Whats up guys,
My names Mike and I just recently moved to PA to work for Keystone Automotive Operations, the worlds largest aftermarket part supplier. We sell pretty much everything you can think of and a tonnn of jeep stuff. I graduated from the university of northwestern ohio with a degree in applied science along with their High Performance technology program. Been doing the car/truck thing all my life and it's really all I know. Im no newb to forums so I wont be a problem here. i know how to use the search function and will do so often before asking common questions.
Im pretty new to the jeep community but not to building trucks or cars. I owned a 98 silverado that I put a 6" lift on and 35's along with some 4.56 gears. Beautiful truck but im more of a trial guy. I have a 400hp srt-4 thats my baby but i've recently been getting into the jeep scene pretty heavily. I picked up a red 95 YJ (henry) with the good ol 2.5 attached to a slushboxc 3spd. its slow but in great shape for a 95 with minimal rust. Only mods right now are KC windshield mounts with KC 130w slim lights. love them. Plans are a 4" suspension lift with 33's and some gears (not sure what to throw in yet) and some kind of locker. I know the d35's aren't the best axles but i dont plan on doing anything crazy except trail riding. It's not a mud truck and never will be built to do so. It is my DD so i must keep it drivable. My SRT is a different story lol. I'll be browsing the forums to up my knowledge on this great little jeep.
Not long after I bought the red lunchbox, I picked up a white 97 TJ, also with a 2.5 and 3spd auto. I got it at a price I couldn't pass up. The front fenders are rusted clean through but the rest of the jeep is in good shape. The engine has around 170k on it and doesn't run. Previous owner said the timing chain was bad but upon further inspection, it was not. Not to mention a tech in this little jeeps life decided it would be a good idea to red loc-tite the crank pulley on and during my removal, it broke and the collar is still pressed onto the crank. figured i might as well cut the timing cover just to see if the chain was bad. got in just to see it was good... except for the fact that the cam moves in and out of the block with ease while the engine is fully assembled
talk about a headache find. So my option right now is to tear it completely apart and rebuild it. Im suspecting that the cam broke but I haven't got far enough in the tear down to check it out. Once the weather is nicer here I will be doing so. Anyone know of a good build kit? I dont think i'll need pistons. I will re-ring it and hone the cylinders myself if they arent bad.
My plan is to sell one of the jeeps and use the money to build the other one. I love my YJ but the aftermarket is much much bigger for the TJ and the coil spring suspension is more capable. Then again, Im not doing anything crazy with these jeeps. Any words of wisdom from the veterans would be great.