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post #1 of 28 Old 04-26-2021, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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So I found this ad on FB Market place (For a good time call) ~ Pic heavy

She's a very kinky girl
The kind you don't take home to mother
She will never let your spirits down
Once you get her off the street


The FB ad was for Jeep parts. Of course, being stuck at work on day 5 of 12 forced OT (12 HR SHIFTS) I was looking for a good time! ... The next day the seller replies OK.
Ok? Ok what? (We had discussed my time line being an additional 8 days out before I could make the buy)~ "Bring me $750 on 4/12 it’s yours"
Ah ok he accepts my $$$ offer for his parts jeep. Oh Crap! ~ I think I just bought another jeep. Um, Honey. . . How would you like a 2nd YJ project in the driveway. And then there is the how am I gonna go and get it. It's been almost 15 years since I was actively chasing wrenching and wheeling. I haven't seen the car trailer that I lent out to a good friend in over 5 years. Craig county is deep in the mountains @ 192 miles each way. Hmm, since I sold the Yukon, what do I currently have tagged with a hitch... 2012 VW Passat TDi or the 1986 K30 CUCV (6.2L diesel 3 spd 4.56:1 on 37 HMMWV tires). Well, it looks like we are grabbing the car trailer and the earplugs. .








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Last August, A young jeeper who had recent gotten his permit went into a corner on a curvy mountain road a little too hot ~ He crossed over the center and into the guardrail. He then flipped over the guard rail and down into a gulley towards the water. Fortunately / unfortunately there was an oak tree close by to catch them and it caught the roll cage just above the driver's head. All 3 walked away relatively unharmed. As for the Jeep ~ Yes it looks a little rough but that just keeps them affordable. Will he hold it 8 days? Will I get sniped? will I score a blank slate that I can do dirty things with guilt free.

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post #2 of 28 Old 04-26-2021, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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I learned long ago not to run a dead Jeep in front of the owner so this one was no exception. I do not know if it runs (the owner says it did the day after). I do not know how long it ran on its side or even if the engine is any good. It does have oil. I did not ask the young guy much as just getting current pictures was squirrely enough. I never did, only pictures from the day after at the tow lot retrieval. The overhead soundbar, Wheel & tires, + headlights, and fan were all stripped off of it after we made the deal (later i found out they had been stripped back in the summer but he would never give me current pictures). Frightening ~ I found the cooling system to be filled with water and we are only 10-15 days out of snowmelt for that area (they are even now still getting below freezing temps). After a quick initial inspection, there are a few obvious issues, but thus far everything damaged looks bolt-on. Yes, this one is going to be a challenge but that's what I'm here for an EXTRA LARGE 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle something to dive into headfirst, consume my thoughts and occupy my free time. Being an essential during covid has been rough.

4/13 The next morning I grab my coffee and begin to check over my prize. Much like the cat dragging the prized dead mouse up on the porch for all to see ~ LoL! My wife is not impressed... While I have been looking around to see what pieces are available I have yet to make any contacts or source any parts. Being there are no Wranglers in the local salvage yards I'm going to have to get to stepping if I'm gonna stay ahead of code enforcement.

I was able to fire the wrangler up with my jump pack and back it off of the trailer. It did not sound happy at first only firing 1 cylinder, then 2, and then 3. It ran on 3 for a min and then the 4th came in. I'm not sure what that was about but once all 4 awoke it didn't sound too bad. By sound and lack of starter strain, it sounded like stuck valves. Amazing ~ It has brakes! Pulling it around to its resting spot in the driveway there is a STRONG smell of raw fuel. Something is definitely leaking fuel. The left front shock is sheared off of the upper mount. The radiator is fresh but twisted up from the impact. The fan has been removed and pulley bolts replaced. I thought the fan to be in the back seat but it is not. The power steering reservoir was jacked up in the crash and pulled the return line loose. This has coated all of the under the hood in a rust-proofing layer of power steering fluid but also allowed rain and water into the system ~ Maybe with a good flush, it will live to sing again.
The list grows $$$$ longer:
Hood
Grille
Windshield frame
fenders (optional)
Turn Signals
Headlights
Steering wheel
Wiper switch
taillights
wheels & tires
drivers seat
Fan
steering linkage
shock
Transfer case
Motor mount
Transmission mount
Left 1/2 door
New top
Battery & cables

Suspected issues not confirmed:
Frame bent?
Front axle beant?
Cage bant?

