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Old 04-06-2008, 08:41 PM   #1
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Rebirth of Runt

Hi all. I am starting this post to first introduce myself, and to introduce my project.

My name is Joe, and I am at this point a professional mechanic. I say that because I had given up that career for a while, and recently returned to it. I will be getting a YJ that has sat for a few years ( maybe five or six ) back on teh road in the coming months, and will be bugging everyone here for information and help.

I was given the Jeep by the mother of a close friend, my friend passed away unexpectedly and the Jeep sat for a while. When the phone call came asking me if I wanted it, I jumped at the chance. It has a *lot* of sentimental meaning for me, and I look forward to getting it back up and running. Ally, the girl who owned the Jeep, had named him Runt. So Runt is his name, and so it shall stay.


I am looking to get Runt into shape to be a daily driver, with limited and very occasional off road duty. When I do go off road, it will be very mellow trails. Of course, I have been known to go overboard once I get started....



So far I towed the Jeep from Newport, RI to my house in Scotia, NY. I replaced the battery and all the fluids, got it running on some very old gas, filled the tank and put it away for the winter. I will probably register it this week, drive it for a week to see what breaks, and then start working on it.

So far, I have replaced ( or will before driving it ) :
Battery
Plugs
Wires
Cap
Rotor
Fluids
Belts

Once I get it sorted and running, I will need to do something with the bare floors ( Rhino-liner or something of that nature ) buy new tires ( they probably have less than 3k on them but are dry rotted ) and then get into the stock, tired, worn out suspension. In keeping with the daily driver theme, I plan on 1 inch over stock spring, and decent shocks.


So, here are the pics...

Runt on the trailer:




Another trailer shot:





Leaving Newport:





So..I am open to suggestions, comments, and criticism. Just no criticism

If anyone has suggestion on where to buy bits that I need, or you are selling something you think I may like, drop me a line. I will update this post as I go along, as I am using it to keep some people outside the forum informed on progress.

Thanks in advance.. now off to read as much as I can.

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Hi, Joe. Welcome to WF.
I don't have any suggestions but I do wish you good luck getting Runt up and running.

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Old 04-06-2008, 08:56 PM   #3
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Welcome to the obsession. Looks like you have a good platform to start on. Just get it up and running and you will find plenty to do to it as you see what you want out of your heep. We are always happy to help others spend their money.
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:27 PM   #4
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Welcome, runt looks somewhat familiar..........

I have a runt too.
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:34 PM   #5
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Blu, your runt must have been the pick of the litter.

Now, let's see what Joey can do.
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:45 AM   #6
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your alot braver than i am to haul with those little straps...

edit: i do see a chain on the rear..
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:25 PM   #7
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your alot braver than i am to haul with those little straps...

edit: i do see a chain on the rear..

Yeah. That poor Dodge truck I was driving couldn't accelerate fast enough when the trailer was unloaded to make me worry about the Jeep sliding back...

Jeep was in gear, parking brake works (!) and before I hit the road I chocked it. I also had the winch cable still connected.

Ack.. surfed here bit last night. You guys are going to cost me money, aren't you?


OTOH, my other car project right now is an Audi UrS6. Jeep prices seem downright free compared to what parts cost me for that car.

I should make a sig with the other rides..
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:39 PM   #8
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hey and welcome from just another wrench, you just can't leave it forever huh?, good luck with the project, and hangin around here will cost you. what year is that yj, i know it is pre 91, i'm building a red 87 right now, looked about the same where if ound it. keep us updated
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:50 PM   #9
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welcome looks like a nice project
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Old 04-15-2008, 08:25 PM   #10
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Registered Runt today.

Which was interesting, as I did not have a title. I had a receipt that showed the duplicate title was applied for ( See Andi, you didn't flake! ). The nice DMV lady knew me and just kind of fudged it.

So now Runt has been driven 22 miles in about six years. And actually made all 22 miles tonight

I noted some issues, and would not mind advice.

1. Right front caliper is sticking. I assume for everyday driving the stock brakes are fine? Please tell me I don't need to buy *another* set of uber expensive Porsche calipers....

2. As soon as I shut it off, the carb tends to let all of it's fuel leak out. This smells funny, and makes it so I have to crank it over a lot before it fires. Speaking of fires, I do not much care for fuel leaks. Sadly, the carb looks to be recently replaced. I doubt it has many miles, but it certainly has plenty of years. What should I replace it with? BTW, this thing will *never* need to pass smog of any kind.


