04-08-2012, 09:44 PM
Join Date: Nov 2011
I am starting a project to replace the frame and tub on my YJ due to rust from Minnesota. I have acquired a salvage vehicle with frame, tub and a lot of incidentals. However, there are quite a few things that I will need to replace as I do the final switch over to the new frame/tub. I will be painting the frame and doing a paint job on the overall vehicle.
I am planning on timing the actual switch over to June when my Grandson will be out of school and be able to come from Texas to New Mexico to work with me to do the switch over. Due to that, I will be trying to get everything I can done ahead, like get the tub body work done and painted, etc. That way we can spend 2 weeks doing just the change over. I anticipate putting in a Rough Country 4" lift with 2.5" springs and a 1" body lift with all new mounts.
In order to prepare and not get stopped by not having something I really have to have and it isn't immediately available, I am making a list of all of the incidental parts that I anticipate I will need. I am looking for any help on compiling that list so I can prepurchase the items that wouldn't be available locally.
So far I have identified:
Frame mounted spring bushings
transmission mount and torque bolt,
U-Joints Drive shafts and axle
fluids (ATF, Diff, PS, Antifreeze, brake)
Radiator, hoses, T-stat
wiring tubing (multiple sizes)
I would appreciate anyone, especially those that have done it, to jump in with any other items.
Also, any suggestions on frame and body paint/prep would be appreciated. The frame and body are very pristine as far as rust goes. A very little surface on a few spots on the frame. Living in NM I am not planning on going to the extreme that I would in Minnesota. Will just prep, prime and paint the frame with Rustroleum. Body painting above and below is not really for rust protection but more for appearance and durability. Frame and tub are from a 95 so they have good rust protection.
Also looking for suggestions on final exterior paint regarding both color and material. The existing Jeep is black with wide red stripe below doors and on hood. Replacement tub is black but will have full primer due to body work necessary. Windshield frame and fenders will be from original vehicle.
Thanks for any input.