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Old 01-30-2018, 06:35 PM
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Sgt. Old School. A 95 YJ build.

Ok guys unlike the other builds I'm goin semi old school on everything and covering the basic maintenance stuff as well. So let's get caught up.

So first the Jeep: 1995 Wrangler Rio Grande
2.5 I4 and AX5 manual.
BONE STOCK EXCEPT WHEELS.
What's been done so far: plugs, wires, distributor cap, and rotor, valve cover gasket, oil changes, fuel filter, fuel pump, and radiator.

Problems: well it had an odd miss during cold weather driving that traced back to some oil on the camshaft sensor under the distributor cap. A quick wipe with some Charmin and brake cleaner cleared it right up.

Now where the fudge are we goin from here? Well eventually it's going a multiport injected 350 chevy with an AX15, 3 inch lift, and 33 inch tires with a Ford 8.8 rear end. Hard top is going to become a soft top and the interior is getting rhino lined along with a few other small things I'm sure I'll find along the way. So sit back put your feet up grab a beer. Here hold my beer and watch this.

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Old 01-31-2018, 11:24 AM   #2
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I'll follow along. Any build that starts off using Charmin on the first post has to be good.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:39 PM   #3
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Oh I am so going to enjoy this, and yeah you had me at Charmin...ha!
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:19 PM
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Oh that's nothin lol!!! I used vapo rub to hold the valve cover gasket on and "personal" lubricant to slide new hose on to the steel fuel line and fuel filter.
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Oh and another odd problem this critter has had. About 2 weeks ago we had some wintry weather sweep through my corner of Western Kentucky, during the event some snow, sleet, and freezing rain entered both doors (yep weatherstripping is shot) and froze there. This caused my doors to come open at the most in opportune times like when doing 35 going around a turn. Lil bit of hot salt water cured that. Then the nice metal access panel by the latch on the passenger door started interfering with the rod that controls said latch causing.... Yep that door to fly open at such awesome times as when doing 75 down the freeway. Took the panel off going to cut a small notch for clearance and put it back.... Maybe. But first a new throwout bearing mine is groaning a lil bit so may as well swap em over.
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Yep, it's a YJ.
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Yep, it's a YJ.
It really is like owning a puppy. Just when you think you got the bestest most cutest wittle fwuffy puppy it pees on your lazy boy craps in your slippers and eats your wife's lingerie... Or in the case of my Jeep it flings open doors has issues that trace back to problems no one has encountered (seriously one drop of oil on the cam sensor made this thing damn near undriveable) and then it starts makin funny noises at me.
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UPDATE: Well my misfiring issue came back so naturally the first thing I check is the cam sensor and apparently charmin is not as absorbent as those bears would lead you to believe. I still have a little oil on the sensor and possibly in the sensor, also I figured out how it got there and here's a protip NEVER add oil from a 5 quart jug in the dark. Seems some oil found its way in through the grommet in the old cap. The new one has a 90 degree bend in it so hopefully I won't have this issue again once I get all that oil out. Today, it served as the war wagon carryin me and the boys out to do some plinking.
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I really don't see how a drip of oil can cause that much trouble. That sensor uses a magnet doesn't it? Oh well, if keeping it clean works then that's what you need to do.

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I really don't see how a drip of oil can cause that much trouble. That sensor uses a magnet doesn't it? Oh well, if keeping it clean works then that's what you need to do.

A day burning ammo with the boys is always a good day.
I didn't either... But sure enough if some oil gets on the little metal pad on that big plastic piece, my Jeep runs like crap. Never had anything do that before though... Idk if it interferes with the signal or what but it drives the timing crazy and I start getting misfires and backfiring through the exhaust.also it drops idle waay down and won't hold a smooth idle.

