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Old 05-29-2011, 07:57 PM   #1
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87 yj build

On friday me and my buddy split the price on an 87 yj to restore and turn into a nice offroader When its all said and done were gonna give it to his dad to have fun with.

The jeep:
It is a 1987 yj (aka the b!+ch). It started life as a 6cy but has had a v8 swap. The motor is a 2bbl carburated mopar 318 hooked up to an auto transmission. We think it may be the original tranny but not 100% sure. Other than the motor it's all stock.

The problems:
The jeep was used for plowing and has resulted in a lot of rust. The body is straight but needs a new paintjob. The entire frame is coated in rust, the entire suspension needs to be replaced, the exhaust rusted through and broke off, and the drivers side floor pan has rusted completley through and now has a large hole. Also the radiator is too small and needs to be swapped for a bigger one and the speedometer is the only working gauge.

The intent:
restore the frame and body, repaint the jeep, replace suspension and install a lift kit big enough for either 35" or 37" tires and hand over the title to my friends dad who has done a lot for both of us over the years.

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Old 05-29-2011, 08:26 PM   #2
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We started workin working on her this weekend. Parked it in the backyard of my friends house and set up a tarp to keep things dry and give some shade (its hot). First thing we decided to was jack up the front and take off the tires and check how the brakes were looking and immediatley had a problem. The wheels had antitheft lugs and we could not find the key
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each wheel only had one locking lug but could not get em off, spent hours trying everything we could until we gave up and searched again and found the key underneath the carpets. We got the passenger and rear tires off no problem but the drivers side front has 2 lugs that will not move. There rusted shut and could not get them off. After trying for an hour we gave up on it and moved on to something else and will figure it out later

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Moving on we took out the interior next. The rear and passenger seats came out easily enough but of course RUST! It will be the death of us! One of the bolts refused to budge. Tried break free, using a hammer to break the rust off but wouldnt move. Eventually I got frustrated and took a grinder to the bolt and got it off, however we will need a new seat frame
but at last we got everything out!
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and got the first good look of the biggest problem
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since we dont have a replacement floor pan yet that will have to wait.

We finished off the day by removing the rear bumper, tire carrier, and putting in a new exhaust. The bumper if course was rusted and had to be takin off with a sawzall and grinder but wasnt too bad

end result
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the we had to fight the exhaust a little but went in fairly easy. We installed a dynomax muffler and a new tailpipe. luckily the cat was still good and was able to save a few bucks. We used a 2 1/4 inch piple for the tailpipe

my buddy working on the muffler
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and the muffler
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thats about all we got up to this weekend. next we will probably start the frame work and wire wheeling the rust away and painting the frame. I'll keep updating as we go.

(p.s. sorry for the lack of pics didnt think to starting take some till the end of the day)
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I lost the key for my lug locks like that, I removed them by driving a 13/16" multi point socket onto them and using a 1/2 inch breaker bar to remove. I destroyed a 1/2 inch extension in the process but at least I got them off. Hope that helps.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:43 PM   #6
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It looks like there is plenty of room to spin them off with a air chisel. One other thing you can do is weld a nut to the end of that. I have done it both ways with great results.
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we actually managed to get the lug locks off, the only issue is two regular lugs on the left front tire are so rusted that it will not budge
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we actually managed to get the lug locks off, the only issue is two regular lugs on the left front tire are so rusted that it will not budge

If soaking in PB blaster for a couple of days doesn't work, then heat them then hit them with an impact driver and they should loosen up. If you have to clean and paint the frame, won't the new exhaust be in the way of your already cramped work area?

Nice that you are building for your buddy's dad.
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If soaking in PB blaster for a couple of days doesn't work, then heat them then hit them with an impact driver and they should loosen up. If you have to clean and paint the frame, won't the new exhaust be in the way of your already cramped work area?

Nice that you are building for your buddy's dad.
yea that would have been smart to leave the exauhst off but we've never done this before and kinda dumb

i think were gonna try that heat trick, thx for the tip
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