The good:
New Radiator looks saveable
New Brake pads and shoes
New U-joints
New Clutch Assy
Shock part #H7056 S comes back to SkyJacker Soft Ride 2.5" lift
Rear frame patch plating on both sides looks to be professionally done and useable as is.
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post #3 of 28 Old 04-26-2021, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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24 hours later I've scored a hood, grille, headlights, signal lights, transfer case, steering wheel, bikini top, and roll cage spreader bar and dug up a set of stock YJ leaves from a long-forgotten Suzuki Samurai build. Tomorrow is gonna be a good day.

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Transfer case installation with new transmission mount & rear seal (Seal installation was a little suspect but I was able to even it up and set it in a little further). + Fresh fluid in both. Great chance to get rid of all of those random quarts of oil I have littering the shop. The AX-5 Trans fluid will get flushed and refilled after the first 500 miles as the fluid draining out didn't look too promising (16yr old and new Jeep day).

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The Super lift soft ride is getting a fresh main leaf from a stock pack for now. The jeep may get a new replacement 2.5" soft ride spring pack but to do so it will have to earn it (ride and drive dependably).

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I did explore making a new drag link (Pitman arm to right inner tierod) using the track bar as a heavy wall tube for the threaded tie rod inserts. They Almost fit ~ Almost! ! ! New stock drag link ordered. WoW!

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That safety column design really works. The steering column compressed around 2" upon impact.

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Wednesday 48 hrs later I managed to score some sick wheels and tires. The seller said they were for his stock 2001 Jeep TJ (He bought them used) but these 315x70-17 Dick Cepek Fun Country tires on Fuel wheels were nowhere close to fitting his stock rig (35's). @ $500 for (5) it was a good deal for just the wheels. 1 tire was new, 2 were 30-40% and 2 were worn out, cupped, and on the bars. Will ya take $450.... SOLD!

Later I would discover that they were in fact JK wheels 5 on 5 and not TJ wheels. It turns out a 5 lug pattern is much more difficult to measure than you'd think. So I carried my new wheels to my local tire shop and then another and then another... Finally, the 3rd shop could actually verify the lug pattern with certainty. Shop (2) had a pattern gauge but even that could not tell them what it was. With the lug pattern verified I ordered up a set of Spidertraxx wheel adapters. Wheel adapters have a love-hate relationship. I would not put them on my wife's car and can't say I'm a huge fan, BUT torqued correctly with Loctite they can get the job done. Also ordered up a new tire because back in the late 80's Fun Country's were the s#^!

(4) new Spider Traxx wheel adapters
(1) New Dick Cepek Fun Country tire.
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Turning my attention to the inside ~ Having removed the driver seat to R&R the transmission shifter for fluid fill. I am now staring at the steering column with a bent wheel and missing turn signal stalk. I've been into a few Saginaw columns but never have I done a turn signal switch. A quick search shows that it may be possible to retrieve the broken stalk with a drill bit and drywall screw but no such luck for me so disassembly it is. The column is rough, the ignition switch is barely functional. The further in I dig the worse it looks. Finally getting the guts of this swiss watch all laied out on the floor I look up a replacement turn signal/wiper switch. @$75 - $100 it's looking like new column time. I've discovered that an S-10 column will swap and my local Uwrench it salvage has a manual trans S-10 in stock. But a quick search through market place reveals this jewel ~ Wrangler YJ Column $100 OBO... I'm all about the OBO... The seller also has a set of Red Jeep YJ fenders for sale. I was leaning heavily towards no fenders or tube fenders but if the price is right, How could I not bring them home? $225 for a fresh column and a pair of Red Fenders? S O L D !
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It was here around day 10 as I'm wrenching on a project Jeep with no fenders, no wheels, and no windshield frame that I caught the city Code Enforcement slow rolling by my place. They would not snap a picture of me working so I knew I needed to take appropriate countermeasures. Meanwhile, my 95 Jeep YJ has been awaiting a new windshield & frame. The frame has been painted 60 days and I had just been waiting for time off to get it to the glass shop. No better time than now.

With a new WS frame in the works, I then removed the old one from my 95 (minor surface rust around the lower middle and a 4" crack upper right corner).

With WS frame and fresh fenders in hand ~ Now is the time.... I managed to pull an all-day wrench session and got the new column installed, WS frame pulled and set in place, and fenders temporarily hung. The next morning I went ahead and put the old ratty top on too. At least something will be covering it to keep the pollen and trash out. Here we are 10 days later. No, It's not done but it is getting closer. At least it looks like a Jeep again. Neighbors are finally starting to come around and ask if it's for sale as opposed to asking me to roll that eyesore around the back.
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And here is where I need some assistance... I need to make (2) big decision$$$

(1) Soft top Suggestons:
Order a new top ?
Inventory soft top hardware ~ It all looks trashed to me. Bent bows, broken door upper surrounds and A-pillar mounts. Bent belt rail.

