I was thinking the same thing about the frame parts...I was like hmmmm wonder if hes keeping those! lol
The Budget Brawler. AKA Berta
97 sport 4.0 5 spd
6" Long arm 35" MTRs
HP30-Eaton E locker D44-Detroit locker-4.88 Ten Factory Chromo shafts.
KC/Hella, Engo 12k, LED rock lights, "train" horns, Home made-Hand Throttle, OBA, Etc etc.
I started at about 8:30 this morning, didn't finish until after 3:00z it was a process. Everything fought me tooth and nail.I also found my frames in need of some serious love. I'm going to need a professional to fix my issues.
Ok so today I put the right speedo gear in, I never knew there were numbers on the gear to differentiate the tire size. You just put the number to the number on the sensor and then put a bracket in that numbers notch and tighten it down with a half inch socket. Literally a 2-3 minute job. I was really surprised. Got my speedo going right! I'm excited!
I'm not gonna lie, I'm kind of a hack. I YouTube a lot of stuff cause I really don't know what I'm doing! I have no Idea how to turn on a welder.... Never mind weld! BUT my father in law is a welder... I asked the wife to call in a favor.. We shall see!
I have been thinking about trying to sign up at a vocational high school for some basic welding classes on weekends or Something. Maybe like a week long intro or Something if they offer one. It looks fun!
I'm not gonna lie, I'm kind of a hack. I YouTube a lot of stuff cause I really don't know what I'm doing! I have no Idea how to turn on a welder.... Never mind weld! BUT my father in law is a welder... I asked the wife to call in a favor.. We shall see! I have been thinking about trying to sign up at a vocational high school for some basic welding classes on weekends or Something. Maybe like a week long intro or Something if they offer one. It looks fun!
Just get the basics of welding, and then just practice!! Practice makes perfect. Nothing a grinder can't fix! Haha
So it's been a few days since I've done anything fun to the jeep. It's been cold and snowed a bunch. Today my wife ordered new frame rails for the jeep as my Xmas gift. They should be welded in over Christmas if all goes well. She got me both sides, they cover from control arm to control arm with the skid plate holes already taken care of. Say goodbye to rusty frame sections! I should be getting some little interior parts in the mail soon. I hope I can get tinkering tomorrow!
I'll try to get as many pics as I can. My wife's father is a welder and I'm hoping he will do it over Xmas..... Mean while, I have bigger problems... Lost a wheel today. In the middle of a raging snowstorm on my way into work. Now I have to get off shift. Buy brake shoes and a hardware kit. Now I have to fix my brakes in a parking lot with no tools. Apparently the lugs came loose and I lost a tire. I hope my studs and lug nuts are ok... Don't want to lose it on the highway on my way home.
If not the spacer, check the wheels themselves. The problem I'm having with mine is that the lug holes started to open up, making the wheel come loose. No big deal though. I got new black wheels on the way
So tonight I got all arts and crafty. I got a new shifter bezel online for around $6.00 to replace the one I broke swapping trannys. I also got a $9.00 leather shifter boot. It's just a tad classier than the rubber boot. So after some cutting, gluing, more cutting here's the end result.
That's a hell of a deal on the deck and speakers. How did you do the shifter boot in more detail if you could...I like that a lot and would consider doing. Really like this build as I recently picked up a red tj with the same half doors and red. Mine is manual too but only a 4 banger haha. Will be following this thread.
For the boot, I just glued the new leather boot over the old boot, to where the rubber boot attached to the bezel. I then cut the excess leather off. I then cut the inner rubber boot at the first little fold, then pulled the rubber boot out and threw it away.
I got my replacement frame pieces today from quadra tech. They're about 159.00 each. They look to be quality, the company that makes them Is from R.I and everything in that area is rusted! It's winter where I am and that means tons of salt road sand and other metal eating chemicals on the road. The last thing I want is to put nice new frame rails in, then have the bare metal attacked the whole way home and all winter long, until it's warm enough to paint. So I painted them today, I taped off the edges so they could still be welded. I should have these in during Christmas or the day after. Can't wait!
The weld in frame pieces, do they cover the area in the middle where the tranny crossmember goes? I've got some rust issues there and most of the nuts are stripping out. I can fish nuts in to bolt it up but if I can cut some of that out and replace it I would feel better. Is that what your doing and where did you order your pieces from?
So my 4x4 light does not come on. I figured I'd pull the gauge cluster and check the bulb. I pulled the pieces and checked the back with my shop light. I then checked bulb, didn't look broken but I replaced it any way. Put it back together and it still didn't light up in 4x4. That tells me it has to be my 4x4 switch. Do I need it to work ? No, it just bugs me when things don't work as they should.
My 4x4 light has never worked and always bugs me just haven't bothered looking into it yet.
I was running spacers with my current 31x10.50 tires had vibes took off the spacers trimmed my flare looks great and no rubbing. I am not a huge fan of spacers myself.
nice build....so im still stuck on the heat gun and fender flares!!! what is the trick behind doing that to get the black back??
that really only works for so long... I did the same thing but my jeep isn't garaged and sits in the sun a lot. Buy duplicolor bumper coating, mask the flares off, and spray it with that. Haven't had any fading whatsoever yet and it's been months
UPDATE! Ok, so I got some progress done on the budget build. I got the frame inserts welded in with the help of my father in law. The pieces went in great. The fabricators did a great job building the frame parts. The skid lined up perfectly. Here's some pics as we went.
So we plasma cut the rotted bottom frame section on the drivers side. Then the passenger side. The passenger side was not bad but better safe than sorry. The frame was chalk full of dirt and rust. I had to clean out each section inch by inch. You can see some rust on the floor, the pile was twice that size by the time we were done.