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I've had a bunch of Jeeps over the years. This is the 12th. Actually there were a few more that never ran but they don't count.

I actually got a barn find, 93 YJ, for $500. Odometer says 123,000 miles. It doesn't have a title but it is possible to get past that in Texas. It just takes some work.

The rig is missing the innards to the rear axle, one nice aluminum wheel, the rear driveshaft, the winch, battery, radio and the radiator. They cut a bunch of cables when they removed the battery.

The front axle has 3.07 gears. My first choice was a ford rear and 3.73 gears but I think I have scored a matching set of axles with 3.55 gears for $350. I guess I'll stay with those and probably run 31" tires. The guy with the axles wants to just pull springs and all and it looks like I will get it all for the $350.

I have lots of wheels, 15, 16 and 17 inches but the 16 and 17s are 5 on 5 and will have to run on adapters. I have the adapters. They actually need the adapters to prevent tire rub if I use them.

There is absolutely no rust on the frame or the body. It has been bed lined and it has been sitting since 2009 under a cover.

The driver seat was trash. I temporary rigged up a seat out of a ZJ parts car but it is too tall.

One other problem is the lack of a key. I think I can get a local locksmith to make me an original key with my bill of sale. Next option would be to remove one of the locks and get a key made to fit it. I think that would cost a little more but is probably possible.

I know this is quite wordy and there are no pics but I'll get that worked out soon.

First thing on my agenda is to get the new axles and get them under the rig so I can move it around.
 

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I've picked up a pair of matched axles with 3.55 gears from an 87 YJ and have swapped in the rear. After I had it in I found that the parking brakes cables have changed and will have to be putting the ones in from the original axle. I also found that this axle housing is simply missing a vent of any kind. That may take a little work but I plan to pull the axle on the driver side and drill out the hole where the brake block attaches and tap it for the vent out of the 93 axle. I will build something to catch the tailings to keep the metal out of the oil. (This is not a C-clip axle.)

As for the front axle, I'm disabling the CAD. I'll have some pics on this when it is daylight.

This is the 12th Jeep I've owned. Only one of the previous 11 had a CAD and it failed in the mud. We spent a lot of time laying in the mud to get the axle engaged. I will put a switch on the transfer and re-route the wiring for the dash light there. I don't really need the light to shine but I like it.
 

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I think we've met lol! Glad to see this on here so I can watch it come to life!

Pat

P.S.

Still have those wheels with tires ;)
 

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I've replaced the axle without innards with this one. I still have to deal with the parking brake cables and the vent. Then I'll have to rotate it with some new wedges when I get the transfer raised back up where it belongs and the slip joint removed.

The front axle is now out and this is the CAD on the new one. I've installed a couple of hose clamps to hold it engaged and a new 1/4 inch plate cover was installed tonight.

 

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I didn't realize that I have five turbine wheels but when I finished gathering them up there were five. I don't have budget for tires now so I guess I'm passing on that deal.
Glad you found them! They're my favorite wheels, just won't fit on the big brakes that are on the new axles.

IDK about the vent tube...haven't seen it. There's no hole or nipple for it on the axle?
 

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IDK about the vent tube...haven't seen it. There's no hole or nipple for it on the axle?
Today I finally found the hole but it was smaller than the nipple I have. I pulled the axle (replaced the parking brake cable), put part of my favorite shirt down the tube to catch the chips, drilled it out and tapped it for my nipple. It's a done deal and all the chips came out with the shirt.

No pics of this. Did not want to take pics in the :censored: rain.
 

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Next project will be to pull the gas tank, clean it out and convert it to a 20 gallon tank. While it is out I will install a floor access to the fuel pump. While the tank is out, there's some welding repair needing to be done at the back of the frame. The PO did a bad job with a jury rigged trailer hitch.

The exhaust system has some major problems. I guess I'll pull the skid plate and fix the exhaust.

I've also thought about installing a 242 transfer case but the one I have has been converted to fit a Dodge 727 transmission. I think that needs to be saved for a different vehicle.
 

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Now it looks like I will be replacing the exhaust manifold as well as repairing and replacing much of the pipe. I've looked as several different suppliers and it looks like a fair number of failures with most of them.

I don't have any problem with replacing the manifold. I just don't want to do it again in a year or so. Add to that the lack of budget and the increasing amount I'm trying to keep my wife from noticing.

Anyone had a semi economical successful installation?
 

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Anyone had a semi economical successful installation?
Guess I solved that answer. I have a 96 ZJ parts car. I pulled the manifold on it. It's got to be brand new. Car was bought at an impound auction. The PO helped a lot. He didn't reinstall the bottom 4 bolts. Removal was easy. Cost was right. Hope it waits a while to crack.
 

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Removal was easy. Cost was right. Hope it waits a while to crack.
Well, that didn't work out. Here's a pic of how you work in our part of Texas. Temperature in low 90s and humidity even higher...



Here's a pic of the crack in the manifold I took out of the YJ.



And, since I got a chance to see the one from the parts car in the bright sun, it has a :censored: crack already too.



So off to NAPA I go and bought a Chinese one so I could close it back up before it rains again.

So, new manifold, gas tank cleaned out, new fuel filter, fuel lines blown out and tomorrow I plan to pull the throttle body and clean both it and the idle control valve. I might try to start it, just for kicks.
 

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This build is going to be on hold for at least a couple of months while we try to iron out a title problem. :censored:
 

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I've been real busy at work and haven't been able to do much on my title issue but I'll get it worked out. Also having to help my son with his Scrambler, 5.7 Hemi, NP 435, NP202, D44 front and rear, 373 gears and 33 in tires.:drool:
 

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Well, this build is sorta coming to an end. Getting a title on the 93 YJ has become too expensive and time consuming. It has been now been turned into a parts vehicle. I've bought a 88 YJ with 110k miles and only a little rust on the windshield and no where else.

I have some radical ideas and will begin a new thread on the 88 and post progress soon. For the time being, I am driving the 88 when it isn't raining. BTW, we have just had our first 5 days in a row without rain since October!
 
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