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Unread 07-09-2010, 08:45 AM   #16
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Personally, I would buy a complete TJ, tear it down and go from there. There would be so much small stuff that it would be crazy. You should be able to find something for relatively cheap and have a good starting point that is miles ahead of buying a frame and a tub.

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Unread 08-11-2010, 01:59 PM   #17
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Wow...how things have slightly changed from my original/proposed plan!
I DID end up with a platform to go from in the form of an '05 LJ that was a total loss from an interior fire. If you all have seen or followed the "Fireproof" build here in the TJ forums, you will see just about what I am up against.
My 'lady friend' decided to purchase it for me as an early Christmas present and is just about as excited as I am for this to begin!
I think she was tired of seeing me mope around 'dreaming' and reading Jeep porn (Jp Magazine) so she took the next logical step towards my vision by buying it for me, haha.
I'll be posting pics ASAP, and am heading to get it in the next week.
I'm going to be basically doing this one on a budget, but hope to make a good dent in making it driveable by Christmas. I'd love to have it running by then to celebrate!
Thanks all for the words of wisdom, caution and concern!
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Unread 08-11-2010, 02:03 PM   #18
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i would respect you more if you built it this way. good for you.
And I respect you less for saying that.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 07:22 AM   #19
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Update: going to get the Jeep this weekend. 5+ hour trip one way, but worth it. We're making a little family vacation out of it, so it will be nice.
I've begun the parts accumulation for it already, and have lined up the sandblaster for the tub and frame when I get it home and unloaded. So far, so good!
I even have a donor jeep in mind (TJ) so many of the parts I need I can pillage from it if the deal works out.
If not...I'll be scouring the sites and picking them up as I can.
Just want to provide an update! Pics to come along when I get it!
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Unread 08-25-2010, 09:49 AM   #20
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Got the Jeep home and it is exactly what I was expecting. Heavier, too! haha.
Body is currently on jackstands and the frame is being disassembled in hopes that I can get it to the sandblaster in the next week or so.
If I can find some axles somewhere that will make my job a lot easier. I intend on making them my next purchase so I can begin installing the lift kit I end up going with.
Still looking into those options.
Only casualty was our dog. Apparently, seperation anxiety got the best of the little guy and he managed to break out the screen of the window we left cracked for him. He climbed out and got loose, and ultimately got hit on the road. 7 mo. old black lab. *sigh*.
3 sad little boys over the ordeal, too.

Aside from the bad news, the good news is that I am accumulating parts at a pretty good clip. Hope to get my hands on a dealer repair manual too soon (we have a relative that is a Chrysler dealer tech), so that will make for some good reference/reading materials, too!
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Unread 09-30-2010, 07:46 AM   #21
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Unread 09-30-2010, 07:52 AM   #22
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There she is...what I started out with.
Ambitious, I know! Haha. Actually, it is coming along really really well. I have the complete interior sitting in the garage ready and waiting. I also have sheetmetal and driveline parts either accumulated or found as well. Long story short...this is a long term project, but one that I am seeing materialize before my very eyes. Currently, it looks a lot better than this, haha.
I will be updating progress as it is achieved. Right now, It's sitting divorced in the garage on two seperate sets of jackstands and is waiting on my appointment with the sandblaster.
I can't wait.
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Unread 09-30-2010, 07:50 PM   #23
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I purchased a 98 wrangler that was side swiped. I found a new tub for $450 a frame for $200 and replaced the axles with a high pinion from a cherokee and an 8.8 from a ford. I bought the jeep in june for $600. It took 5 days to get it the point that it runs and drives after everything was purchased. Still needs paint work but is was a fun project. I would have been lost with out the original jeep as a guide. I stripped the old jeep down to a bare tub and bagged everything and marked everything. Good luck and enjoy!!

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Unread 10-01-2010, 07:33 AM   #24
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I cannot wait unti my frame looks like that, haha!
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Unread 10-01-2010, 05:53 PM   #25
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Wow, that's a heck of a project. The electrical work alone is gong to be a big job. Kudos to you for taking the plunge. Good luck!
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Unread 10-02-2010, 06:16 AM   #26
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With most of it being in harnesses, and other wiring diagrams available for the areas that aren't, I think I might be OK. I am thankful to have resources like JF, as well as mechanic friends.
I am having a lot of fun working on it now, as well as dreaming about the day it is done. Slowly but surely!
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Unread 10-02-2010, 11:12 AM   #27
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Put the wire harness on the engine and trans before you put the tub on. The dash harness can stay on the dash. Used harnesses like to hold their shape and "fall" into place. It won't be as hard as you think.
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