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Old 04-09-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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My 97 Tj Project.

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.
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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.

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Old 04-14-2013, 08:14 PM   #2
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ordered my zone lift kit ad jks front trackbar today. was hoping to get body off today but didnt happen.

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Old 04-14-2013, 08:21 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:57 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 06-03-2013, 05:01 PM   #5
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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.








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Old 06-03-2013, 06:24 PM   #6
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I wound up doing a frame off resto on a 77 GMC step side in very similar fashion. I used Por15 for the chassis. What did you use?
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:20 PM   #7
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:06 PM   #8
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Kyb rust seal I think it's called
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:16 AM   #9
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Por15 is messy as hell. How'd that Kyb stuff go on? You gonna do anything to that 4.0 while it's out? I plan on doing a stroker long block swap next year in my 97 sahara
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:33 AM   #10
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It's got 100k on it . the oil pan is rusty so i bought a new one and i'm gonna replace that but other then that no. Just taking it out so i can seal the frame and put some new mounts in.
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:20 PM   #11
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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 .

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sorry for the terrible pictures my phone is a pos and it was starting to rain. I hope to get more done this weekend.
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What all is involved in taking the body off, besides the obvious body mount bolts under neath?
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:57 AM   #13
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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.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:39 PM   #14
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Wow $300 what a steal and I'm looking forward to see more I'm very surprised you lifted the tub off like that gives me hope for wen I make up my mind about doin a tub swap
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:46 PM   #15
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Ya to put the body back on i got a friend that knows a guy with a service truck with a service crane so he's gonna try and barrow it to put the body back on.
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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]

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started putting everything back together. changed the fluid in both diffs and put both front shocks on. alot more to come just waiting to get some funds together.
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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.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:53 PM   #19
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Wow, what a project. You are one hell of a great mechanic, sir. I stop at changing my turn signal switch. lol.
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:25 PM   #20
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dude that's a hardcore project their.many props their
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:33 PM   #21
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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.





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Old 10-01-2013, 06:52 PM   #22
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Sorry for the long delay. Sold a truck to the inlaws and have been waiting on payment to continue on with the project. Updates coming soon!!!
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stock wheels+lift kit=SO MUCH FLEX!!!!
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:58 PM   #24
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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.

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More pictures coming this weekend.
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:55 PM   #25
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So i got the radiator back in and electric fan wired up. Put the headlights back in with new black bezels. Also put front sway bar back in.



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Old 11-07-2013, 06:03 PM   #26
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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.

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Got my wheels and exhaust on so heres some pictures. It really needs a wash and wax.





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Got my wheels and exhaust on so heres some pictures. It really needs a wash and wax.




Looking great man. Keep on going !
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Great job! Wish I had the time to doctor mine but just way too busy. My garage gets tied up with plow and truck issues but i'll get to it. Like the color - mine too. Subscribing to the thread.
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I am going to be doing a similar project soon, great see yours turn out great!!

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