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Old 05-11-2014, 07:39 PM   #24691
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Made a new gas tank skid and straps. Old one was a little rusty
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Bought some tools to do some real work on it Thursday!!!!!

New drill, wire brushes and even a set of safety goggles to get all the rust off underneath and then coat it with some Eastwood's rust incapsulator.



Of course I have to get underneath it, so I needed some new jack stands, floor jack and creeper.



and now have all the parts for the steering kit.


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Old 05-11-2014, 09:30 PM   #24693
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No pics, today. My ongoing cannibalization of my 2003 SE into my 2003 Sport progressed another big step this afternoon. My wife and I removed, swapped and reinstalled the cowls and hoods. Much better. Easy, too. After the freaking tailgate swap I was worried that one of my hoods would end up hanging by a single bolt that stropped out. Yeesh... Everything went perfectly, except that the cowl on the dead SE (parked now for just over a year) held a nasty surprise for us when I pulled it up. YELLOWJACKETS!!! There was a whole nest of them in there! We had no bug spray, so we quickly counted as many as we could and set to swatting them with a flyswatter. That took about 45 minutes... :-/ Once the local yellowjacket population had been seriously diminished we got back to work. The end result is that the dented and chipped hood and the cowl with eight extra holes from some mystery item that had once been mounted there are now on the SE and the Sport has some much improved body panels. Fenders next. I cannot think of anything else to steal from the SE at this point. But I will keep looking. If I could only get the tub and frame. Oh, well...
once again I ask why you just didn't swap the engine
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once again I ask why you just didn't swap the engine
The entire thing would have to be swapped, ecu, harness, radiator, etc. plus my Sport has a D44 and the SE has a D35.

The SE has motor mounts in the wrong place that would have to be cut out, and the Sport has a lift whereas the SE is stock.

Trust me, I have thought about it, but it would leave the Sport useless, with all the 2.4L gear nut no motor mount brackets, so another 4.0L would probably be needed. And all the same stuff I took off it to stick the thing into the SE.

And it would have left me with no vehicle for long enough to lose my job.

I thought I explained this to you awhile back... ;-)
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once again I ask why you just didn't swap the engine
I agree weld some 4.0 engine mounts and swap everything from the engine bay over would have saved slot of hassle IMO
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I agree weld some 4.0 engine mounts and swap everything from the engine bay over would have saved slot of hassle IMO
I retract my statement you have a valid point
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Modified my stock bumper! Cheap easy and should hold up (its not gonna be pulling out full size trucks). The D-rings are welded to the bumper it is 1/4" (triple the stock thickness). Cost $25 and about 2 hours of time. Still have to rhino line it, working on finishing up the rear bumper then its paint time.
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Modified my stock bumper! Cheap easy and should hold up (its not gonna be pulling out full size trucks). The D-rings are welded to the bumper it is 1/4" (triple the stock thickness). Cost $25 and about 2 hours of time. Still have to rhino line it, working on finishing up the rear bumper then its paint time.
Can I ask where you're going with those lights??
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I retract my statement you have a valid point
HAHAHA!!!

Did you not see in my post that this was my DD? I used it six days a week for three hours a day on the Interstate. (If I cannot get to work then I cannot continue to fix my TJ.)

Now that I am pretty far into this process I have another vehicle. But I am not going to go and undo all the many hours I have spent on this vehicle so I can swap an engine.

Also again, I did not want a TJ with a frame for a 4.0L with all the gear for a 2.4L and no motor mount brackets or engine. That would require that either a 4.0L be stuck in it AND all then purchase the gear needed to make that happen.

Otherwise it would leave me a TJ set up for a 2.4L with no brackets to mount the motor on and none that I could easily get.

This way my friend gets a TJ that is essentially ready for a 2.4L direct drop in that will be roadworthy as soon as stuff if hooked up. He will have a lot less nice stuff on it since I stole it all for my Sport, but he is getting it for FREE.

Further, I do not weld and have no welding gear. The time and money to learn to do this stuff properly would - again - have caused me to lose my job.

Swapping the engine would have taken away my ability to get to work every day (120 mile roundtrip, so no ride mooching from friends - I am on my own) for an unknown but significant amount of time. I could have lost my job of 21 years. Very important to keep that job, you know...

Doing things this way may be baffling to some of you guys, but if you just *try* to see my situation then maybe you would where I am coming from, here.
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Almost forgot, I also plugged all seven holes in my tailgate (and the panel that runs below it) with some cheap, black Christmas Tree plugs from AutoZone.

And I took apart the dead hood light and cleaned all the corrosion off the brass parts, including the weird bullet-looking switch. I got it the proper bulb while at AutoZone tonight. I put it in. Nothing. Not even a flicker when I dragged both ends across the contacts. It was slimy and filthy. The lens was pretty gross. It looked like something had died on it.

After a through cleanup job and reassembly it works great. The weird switch thing works, but you can hear it clunking forward and backward when you open or close the hood.

