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Old 03-17-2010, 05:07 PM
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my '87 project

I started a few months ago on an '87 that i bought. I've been looking through forums to get tip and information on how it fix it, now that it's somewhat done, I just wanna share it with you WF fanatic on here.

It started out as a "changed a carb" for me and then turned it too a full blown overhaul.


This is the jeep when i bought it in December.


This is the Jeep Now.


And it's all started it because the carb is missing a screw so it keep on turning off, so i look around and found a webber carb to put on. I got a buddy mechanic to come and take a look, he installed the carb. started the engine then told me i might need to rebuilt it soon because it already start making clicking noises. He said if you do it now, it's cheaper then if you drove and blow out ur engine. So i said, what the heck, just do it.

The old engine before work is done.



if you look in that photo, you see dirt INSIDE the engine. The previous owner is hardcore... LOL...

Slowly dis-assemble everything.. Started the process in December, you can see the christmas decoration in the background.


Engine is out ..


When the mechanic took the engine to his shop for re-build, my brother-in-law and I started to take the jeep apart.


Continue ......

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Then I have a crazy idea that, let lined the whole jeep... I haven't sen anybody done that, so it might look cool. We found the Herculiner to be cheapest and easiest to do at home. With the liner, you just roll on and brush on, instead of spray. Then because it's liner, you don't have to be professional painter to get it nice and neat... i mean it's rough as you can see.


Took out the windshield is the hardest thing, we have to saw off a screw/bolt because of it. This is a reason why when I put back the jeep, I decided to used grade 8 hex bolt instead.

Then we sanded off the body frame and prep for lining.


I also took out the whole dashboard to clean up. Using air compressor and a vacuum cleaner. Remembered, if you go off-road, especially MUD terrain. Clean off your Jeep .. lol .. it will accumulated and a paint to get it off. Even though for a jeep, MUD is the new paint job . .

When we finished with the body, the new engine arrived.


Installing the new engine with a "yet to dry" lined bed ..


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After the engine is installed, we push it back into my garage for the long painful process of re-assembling.




Those are LED tail light which you can pick up a set on ebay for around $100, make the jeep look much nicer. I also got a whole set of euro head light which later on I also install HID on it.

This is when it's almost ready... I tried to put CJ mirror on it, but unfortunately it didn't work out right for the passenger side which make it really hard to see when you're driving, so i took off the mirror, use the old handle that came with the jeep and the square CJ mirror on it, which look different ..


I also have to changed all the brake pad, rotor and even the caliper. In the picture, you can see dead bug in there... LOL


This is the finished product with Engine Installed,


This is from the back side with bikini top, windjammer, and tono cover installed.


This is an '87 yj with a 92 roll cage, Something i found out the hard way when i bought the tono cover and bikini top ... lol .. they just dont fit.

I also took the "Wrangler" logo usually go on the side of the jeep, painted red/black to match the jeep and stick it right on it a**

I've learned alotz in the 2 months that I was messing around with this thing, certainly some of the post you guy have on here help me out ALOT. If anyone have question on this model, I can most certain try to help you out ... lol ..

I still have to fix the steering problem, when the mechanic install the new steering column, he installed it upside down, now i have to go and fix it, it's a pain in the butt, but its fun. I started yesterday, now i gotta put it back.

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I'm buying herculiner for the tub...never thought of doing the WHOLE jeep. I don't know if you increased value or decreased value!!! But it's cool. Black's my favorite color.

And I've NEVER SEEN a guy in loafers working on a Jeep!! Great pic.

What a story. It all came down to getting the V6 rebuilt.
But did you leave electrical harness, lines, all that stuff the same?

And the rear lights look like mine. I thought they were stock?

The old mechanic installing the steering column upside down....it's happened to me in another jeep.

What a great project with great pics. I'm a Herculining the tub soon. It never occured to me to pull the dash off and clean it inside and out. Now I will spend an extra day or two and do it. Good info.
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i did a 304 v8 swap this summer on my '87 YJ and i thought that was a lot of work lol... nice job i hope she runs long and true for you... looks great and body should last forever with the lining
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Kinda curious as to added weight???????? Looks cool
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...wow !!! Good job !!!:d
really nice jeep....
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:32 AM   #9
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looks great! It only took 2 months? wow, good job
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@ Brent -- Well, for electrical wise, there's nothing to it, i just cut and reconnect wire for the front light and tail light. HID come in a kit to connect to the socket on your head light, so it's not too bad. All the gauge on the dashboard have one plug ... lol ..
*lot of people do the tub, that's what i saw, but i decide to go a lil overboard .. lol ..
* my buddy mechanic is a lil ... different .. one day he showed up in dress shoes and shirt .. but hey, they guy know his sh*t and get it done.
* I'm still messing with the steering wheel .. i got it to straighten out but I can't make U-turn .. and if i spin the bar the other way, it only go to 1/4 and stop .. so i might have to take out the pitman arm.

@ paul66 -- It doesnt add that much weight on it, i wish it does, cuz the jeep is still bouncy .. lol ..

@ GRYDE001 -- I only have 2 months to get it done, cuz i have to moved.. cuz i know if we move, im gonna start missing stuff, so i work on it none stop for like weeks ... lol ...

@ bergy -- she run great, i can't wait til everything break it so i can see how fast she can go, and how high she can climb ... lol
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nice job man! i guess you don't have to worry about scratches
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I like the Paint alot lol Jeep looks good
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:14 PM
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Mang.. finally got the steering wheel to go right side up .. I've tried everything from the draglink to even take out the pitman arm and still no luck. So, I took out the steering shaft, yank it apart, rotate it and put it back, in order to have the steering wheel the right way. Some crzy engineering ... lol
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LOOKS GREAT! I never thought that stuff would look good on the out side of the jeep .My buddie has a dodge ram and he did the Raptoe liner along the bottom ,this stuff comes clear and whats really nice is you can add color (paint) to it and spray on with a schultz gun.looks really nice on his truck also.
Dose it keep the noise down ?.now you guys got me thinking

I may go this route ,gotta get garage built first.tired of woking under the house.to small and cant paint where ya sleep a nite
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I really like the idea of using the herculiner on the outside, I have been thinking of a way to get a new paintjob by myself, and I am wondering, how much did it cost you for the liner total? And how much did you have left?
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Old 03-20-2010, 01:29 PM
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I actually used 2 gallons. I bought 2 kit like this:

Herculiner® Truck Bed Liner (HCL0B8) - Protectants - Ace Hardware

Reason why I bought 2 like that cuz you need that roller, it's plastic like, I coudn't find that at home depot .. I tried using the painter roller, but it doesnt work out very well. However, the painter brush work pretty good, you need to pick up a package of that in different sizes, you need the smaller brush for hard to reach places.

I used one gallon for the 2 fender, hood, half-doors, tail doors, windshield, front, back and side bumper. The 2 fender and hood manage to get 2 coat, but the rest only have one coat, with touch-up. The other gallon i used for the tub. I dont have any left over, i used it to touch up all the spot I missed, You dont want any left over either cuz it get hard in the can after awhile when it's exose to air. Just remembered to mix well, wear long glove, and sleeve, something that you can throw away, cuz if that stuff get on your clothes, it aint coming off ... lol..

Le me know if that help.
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That is the same Kit I bought I think I'm going to put another coat on mine this summer not sure yet
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Fleet Farm has the kit on sale for $63 with a $20 mail in rebate for a couple of days yet.
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Thats awesome, i really wanna go tear my jeep apart and do that now!! haha!
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Looks really sharp, sweet idea.
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One last question, what'd you do with the tires that came on that bad boy, those look sweet!
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Yeah, those tires does look nice, but I need the jeep for daily commute for work so I have to get smaller tires.

Super Swamper TSL Bogger Tire 35x10.50-15 and Other Jeep Parts and Jeep Accessories by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware

those were the tires on there, but as you can see, the new thread on them are deep, mine was already at 1% thread .. lol .. so i sold them and got smaller one. Furthermore, those tires actually rub the fender when you turn, so in order to run with those, you need new fender or need to raise the jeep some more.

Like I said in the post, im still looking for bigger tires, I really want the BFG A/T 33x12.5x15 .. but mang, they're like 200 a pop, so im still saving up for it. Anyone on here got hook up on tire ?

