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    my engine swap/build

    Well after buying the jeep in stock form then going spring over with a lift and 35's now it is time for a more reliable 4.0 rather than the 4.2 Also the biggest bonus is the jeep is an 87 so no emission ever again. I picked up a 1993 for all the swap parts. While i was swapping it over i decide to do sort of a resto on it. I am going to be also fixing the few rusted out spots and going to give it a fresh coat of paint. Also planning on swapping out the rear 35 for a d44. And replacing the flares with tj flares or maybe an aftermarket set not sure yet. Here is how the project sits as of today. Frame is all wire brushed and painted with por 15. Motor/tranny/t-case is all in and bolted in. Gas tank will go in tongiht with new sending unit. Got to start running the new dash harness and stuff tongiht as well. Then start grinding/cutting and welding in patches. Hoping to have it out with fresh paint by next weekend.
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    after spring over with 2 inch lift springs
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    how it sits as of tonight with the 4.0 in it.
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    Is that a 2 pc hard top?

    Lookin good BTW, that 4.0 will be a big +
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    yes it is a steel horse 2 pc hard top. It is much nicer and warmer than a regualr hard top and it is easier to store. It uses a clamp style hold down rather than nuts and bolts as well. I am hoping the 4.0 will be a big improvment.

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    It's comin along nicely Gary, good stuff.
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    Looks great Gary
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    Nice job man hope it goes well for ya.
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    No E-Test nice I'm actually looking for an 87 for the same reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboydale View Post
    No E-Test nice I'm actually looking for a VIN and ownership to convert my 93 for the same reason.
    I looked for a jeep instead, i sold the 1990 i built and bought this stock 87 to build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary s View Post
    I looked for a jeep instead, i sold the 1990 i built and bought this stock 87 to build.
    I traded a 1998 Grand Cherokee with the 5.9L straight up for a nice 1987 YJ so I would never have etests again
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    motor and everything is done now i have the body done i just need to sand it and shoot it, i am hoping to have it done this weekend. here is how it sits tongiht. the flares are just clamped on i just finished trimming the wells to make them fit.
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    wow its come a way since I saw it... awesome work!

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    Niiiiice Pace!!!! Lookin' good

    By chance have kids or Wife?

    How the fawk do you find time to get so much done in less than 3 weeks ???
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    lol no kids unless you count my toys. My g/f works nights and my project is at my work. So I just work on it right after work for a few hours a night, and on the weekends I work on it as much as i can.

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    well took a few days off from working at it but got back to work last night and tongiht at it and now it it painted, i figure 2 days to re-assemble it and i should be rolling by the weekend. here it is after shooting it tongiht.
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    Have you painted auto's in the past? Nicely done. I am still on the fence as to whether i should attempt to paint my TJ myself when the time comes.. I have NEVER painted a vehicle before so i just don't want to fawk something up like this.....

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    i've done a few, it's not hard as long as you are comfortable with a spray gun and have the proper space and ventilation to do it.

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    And enough plastic to tarp in a small house
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    Thanks for the info. I've got a couple of rolls of vapor barrier lying around so i should be good on the plastic!! Any suggestions on the type of spray gun to buy? I'm all set up with the 60Gal compressor, just wouldn't know which type of gun to acquire. I've been looking at them at PA however there's allot of variety...

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