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Carlos14 06-06-2012 09:04 PM

A Teenager with a Dream
Alright guys! As promised, here is where I will start my YJ Build Thread. I'll start by telling a little bit about myself and how I became a jeeper, and then we will get into the humble build.

I am Carlos Chavira, A 2012 high school graduate out of NC and soon to be student at Southeastern University in Lakeland Fl. I will be studying Youth Ministry and later taking that where ever I shall be led! This is now my second jeep. My first was a 1986 jeep Cherokee XJ. Bought stock and built it up a little bit.

I loved that thing, but something else had caught my eye.. My girlfriend knew a guy who was trying to sell his wrangler, and I immediately made myself in the market for one. This one.
that is a picture taken from the PO's driveway.

I sold the XJ and bought the YJ in November of 2011.
It didn't take long to get that top and doors off, even if it was a December day in NC.

except for the wheels, it was pretty close to stock. It wouldn't be for long!;)

Carlos14 06-06-2012 09:23 PM

What I now had on my hands was a 1990 Jeep Wrangler YJ with a 2.5l 4cyl motor out of a '92 and a 5 speed tranny. The jeep has had a few owners but I am told the original owner worked for a Jeep dealership, and was the one to remove the carburated 4cyl from 1990 and replace it with the fuel injected 92. When I bought it it had 115k on the dash and was only lightly wheeled. I am looking back as I begin this build thread so forgive me if I forget something along the way. I will try and type less, show more as the show goes on!
the first picture at my house
It was super clean. Decent paint. Zero Rust!!! and very little body damage. It does however need a new top.

The first thing I did to was get rid of those surface rusted chrome wagon wheels. The tires are 31x10.5 Dunlap Radial ATs and were in great shape so I began seaching craigslist. After a little while searching I came accross a set of black American Racing wheels that the guy only wanted $75 for. Apparently he had had them laying around forever and just wanted them out of his shop. they had 33" buckshots on them and took up a ton of space so I could see why. I offered him $50 and he said yes just get them outta here haha so I gladly took them off his hands. While I was there, he offered me the rear stock bumper off of a TJ and I said sure I will find a use for it. It came in really handy later on.

here is the wheels leaning against the jeep to see what a 33 looked like.

My dad had them mounted and balanced as a christmas gift.

a poser at my work

Carlos14 06-06-2012 09:53 PM

My girlfriend got me windsheild mounts for my KCs for christmas along with a pair of Raybans... She knows me too well..
I installed those soon after and picked up some new fog lights for the bumper mounts. HDI brand. I think its like the Canadian Hella. I got them from a truck shop for $30 since they were used. one of the cheapest most used mods to date..

next would be the crazy long lift shackles.. Temporary thing for sure! helped me keep some extra room for the 31s. Picked those up for about $40 at advanced auto. installed the same day.

Me and a buddy got together one day and he helped me shoot the whole undercarriage with some Rustoleum gloss black to help clean her up and prevent rust.. I'm sure you know by now, but I am really diggin the black and white combo.

Carlos14 06-06-2012 10:13 PM

I sold the old wheels for $100 and the buckshots that came on the new wheels for another $100 so I ended up making the better end of that deal!!

Somewhere along the way I picked up a CB, Rugged ridge center console (20 bucks) a steal! I love that thing and a couple other things I don't remember.

I ordered a Smittybilt CRES top while they were on sale at Quadratec. I keep it strapped up all the time with the soft top on or off. When I take down the top, it secures everything down and keeps it all with me in case of a sudden storm.. I love that thing! It gets a TON of compliments too from Jeepers and non-jeepers.

I also got it a little muddy one day. I like to keep it clean, but I have no problem letting it run for a week with 30lbs of mud either.
this isnt 30lbs however haha ;)

Carlos14 06-06-2012 10:16 PM

Got a 10" kicker and 400 watt amp that I installed in the back to be able to hear durring topless driving. I also repainted the fender flares! Eventually I would like TJ flares, or Flats/Tubes. Another day, another dollar. or alot of them. Tube fenders are expensive!

Carlos14 06-06-2012 10:19 PM

People are going to read this someday, I know it!! :)

Sundowner 06-06-2012 10:21 PM


Originally Posted by Carlos14 (Post 13684353)
People are going to read this someday, I know it!!

People are already reading it. Keep it up. :thumbsup:

Carlos14 06-06-2012 10:22 PM


Originally Posted by Sundowner (Post 13684360)
People are already reading it. Keep it up. :thumbsup:

Will Do!

jeepin82 06-06-2012 10:30 PM

Great start so far.

Carlos14 06-06-2012 10:33 PM

So far mostly everything has been Cosmetic, but I did come across a great deal on synthetic motor oil at O'reillys one day and now run full synthetic. I have seen about a 2 mile per gallon difference since doing so! that was awesome! I wouldn't recommended this however if you have an oil leak because I have been told it will make the leak worse because synthetic is just that slick.. Luckily mine have fared well!

for the interior I used some Krylon fusion gloss black for plastic and have painted the door panels, and soon the dash. trying to carry on the black and white theme.. the tub was rhino-lined when I bought it so carpet is one less thing to worry about.. I did however get a full carpet set from the same guy I bought the center console from for free. It is sitting in a box in the basement, I may use it one day..
The last thing I want to do for the interior is black and white seats. however, i have yet to find a set of black and white seat covers. That makes me sad:(

Carlos14 06-06-2012 10:34 PM


Originally Posted by jeepin82 (Post 13684402)
Great start so far.

thanks! alot more to come if I can ever get around to saving up the money! haha

balzer 06-06-2012 11:04 PM

I really dig your enthusiasm, nice work so far.

2000TJWithPlow 06-06-2012 11:33 PM

This is awesome I love the white on a jeep
Keep up the great work bud

Carlos14 06-07-2012 07:21 AM


Originally Posted by balzer (Post 13684503)
I really dig your enthusiasm, nice work so far.

There is just something about a jeep that makes me love turning it into something completely new! I've got big plans!


Originally Posted by 2000TJWithPlow (Post 13684577)
This is awesome I love the white on a jeep
Keep up the great work bud

Thanks man, I have to say i never liked white vehicles until I got this one. now im sure i'll always own a white jeep.

2000TJWithPlow 06-07-2012 10:12 AM

Yeah same here I just got my first car which is a super clean white 2000 TJ and it came with a plow and in my opinion white sticks out the most and makes it look cleaner just because of the color

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