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Old 09-24-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Talking 92 YJ Project Slow Build

We are new to the jeep world and have checked in on the New Members thread. I stated I would post some pics as soon as I got some taken. Right now Hubby and I are in the planning process of what we are going to do with her. So, with that being said, I am sure there will be tons upon tons of questions of setting her up right for what we are wanting. She will not be a DD but I want her to work on the road, but even better off the road. She is a base model with a 4 banger with a manual tranny. We are planning to swap that motor out. So far are looking at taking my Hubby's 4.3 with manual tranny out of his truck to put in her...yes, that means I have to replace his truck...lol, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do. Less I find a better solution. Though now I am questioning if that will be enough motor for her as I really would like 37's on her. Like I said there is going to be tons of questions for feed back from everyone. I don't want to cut corners that could cost me latter. We are both the type to do it once and do it right. Now if we break something that's a different story as Hubby expects me to play rough...lol.

The first thing I want to tackle is the small rust spots that are popping up on her. There are a few spots on the body. They have not gone all the way through..in fact any rust that is on the body or frame are minor and not all the way through. How do I address this as I want it done right? We don't have access to a sand blaster as I know that would really be ideal to take it down to the clean metal.

The other things we will be doing so far right off the top is getting new soft top, hardware and channels for the top. New front and rear bumpers, New body lift (as the one on the front drivers side is completely gone), better tires for right now as the ones on it are bald.

Now for the pics. In the pic labeled front, you will see the body lift mount is missing.

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I am also going to thank everyone for input that is given and all is considered as we are new to this world.

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Old 09-24-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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Might want to Start by removing half that body lift

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Old 09-24-2013, 10:51 PM   #3
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Might want to Start by removing half that body lift
Please understand I am just learning when it comes to this area of mechanics. Also please forgive me if I am a bit long winded as I don't want to say the wrong thing and upset anyone.

Last time I had anything to do with a lift it was on a truck and my dad set it all up at the shop and I just took it in. So what I am about to ask may seem dumb but I have to and I apologize.

What do you mean removing half the body lift?

Now that being asked, here is what I am thinking you are meaning. There is a 3" on it now. With one missing, now would be the time to bring it back down lower. I understand that concept as I have been reading a bit on this forum and most are running suspension lifts with shackles and body to get the clearance for tires and travel. But the body lift is usually between 1"-2" that most are using. If what I am assuming is what you were meaning, the suspension lift is not even on radar till spring and I want to be able to drive it some if need be in winter, will I loose tire size as that is what I think would have to happen if I did lower it down some now?

Also, I do know enough basic mechanics to keep up a good bit, just not in this area...lol. What I mean by basic is I have done the timing on a 92 4Runner. The rest is on an assortment of cars/trucks but have done brakes, u-joints, motor swaps, upper intake gaskets, distributor replacement, water pumps..etc. So, PLEASE take this as someone that is REALLY into learning all she can from ones that are willing to help. I also don't want to be one of the ones that can't fix their rigs on the fly if need be...lol.

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Old 09-28-2013, 09:58 AM   #4
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A lot of the guys on here say 1" max for the body lift.

I also have a 3" BL from my PO. I do plan on reducing that some day. It rides good but I can't shift into 4low. Other than that it doesn't bother me. I do have plenty of room to paint the top of the frame so now is a convenient time for that if you are going to drop it.

If you are planning on running 37s I'm guessing you might consider doing a spring over conversion along with some way bigger axles. Depending on what you go with I'm guessing you'll be able to drop the body at that time. You should be able to get all the lift you need. Going to have to do something with the fenders. At any rate I wouldn't make any special effort to drop it until the other major mods are coming in.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:59 AM   #5
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Although I would do something about that missing one. Maybe stuff a few hockey picks in there till spring.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:00 AM   #6
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one thing for sure you can learn alot and get some great ideas just from reading this forum, good luck on what ever direction you take with the jeep.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:30 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=Fabrokoner;4925105]A lot of the guys on here say 1" max for the body lift.

I also have a 3" BL from my PO. I do plan on reducing that some day. It rides good but I can't shift into 4low. Other than that it doesn't bother me. I do have plenty of room to paint the top of the frame so now is a convenient time for that if you are going to drop it.

If you are planning on running 37s I'm guessing you might consider doing a spring over conversion along with some way bigger axles. Depending on what you go with I'm guessing you'll be able to drop the body at that time. You should be able to get all the lift you need. Going to have to do something with the fenders. At any rate I wouldn't make any special effort to drop it until the other major mods are coming in.[/QUOTE

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I have decided to go with 35's instead. We are looking at a 302 motor with an 8.8 rear end, as they are easier to find and find parts when I play too hard...lol. We will also be beefing them up some before we install. We have also decided to go with keeping but replacing the 3" BL and adding the BDS 4" suspension lift and now after reading your post I had to go check out how it shifted...lol. It is having NO (thank you jeep gods) problem shifting into 4H or 4L as it is sitting now. So, I think we should be good there..I know that is my first mistake as my husband says is I "thought."..lol.
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one thing for sure you can learn alot and get some great ideas just from reading this forum, good luck on what ever direction you take with the jeep.
Thank you, I do feel like I am living on this site right now...lol. Finally told my dad what we picked up this jeep for and he was upset that I found such a deal...lol. I told him he might find something on this forum, now he's on it too...lol. It is a great forum!
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Been awhile since I have posted anything on the build. As winter is now here and my friend we bought it off of is still driving it till his truck is out of the shop next week we have not gotten to really do a lot to it. I did score a soft top and all the hardware for my hard top. I know what was I thinking but sorry guys I just can't do the hard tops. Once I get a garage or shop where I can rig a pulley system to remove it or put it back on myself then I will get one back. I did score some tires and rims for a temp right now till I get the tires and rims I want after the lift and motor swap is done. The heat in it has been on and off and we have done thermostat, radiator and water pump was done just this spring. So I will be doing the heater core and blower motor this weekend.

I do have a few questions I will be asking though. I have a motor, tranny, and transfer case out of a 96 chevy being given to me by my father. It is a 350. How hard is this motor swap compared to a Ford 302? We are also looking at doing the 8.8 rear end. I know either one will be work but does one fit better than the other? I have heard that with the 302 the gear shift will have to be shifted. Is this the same for the 350?

I am sure most of this is answered on here already and I will look. I just figured I would also ask here as my dad needs an answer in a couple weeks and thought I could get the jest faster this way.

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Old 04-28-2014, 12:02 AM   #10
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Well, it has been quite awhile since I have posted on here. A LOT as been done to our girl. I will have to say sooner than I had thought. A few days after getting exhaust fixed and a new battery in her we started hearing a horrible sound coming from the tranny. Had it looked at and yep, lost all gears but 4th and we knew we were going to change tranny and motor so we jumped WAY deep into our build. Here are a few pics of the process. We are hoping to have donor truck this late summer to get drive train going. Mean while it is prep work, paint, and stock piling parts.

As you will see in pics. Hubby has decided we are taking her ALL the way down and treating all rust and redoing her from the ground up. Now that I have him all in it looks like I get one heck of a customized toy!! lol. It has been great working on this with him though and know we will have many years of enjoyment out of it.

Here is what we have decided to do with her so far. Monstaliner paint job, 350 motor, 8.8 rear end, Dana 44 front end, and ditch ALL T-bit bolts for hex bolts.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:48 AM   #11
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Nice work. Off to a good start.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:23 PM   #12
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Sounds a lot like my project, once you get in so deep it is hard to stop. I have the engine/transmission installed in the frame and just this weekend put the tub back on the frame. That being said the to-do list seems to get longer every time I make any progress.

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