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Old 10-09-2013, 10:14 AM   #1
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Jeep YJ from the grave build...

Im new to the forum and I would like to share my build....

Well I let my god son drive my Jeep to school and he never made it that day...he walked away after flipping it three times with just a few stitches in his chin and lower lip....


I had this vehicle since 1993....and it some some fond memories....




Then off to paint in 2010, D & N Auto Las Vegas...Great Shop...they will be getting the rebuild back for paint..











Then a phone call in the mroning....I have been in a terrible accident....
















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Old 10-09-2013, 10:23 AM   #2
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Rebuild it....so i found this donor Jeep with only a good body and frame....everything else was shot....





Got it home and tore in to it with help from family and a few friends..















Then started from the ground up on getting it back together...








Just a few engine mods....
Complete Rebuild by Fultz Custom Engines Las Vegas
RV Cam
Ported & Polished
Yella Terra Roller Rockers
TJ Intake (ceramic Coated) , 62 mm throttle body
Screamin Demon Coil & Wires
Mean Green Starter & Alternator
Banks Header (ceramic coated) & Cat Back System
Aluminum Radiator
Currie Motor Mounts
Larger injectors
ARB Snorkle Intake



after the frame and all is ready time to prep the body for installation

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Old 10-09-2013, 10:24 AM   #3
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Ready for body





Body going back on







It is on...



Not road worthy yet...but getting there...

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Old 10-09-2013, 10:26 AM   #4
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Time to clean out the interior so we can Hurculine it....



Ready to apply....





Interior done...time for fenders...







finished....time for fit....







Fenders done...now rollbar time...

this is the start...

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Old 10-09-2013, 10:28 AM   #5
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Cage painted & going in ....











tieing in the roll cage to the frame, we are using a pivot point with a poly busing system.



Rear Fender installed and fitting the rocker guards...


Fenders guards and grill installed





Sweet Engine Compartment ...



Hood fits....



What is this????A snorkle in the desert....

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Old 10-09-2013, 10:29 AM   #6
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A hammer, pry bar and a grinder your three best tools..






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Old 10-09-2013, 10:30 AM   #7
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My Buddy inspects the engine compartment......and starts hooking up the wiring harness...




no caption needed....



grill is finished...lights in



The engine is a few hours now from turning the key.....

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Old 10-09-2013, 10:33 AM   #8
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First set of lights are on the Jeep, these are Baja designs Onx 8" light bars, they produuce 4300 lumen each at 5000k and only 44 watts.



Sneak peak at the guages and color...

Nice it starts off at .1 miles when it gets back on the road...



Two Baja Designs 8" Onx Pro Light bars
Two 10 Degree Vision X Light Cannons
Two 10 degree Vision X Optimus Primes
Two 60 degree Vision X Optimus Primes



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Old 10-09-2013, 10:35 AM   #9
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My son is getting impatient for me to get this project done...



Lights all on and working now...



A few more mods......

Security is a very important thing with an open top vehicle...
Underhood Tuffy Safe



New Tuffy Glove Box Safe



Tuffy Rear Underseat Safe



Some Engine Cooling Louvers





Warn 8000 Winch and cover...

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Old 10-09-2013, 10:36 AM   #10
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Time for the essentials of trail life...Extra gas & Water...

We used an element motorcycle backing plate the same I use on my bikes and figured it would make a good plate for the Jeep rear bumper...



Painted



View with tire installed



Swing out opened



Then we added a mount for an additional rotopax setup using the spare tire...



The thing with most Jeeps is the side open tailgate...what a waste of good work space.....problem fixed drop down conversion



Now Open....

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Old 10-09-2013, 10:38 AM   #11
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All the guages are working fine and backed with blue LED bulbs....


GenRight flush mount LED backup lights installed in the Tomken rear bumper...

Flush Mounted Back Up lights in the day





Very nice and bright....



Next is two Vision X Solstice floods flush mounted above the tail lights...
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:39 AM   #12
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So i decided to add a little rear light to the Jeep, just a touch more than back-up lights, so we flush mounted a set of Vision X Solstice 900 lumen 10 watt lights as switch operated rear lights...



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Old 10-09-2013, 11:57 AM   #13
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Holy shit at that accident. Awesome job on the rebuild, looks amazing.



At the very least I'm saving this thread to poke at jerry when he puts up pictures of the broken smittybuilt bumper
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:14 PM   #14
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That was a Smittybuilt SRC on the front of the wrecked one and it held well so I went with another on the rebuild.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:45 PM   #15
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Yeah holy crap on the accidents. But awesome work on the build. I like everything. Good pics also.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:51 PM   #16
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When I get time I will do a spec sheet..

But here is a few more things..


Currie Hi Pinion 9" rear


4.56 gears F & R


Slip yoke eliminator , 6 planetary gear and drive chain upgrade in the transfer case


Detroit trutrac in the front auburn Pro Posi Rear


Warn hub conversion in the front with upgrade axles


Old man emu 2.5 lift


SRC front flat fenders


GenRight rear fender upgrade


White Rhino side skds


Arb Snorkle


20 gallon tank mod


B&M short throw shifter


Centerforce Dual Friction Clutch


Rock Hard Cage components plus frame tie in


This is a few of the upgrades...
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My son is getting impatient for me to get this project done...



