Another TJ build with not so much bling,except where needed. Very few bolt on mods, and a ton of custom mods.
I acquired a 1997 TJ project that had been abandoned by a few previous owners. I felt like the TJ needs another chance to make it out of the garage for good and not to go to the crusher.
Now on with the plan. I want to build this Jeep by the EJS 2013. I am not really set on a final date, But I figured a year would be good. I do not plan on updating the build daily nor do I plan on working on the Jeep everyday of the next year. So, I will add good updates every week or so when progress is good.
Here is the low down. The Jeep has a clean frame, no rust at all. The body is also rust free. The Jeep came to me as a frame and tub, with a 4.0 and AW4. The AW4 will be going in my other Jeep, and the 4.0 will probably get parted out. (I still do not know what I want as a power plant.) 5.3 and a 4L60 is what will probably end up in it.
Most of the parts used in this build will come from Junkyards, trash bins, dumpsters, wrecked TJs, and any other donated parts...
What I have collected so far.
I thought I would add a price list to the build as I go along..
Bought the Jeep for 200.00
Sold the door surrounds on ebay +145.00
Sold the sound bar on ebay +95.00
So far, + $40.00
(4) Old style MTRs 37" really just 35" tall 150.00
Total money out of pocket today 1-2-12 110.00
Bed components, Sides, Factory corners, Belt rails, 450.00
Tacoma Bed inner assembly Free
Front suspension links (JJs and Mid arm links)
Rear XJ leaf springs
Stock Hood Free
Stock grille shell Free
OEM radiator Free
JK D44 rear with 4:10 gears and track loc 300.00
Stock front fenders and rear flares Free
Custom cut tub to make 2 seater cab
Custom Highline stock fenders
Hendrix Hood mod with vents
Custom wrap around bed assembly with drop down tail gate (53" bed)
Relocate the steering box bracket for front stretch
Custom frame built front bumper with grille hoop and winch protector
High clearance front lower link mounts
Custom Coilover hoops up front
Custom shock hoops in the rear
Custom rear leaf hangers
Custom back half rear frame for leafs and extended WB for bed / Reason "Simplicity, Red_Smoke says it works"
Ruffstuff anti-wrap kit
Total out of pocket: 2-20-12 $960.00
Pictures to come soon.....
I will reserve a few posts so please no comments till I get about 10 posts saved to keep the build clean in the future.
It may look dumb with 10-11 posts reserved, but you guys will thank me 2 years from now when trying to look at the build.
Photoshopped version of this build. Thanks to XJAbuzer.
The real thing.