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Old 11-19-2008, 10:57 PM   #1
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Started my build tonight!! pics

Just began my build on my 94 yj today. Got a couple pics of the rusted frame in the rear, I got the body in the air a little tonight breaking some body mount bolts in the process. I grind the frame and cut off the junk in the back and weld some plates up. I will try my best to post progress every step I take. Plans are: Decent lift something I mainly drive on the road but can go wheeling in a couple times a month. Not too concerned about looks, I may sell the hard doors to get some cash for important stuff (to me) such as a lift parts.







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Old 11-19-2008, 11:15 PM   #2
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Looks like umm lots of work but I love it. Should be fun! wish I had the money to do this too.

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Old 11-19-2008, 11:17 PM   #3
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Did you buy your Jeep from Salt Road City? That frame looks fubar.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:44 PM   #4
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Did you buy your Jeep from Salt Road City? That frame looks fubar.
Those are beauty marks!
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:46 AM   #5
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Holy shit man you are lucky that your rear leaf hanger is even still on the frame.

You have quite a task ahead of you, but you should definitely have something you can be proud of when you are done. I might suggest using a product like POR 15 or a roofing tar type compound on your frame. It will help prevent further rusting and reject new from forming. After going thru all the work you are going to do it would suck to have rust be an issue again in the future.
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Old 11-20-2008, 07:22 AM   #6
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good luck man, i coated my frame with a product by sem called rust shield, works like por 15, worked awesome for me and it was under $100
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Old 11-20-2008, 07:49 AM   #7
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wow, it definitely needs some TLC. but when it's all done you'll feel a great sense of accomplishment.
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Old 11-20-2008, 08:48 AM   #8
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What a project!!! WOW!! GL with it. Post lots of pics and keep us up to date!
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:44 AM   #9
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Man I have to hand it to you. That frame alone is going to take some time, and welding, and grinding, and painting/coating. Keep us posted w. pics on your progress!
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:30 AM   #10
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Yep its a big task! I will grind the frame down to see what I am really working on tonight or tomorrow. I will put some pictures up.
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:26 AM   #11
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Good luck and keep us posted. Might want to check out the rear diff too when you get a chance. Looks like someone was working on it judging by all that red silicone.
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:45 AM   #12
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Don't get discouraged with your project. I have a frame that did the same thing. Most of the YJ frames around me are either repaired or in need of repair. I bought some frame caps that can be welded onto what's left of the frame. Check into POR-15. I have been really impressed by that product.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:09 PM   #13
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Yea Im def plan on getting some por-15. I need to come up with a plan for the rear, after I fix the frame rails I am thinking about getting a 1/4" piece of angle iron to weld fro the rear cross member that I could drill some holls through to mount the rear body mounts on, and also a rear bumper could be welded or bolted on. What do you guys think about that idea?
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:37 AM   #14
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wow, I thought they only looked like that in vermont. Thought about trying to find another frame? You could pick one for under $500.00 would probably be cheaper in the long run. I am suprised, the body on the jeep looks really good. More power to you if you going to repair it. Please keep the pics coming.
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:37 AM   #15
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GOOD luck. yeah forget about my advice. looks like you are doing the right the from scratch. enjoy. will be looking for the pics
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:18 PM   #16
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Holy crap thats a lot of rust. Your lucky that didn't come off bringing it home. Have fun getting it all cleaned up. That's not meant sarcastically. I get the most enjoyment out of fixing my rig. I did my frame off build just for fun.
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:06 PM   #17
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I bought a rear cross member from 4wd.com for under a $100. It was a Mopar product. A buddy of mine used angle iron. I wanted the stock look though.

The rust is caused by plugged seep holes. When I started taking mine apart, the inside of the frame was full of dirt and sand. My frame was fine except for where you have the same problems. I think there could have been a better design. I am sure I got quite a bit of salt in that frame over the years during the winter.
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:59 PM   #18
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Angry put 5 hours in today fuel tank out!

Well the fuel tank is out and what do I find?, A huge hole in the top of the fu%*$r!!So thats where the gas smell was coming from. Fuel cell here we come! there is nothing more I hate than rusted bolts! The rear end is two bolts from coming off the track bar mount on the housing and the passenger side rear front shackle bolt is seized in the bushing . I will be busting out the wiz-whell and sawzaw tomorrow.

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Old 11-22-2008, 05:33 PM   #19
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WOW!!! that fuel tank doesn't look good at all. Let the fun begin. Look on the bright side. That muffler looks good from here.
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:17 PM   #20
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LOL yea the muffler is the only think without rust on this bucket.
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Old 11-23-2008, 10:12 AM   #21
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Why not take the whole body off so u can get to the frame really good? Looks like a good project have fun.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:54 PM   #22
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Got the rear out and apart. Found out what was making the loud grinding noise! The PO thought it would be ok to keep driving it with the pinion bearing making noises. Anyone have a d35 pinion they would like to get rid of? I am debating on getting a 8.8 but I am thinking I may just fix this bucket and sell it then start a more extreme build with a better starting platform unless I get attatched to this one.


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Old 11-23-2008, 05:58 PM   #23
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what gears do you have. i have a d35 w/ 3.07 gears i'm getting rid of.
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what gears do you have. i have a d35 w/ 3.07 gears i'm getting rid of.
I am assuming they are 4.10.
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:40 PM   #25
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4 cyl 5 spd? would be 4.10. 6 cyl auto would be numerically lower
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Yes its a 4cyl 5 speed
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Whats your budget in building your YJ
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:48 AM   #28
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cheap! lol After digging into this thing I think I will just put a couple hundred prob 3 or 4 and then try to sell it for around 2700 than start a more extreme build with a better condition 4.0 yj or maybe a tj . we will see.
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:49 PM   #29
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Got a whole rear end and a gas tank with the skid plate in good condition for 200 bucks of craigslist. rear has 4.10s.
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:57 PM   #30
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so you're gonna sell your leaky gas tank, and rear end with trashed gears?

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