Lights all on and working now...
This is why your son crashed it in the first place. He couldn't see over the dash!
Really though, I'm glad he's ok and amazing job on everything so far. That takes a lot of commitment and guts to rebuild it. Most people would just walk away and look for another jeep.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:34 AM   #18
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It was a tough decision but I was able to salvage enough parts off the wrecked one to make it worth the time. Such as the currie high pinion 9 rear, the upgraded transfer case and front axle and a few other parts.

The plan was to just do a quick parts swap but as we dug in to the donor jeep we decided to just do a complete build.

That was funny! That's his little brother in the picture my son is off at College at West Point, but it was my god son who wrecked it... And my son was not happy because he was three when I got it and we had just finished restoring it for his graduation present....

This one will be his new graduation present when he graduates from West Point but he doesn't know that yet.
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It was a tough decision but I was able to salvage enough parts off the wrecked one to make it worth the time. Such as the currie high pinion 9 rear, the upgraded transfer case and front axle and a few other parts.

The plan was to just do a quick parts swap but as we dug in to the donor jeep we decided to just do a complete build.

That was funny! That's his little brother in the picture my son is off at College at West Point, but it was my god son who wrecked it... And my son was not happy because he was three when I got it and we had just finished restoring it for his graduation present....

This one will be his new graduation present when he graduates from West Point but he doesn't know that yet.
Well it'll be one heck of a graduation present for sure.
How long has all you've done so far taken?
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It has taken me about 2 years but I took some time off in April 2012 because we had twins and after 6 months or so I started back. It has been a complete rebuild almost 100% of everything from all sensors, pin checked and repaired all wires, every hose, bolt etc... Have been changed. So it will be a new Jeep when we are done. Stripped the frame and applied Por 15 then a coat of Chassis coat, under coated the tub, added A/C, it's been a learning experience.

Paint will be last...
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Great build!
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:40 PM   #22
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It has taken me about 2 years but I took some time off in April 2012 because we had twins and after 6 months or so I started back. It has been a complete rebuild almost 100% of everything from all sensors, pin checked and repaired all wires, every hose, bolt etc... Have been changed. So it will be a new Jeep when we are done. Stripped the frame and applied Por 15 then a coat of Chassis coat, under coated the tub, added A/C, it's been a learning experience.

Paint will be last...
Wow that's crazy. When I read through it all it almost seems like you did it all in a week or two just because it was all posted in such a short amount of time!
This is something I would love and hate to do. I'd love it because after doing it you can literally say you knew every nook and cranny of your jeep but at the same time it would be a nuisance to be working on a project for two years! I'm absolutely sure once you see the smile on your sons face after you hand over the keys you'll have no doubt it was worth every single second.
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I wish I could have worked on it more...but project took back seat to the family... I planned on 6 months start to finish but sons college expense(did a year at UNLV before being accepted to West Point) the new additions to the family the twins....yes 18 years part and and a few other things cut my work time down.

I will say almost 100% is new..... And to make things better I finished getting the magnafliw cat and banks cat back exhaust installed today...all that is left is finish getting all the wires under the dash secure, do the plumbing for the A/C, install the front seats, wire up the CB and off to smog.


I figure 6 months of break in then off to paint.
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I wish I could have worked on it more...but project took back seat to the family... I planned on 6 months start to finish but sons college expense(did a year at UNLV before being accepted to West Point) the new additions to the family the twins....yes 18 years part and and a few other things cut my work time down.

I will say almost 100% is new..... And to make things better I finished getting the magnafliw cat and banks cat back exhaust installed today...all that is left is finish getting all the wires under the dash secure, do the plumbing for the A/C, install the front seats, wire up the CB and off to smog.

I figure 6 months of break in then off to paint.
Are you planning on just redoing the current paint color on the tub or go a completely different color? If so, what color?
I really like OD green on any jeep. It just fits it because of where their roots lie...
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This time I will be going with the tan that the roll bar was painted, the paint we used on the first jeep and this one is a DuPont Imron industrial paint. The same type if paint used on Caterpillars, tractors and industrial vehicles.

I almost went back to the green but I didn't have luck with the first one.
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Cant wait to see this thing on and off the road again.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:21 AM   #27
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I was hoping to have a test run this week but I've been getting ready for a adventure & dual sport rally I host at Gold Point NV twice a year. So hopefully next week I will have some breaking pictures.
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Jrozar,

AWESOME BUILD!!! I am sorry to see that she got in the accident! Great work on the build...I wish I had access to the facilities you do! I like the LED mod you did in the dash.

Thanks for not passing your baby up for dead!

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Awesome report on all the work...your son must be very grateful...seems its going to be a freaking awesome practical off-roader..
greetings from Curacao
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I hope I can have some fun in my yj next year. My frame rotted in the back. So I bought a tj frame for it and I am putting it together tonight. I hope all the yj fans don't get mad at me but I like the suspension options for the tj frame. I just hope that everything goes smoothly. Any thoughts?

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