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post #1 of 15 Old 09-22-2014, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Barkdog67's YJ build

I purchased my first YJ back in April of this year with the sole intentions of building a nice jeep to keep for me and the wife. I have had a couple TJ's, a grand Cherokee, and a JK in the past and when we traded the JK off for my truck I was without a jeep for a while. I had a friend of the family on the east coast that had a YJ setting in his garage that I have been drooling over for the past 5 years and he was never really interested in letting go of it. He called me in April and made me a deal I couldn't refuse. It's a 1989 Jeep YJ 4.2 3 speed auto with pretty much zero rust on the frame and body. We made the trip out to Virginia in April and I tailored it back. Since then I have done a lot of modifications to the jeep and I figured I should start a build thread to keep track of my progress. Here she is the day I brought her home.

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-22-2014, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to play catch up to where I am now with the jeep. Cosmetically the jeep needed a lot but that didn't bother me considering it was rust free. I plan on keeping this one so I didn't mind sinking a lot of my time into it. When I first got it I started replacing the little things like seals and the windshield hinges the old ones were seized and I scored a set of cj hinges for free so I went ahead replaced those. while i had the windshield down I figured it was a good time to address some surface rust I found under the windshield so I took the dash out and addressed it and painted the dash black and replaced the lower windshield seal.
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I noticed the jeep had a clunk in the rear end and upon further investigation I seen that my aft spring bushings were shot. I ordered front and rear 2 inch BDS springs for the jeep. I also threw on a 1"inch boom shackle lift to level out the front since it had some rake to it. I initially got over 3" of lift with these springs so I had to install a transfer case drop for the vibes and it turned out pretty good.
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The previous owner had installed a Weber carburetor on the 4.2 and did the nutter bypass I did a tune up on it and got it running good but it had some blow-by and I was constantly chasing oil leaks. I drove it this way for a few months until it blew the lower pan seal. I had planned on taking it out of commission for the winter to address the motor but when it blew the oil pan seal I went ahead and parked it for a while. I contemplated rebuilding the 4.2 but didn't really like the power it had plus the TF 999 trans that was in it had a front pump leak. I did some researching with motor swaps and I always wanted a v8 wrangler so this was the prime opportunity to jump on it. I have been tearing the jeep down in my spare time in the garage this past month and I have managed to get the front clip off and the motor and trans removed from the jeep. This past week I went ahead and cut the motor mounts loose from the frame, ground the frame down and painted it. I have decided to go with a SBC 350 so I ordered a trans dapt engine cradle and got that mounted.
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The body mounts on the jeep were in bad need of replacement so I ordered a 1 inch pro-thane body mount kit for the jeep. That came in the mail Saturday and since I was off today I went ahead and got that installed. Luckily I didn't have any problems with the body mount bolts and was a fast install.
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I am currently thinking about whether to source a used 350 or to just go ahead and go with a new crate motor. The wife is getting irritated with me dumping money in the jeep so I might go ahead and work on the 8.8 axle I acquired for the rear until more funds come in. I still have a ton of work ahead of me and was hoping to have this thing back on the road next summer.

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Good start so far! That "old" engine looks pretty clean and painted, sell that baby to fund the SBC. Have you decided on a transmission? the jeep 3 speed is a good tranny but having overdrive would be better and you could avoid buying adaptors.

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Good start so far! That "old" engine looks pretty clean and painted, sell that baby to fund the SBC. Have you decided on a transmission? the jeep 3 speed is a good tranny but having overdrive would be better and you could avoid buying adaptors.
I have the engine for sale right now but have had no luck in selling it. I might throw it in the classifieds on the forum. As for the transmission I already have a rebuilt 700r4 I want to put in it. I just need to get a motor.

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Cool. Just get FI or at least TBI, might be a little more work with wiring and whatnot but not having to deal with carb issues is worth it. Do you plan on wheeling it or going big at all?

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Cool. Just get FI or at least TBI, might be a little more work with wiring and whatnot but not having to deal with carb issues is worth it. Do you plan on wheeling it or going big at all?
Well I would like to go TBI eventually but im going to start off with a carb so I can at least get it moving and get all the linkages worked out. I will definetly wheel it some but 33's will be as big im going to go for a while.

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Its been a while since I updated this thread I have been working a lot but have also got some things finished with the jeep. I finally got the inside of the tub painted and it turned out really good. It didn't have carpet when I got it and the inside of the tub had some surface rust in places. I sanded down the inside of the tube and rolled on some rust-oleum bed-liner for the time being. I haven't decided if I'm going to put carpet back in it or not I may just run it without. The bed-liner is cheap and easy to patch up if needed. It actually turned out better than I thought it would. Here is a pic tubs a little dusty since I did the bed-liner.
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I finally got my motor in its a crate 350 chevy. I pulled a serpentine belt setup off a late 80's Chevy pickup in the yard to run on this motor. I sand blasted both brackets and painted them and put them on for test fit I should be going in with the drive train within the next couple of weeks when I get the time like I said in my last post I have been working a lot and its been a slow process.
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Are CJ windshield hinges more desireable than YJ ones? Or did you just happen to find some CJ ones for free so you used them?
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I just stumbled across them.

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