Somewhat of a back story on finding the jeep. Work was slow so I decided to check craigslist. I was looking through and found a 98 wrangler, 4.0 five speed. All it said was that it ran when he picked up and lost interest in the project. It was in a little accident. Needed a grille, fenders, hood, windshield, radiator, and a/c condenser. This is my first 6 cylinder wrangler, I have had two 4 cylinder yj's and a 97 4 cylinder.
How I picked it up:
My plan after I got it was to start finding parts to turn it into a daily driver so I could make my other tj a trailer queen of sorts.
The soft top that came with it was useless and about the only good thing on it was the tires. Looks like the owner got in a wreck right after they had put new 31s on it.
After going back and forth on what color I wanted to paint the jeep. I had decided on painting it a factory jeep color that was only done a few years. Amber Fire Pearl coat was the factory color name, I liked the color a lot and you don't see to many of them running around.
The last two pics you can see how the pearl changes the color quite a bit in the sunlight! I can't thank John from Hardin's bodyshop on helping me out and showing my the ropes on what all needed to be done to this rig.
That's some nice body work and paint. Very hard to find a good guy these days. Lots of jokers.
2008 JK Rubicon
-255/80/17 BFG KM2s, 16/59 JKU springs, 2013 Rubi rims, RC stubby hybrid front bumper, XRC8 winch with synthetic line, RR evap skid, and more to come
1959 Willys Wagon
-Going to be restored and painted Plantation White and Presidential Red
"I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth."
Great work! What else are you going to do with it?
8.8 in the rear 4:10 and limited slip,have the axle in the garage along with the brackets. D30 high pinion, have it just need to order gears and gear it. I have an idea for bumpers just have to get around to ordering the front lol. Metal cloaks front and rear. Started collecting parts for that, I picked the rear flare mounts up locally cheap. Then sye and xj front shaft cut down for the rear. Along with a close to flat skid plate and gas tank skid. Then go to 35s or 36s.
Basically building for a good daily driver and take on vacation and wheel it and be able to get back home.
Got out and did some wheelin with some friends in the snow.
Did decent on 35s, getting use to driving a standard offroad again. Having 3.07 gears didn't help any!
Gears and install kit should be here for low pinion axle I'm throwing under here. I'll have around $450 in the front axle locked, all new bearings, and 4.10 gears. The rear 8.8 I will have around $250 in it.