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Old 09-29-2016, 08:53 PM
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Im doing a frame restore on my YJ

Been working on it a few weeks already.

Went to drop the tank and ended up removing the tub/body!!

So far I have put new frame ends on both rear sides,,from Quadratec.

The list is long: New brake lines from head to toe,,, new bump stops in the rear,,new fuel pump and fuel filter,,fuel lines,,transmission mount.
New muffler and replaced the cateletic converter with a straight pipe.

I rebuilt the rear crossmember,, tank skid,,and the trans skid plate. Took a day each just to rebuild them.

New spring rubbers and I sanded the whole frame down and rustproofed it.

I am now waiting for the front left frame repair piece form Quadratec. Frame is rusted bad where the power steering pump mounts.

I have new body mounts but have allot of work to do on the tub. Several body mount nuts/bolts broke or just spun .

So Im working on that while waiting on parts.

Does anyone know where the gas tank vent hooks up onto engine? It goes from a small rubber hose to brakeline ,,then runs to engine area?? I dont remember where it connected up there.

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Old 10-01-2016, 11:46 AM   #2
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Looking good. What did you rust proof it with?

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Old 10-03-2016, 08:02 PM   #3
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The tank vent line goes to the carbon canister (round black thing in the engine compartment). There is a separate line from the canister to the carburetor.
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:25 AM
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Thanks for the info,,I found all the routings for hoses,,ect.

I spent 10 hours or more yesterday fixing front left side of frame. Where the power steering mounts to frame.
I bought the frame replacement piece from Quadratec,,but it is still a very hard fix.
It is a nightmare to fix. I had to cut the track bar mount off the frame where it mounts by power steering box.

And cut the bottom bolts for box ,,as they were froze badly. The list goes on.

The piece from Quadratec is a butt joint on this one,,it does not go over top of old frame. So it has to have some extra work to make the joint strong.

The pics tell a story. lol
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:00 AM   #6
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Looks good! Frame repair never ends... I just finished another rear shackle mount.
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Doesnt seem to be much interest in this,,but here are some pics of it now.

I have been working on it for a few weeks now,,,sometimes 10 hour days on it.

One thing I noticed about the rust damage on this jeep. When it was all together I could see several places that were badly rusted.
After removing the tub,,,I found 3 to 4 more places that were bad ,that you could not see.
This would have been impossible without removing the tub.

I am working on the tub now. And it is much worse than I ever thought. I have found many bad areas on it. The rust areas on the fender wells,,I was not concerned about,,it is cosmetic.
But I have found areas of the floor board and side walls,,that expose the inside, that are rotted out. That I could not see before.

Here is the finished frame,,,pics of the tub coming soon.
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I wish I had the space to do a frame off restoration... It's badly needed. I'm impressed though, you seem to have done a great job with that frame.
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There is probably more interest than you think. What you are doing, is what many of the posters wish that they had the time, tools, space and ability to do.

Please keep posting progress and pics.

On the tub, be certain to cut away the rusted areas back to where you have good metal. Otherwise you will be doing the same thing in another year or two.
If you have the resources, I suggest having the tub sandblasted/ media blasted. Sandblasting the interior panels will remove any loose rust and make welding easier. Media blasting the exterior sheet metal will make prepping and painting the tub easier.

Don't be shy about asking for advice. Many of us have done what you are doing and we should be able to help if you need any tips.

While you have the tub off, support the transmission and remove the X-member. If you have as much rust as you have had to repair so far, you may find that the blind nuts for the X-member bolts will require replacement. Much easier to do with the tub off.

Remember to use Anti-Seize on all fasteners.

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I agree with Luckymac, there is always interest in this type of effort and you are making great progress.

Similar to you I found that once I removed the tub the number of frame repairs required multiplied. I also found the front frame repair by the steering box much harder than the rear corners due to the but joint and the tube connection.

Your frame looks really good.

Did you do anything to treat the inside of the frame? I used the product from Eastman that they claim kills the rust and seals it. It was a messy process but I hope it helps in the long run.

I also ended up replacing three (I think) of my cross member mounting points so check it out while you have the tub off.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:47 AM
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When I started this,,I removed the tub so it would be easier to fix the frame,,I guess that goes without saying.
But had the intentions of fixing the front ends and rear ends of frame,,where it was really bad.( and be done quickly!!)

Once off,,the job got huge !!

The tub was never on the list to fix. And it is going to take me a week to fix.

I have no choice,,the body mounts on tub are in un use able shape. But the body mounts on frame are great shape.

I would have to say,,the tub is in much worse shape than the frame ever was.
Ill get some pics of the tub soon. It is not going to be restored by any means. But I am going to make it much better.

I wish I could rustproof the inside of frame,,but I have no way to do it. I did spray rustproofing in it,where I could. And that is not much area.
I bought 20 cans of spray rustproofing from Walmart. lol
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Looking good. Please keep us updated. I am wishing I had the time to do the same thing. Luckily rust is not an issue on mine but it would be nice to take it all the way down and reassemble to know everything was right.
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Old 10-19-2016, 02:53 AM
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Here's a update. But Im still not done.

Had the tub sitting ,on its side ,on a trailer for 3 weeks while working on it. Had to rebuild most of the body mount areas,,and nuts/blocks.

I took a few pics while working on it,,but forgot to take any when it was all done ,,rustproofed and painted!! oops.

Then I tipped tub back level again and did all the body work and painted it flat black.

Put the tub on frame a few days ago,,and the body mounts all lined up perfectly. I was a little worried about that.
It took me and a buddy about 5 hours to get it all back together. With a hoist in his garage. lol
Since then I painted it camo
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I still need to put the hard top back on,,,and the snow blade.

Yes a snow blade,,lol.

And I am putting new used grey fully loaded seats in it. along with new grey carpet.
Seats are auto adjust,recline,,, lift and are heated.

Here's a pic from last year,,I plowed snow all winter.
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Old 10-19-2016, 03:47 AM
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I still have a issue with the gas tank vent. It is split on the tank with two 1/4" rubber lines,,then converts into brake line to the engine compartment. Then converts back to rubber.
I didnt pay attention when removing/replacing it,where exactly it attached.

I know ,,the canister,,,but there is no spot for it there. It sits now unhooked. I cannot find a empty spot anywhere under the hood for any vacuum or vent line.
There must be one somewhere and I have it routed wrong.
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Old 11-12-2016, 06:40 PM
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Here it is completely done,,minus the double amber warning light on top. I forgot to put it on for the pics.

If I had this to do over again,,I would not do it!! lol






I put heated,power seats in it ,from a 2004 Saturn ? But I dont know how to wire up the heated part of them. Power seats work though.
There are 6 or 7 very small wires coming out for the heated part. I believe they are for switching the elements on or off. But I have no idea what are what and can't find a diagram since I do not know the model. Just that it was a 2004 or 2005 (possibly newer) Saturn car.
pink,blue,brown,black, green,yellow.

And the wiring harness(for heated seats) is intact and fastened under the seat. These wires went to power supply's or grounds/switches.

I have given up on finding the info on internet for Saturn models. Does anyone know how I could test this?? Or find the info??
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