So, I picked up a YJ in a trade. I know 0 about it other than it has the motor, & trans out of an 89 XJ in it, it sits on 35s has been SOA, and it needs some shocks and quite possibly some new front leafs (they bottom leaf is warped on both) It has a 10 gal fuel cell. I do need to get more pictures of it.
I plan on putting at the start probably $1000 into it. But I need to know where I should put my focus.
My Needs: A driver, I don't need a trail rig. I wouldn't mind being able to take it to the local off roads here which are nothing difficult. (Called The Richlands, Richland Rd. or Sampson Rd. maybe you've heard of it?) I guess the 35s can stay, a little high for me and am strongly considering selling them and getting 33s. I was told it is setting on stock axles with stock gears.
Problems? yeah you bet.. Its VERY bouncy one of the body mounts has rusted off. Has other rust in the tub. I want to pull the tub and try to repair the bottom of it.
It doesn't accelerate at all. has no power, i mean seriously it can't even pull an incline. Motor does run pretty good at idle, but when you shut it off and crank it back it backfires big time. I plan on checking fuel pressure and going from there. No clue what Kind of pump this thing has. Previous owner said it needed a "tune up and the gas is dead" Oh yeah, also it doesn't stop - well actually it does because it doesn't roll very well - but there aren't brakes that we can speak of.
Steering seems to bind at full turn. Again, I need to snap more pics so maybe someone can see whats up there.
Me? I don't have much help. No: welder or fab skills, no torches, no air tools or lift. Plenty of hand tools and willingness. I've never re geared anything. But again, I'm willing to do it.
Plans? Well first and foremost I want to get it to accelerate and when you have the gas pedal on the floor I would like to see it climb at least that small hill out in front of my house. (its paved btw) I would LOVE to put a ford 8.8 in the rear, and I guess if I keep the 35s I would go with 4.56s? If i go with 33s something smaller?
Long term? I'd love to trade the jeep for a sand rail or dune buggy!
This is about the only picture I have of it, except I did find pictures of where the original owner built it. I have a PM in to him to see what he can tell me about it. (nc4x4.com)
I am very thankful for any help!