3. In detonates. I thought for a few minutes I was back in a TDi Jetta. Is the stock distributor worth keeping, or should I do something else?


4. It would appear the cruise control, power windows with one touch up and down, heated power seats, speed sensitive radio volume, big stonkin turbo, sticky street tires and CD player don't work.

Wait. My S6 has that stuff. Talk about culture shock, I dunno if you can get a vehicle further away from the S than a YJ with no radio and a sticking caliper


I have a Grand National Buick I need to finish before I start on the Jeep again, so thorw out some advice so I can start buying parts.

Thanks guys!
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stock brakes are fine, calipers for that are cheap, might as well do the pair. sounds like you need a carb rebuild, or replace. fuel injection is a great upgrade, it isn't cheap but everyone that has done it, loves it. good luck, let us know if you get that cruise control, and heated seats figured out
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leaky carb sounds like old gas gummed your floats, so now the bowl overfills and leaks. and welcome...
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:15 AM   #13
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Just a quick update:

45 miles on the Jeep so far, one seriously blown tire, one broken brake line, and one broken power steering line. I expect to replace all the brake lines, but I wanted to make sure it didn't blow up first

So four new tires and a new power steering presure hose are sitting here. I thin kthis thing is the first vehicle that has cost me more per mile than my S6
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stock brakes are fine, calipers for that are cheap, might as well do the pair. sounds like you need a carb rebuild, or replace. fuel injection is a great upgrade, it isn't cheap but everyone that has done it, loves it. good luck, let us know if you get that cruise control, and heated seats figured out
Quick question...Why switch to fuel injected when you can get either a good used 4.0 or chevy 4.3 for around $500? I have always wondered this and is by no means a flame at you.
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Well, it has been a while guys. Runt is now mostly my daily driver. But I do have an issue.. the frame rotted out where the steering box connects. I am going to buy another frame next week, have that one sandblasted and painted, but when I have a frame sitting on stands here, I should probably do some things.

I plan on replacement of any steel lines. These I can fab.

I also want to put new springs/shocks on while I have it apart. Where is the best place to buy? I want a one to two inch lift at most.

I want a limited slip for the front diff, or a locker. Suggestions? I can always convert the still working vacuum front diff over to manual so a locker wouldn't be too extreme unless I am stuck.


What else should I do while Runt is in many many many small parts?
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leaky carb sounds like old gas gummed your floats, so now the bowl overfills and leaks. and welcome...
x2. I would try rebuilding the carb and cleaning it up and see what that does.

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Old 03-18-2009, 06:28 PM   #17
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your jeep almost looks pink..
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Well, it has been a while guys. Runt is now mostly my daily driver. But I do have an issue.. the frame rotted out where the steering box connects. I am going to buy another frame next week, have that one sandblasted and painted, but when I have a frame sitting on stands here, I should probably do some things.

I plan on replacement of any steel lines. These I can fab.

I also want to put new springs/shocks on while I have it apart. Where is the best place to buy? I want a one to two inch lift at most.

I want a limited slip for the front diff, or a locker. Suggestions? I can always convert the still working vacuum front diff over to manual so a locker wouldn't be too extreme unless I am stuck.


What else should I do while Runt is in many many many small parts?
Check the frame at the rear spring shackles, YJ's love to rott out there and since you have it apart now would be the time to fix it if it is a problem. Also check around the shock mount those can be bad areas as well.

Buy a steering box support they are fairly cheap and help alot. I would say for springs use Rubicon Express they are a bit more expensive than some but I think they ride and perform the best.

Look for someone selling TJ dana 30 front axle shafts and get rid of the stockers they are the weak link in the front axle, unless the vacuum shift engages well then you could leave it alone if you like it.

I would suggest a Aussie locker for the front, pretty bulletproof and they work well regardless of use IMHO.

Buy new body mounts while you have it apart they are probably pretty rotted out from age.

Good luck with the project, I can never seem to leave one even close to stock. Once it gets in my shop it just seems to get out of control
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I have put in new shocks, new front stabilizer, freed up the shackles, played with the air pressure in the tires, and removed the rear track bar and I am also going to put in a different seat. It rides as good as it is going to get without new springs, shocks, and greasable shackles...
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