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05-27-2014 12:34 PM
9935todd Congrats on the new Jeep. Also glad to see a neighbor on here. I'm just 35 min east of you by Newark. Let me know if you need anything.
05-27-2014 11:42 AM
Hooz Momma threw a wrench in my YJ Project plans this weekend. She swore she just wanted to "go look" at a few vehicles on Saturday, and we wound-up coming home with this...

It's a 2007 Steel Blue Metallic JK Unlimited Sahara Edition. So now we're a 2 Jeep family, and my project funds are going to be split between them.

First thing on the agenda is a new head unit. We're going on vacation in 3 weeks and driving the JKU, so I've been instructed that I must have iPod controls and SiriusXM capability by then. A 21 hour round trip with nothing but FM radio and/or CDs is unacceptable!

I just ordered this: AVH-X3600BHS - <b>NEW!</b> - 2-DIN Multimedia DVD Receiver with 6.1" WVGA Touchscreen Display, MIXTRAX, Bluetooth®, HD Radio™ Tuner, SiriusXM Ready, and AppRadio Mode for iPhone® | Pioneer Electronics USA

And I also ordered the SiriusXM SXV200 tuner, PAC harness, antenna adapter, etc, etc.
05-04-2014 01:49 PM
Hooz This weekend I got a lot of tuning-up accomplished on the Jeep.

Thursday night I put some Seafoam in the crankcase, drove it back-and-forth to work on Friday (about 30 miles) and then changed the oil on Saturday morning.

Then I changed the air filter, plugs, plug wires, cap and rotor.

Then I changed the fuel filter (I swear it might've been the original one on there!).

Since this is a build thread and it needs pictures, here are the old plugs.

It runs and sounds like a whole different Jeep now!
04-29-2014 09:09 AM

04-28-2014 08:49 AM
Hooz I was bored at work on Friday and spent a little too much time surfing Craigslist. I found a better set of full hard doors and ducked out of work early to go look at/buy them. The ones I had on my Jeep were (obviously) black, and they were missing handles, had skipping window crank gears, etc. The ones I got actually color match my Jeep (except they aren't nearly as faded as my tub) and are complete with working handles, cranks, etc. They also have a LOT less rust on the pillars then my old doors. Not a bad buy for $200!

As a side note: The red oxide colored primer is almost an exact color match for my faded out tub!

Now I just need to get my mirrors swapped over so I can be legal.
04-24-2014 09:37 AM
Rlhoffman That's what Chrysler calls a "feature"
04-24-2014 08:59 AM
Hooz My new wheels and tires arrived early, so I got them mounted, balanced and aligned yesterday evening. I haven't even had time to wash the blue crap off of them yet, but here's a picture I took this morning when I got to work.

The project is moving along at a decent pace now that I've got some good weather. I think I need to move "check wiring" up my to-do list, though. For some reason my dash lights come on every time I hit the brakes.
04-22-2014 12:55 PM
Hooz FYI - I did NOT replace my wheel cylinders. I bought new ones (for $20 it's better to have them and not need them), but after inspecting my old ones I decided not to hassle with replacing them. Other than some surface rust, they were in good shape with no visible leaks.
04-22-2014 12:42 PM
simonclay Thanks a lot!
04-22-2014 12:23 PM
Hooz Yeah. Funny story... I spent a few hours going to four different parts stores to track down all the pieces. Nobody had everything I needed, and I didn't want to order everything online and wait.

To do a complete rebuild, you will need (part numbers for my '88 YJ listed):

- Drums <Autozone 8838>
- Shoes <Autozone 151>
- Hardware Kit (has most of the springs, cups, clips, pins, etc.) <Autozone H7064>
- Parking Brake Strut Spring (not included in the above kit) <O'Reilly H1338-2>
- Self Adjuster Kit Right <O'Reilly H2515>
- Self Adjuster Kit Left <O'Reilly H2514>
- Wheel Cylinder Driver Side <Autozone 33627>
- Wheel Cylinder Passenger Side <Autozone 33628>
- Parking Brake Cable Front <Autozone C1462>
- Parking Brake Cable Right Rear <Autozone C1461>
- Parking Brake Cable Left Rear <Autozone C1800>

The front parking brake cable has the threaded adjustment rod built in, and mine came with two nuts for the adjustment setting, but it did NOT include the saddle equalizer thing that ties the three cables together. I just cleaned mine up and reused it.

FYI - When removing the old parking brake cables, just save yourself a lot of time and cut them. Mine were all seized up and cutting them in a few strategic spots made removing them a LOT easier.
04-22-2014 10:24 AM
simonclay What kit/part numbers did you use for your drum brakes and parking brake cables? Because I need the same thing. I've found kits that have drums and hardware, and ones that have drums and springs. But I haven't found a kit that has the drums, hardware, and springs.

And I need a new parking brake adjuster (?). The thing that can be adjusted and has the two cables going back to the wheels.
04-22-2014 09:37 AM
Hooz Since this is a build thread, and build threads are worthless without pictures, here's a pic I snapped of one of the rear brakes with all the fresh guts installed.

04-21-2014 08:42 PM
Hooz Wow! I haven't updated for quite a while. Brutal cold temps and a non-heated garage weren't doing the old YJ any favors. Now that the weather has broken a bit, I'm making some more good progress.

