I am not a new member as my 98 TJ Carlos and I joined many years ago. However after doing all the mods to him I decided I needed a new project. I found a '98 roller Jeep SE on craigslist and went out and rescued him from the field it had been sitting in ever since the owner blew the motor and decided not to fix it. Over the course of a couple years I slowly got him put together. Living in Missouri and having to do everything in the driveway made me a fair weather mechanic. And not being a mechanic I had to do a lot of research on how to build engines, weld, adapt, etc. I finally got Frank legal earlier this year. He has a '99 5.7L Vortec V8, bored and mildly cammed. headers and custom exhaust. Suspension lift with skyjacker shocks and Cherokee upcountry coils in front. I had found some killer MT 33x12.5 and rims to put on it but I waited as my last TJ I shelled the Dana 35 trying to run such big tires. I did the Ford 8.8 swap just last week and for now he is done.
Still a lot of work to do. Build my front and rear bumpers, the skyjackers are shot so I will replace them with Bilstein 5100's and add drilled and slotted rotors. Work to do on the interior and adding all the fun accessories. I thing I am working on now is building an accessory fuse/relay box out of one I pulled from the same Cherokee I took the springs from.
I am an engineer but in electronics.. I had a lot of help from my sons. Together we are not afraid to try anything. Manuals, the forums, Internet research and time. It took 2 years to do it most of it reading and discussing "the next step". However I could have never pulled it off without the assistance of Novak Conversions.all the adapters, the wire harness, and their unlimited knowledge and patience were un believable. I am already thinking of doing another one and not repeat the same mistakes. But I would never try it without them. They are awesome. The axle swap kit from knowwhere2jeep was a great kit too.