(2) Adress the ELEPHANT in the room ~ 4.11:1 gears + 26 yr old 2.5L + 35" tires. = 5.12:1's
The big question for me now is: do I Gear the D-35? Pick up the sub $100 Isuzu 4.56:1 Dana 44? Exploder 8.8 disk rear? Chase down a pair of Early bronco axles or Waggy's? What about modern JK's?
AS I now round up to 50yrs old ~ I'm not sure how hard it will get wheeled (I got out of a fully caged 12:1 dual cased Samurai buggy 10 years ago). It will go where I point it but how stupid will I get?
If it were locked, on Swampers, or 4.0L I would not even consider gearing the D35. But it's not.... I have ZERO concern about upgrading the rear D35 drumbrakes. With such little weight in the rear I can make them lock these tires (in the rear / front is a different story).


Also on the list ~
Driver's seat
Fan (its still MIA)
Key the new column to match.
Fluid film the internal windshield frame (old frame and new)
Sandblast and POR-15 the battery tray
Fuel leak ~ Find it and fix it.
Alignment ~ Is the axle bent (probably yes). I Will likely drive these while I regear a fresh set of axles.
Sheetmetal will get trimmed. AS to what extent? Not yet committed to any specific direction but slow and low is the goal.

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post #8 of 28 Old 04-26-2021, 04:45 AM
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I think the most amazing part of all this is that you found a hood, front clip and fenders all in factory OEM red paint lol.

This is a pretty cool thread
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And here is where I need some assistance... I need to make (2) big decision$$$

(1) Soft top Suggestons:
Order a new top ?
Inventory soft top hardware ~ It all looks trashed to me. Bent bows, broken door upper surrounds and A-pillar mounts. Bent belt rail.

(2) Adress the ELEPHANT in the room ~ 4.11:1 gears + 26 yr old 2.5L + 35" tires. = 5.12:1's
The big question for me now is: do I Gear the D-35? Pick up the sub $100 Isuzu 4.56:1 Dana 44? Exploder 8.8 disk rear? Chase down a pair of Early bronco axles or Waggy's? What about modern JK's?
AS I now round up to 50yrs old ~ I'm not sure how hard it will get wheeled (I got out of a fully caged 12:1 dual cased Samurai buggy 10 years ago). It will go where I point it but how stupid will I get?
If it were locked, on Swampers, or 4.0L I would not even consider gearing the D35. But it's not.... I have ZERO concern about upgrading the rear D35 drumbrakes. With such little weight in the rear I can make them lock these tires (in the rear / front is a different story).


Also on the list ~
Driver's seat
Fan (its still MIA)
Key the new column to match.
Fluid film the internal windshield frame (old frame and new)
Sandblast and POR-15 the battery tray
Fuel leak ~ Find it and fix it.
Alignment ~ Is the axle bent (probably yes). I Will likely drive these while I regear a fresh set of axles.
Sheetmetal will get trimmed. AS to what extent? Not yet committed to any specific direction but slow and low is the goal.


Nice quick work on something that most would send to scrap pile...

Besttop supertop for sure.....

Axles...JK is probably be your best bet as they are out there in pairs and are solid... They'll be wider so keep that in mind, if you have tire coverage laws...

next option would be an Early Bronco and 8.8 swap...

or, keep the 4.10s and find a 4.0/AX15... with all the LS swaps, you should find one out there. Although 4.10 better for 33's, not terrible w 35's and 4.0... But in the end the D35 might be haunting you..

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Just for reference I have the 2.5l with 35s, geared to 4.88. It is quick enough off the line but it certainly suffers on anything resembling a hill on the highway, even if you rev above 5k it drops out of the power band when you upshift and dies. (This is all from memory now since I now have the sm465.)

So it is do-able but not great. 5.21s would be nicer I guess.

I have a frameless soft top and really like it. I forget who made it, they were out of colorado, and it doesn't matter since the last time I checked they no longer made soft tops. Just be aware of the square door corners versus rounded door corner issues. The bestop looks sweet. Maybe I should get one some day. (But a friend found some round corner half door uppers, I'll pick them up soon.)

And nice resurrection!
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My top was made by softtopper and they no longer show it on their website.
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post #12 of 28 Old 04-26-2021, 08:01 AM
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That's awesome Love seeing this come back tol ife

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This thread is awesome. Great to see one saved from the scrap pile.
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Bestop bought Softopper a couple of years ago along with Tuffy. Its a bummer, I like Softoppers YJ top and had planned on getting one.


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Whichever dealer applied those awesome pin stripes was ahead of his time...

it is a perfect stencil for a comp cut lol
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