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Old 10-10-2009, 11:41 AM   #1
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Project Bruce: Reviving a 1997 Wrangler TJ

A few weeks ago I bought a 97 Wrangler as a driver for my son who will be driving soon. I had a suspicion that I would really like working on it and it was a good thing that I did. The TJ had 106k miles and it barely ran and was overheating when it did run. I visitied WF often for advice from members and decided I had to give some back fro those that would come after me.

So far we (my son and I...cool bonding and teaching meoments) have worked on a few things; I will chronicle those things on this post.

Some specs about Bruce (my Wrangler): 1997 TJ, 106k miles, 2.5 L 4 Cylinder, red with a soft black top. Oh yeah...and very dirty and lacking much needed TLC for years!

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First: the overheating problem. Bruce had about 3 cups of rusty nasty water in the cooling system. Initial diagnosis was a bad water pump, thermostat and radiator. We started by removing the fan shroud, fan and thermostat housing. Look at that nasty pump and engine cooling interior!

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Old 10-10-2009, 11:47 AM   #3
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Take a look at this water pump! When replacing it, make sure that you know weather it is a standard rotation or REVERSE rotation. This will be denoted with an "R" on the pump wheel (thing sticking out in the picture).
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:27 PM   #4
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Looks like a good project!
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Good luck!
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Old 10-10-2009, 03:19 PM   #6
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Looks just like the project I bought last month.Good luck.
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:03 PM   #7
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Next, we sand blasted the thermostat housing...it was very dirty! Prepared the thermostat area and water pump areas on the engine.
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:08 PM   #8
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reassembly and flushing (8 times to clear to all the rust/gunk).[IMG][/IMG]
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:55 PM   #9
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sounds like an awesome project!
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:02 PM   #10
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Looks like fun. I need to get in and do my belts and battery alternator before winter now that your reminding me! Thanks
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Old 10-12-2009, 04:35 PM   #11
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nice work i wish someone would do pics like this for a tranny flush

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