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Old 12-02-2013, 01:12 PM   #1
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CJ2A Build - 2.3 EFI, 5 Speed, YJ Springs, ...

What's up everyone. New to Wrangler forum, not new to 4x4, been a member on Pirate for 8 or so years now, but thought I would share my build as it progresses. Any input will be greatly appreciated, as I'm new to the older CJ world.

The CJ has been in the family for close to 40 years now; sitting in the backyard of my grandparent's house. It is mostly complete, minus the engine/intake/carb/exhaust/clutch. I really don't have any desire for a period correct "restoration", so it is going resto-mod and will be turned into a much better driver than it was when new. Fuel injection, more modern brakes, >55mph top speed, power steering, and serviceability are all aspects I want. Hopefully it will be built into a driver that will stay in the family for another 40 years. If anyone is in need of some early CJ drivetrain parts, let me know.

The donor is a 1989 Ford Ranger 4x4, 2.3EFI, M5OD-R1 5-speed, BW 1350 transfer case, D28 TTB front and 7.5" rear axle. I bought the truck from a friend of a friend after he rebuilt the entire drivetrain (including machine work to the engine) at the local community college. Bought it for a decent deal with the fact that the engine would only idle. Anything above idle, it would miss and backfire and shut off. A quick look at the plug wires, plugs, and eventually the coils yielded two cracked coil packs. Two used coil packs at the local P&P, and we are good to go.

1948 CJ2A tub
2x3 tube frame
YJ springs/axles (WMS-WMS difference?)/steering box?
1989 Ford Ranger 2.3 EFI/m5od-r1/BW 1350 manual x-case (possibly go 1354 if I find one)
31-32" narrow a/t or m/t
Weatherproof seats
Truck bed liner inside the floor pans
Fuel cell
3rd seat?
Marine waterproof speakers/radio?

Anyways, we're all here for pics, so here they are of the donors. Hopefully I'll have the CJ towed home in the next few weeks and start stripping it down. Pulling the plow off first!

The donor hauling a load of scrap before it will be hauled off to the scrapyard.

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Old 12-07-2013, 09:22 AM   #2
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Awesome man! I love the CJ2a's and the flat fenders. Sounds like you have a good plan for it. Good luck.

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Old 12-18-2013, 10:34 PM   #3
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That looks like a nice clean project to start with. I will be following this.
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:53 PM   #4
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great plan. I did similar. Used wagoner axles narrowed 5 inches. Tires out beyond body. 2 inch BDS YJ springs SUA, full outboard on rear, half out board on front. Used original 46 frame but ponder the best frame width from time to time. Enjoy
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