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Unread 07-10-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
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The "Should have started with a CJ" build

Current state:

The plans for my Jeep have changed A LOT since I made my original build thread and I think now is about the right time to make a new one.

It spent 10 years in Florida (where its originaly from) then the next 11 here in MA, on Cape Cod mostly sitting in a garage. I brought it home for the awsome price of 600 bucks.

Got it home put a new clutch in it. Then got some 32's and rode those on the sagging stock springs untill I got my 4" Rough Country lift. Since then it has slowly been turning into a rig.

The long term goal is to have a cool jeep with a perfect mix of offroad capabilities and at the same time decent road manners. It will be geared way more towards offroad capabilities as I have a seperate daily driver but I dont want a trailer queen at this point in my life so on road legality is a must. As I build it I am selecting parts because of avalability, cost, and most importaintly reliability.

1988 Wrangler YJ
Stock 2.5 low output engine

Mods to date:
CJ clip
Rampage Half-cab soft top.
RE 4.5" HD springs
BFG M/T KM 35's
Or-Fab Sport Cage
Warn Front Bumper
Smittybilt "Classic" Rear Tire Carrier
CB Radio
Daystar 1" Body lift
Brown Dog 1" Motor Mount lift.
AX-15 (w/ external slave) swap
Dana 300 with 4:1
Flat skid
Dana 44's with 4.88's front spool.

Next it needs:
Chevy SBC swap.
Hydro-assist
Rear locker
Chromo shafts
Winch


Fall 2010:




When it came home (May 09'):



Summer 09'





March 2010 (right before lift)


Lift kit arrived:


Right after lift:


Warn front bumper (actually came from a TJ, the thing was only used for a year or two):


Bought a Or-Fab Sport Cage (love it). I run it with just two thumb screw in the top of my windsheld so I can drop the windsheld really quick.




Got the Smittybilt Classic Rear Bumper/Tire Carrier:


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Unread 07-10-2010, 11:50 AM   #2
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I go out and wheel with friends all the time.














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Unread 07-10-2010, 12:12 PM   #3
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So you're not going for the jurassic park jeep anymore?
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Unread 07-10-2010, 12:26 PM   #4
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I was going to ask that very same question.
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Unread 07-10-2010, 04:08 PM   #5
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Nope gave up on that, too much money into a paint job that Im just going to scratch up. Im just painting it white. And starting to make it way more capable offroad.
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Unread 07-11-2010, 01:50 AM   #6
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Those first wheels you had on..... Looks good though!
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Unread 07-11-2010, 08:22 AM   #7
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Those first wheels you had on..... Looks good though!
those wheels came off within 30 minutes of having the jeep home.
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Unread 07-11-2010, 12:26 PM   #8
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Just bought my 258 to AX15 clutch plate and disc. Only with a couple thousand miles on them. 7 Bucks.
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Unread 07-13-2010, 10:50 PM   #9
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Went and pulled my CJ 258 engine today. I also got the whole wiring harness to the jeep, minus the headlight and parking light harness. Also got the whole stock CJ dash. Parts came out of a 1980 CJ.

Grand Total: $150 Off to a good start with this engine swap. (Pics tomarrow)

The plan is to rip out my YJ harness minus the rear and front light harness (as mentioned above). I will then put the CJ 258 and dash in my Jeep and the whole CJ harness. Splicing the headlights, tailights, parking lamps into the CJ harness. Should be FAIRLY easy.

But first I need to get and rebuild a 4.0 head. Then I will still need some headers a AX15 and Dana 300.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 11:33 PM   #10
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Went to Harbor Freight after work today and bought my 1 ton engine stand.

Got home put it together and tried to mount the engine........My bellhousing bolts werent long enough. No real surprise there lol. This has been going way to good.

I'm going to get some longer bolts tomarrow and then I will take some pictures. I just got dissapointed today and didnt bother taking any pictures.

Oh I also got a CJ tailgate with no rot or even surface rust for 30 bucks. It has a small scratch/ding but after a hour of work and some body filler you will never notice.
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Unread 07-15-2010, 03:51 AM   #11
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From tame looking to peerless offroad machine, I like what you did to your CJ.
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Unread 07-16-2010, 07:47 PM   #12
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Ok pictures as promissed.

Pulling the 258:


Engine at home and on my new engine stand:


Pulled the valve cover:


Dash with underdash harness:




CJ tailgate I picked up for 30 bucks:

Planning on spending some time and getting this dent to look better before I paint:


CJ front clip hidding under the family canoe:


Me and a couple friends went to the Cabela's store last weekend. I've been before, but it was still sweet.

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Unread 07-16-2010, 08:15 PM   #13
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should have got the tires off that cj while you were at it!
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Unread 07-16-2010, 08:31 PM   #14
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should have got the tires off that cj while you were at it!
I thought about asking the guy. BUT they had a lot dryrot.
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Unread 07-28-2010, 08:08 PM   #15
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Just got back from Florida. Went down for a week for vacation and a wedding. Drove my Cherokee, made it there and back with no problems.





Started doing body work on my CJ tailgate. Pictures soon.

Hopefully tomarrow Im going to start tearing apart my CJ dash and sand and paint it. Should look really nice when Im done with it.

Went with a friend to pick up a 14 bolt that he is going to put under his YJ:
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