OK Ladies and Gentlemen, can the TJ body come off the frame in one unit? Betty needs a new backbone and I wanna get her back on the road. Any help or advise will be appreciated! KEEP THOSE JEEPS ROLLING!
I'm sure others have better insight, but I would also think certain lines/components tie the frame/motor/tub together. Steering, a/c, exhaust come to mind. To the brake or fuel lines attach to the body or frame?
They are essentially the same as a YJ and CJ, I sometimes pull um off whole like you want to. You just have to check and triple check everything before, during, and after to make sure you dont yank something out that cant be put back.
After every wheeling I do, I stick the gardenhose in the frame and let it flush out. Good to do once every winter aswell, due to roadsalt. Just a tip.
__________________ 1997 TJ, 33x15,5 Mickey Thompson, 4" Lift, Warn bumper, 7" fenderflares, Dana 30 + 35C, Eaton E-lockers front and rear, G2 30 splines front and rear, 4.56, G2 alu diffcovers, home-made rockers with tubes.
[QUOTE=shrubeck;1172130]The biggest issue is disconnecting everything the goes between the body and drivetrain. There aren't a whole lot of connections between the body and frame. Don't forget the fuel filler.[/QUOTE
you wouldn't happen to have a write up to refernece would you? I need to do the exact same thing and I want to know exactly what all I'm going to need to remove. I hate road salt.
I was afraid you'd say that. Kinda hoping it would lift off in one assembly, easy off, easy on? LOL Doesn't look that way. Best to take the nose off completely first?
You can pull it in one piece but the risk of damaging the fenders and grill is pretty high. There is a reason the grill floats on one mount with some soft snubbers that rest on the frame and that is to save the fenders.
It's also a lot easier to disco the engine harness and what not when you have much better access. You have brake lines, steering, battery and several other things that need disconnecting to remove the body and it's just easier with the front clip out of the way.
For the hood, pull the cowl and remove the bolts out of the hinges at that spot rather than damage the paint on the ones on the hood.