I've got the rear brakes completely rebuilt, and I replaced all the parking brake cables. Now I can actually park on hills! I decided to rebuild the drums instead of doing the rear disk conversion because the early YJs have the same hard brake lines as the CJs. I would've had to get custom brake lines made and... I just wanted parking brakes, so I went with the cheap/quick route.

I also ordered five new wheels (15x8 black D windows steelies w/3.75" BS) and tires (31x10.50-15 General Grabber AT2) for the project. I'll update the pictures when I get them installed this week.

Shackles and a new suspension lift are next on the list. Stay tuned!
01-29-2014 10:54 AM
Serge627 Good build thread. I will be doing some of the same with my project 87. I will be keeping an eye on this one, so keep it updated! LOL
12-11-2013 04:44 PM
Hooz I haven't posted any updates for a while. Cold weather and anon-heated garage have slowed me down a bit... and the fact that my wife kicked me out of the garage so her truck could go back in didn't help either.

I am making progress, though! I think I've got the t-case linkage figured out, the new exhaust is in and (I think) I've assembled everything I'm going to need for the rear disc conversion.

Now I just need a nice space heater for the garage.
11-21-2013 10:40 PM
samizdad Nice job. I'm so glad we don't have a rust problem in NM. Looks like you are on your way to a nice Jeep.
11-21-2013 07:56 PM
Originally Posted by W5KVV View Post
So glad my Jeep is a lifelong Oklahoma Jeep. Working with rusty components sucks, but looks like you got it knocked out! Keep up the good work. You're way ahead of me. I've been working on a clutch job for dang near 2 weeks due to other projects getting in the way, not to mention my helpers flaked out on me. It's always something!
Where are you in Oklahoma?
11-21-2013 03:27 PM
W5KVV So glad my Jeep is a lifelong Oklahoma Jeep. Working with rusty components sucks, but looks like you got it knocked out!

Keep up the good work. You're way ahead of me. I've been working on a clutch job for dang near 2 weeks due to other projects getting in the way, not to mention my helpers flaked out on me.

It's always something!
11-21-2013 12:41 PM
Hooz Yeah. And the list is still pretty long as-is, so "shorter" is still relative.

Are there any good write-ups anywhere for taking the slop out of the shift lever? I've found bits and pieces about springs for the 1-2 and 5-R sides, and something about a bushing on the bottom of the lever, but I haven't seen any write-ups or pictures of where they are and/or how to change them.

I also need to take out the spacer bracket and fix the transfer case shifter linkage. I guess I'll start Googling that now too.
11-21-2013 12:26 PM
daddyjeep Don't worry, the To Do list will grow again.
11-21-2013 09:52 AM
Hooz I finally got the last piece of the exhaust puzzle last night, so I'm hoping to get the new pipes all put on tonight. Turns out that nobody local had the little square gasket that goes between the downpipe and the cat. That little $3 part held me up for days while I waited on delivery.

If all goes well I'll be starting on the brake rebuild/rear disc conversion this weekend!

I also started collecting parts to do the Taurus e-fan conversion using the Volvo controller. If I can get everything here in time, that will give me something to do over the long holiday weekend after I finish up the brakes.

My to-do list is getting shorter!
11-19-2013 12:05 PM
Hooz Yeah. It's in the manifold, way before the cat.
11-19-2013 11:11 AM
daddyjeep The o2 sensor would be befor the cat right? I don't see why it would make any difference.
11-19-2013 10:16 AM
Hooz As a side note/question - The old exhaust was cat-less. Since I'm putting a cat back in and changing the entire exhaust, should I just go ahead and replace the O2 sensor while I'm at it?
11-18-2013 08:28 PM
daddyjeep Take the track bar off and don't put it back on. Might not be what you want to hear, but you don't need it anyway.

I like the thought of putting the GC brakes on your D35. I thought about that a while back when I had my drive train donor GC.
11-18-2013 08:05 PM
simonclay I don't know personally. But I've read probably have a dozen posts asking the same question and they all get told to remove the track bar. Just saying
11-18-2013 08:04 PM
yjdave Had the same problem when I went to replace mine. The trick is to jack up the body on that side and the resulting droop will give you enough room to get it through there. Good luck, Dave
11-18-2013 07:39 PM
Hooz I got the old exhaust off tonight. I got the downpipe and new cat in place, but I'm having issues routing the tailpipe over the trackbar. Is there a way to do it without taking the trackbar off, or am I stuck taking it off?
11-17-2013 12:27 PM
Hooz I haven't posted any pictures of my Jeep for a while, so here are a couple with the new Prothane 1" body lift (2" drop for me ) installed.

I still have a bunch more frame painting to do, and the exhaust, and the brakes... I also have to fix my transfer case linkage now that the body is back down to a more normal height (it has the spacer bracket in there for the 3" BL that was installed).

But I'm making progress!
11-04-2013 10:43 AM
Hooz I made some really good progress on my Jeep this weekend. I did a LOT more scraping, wire-brushing and painting on the frame and underbody. I'm ready to drop the passenger side back down onto the new body bushings. Then I can start on the driver's side.

I started looking for all the bits and pieces I'd need to rebuild the rear (drum) brakes. Did I mention I *HATE* drum brakes? I got to thinking, and did some online reading, and then I bought the entire rear disc setup off of a 1996 Grand Cherokee instead. I've got the backing plates, calipers, rotors, brake lines, and e-brake cables on the way. Total cost was $100 + $35 shipping.

I swear it's a sickness.
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