

Thanks,
Rick
mavrick331 is offline  
post #13 of Old 09-07-2009, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
mavrick331
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 591
Is it really 50 posts before I can post my own pictures ??
mavrick331 is offline  
post #14 of Old 09-15-2009, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
mavrick331
Registered User
1987 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 591
I'm axing the AX15, going automatic, hopefully with an L98 I have my eye on.

Guess I need to start a build thread, Is there a specific place to do so on the forum?

After a roll of quarters, rims came surprisingly clean with a little steel wool & polish



At it's new home for awhile



Tear down begins


mavrick331 is offline  
post #15 of Old 09-15-2009, 12:27 PM
dstephns
Registered User
2015 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 395
Great looking YJ, and only 1000 bucks. Did you flat bed or drive it home. You're going to have some fun doing the upgrades.

2016 JK Rubicon
dstephns is offline  
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
My YJ Build - Yet another build thread!! bluexj YJ Wrangler Technical Forum 28 07-11-2012 12:23 PM
My YJ Build provinT13 YJ Wrangler Technical Forum 1203 06-14-2011 09:29 PM
06flex's build (my build up) 06flex TJ Wrangler Technical Forum 131 07-03-2010 10:26 PM
Build advice for a high-line type build The Rat YJ Wrangler Technical Forum 1 02-11-2009 02:21 PM
how would you build it? dharmabum TJ Wrangler Technical Forum 4 07-27-2006 11:05 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome