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    93 YJ Restoration

    Finally began the restoration of my 93 YJ

    What I and it have gone through so far is pretty much as follows. . .

    The Jeep started off completely bone stock but eventually got a 1" body lift, 31" tires and mud!



    Despite having been up around 32 hours straight at that point (night shifts) I had a blast and was hooked

    Went out a few more times as it was, then I decided it needed to be bigger, well as you all know one thing leads to another. So it got 4" lift springs, 1.25" shackles, AA SYE, XJ drive shaft, 4.10 geared 8.8, matching Dana 30 and 35" MTZ's



    It's at this point I came to the conclusion that bigger tires just meant deeper holes.
    However, I got invited to try some rock crawling and despite yet again coming off night shifts (a week of them. . .) I jumped at the opportunity





    Despite not being able to sleep after a week of night shifts I had a ton of fun although I'm sure I was a bit on the odd side in the head at the time. Learned quite a few things from those I was with. Thanks Jeff, Tim, Tony and Brian for the awesome week.

    Things I learned:

    - 35" tires will self-clearance your fenders!

    - Shock absorbers do NOT like being the limiting factor in your suspension travel

    - A flat belly skid will be an excellent mod

    - Lockers, lockers, lockers

    - Raccoons can open soft top zippers!

    - Beavers steal beer!

    - Bears don't shit in the woods. . . they use the outhouse. . .

    Well that was a little more in depth then I was planning but when your stuck in a call center with nothing to do you tend to go on a little.

    deconstruction pics to follow and I'm sure I'll have a lot of questions when construction time starts.
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    Nice start, good luck with the build
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    That's a sharp-looking YJ, I'm looking forward to seeing it's progress!

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    nice to see another YJ grow up into adulthood...

    looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

    you can come see my crazyness just don't bring that jeff guy.... I hear he brings the ghey.... LMFAO
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    Looks good, what are your plans what are you doing to her?
    and that fawking beaver never brought the empties back, can you believe that shyte?
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    Sounds like it'll be a good build. Can't wait to see the progress. Good to see another YJ being brought to life better than before.

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    Got some more work done on it today as well as upped some pics from the start

    The plan is to completely strip it down to bare frame, body and motor.

    Frame:

    - Minor repair, sand blasting, epoxy coat the outside and encapsulate the inside

    - Move shackles hangers below the frame and slightly forward

    Body:

    - Patch as needed, rebuild all the body mounts, some cutting for clearance of planned mods

    Engine:

    - Get block & head checked for cracks

    - Bored out, all new internals, headers, performance pcm (since I got one cheap) and maybe a few other things

    Mods:

    - 1" MML

    - Flat belly skid 1/4" or 3/16" either way its going to be braced from the top side

    - Dedicated Trans/T-case cross-member so I can drop the skid any time

    - Lite weight aluminum skid for the street (benefit of dedicated cross-member)

    - Dana 44 front if I can find the right one. . . would also convert the 8.8 to 5x5.5

    - Dual diaphragm brake booster

    - Not sure what I'm doing with the steering yet but something. . .

    - Build a new front bumper and sliders for the side

    - Tube fenders with removable stock style outer fenders

    - Longer shocks since my front ones self destructed from being over extended while flexing

    Theres a few other things to and some stuff I'll incorporate as it progresses


    Day 1: Hood, fenders and interior stripped / Day 2: Grill & Rad, windshield, roll cage and various other things







    Then it sat for a while due to work & school

    Day 3:

    Got the dash and all the body mounts out





    Day 4:

    Got the body off, exhaust out, brake & fuel lines off, fuel tank out and stripped everything left on the tub





    I've taken 212 photos so far. . .

    http://www.mediafire.com/?854yb89p62i8p

    I'm open to any and all input
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    The engine is the part I'm still up in the air about, I was thinking stroker for a long time but reliability seems to be hit or miss, time and fund depending I may just give the top end a refresh.

    I may stretch but I would have to do some gas tank relocating and depending how far I stretch some changes to the front, I haven't re-searched it too much but its still a possibility, regardless I'm moving the hanger below the frame and forward for a better shackle angle.

    Some Pics from today

    Day 5:

    Got all the wiring labeled and stripped from the motor, steering box is off, All the accessories are off

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    Maybe it's just my comp but non of the pics are working

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    That's odd loading fine for me from different computers, what browser you using?

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    looking good brett,looks like you got things undercontrol..like jeff said,hope its done by spring,and good luck with the rest
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    nice work brett, good luck with your build
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    Well school got in the way again but some progress pics







    The axles and suspension are also out and repair on the frame has begun

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    Well after working away most of the summer I have some time and funds for it to start going back together

    Made up these 2 frame bits today and tac'd them in place, I'll add some more plating when they go on for good after I drill and weld in the shackle bushing tube




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    haha i noticed that too!....more of the blue one! good work so far on the yj as well.

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    Some more progress, end bits for the frame are done and welded as well as a few other things.







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    Awesome build on the yj , keep them pics coming .

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    Some armor for the gas tank







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    B4 you get to into the engine, I'd suggest swappin in a V8, and I lean towards an old school SBC. Reason..I DID a 92 YJ total rebuild a couple of years ago, with an Aqualu body, and did a 4.0 stroker while I was at it. It had 4:10's and 35's as well. It did'nt weigh much, but you still had to work it, just to get down the road..ie, pretty gutless. THEN I swapped in a 305 4bbl..nuthin special, pretty much stock, other than headers and some nobrainer upgrades, and the driveabiltiy improved to great. It also got better gas mileage, and still passed Driveclean..(just by a hair, but it passed) Its a fairly simple swap. I used NOVAK Adapters engine mounts and adapters then, and used them again on my current CJ on a YJ frame. The V8 swap just plaiin makes it more FUN to drive.

    Good work by the way, and if you wished to go the V8 route and need any tips, feel free to PM me for pics etc.
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    I'm holding of on the stroker for now I picked up a low millage 4.0L that will go into it for the time being. Down the road I may go SBC but seeing as I got my insurance company to okay the mods on the condition of no mods to make it go faster its doubtful where as the stroker isn't quite as obvious as a V8.


    If the Pics don't show up try refreshing the page or going here

    http://www.mediafire.com/?m40wb15jsrdk4


    a little cutting of the rear cross-member for the gas tank






    Gas tank cross-member



    Last edited by RedNeckYJ; 10-12-2012 at 07:32 PM.

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