Took the top and the doors off today after we cleaned her out and took the kiddos for rides. Then went and picked up my wife and my new guns. She got a SCCY CPX-2 and I got a Ruger Security 9. Ole Sarge may or may not be rolling around with a Ruger sticker under the Rio Grande badges.I may remove the Rio Grande badging once the 350 gets dropped in.
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Alright guys and gals it's update time! I know I know you are just freakin over joyed for another update that doesn't include a Chevy small block with 202 heads and a huge Edelbrock carb being shoehorned into my YJ's tight, willing frame rails, but I gots champagne plans on a beer budget and the wife's Yukon finally kicked the bucket....
First we got a new grocery getter. It's a 2014 Nissan Sentra. Now onto the interesting Jeeptails (ha see what I did there? Ha) anyway my misfire issue is back annnd it is a timing issue something in the distributor has let go so next weekend it's getting a new distributor and new throw out bearing. Soooo nothing too new goin on with the YJ and it's snowing.
Second I've got abit more planning done for the YJ. The motor is going to be an old school throwback Chevy smallblock 350 with a 4 bolt main, 202 heads, and one hell of a cam backed by the toughest 5 spd I can find. Hopefully I can get to around 400-425 horsepower and great big gooey clusters of torque. Follow that up with a good size lift and 35 inch tires and a soft top plus a new paint job I'm thinkin matte FDE or desert tan.
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Update! Got my oil changed today finally! Got the distributor swapped out Tuesday. Note on the distributor swap make sure you do it with someone who will actually listen when you tell them to jam a finger in the spark plug hole otherwise don't be surprised if you aren't set anywhere near right once you bump the key... Oh also the oil pump shaft in the engine is a b*tch to find and get turned correctly. Now I'll admit the whole thing might be easier if I had pulled all the accessories off the engine and pulled the engine out but I ain't got a cherry picker nor the inclination to pull an engine just to change a distributor.

Here's the new full plan so far. Keep the 2.5 running till I can lay hands on an old Chevy 350 or Mopar 360 (maybe a 340 or 318). The new engine is getting a new set of heads- 202 on the chevy and the same on the mopar with a matching cam geared towards lower end torque rather than a screamer. Now transmission will be either an AX15 or NP4500 with the NP231 transfer case. Rear axle will be a Ford 8.8 and I'm debating switching to a Dana 44 up front. Then she'll get a lift with SOA swap and 35 inch tires. Once that's all done I'll start on doing any body and lighting mods I might want and step bars of course (kids will mutiny if they cannot board the Jeep).
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mid 90s rusted out K1500 series = dirt cheap tbi 350/4500/241. could also run the gm 10-bolt, most with the 5-spd were 3.73 geared. just be forewarned, the 4500 is one heavy chunk o metal!
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mid 90s rusted out K1500 series = dirt cheap tbi 350/4500/241. could also run the gm 10-bolt, most with the 5-spd were 3.73 geared. just be forewarned, the 4500 is one heavy chunk o metal!
Ugh 10 bolt no thanks I messed with those enough in G bodies... As for the engine I'm actually trying to get away from computers and electronic nannies. I had an 87 chevy with the 1st gen tbi motor and surprisingly they don't make much for those anymore. I'd be better off goin with the earlier carb motors that's why I listed the 360, 340, and 318 as options. Ideally I'll go with an 80s vintage 360 but since MOPAR small blocks with carbs are rare as hens teeth I'll take a 350 chevy. I know that tranny is heavy but it's also tough as nails and since the YJ will be pullin DD duty still I need tough and reliable.
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Ok new update: PROTIP when you pull your doors off ALWAYS double check the weather forecast or preemptively pull the drain plugs. Thankfully, I hadn't got around to patching the floor pan yet soooo the water drained out and the rain stopped for the day as soon as I put the doors back on.

Since the distributor swap Sarge has been runnin great and pullin right at 17 mpg in mostly in town driving. Still haven't replaced the throwout bearing since it really ain't giving me any problems other than a groan when the mercury dives below 20 degrees.

So how goes the rest? Well I still ain't found the engine or transmission yet and haven't started the body work.
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New exciting super awesome update.... The driver rear tire and wheel flew the [email protected]!$ off while I was driving it... So a quick trip to Oreilly for some new lugnuts and it's back to the DD grind. I'm guessing it was foul play since after replacing one lugnut on that wheel after retrieving the 3 I could find and robbing one off another wheel they haven't backed off again. Oh also it's wearing some new shoes (Falken All Terrains) those BFGs were ancient. I fixed the driver door window and realized balancing air pressures at around 32-35 psi per tire REALLY helps driving dynamics and ride quality. I am drawing up the pin up for the fenders and trying to figure out a number for the hood and bumper (I'm going with a WW2 tank/bomber theme on the body) so once it gets painted she'll be known as Lucky Lucille. As in Lucky Lucille (Lucille is my wife's nickname) answered her phone and had signal at the house when the damn wheel came off.
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Well that doesn't sound like much fun. I take it the tire didn't do any body damage on it's way out.

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