I'm New to the forum but not new to jeeps. I had a wj with a 3" lift but had to regretfully sell it. So i've always wanted to own a wrangler so when the opportunity to buy this one i had to snatch it up. and for $300 no question. I'm a mechanic and have been one for 13 years. So when a customer brought the tj in for a safety check and no start because it had been sitting for a period of time. So after we got it running we were moving it around the lot and a brake line blew. So instead of fixing it they decided to junk it. So after a period of time of me stewing on it and thinking about buying it i finally gave in. A long with the brake problem it needed a top,windshield frame and the frame is alittle rusty. I wanted to take a pic before i started tearing into it but i got too excited. So heres the first pic i took.
So my plans are to remove the body sand blast the frame rust seal it and make all new brake lines and more then likely fuel lines. Replace the fuel pump And then lift it 3 inchs, frameless top, herculine the tub and get a windshield frame. This is my first project so it's hard to stay focus on one thing and i'm no english major. So any tips would be greatful. heres some pics of gutted interior and the body ready to be lifted from the frame.
Wow, that's one hell of a project... I'm not nearly as ambitious with my newly acquired '98 TJ, but I'm not starting out with as much to do as you are either. Looking forward to seeing how it all progresses.
aiight sorry for the long period of time between post. Had alot going on with the family and such and waiting for a friend to bring me his engine lift to lift the body off the jeep.
got the body of the frame and in the process ruined my radiator so it was a good day in getting stuff moving along. Started stripping things off the frame that are ether rotted away or getting replaced with new stuff. Also decided i'm gonna take the motor out as well to sandblast the frame since there isn't much left in the way to get the motor out.so i'll keep updateing as i got along.
Sorry again been awhile since i have been able to post more updates. My good friend was getting married and had to be more involved with it then i wanted to so have not had time to do much to my jeep. I got to sandblast 1/3 of the frame and start rust sealing it. Whenever i get time in the next acouple wees i'm gonna remove the motor and finish cleaning up the frame and rust sealing and truck bed coating the frame. so heres from pictures of the sandblasted and rust sealed part of the frame.
Ok again sorry for the long delay between mother nature and the boss (wife) Haven't had much time for jeep time. Got most of the frame painted now took the diffs off to better sand blast and paint the frame. Engine is out decided i'm gonna replace the clutch while i have it out and motor mounts .
sorry for the terrible pictures my phone is a pos and it was starting to rain. I hope to get more done this weekend.
The engine side of the harness unplug from the body. The filler neck there's a big ground cable that attachs to the firewall undo the steering shift. I'd take the radiator out and unhook heater and a/c hoses. And unhook the positive cable from the fuse box to the engine. If you have a forklift or something like that it makes it alot easier. I used an engine hoist and 2 other guys. Also need to unhook the brake cables and both shifters. The transfer case lever bolt to the body and the bolts ended up snapping off so I'm gonna replace that with the term flex adapter. Also wanna make sure the jeep is in neutral. That's all I can think of right now. Hardest part was redneck engineering lifting it off the frame.
Ok well i knocked alot out this weekend dispite equipment issues and dodging rainstorms.
got the frame painted still needs 1 more coat of the truck bed coating. But i got the diffs back on and started putting the lift on. When i removed the front diff i had to cut the 2 bolts on the upper control arms in the front where they bolt to the diff. So i gotta get 2 bolts for that so i couldn't bolt all the suspension back on. but heres some pics. [IMG][/IMG]
aiight well have got alot done. kept forgetting to take pictures. So i got all new brakes on with brakes hoses and brake lines. Clutch and new oil pan in with new motor and trans mounts. fuel pump and new skid plate are in. But i broke the strapes so have to get new ones tomarrow. Ordered tires today so i would make the deadline for the goodyear mail in rebate for the mt/rs. [IMG][/IMG]
Hope to get the body on this weekend parts, family and weather permitting.
Thanks for all the compliments. Its been really fun and aggravating. So i got the body back on and started hooking everything back up. After i got the brake lines hooked up i attepmted to bleed them and one of the lines started to leak because i tried to cut corners and reuse one of the old fittings. So i have to get new fittings to fix that. But here are some pictures.
Finally got all my parts together for the radiator and electric fan. Had my wife's brother in-law fab the shroud up outta stainless steel. Haen't installed it yet but just wanted to put up some pics of the finished product before i installed it this weekend.
Update Got a used windshield frame from rays wrangler and it was black and in very good shape. Had to get a windshield for it. Wheels and exhaust just came in hope to install it all this weekend. Heres the wheels i decided to go with the ultra mongooses. Updated pictures coming this weekend as well.