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post #1 of 42 Old 06-12-2019, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Operation "I think I know what I am doing"

Sorry I have been away for 6 months, since late december I have moved to texas and it has been hectic ever since. So, why not add to the list of things to do? Since I got engaged (to another YJ owner and forum member to boot) we purchased 3/4 of a 95 yj and a wrecked 92 yj and are embarking on making one jeep out of the 2. Both jeeps are 4cyl, the wrecked one is manual which I hope the trans and pedal assy is still good. The incomplete one is auto. The incomplete jeep only has 88K miles! Has rust holes that need fixing and has some sort of hack job propane deal going on. I do not plan to use it so I need to hope that the engine wiring harnesses are the same.

Today we hauled the rigs in, and begun stripping them.



Goals:
build light weight jeep out of the 2 for putting around our property and cruising to town.

We are thinking of John deere green with yellow wheels and accent or implement red with white wheels. (Any other ideas welcome)

I want to use 30x9.5r15, but if anyone knows of a skinnier tire around 29-30" diameter that will be awsome.

turn wrecked jeep to trailer using the bed area only.


Couple questions:
1 has anyone made a trailer of the back end of a jeep? And would it be legal?
2 has anyone ever patched hard top damage and how hard is it?

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post #2 of 42 Old 06-12-2019, 09:58 PM
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Congrats on the engagement and best of luck on the build. Remember it's supposed to be fun! (both the engagement and the build)

I'm not a fan of green, but It's your thang, do what you're gonna do.

Making a trailer out of a damaged bed is fairly straight forward. If you can weld, use box tube and set it up with the same rear axle, brakes, suspension as your trail rig so you have spares or a complete ale swap available on the trails.

As for the hard top - it's only fiberglass... patience and time will allow you to effect a repair and repaint nearly as good as new. Go for it.

too bad you left so cal for Texas - I have a rebuilt 2.5l sitting here I'd like to sell to someone who could use it.

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I'm excited to see two broke jeeps I would never have even considered buying on my own turned into one fully functional machine. Its a little daunting but a fantastic learning opportunity. I might steal a few bits and pieces that could use replacing on my 91.
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too bad you left so cal for Texas - I have a rebuilt 2.5l sitting here I'd like to sell to someone who could use it.
What u want for it? We will be driving to southern California every holiday season.

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What u want for it? We will be driving to southern California every holiday season.
its from our 91. PM sent

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For the trailer, there was somebody that used a fiberglass tub to do it. I'm sure you can do the same with a steel tub, it'll just be a bit more heavier...

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/...r-kit-1274811/

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Just my opinion/input..... I'd go with desert tan with Black accents, like wheels, etc and either Black or Chocolate (Darker Tan) leather seats. Good Luck!!!

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Looks like you got yourself a nice shop to play in. Fixing the hard top shouldn't be too bad. Working with fiberglass is messy and itchy, but not real complicated. The trailer will be cool. As said before, I would build a new frame out of square tubing. Make sure the tongue is long enough to allow for good turning.


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Got some of the tub painted, removed the transfer case, and pillaged enough parts from the wrecked jeep to complete the engine bay. Swapped pedal assemblies in preparation for the ax5.

I am having trouble patching rust holes in the tub, has anyone ever done body work with flux core? I keep burning holes.
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Good inputs on the trailer idea. Will see what I have to work with once I strip the wrecked jeep of all that I need for the other jeep.

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Looks like you got yourself a nice shop to play in.
I'm so excited to be starting my first project in the shop, it's something like 30' by 20'. Having rented rooms from people almost my entire life, being a property owner now is something I can really get used to.
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Welding sheet metal is all about timing and patience. You need to have enough heat for good penetration so you have to just weld little tacks so it doesn't have time to burn through. Weld a tack, move somewhere else and weld another. Allowing the metal to cool between tacks will minimize distortion.
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I welded in a replacement floorpan with flux. It was hard but it got the job done. I also didn't do every inch. There were plenty of little holes--I just smeared seam sealer and it is doing just fine. When I was doing the outside of the tub I borrowed gas from a buddy and it was WAY easier to get good welds. I'm a total amateur but since you have a shop and don't have to worry about wind, I would get gas as soon as I could. So much more control with gas and regular wire.
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So I forgot that I had welding tips for my oxy acetylene setup, so I'm going to gas weld the bodywork. Buying c25 is a little out of the budget right now. Trying to keep the overhead cost to almost nothing. So far the biggest cost of this project will be the tires, looking at getting 235/75r15 Goodyear wrangler radials @ $66 each.

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It costs me about $40 to fill a bottle of C25... worth every penny. I suppose if you need to lease or buy a new bottle it will cost a bit more for that first one.


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