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    Project "Try Again"..... My 2nd Try @ a Jeep.

    After much thought a relization I decided that my XJ was not the right path for my. I went to extreme and to complicated and I now want some dumbshit simple. So I hatched out, found a new project, convinced the wife (That was the hardest part of the build!!!!) came up with the cash and now it sits. My XJ is going to have one last poser horay at Moparfest next week because m dad enters me and then it gets stripped.

    First step is to Realize a Unibody ca't handle 1Tons, V8, 44" Tires, Air Ride, Dual Cases Belly Tuck, Cage etc and be streetable and confortable
    2nd is to find out what I want....
    So the recipe for a new project is:
    1: A Frame! No XJ, no MJ, etc.
    2: Jeep brand. Just partial to it.
    3: Cheap Starting platform
    4: Something not too far gone so that with fingers crossed I can wheel next year.

    I found this gem to me on Kijiji for asking 600.00 and I got it for 500.00
    1990 YJ with 145,000kms and extremely clean for a jeep that 23yrs old (thanks Jak!).
    This is just the first stage. I need to get the chassis stripped and ready for the build and all the parts off the XJ I want to reuse (Which is almost everything)

    What it will have.
    3 Link Front with D60
    4 Link Rear with 14b
    Chev 350, TH400, NP203/D300
    TJ or WJ coils. (I would love to find coilovers for the front so I don't need to hack my truss off too much but that overrides Cheap which is against the wife rules)
    Propane
    Hydroboost and Full Hydro Steering(on the fence with this seeing as I have a Non-Load reactive valve and legallities)
    Seating for 4 so I can take my son out with me on a Saturday afternoon.

    So advise, Critique, Bash, admire away when the time comes.
    Pics of what I bought.


    Complete Minus the Dash


    Worst spot on the floor. They welded a patch in but not to what I want for quality and I will be boatsiding it even the rockers don't even have rust bubbles.

    Most of the Frame looks like this.

    But the 3 normal areas look like this. I was surprise how good the rest was when I did a screw driver test.



    Hope to get underway in a week or so doing the neccessities of an offroad Jeep first and get fancy when everything is proven.
    Last edited by JKMotorsports; 08-26-2012 at 11:22 PM.
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    Nice to see another YJ come back to life.

    And if my math is correct. That 1990 YJ would be 22/23 yrs old

    Can't wait to see it come together
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    Oops.. Long day. I did goe too shcool at som piont.

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    wsaiting to see what you make of this one!!!!
    Good luck and welcome to the land of the frames!
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    Where are you going to put a bbq bottle and a back seat? Spare tire style?

    And 3-link/ hydro assist is brain dead simple and legal.

    Get cracking.
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    Ya I know Chris, but I love how strong the full hydro is, and no steering geometry to track bar to contend with, zero chance for bumpsteer, I have it built and working minus my small problem of bleeding the lines.

    As for BBQ tanks, I don't know yet. I didn't get a back seat so I need to find one to map that out, but that's way down the road, stripping, frame cleaning and link mounting point are first.

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    #2 for the same reasons, easier to deal with for links and mounting brackets.

    I did 2x3x1/8" and it's been great so far. I kinda wish it was 3/16" just for piece of mind but it's probably overkill considering the stock frame is .120 on the outside of the frame rail and .095 on the inside.

    I did brace the frame with solid cage tie-ins.




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    Last edited by Chrisbuilt; 08-27-2012 at 07:44 PM.

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    I like the #2 option as well. IMO it more resemembles a frame and may be easier to accept if you are driving it on the road.

    But like the others have mentioned it will be easier to make changes later

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    2 is slick, just be ready for 46 linear feet of weld

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    Rev, is that a BTF kit. The one in my pic was Trail Worthy Fab.

    I won't be using laser cut peices. I'm going for 2x3 tube and taper/brace it with 1/8-3/16 plate.

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    I want to do #1 on mine in a year or so... I saw those pics on pirate and have #1 saved to copy.

    #2 would be simpler dwon the road though.
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    Project "Try Again"..... My 2nd Try @ a Jeep.

    You're doing it right! What's it like having a separate frame?


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    Glorious! Unibodies Suck!

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    Nice work, that thing looks very mean!!!
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    Picked up a winch for bit today.
    Painting the frame tonight. Determine a way to integrate my boatsides into the rest of the body so that the floor is sealed and no mud traps.

    Hard to project a completion date (not that it will ever be complete!) but I'm hoping it can move under its own power by the end of may. Doubtful though!

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    Painted the frame. Harbour Freight paint gun ftw!!! I have a decent body gun and it cannot blow tremclad for the life of it no matter how I mix it and the same needle. I din give two shits how I mixed this cheap rust paint and it layer on Smooth and drip less with no thought!!! I may go back and get 3-4 more $9.99 paint guns for different color because it works so good for ten bucks!
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    Re: Project "Try Again"..... My 2nd Try @ a Jeep.

    That is different, sounds like it'll be cool though.
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    No pics but you have to love new motivation. Less then 4hrs of work and all I have to do is pull 4 bolts on the 2 motor mounts and the whole engine, wiring etc. will be out! Going Tuesday to pick up a 700r4/np231 for free from a 90 blazer from my bro-in-law and the adapter is in the mail from Speedway motors.
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    I think you have commitment problems. Focus man, focus! Lol
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    Really? Wife, 3 kids, mortgage, car loans, etc at 29 yrs old. I don't have much more commitment left!

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