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jriley 10-10-2009 11:41 AM

Project Bruce: Reviving a 1997 Wrangler TJ
A few weeks ago I bought a 97 Wrangler as a driver for my son who will be driving soon. I had a suspicion that I would really like working on it and it was a good thing that I did. The TJ had 106k miles and it barely ran and was overheating when it did run. I visitied WF often for advice from members and decided I had to give some back fro those that would come after me.

So far we (my son and bonding and teaching meoments) have worked on a few things; I will chronicle those things on this post.

Some specs about Bruce (my Wrangler): 1997 TJ, 106k miles, 2.5 L 4 Cylinder, red with a soft black top. Oh yeah...and very dirty and lacking much needed TLC for years!

jriley 10-10-2009 11:44 AM

First: the overheating problem. Bruce had about 3 cups of rusty nasty water in the cooling system. Initial diagnosis was a bad water pump, thermostat and radiator. We started by removing the fan shroud, fan and thermostat housing. Look at that nasty pump and engine cooling interior!

jriley 10-10-2009 11:47 AM

Take a look at this water pump! When replacing it, make sure that you know weather it is a standard rotation or REVERSE rotation. This will be denoted with an "R" on the pump wheel (thing sticking out in the picture).

Scout 10-10-2009 12:27 PM

Looks like a good project!

csamn2007 10-10-2009 02:35 PM

Good luck!

litespeed 10-10-2009 03:19 PM

Looks just like the project I bought last month.Good luck.

jriley 10-10-2009 06:03 PM

Next, we sand blasted the thermostat was very dirty! Prepared the thermostat area and water pump areas on the engine.

jriley 10-10-2009 06:08 PM

reassembly and flushing (8 times to clear to all the rust/gunk).[IMG][/IMG]

Spunky424 10-12-2009 02:55 PM

sounds like an awesome project!

jdhallissey 10-12-2009 03:02 PM

Looks like fun. I need to get in and do my belts and battery alternator before winter now that your reminding me! Thanks :D

Jeepzcb09 10-12-2009 04:35 PM

nice work i wish someone would do pics like this for a tranny flush

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