@ crtaylor -- I dont know if it keep the noise down, cuz as you can see, im running on bikini top, and windjammer .. I dont have a hardtop with full door to test that theory ..
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Adding on more stuff today. Ordered a new center console from a seller on ebay, he get me better prices through quadratec then if I wouldda buy it directly.



Out of the box



After 30 mins and a few holes to drill



I never thought I needed one, but mang it SUCK when you have no cup holder.
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After 2 long months of waiting for sticker and 4 long months of waiting for the plate, it finally here all at once...



Installed on




Still running with no front plate, but thinking about putting on next week.

Next up .. Rear Drum Break. Already bough the drum online, surprisingly, it's only $19 with shipping vrs Autozone $62.99 + tax. One already arrived, waiting for the second drum then will start on it next week.
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I'll be using this for the interior of my new tub LinerXtreeme

I hurculined the old tub but didn't like the way it looked. This looks like it'll look better.
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on their website ... that's freaking awsomeee



whatever work my friend, i used herculiner cuz it was a roll on, i did it at home (in CA), i can feel the neighboor breathing down my neck, so i didnt wanna used any spray on or they might put a complaint on me...
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alrite, finally got around to do the back drum brake. Did this last week, but haven't got a chance to upload these pics.

I followed the instruction found here, eventhough it's a different model jeep, but it's very similar.
Rebuilding Rear Drum Brakes On A Jeep Wrangler YJ – Removal

First i took out the drum, which isn't too hard because it pretty much warn out.

This is what the old brake look like, wear unevenly.


After removing the top 2 springs, then the bottom springs and the shoes holder, this is what it look like


I couldn't stand how old that look so i took a spray can and wollaa .. it's red. lol .. also using brake cleaner and make use of the old drum brake as a bag holder for liquid, i spray down the whole inside


New shoes and spring kit



Then, the painfully process of putting everything back together. In some of the post i've read, they said you can use needle nose to grab those spring and pull them, I dont know who they kidding, they either must be really strong or have some crazy grip on those needle nose. I have to use vice grip pliers just to get those spring in.



After all spring are all connected. I realize just how colorful inside of a drum brake is .. LOL ..

So now to put the drum itself back in, wow, the first time with that was a PAIN. I did not know that you have to get the shoes to snap into it place, for some reason when i did it, it was outside of it so i couldnt get the drum to go in. I thought the bough the wrong size drum, but i measure it with the old drum and it's the same thing. All puzzle and confuse, i went and read all the forum, but appearantly, noone have this problem but me .. lol .. so i when back, using flathead trying to push it in with no luck, mess around with the shoes for a bit, but i was soo freaking scare that it was gonna snap out of place and kill me ... lol .. took me a good hour just trying and prying, until i heard a "snap" and wolla .. the shoes some how fit in all nicely ... LOL ..

So this is the new drum


It took me a good 2 hours to do one side, but i've learn it and get it in correctly on the other side within 20 mins. LOL .. overall, it was a fun experience and now, i have parking brake again ..

Next up "The Nutter Bypass" ...
after emailing scott howard, i've have a good sense of where to start with that, will post pictures as I go, but gotta find sometimes this week or next just to get to it. (all thanks to Scott )
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After putting on new brake, I feel more confident running on bigger tires, so i went in search for some 33s. Look around on craiglist for weeks until I see these bad boy got listed. A fellow jeeper just upgrade to 37 so he's selling his 33s.



For some reason it look a hella lot bigger then the one I currently have on my jeep, eventhough the tires on the jeep is 32. I think because the rim, the one on 33 is 15x10 and the one i have is 15x8. It make the tires look wider, and DAMN, I love it. LOL ..

Here's a few pics of hers with new shoes on .





Still gotta do the nutter bypass .. mang, is only someone could loan me a timing light .. *
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i heard you might be able to rent them from a auto parts store
haven't looked into it but definitely worth a try
jeep looks great man keep up the good work
let me know what you do about the timing light too
i still have to do the nutter on my '87
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I am in love with your jeep!!!!!! Trade me??????

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