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Old 10-12-2011, 06:53 AM
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Jeep Restoration and build

So I yanked out this 95 yj from the backyard of a 92 year old couple. It has 32,000 original miles and I have begun a transformation process that I hope will provide me with a quality jeep. I want to share the details on this forum with pictures and other details. Here we go.



I first started the jeep with the hood open and right away the computer started smoking. I figured that there was no need to get it going so I towed it to my house. I started to look at what I bought for 1200$


This jeep is in amazing condition but these pictures really don't show how rough it really is.. The interior is like new, and everything is in order(just covered in grime). The old man took care of this thing perfectly (mechanically) and I found the problem with the computer smoking. It was condensation from water seeping in the computer and collecting on a circuit. It needed a new battery and bam, starts like a champ.

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So far I have made some improvements and cleaned it up substantially. This Jeep was in need of love and has completely changed from the monster I pulled out of the weeds. 7 washes and dirt is still coming off. Here are some things I have done. Oh, The top was pretty rotten and on my first trip out it exploded on the freeway. Instant blue sky...

Serpentine Belt
Stereo and 6x9s
Synthetic oil
Royal Purple Trans oil
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Painted bumpers
Painted side mirrors
Painted rims
Repainted front end from towing (According to owner it was towed most of its life so 32,000 is more like 10,000 really)



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4" RC Lift with stabilizer coming of Friday, I plan to show the before and after pictures as I want to restore underneath as much as possible. There is some rust so I have my work cut out. For now it is going on the stands with 2 cans of Liquid Wrench that will be soaking in while the kit comes.

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Old 10-15-2011, 01:38 PM   #4
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great deal and good job. more pics.
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:59 PM   #5
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Sounds like you got a good deal. I'm looking forward to the before and after pics.
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Bring on the pics............
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I am starting to pull apart the front end and it looks rough. I soaked all the bolts in Liquid Wrench for 3 days.

The Impact air gun is the bomb! favorite tool for this job for sure.

I will be sanding, painting, and Rhino-lining tomorrow. I have a lot of work a head of me....More pics to come when apart.
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wow, great find! definitely looks like a lot of work, but what a fun project.
keep it up, and keep posting pics! this is great.
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:12 PM   #10
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Wow, very nice find, sort of the thing you dream about. Crazy how much surface rust the underside has though!
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:20 PM   #11
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awesome fine man! good luck and welcome to the jeep family! cant wait to see it lifted!
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hell yeah, great find. When you do the lift, you may have to cut some leaf bolts out. If you do, you can replace them w/any grade 8 bolts. Just remember lock washers and such.

The only things that didn't come with my RC 4" lift where shock boots, brake line extenders and leaf bolts. I also bought a new drag bar and tie rod ends.

Oh, and make sure you get a pitman arm puller and soak the hell out of the main shaft where the pitman goes onto the steering box. We broke two pullers and one shot a bolt across the room like a bullet.
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I would check into the condition of the axles and motor, even though it was kept up mechanically. 32,000 mi is not a lot for a 16-year-old Jeep. I've had one problem with the Jeep being driven only 4,000 miles a year by the previous owner, it being my front axle seal failing. You might have issues with ball bearings and seals taking a gravity setting and seeing exposed, rusted internal parts from not being run often enough. I've learned that just because you get a low mileage Jeep or anything doesn't mean that it's the same condition internally as it would have been years ago. At least the critical drivetrain parts ought to be in relatively new tolerances as far as metallurgy goes. Otherwise, it's a good find!
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Sweet - the interior is amazing.
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Great find. keep the pics coming
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Got the front end done... Here are some new pictures. I scrapped for 3 days getting rust off and went through 3 cans of Rustoleum rust-proofer.I also took off more parts than needed so I could clean them. 99% of the work was prep for sure. I have not done the rear so it looks slammed in the back right now. I had to cut the Pittman arm off, and the rest of the bolts came out without toooooo much trouble.

New shock boots coming and a few new lock nuts...
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beautiful find and a great build so far! keep the pics coming! cant wait to see it done!
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Great work so far. Anxious for the next update.

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Ok, So I finally got the rear installed and all the cleanup is done. The end result was WAY better than I thought. Looks brand new. There are some touch ups that I need to make but I am very impressed with the kit from RC. Rides really well on the street but we will see as it brakes in.

More to come. By Christmas I should have 32 All terrains with fuel 15 x 10 rims and 1.5 spacers. After that, I am going full doors and new top.... maybe hard top. I am thinking about doing the Dana 44 in the rear with a locker but thats Future future...lol.

I have to say this is the funnest project ever...
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Where did you get the new dash stuff?
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Why are you planning on running 1.5" spacers? Why wouldn't you get wheels with the backspace that you want since you are getting new wheels anyway?
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Why are you planning on running 1.5" spacers? Why wouldn't you get wheels with the backspace that you want since you are getting new wheels anyway?

Because I didnt think of that....lol
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I just added new boots to all the shocks and the steering stabilizer. I also applied bedliner to the wheel wells in the front. I am very happy with the results, so happy that am going to use bed-liner tomorrow on the inside floor/ rear bed. It seems like all I do is prep....

Monday I have an Olympic Light bar coming as well. got a smoking deal on it.

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If you honestly get a hardtop, you think you could send some soft top hardware pieces my way?

It's looking really good. I'd be interested in swapping fenders with you too
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looks good, maybe i don't need to order 33" bfg ta's for winter tires, my 28.5" allterrains might not look that bad in the winter on mine with a 4" rc lift.....then again maybe not, 33's might handle better in snow
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looks good, maybe i don't need to order 33" bfg ta's for winter tires, my 28.5" allterrains might not look that bad in the winter on mine with a 4" rc lift.....then again maybe not, 33's might handle better in snow
The tires dont look too bad actually, I was expecting them too a lot worse. The black rims help a bit.
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The tires dont look too bad actually, I was expecting them too a lot worse. The black rims help a bit.
what size tires are those? i have some 235/75/r15's on bronco rims, so mine will be spaced out a lil, but they actually look a lil taller than those tires anyhow...here's a pic of mine pre lift the more i look at it, the less ugly i think it'll look sitting on them for the winter

as compared to it sitting on 33's now with the 4" rc lift....hrmmm
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Snaps! Just got a brand new Olympic light bar from a guy on Craigslist, I opened the box and it was actually an Olympic Sport Rack..... it turns out it was missing the 5 load bars to connect the front and back but everything else is there....even the hardware. Freakin awesome!

Did I mention that I paid 30$ for it?

Pics coming tomorrow....
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Here is the sport rack without load bars. I will be making my own very soon. I got this item in chrome but I bedlined them in black. I dont think I did enough prep to the chrome finish before I did as I only wired brushed them. I will most likey strip them and re-do with a self etching primer but they are good for the time being. Now I can build my lighting all around the vehicle. I also want to do a custom carriage on top that will hold some trail essentials....

anyone have any input as to what I should do??? I also may customize this rack so it can be taken off easy.
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