I see why so many replace it. It needs to at least have an on/off switch. Maybe I will install one soon, or just replace the thing altogether. Still, is is always nice to have repaired something that has never worked since you got it.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:02 AM   #24704
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Ok in the past week:

1. replace oil pan and gasket, and oil change
2. service front diff
3. Aquire all parts for whole new exaust
4. Replace front shocks
5. Battle upper mounting bolts for rear shocks, thanks PB blaster and not letting them win!
6. Battle rear diff bolts, 2 in particular, rounded the heads
7. Drop the gastank today, got those 2 bolts off the rear diff, now back in place
8. Ordered new skidplate, metal vapor line, straps and sending unit

Not done yet!!
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... replace oil pan and gasket...
Did the pan cost much, and was it a PITA to do this?

I need a new valve cover gasket and my oil pan is banged up some. I was considering doing both at once.

Also, have you (or anyone else here) done the valve cover gasket? Was it pretty easy to do? I seems like it would be a no brainer. But that notion has gotten me into trouble a few times. So I thought I would ask here first.
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Bought some tools to do some real work on it Thursday!!!!! New drill, wire brushes and even a set of safety goggles to get all the rust off underneath and then coat it with some Eastwood's rust incapsulator. Of course I have to get underneath it, so I needed some new jack stands, floor jack and creeper. and now have all the parts for the steering kit.
a buddy of mine had those dura last jack stands and one of them failed he said he saw it happening and got out from underneath before his Cherokee fell on him
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a buddy of mine had those dura last jack stands and one of them failed he said he saw it happening and got out from underneath before his Cherokee fell on him
I agree, they do fail. But a good thing is that all duralast products are backed by a life time warranty by autozone. I have had about 3 and all have stated to fail on me but just brought it to autozone and swapped it out for a brand new one off the shelf. For a cheap cost it's a great jack with a great warranty. It just like any jack, they need to be serviced and if they don't get serviced they will fail. So thanks for the duralast warranty!!!!
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:51 AM   #24708
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a buddy of mine had those dura last jack stands and one of them failed he said he saw it happening and got out from underneath before his Cherokee fell on him
That is scary!!! I sure hope I am not under it if that happens. It really looks like any other stand though. I wonder what happened to make it fail?
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Can I ask where you're going with those lights??
I would like to put smaller ones in the bumper but I'm going up trail running this weekend ( maiden voyage) and won't have time to get everything done so the stockers will be on after paint today. Lots of work to do over the next month before the Drummond island trip. 8.8 swap, HP 30 swap, regear, lockers and if time allows poison spyder trail cage. Then we're gonna enjoy our new toy!
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I agree, they do fail. But a good thing is that all duralast products are backed by a life time warranty by autozone. I have had about 3 and all have stated to fail on me but just brought it to autozone and swapped it out for a brand new one off the shelf. For a cheap cost it's a great jack with a great warranty. It just like any jack, they need to be serviced and if they don't get serviced they will fail. So thanks for the duralast warranty!!!!
Life time warranty is great, but not if I am dead. I sure hope these do not fail. I am good at servicing stuff. I wonder if the ones that fail were "shock loaded at all or even the right tonnage for what people are doing with them. I kind of over did it and bought the 6 ton stands. A little over kill, but that isn't generally a bad thing.
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I think he was asking why they are pointing up like antiaircraft spotlights.
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No sense in mounting them when I'm painting the bumper. Just threw the bumper on to mark for mounting holes to be drilled and snapped a pic.
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Life time warranty is great, but not if I am dead. I sure hope these do not fail. I am good at servicing stuff. I wonder if the ones that fail were "shock loaded at all or even the right tonnage for what people are doing with them. I kind of over did it and bought the 6 ton stands. A little over kill, but that isn't generally a bad thing.
Never rely on jack stands alone. Either slide your tire under the frame near the jackstand or block it up with wood. Always chock your wheels if there are any of the ground. Set your emergency brake it possible. Never a good idea to put four jackstands on a totally lifted car. Find somebody who has a hydraulic lift. Redundancy is the best backup plan.
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Hopefully it's in the shop for a good reason. Everyone misses their jeep when it's out of commission.
Yeah, it's getting quite a few upgrades! So definitely for a good reason.
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Got the piece of 16ga steel to make my hard bikini top.....

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Got the piece of 16ga steel to make my hard bikini top.....
maybe if you put some sort of a reflective finish on the top it won't turn into a toaster
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The entire thing would have to be swapped, ecu, harness, radiator, etc. plus my Sport has a D44 and the SE has a D35. The SE has motor mounts in the wrong place that would have to be cut out, and the Sport has a lift whereas the SE is stock. Trust me, I have thought about it, but it would leave the Sport useless, with all the 2.4L gear nut no motor mount brackets, so another 4.0L would probably be needed. And all the same stuff I took off it to stick the thing into the SE. And it would have left me with no vehicle for long enough to lose my job. I thought I explained this to you awhile back... ;-)
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maybe if you put some sort of a reflective finish on the top it won't turn into a toaster
Going with tan bed liner.
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Never rely on jack stands alone. Either slide your tire under the frame near the jackstand or block it up with wood. Always chock your wheels if there are any of the ground. Set your emergency brake it possible. Never a good idea to put four jackstands on a totally lifted car. Find somebody who has a hydraulic lift. Redundancy is the best backup plan.
Good advise!!!

On topic: Had to put the top and doors back on since some more spring rains are heading in for the rest of the week.
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