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WKdeuce 08-06-2012 10:21 AM

Pond Scum
 
1998 TJ Wrangler SE
2.5L 4 banger, 5 speed
It's (now) my 4th of 6 Jeeps, following an '87 YJ, '96 XJ, and '83 Postal - prior to a '11 Overland and a '98 XJ.

I got this from a guy that said it didn't run. He lied. I haven't even changed the oil yet, pulled the plugs, spun the motor, new battery, fired right up.
The top had leaked for years, the center console was brimming with water.
It was neglected for a while, and had stuff growing in it.
The floors had a thick layer of green stuff, hence the name.
Plus, the name swamp thing has probably been used a million times over, and with a 2.5, its not badass enough for that.

Here's the day my old XJ towed it home:

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/eaa69914.jpg
Wheres waldo.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/4f5ca05a.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/ec45d095.jpg

New seats:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/73e2a967.jpg

Built a bumper:
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Re-built the bumper as a winch bumper.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/ef7c04e9.jpg

Got some wheels and tires with tread on, a different top, junkyard cowl panel & wiper motor/assembly, and inspection stickers.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/85ba5b06.jpg

WKdeuce 08-06-2012 10:21 AM

The TJ has been pretty fun as-is.
The 60s are tucked behind my shed for now. I got a few more parts in, but with "only" 2 cars now, I'm gonna focus on simple/driveability stuff. Belly up skid, CB radio, new cage, paint some parts.
As I sell parts off the blue one, I'll be picking things up for this.
But, I'm still focused on the same end result, just going after different parts for the short term.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/60c54ebd.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...IMG_4990-1.jpg

Sold 5 brown magnums & BFGs, and put the 5 gray ones from the XJ on.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/IMG_4970.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/IMG_4972.jpg

Currently making room for a real cage, gonna do a simplified dash then too.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/ef349f9b.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/64a58bc4.jpg

WKdeuce 08-06-2012 10:24 AM

Added a 1.5" body lift, 1" brown dog mml, and the aluminum ultra high clearance skid from UCF
14" at the belly. almost 3" higher & over 20lbs. less than the stock skid.
more vibes from the poly motor mounts than the driveline, so we're good.
only other thing was modifying the 4x4 shifter cause it was a little wacked.
got the KCs on, not wired yet.
jeepforum'd the headlight bezels black.
installed the wood shift knob from Blue.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/da22b6d0.jpg

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Then started work on the roll cage.
got the A pillar pads made, and everything tacked together, next I gotta pull the whole thing out.
but... I broke my T50 trying to unbolt the family bar.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/049ad791.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/6d193b99.jpg

More to come. Just wanted to dump everything in one spot for now.

TheRealKTrain 08-06-2012 10:52 AM

I like it! So where are those wheels from? I love the pizza cutter look. Did you do an SYE yet, or just the MML, BL, and tummy tuck?

WKdeuce 08-06-2012 11:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheRealKTrain (Post 13978060)
I like it! So where are those wheels from? I love the pizza cutter look. Did you do an SYE yet, or just the MML, BL, and tummy tuck?

Thanks.
They're 17x7 from a dodge Magnum, check the link in my sig for all the measurements & details.
Stock springs, and no SYE. No vibes from the MML/BL/belly-up.
Here's one more of the skid.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/95bafeb6.jpg

and the cage tube, as I got it from S&W

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/0718b875.jpg

TheRealKTrain 10-05-2012 09:49 AM

Hey, any updates? How is the TT with no SYE still treating you?

bluei6 10-05-2012 11:19 AM

it looks like a fun little trail rig.

AustinTexasXJ 10-05-2012 11:52 AM

looks so badass!! I woulnt mind a little 2.5 TJ to toy in.
though some tube fenders on that thing and comp cut the rear. call it done oh and
put a turbo charger on the 2.5.... you know because race car

AND WTF LOOK AT THE OLD IPOD!

WKdeuce 10-11-2012 02:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheRealKTrain (Post 14258627)
Hey, any updates? How is the TT with no SYE still treating you?

Haven't done much, but I do need to update this.
It works fine - stock suspension.
Only thing I modified was the gate for the 4WD selector
I'm gonna do an SYE when I put the 8.8 in, since that'll change the height a bit.

Quote:

Originally Posted by bluei6 (Post 14259023)
it looks like a fun little trail rig.

Thanks. It's pretty fun. Needs a lunchbox up front though.

Quote:

Originally Posted by AustinTexasXJ (Post 14259158)
looks so badass!! I woulnt mind a little 2.5 TJ to toy in.
though some tube fenders on that thing and comp cut the rear. call it done oh and
put a turbo charger on the 2.5.... you know because race car

AND WTF LOOK AT THE OLD IPOD!

thanks.
hahaha the ipod went straight in the trash.
A turbo 2.5L would probably be a hoot, but... so would a vortec 5.3 or a 4.7L I6
The spark plugs I put in to "get it running" are the only thing the 2.5L will get. Not even oil changes. Sooner it pops, the sooner I'm forced to replace it.

Since I posted here last, I finished up the cage, got a hard top, and picked up LS 8.8.
Also, going to a buddys house this weekend to get my 4.10 hp30 back, its got a bunch of refreshed parts and all the CA brackets boxed. So that will go in here at some point soon.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...A2012/ben4.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...A2012/ben3.jpg

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http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...railsroad2.jpg

TheRealKTrain 10-12-2012 08:46 AM

Love the look! Makes me miss my 97! What tranny mount are you running, Lo Pro or stock?

ramthis426 10-12-2012 09:26 AM

love the name

WKdeuce 10-12-2012 09:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheRealKTrain (Post 14290814)
Love the look! Makes me miss my 97! What tranny mount are you running, Lo Pro or stock?

Stock trans mount.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ramthis426 (Post 14290931)
love the name

:cheers:

WKdeuce 01-26-2013 08:15 AM

I been slacking on updating this.

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WKdeuce 01-26-2013 08:23 AM

Shortened a XJ front shaft with a cutoff disc and a battery drill.
It spins up to 75mph without vibration.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...ED84013B9E.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...318808847B.jpg

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http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...C7F6C967F7.jpg

I had the lengths of the uppers way off, and was binding it up, causing so much rake.

I worked it out, set the pinion around 15, and pushed the rear back maybe an inch. The track bar & gas tank & diff cover are all very close.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/IMG_5978.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...a/IMG_5983.jpg

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WKdeuce 01-26-2013 08:33 AM

I traded a dana 300 I had for some tires that don't fit.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...04D8D286A1.jpg

Then I started this thread:
TJ: hp30, WJ knuckles, new Track Bar

put these on,

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...9A614A8080.jpg

which was dumb, because I would later cut the rest of that bracketry off.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...B6B9A1D97A.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...375699CEEA.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...375DA7406B.jpg

IRO C gussets

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...59ADF970AB.jpg

Frame side TB bracket. The. Worst.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...203BB8F8BE.jpg

Making progress.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...ps88ea1a67.jpg

Not making progress.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...C99506D3E6.jpg


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