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Aaron's Jeep Restoration

I'll edit it and junk later. A bunch is left to happen, but I'm about to go to Alaska for the summer.

I've always loved jeeps, all my best friends have them. I tried to get one instead of a ranger but it didnt work out. Needless to say, im an impulse buyer and Andy didn't stop me unfortunately!

So far this is the costs of purchases

84 Jeep CJ7 w/ V8 swap and Scout 2 44s front/back.

Jeep cost (Somewhere in 2K range)
Extra front driveshaft: came with
2 brand new front CJ fenders: 160$
Aluminum dash (made by SXOR) $200
New wiring Harness: 170$
Jeep YJ Tub (plus rollbar): $550
New Jeep seats for front and rear: $180
Herculined interior: $100
And the thing that measures the fuel in the tank, i forget the name off the top of my head.
Oh, and I ordered a new full right side panel for it. $360 shipped, that should arrive in
the next few weeks.


This was my end goal. It will never happen unfortunately.


Teardown..


I bought some seats for it from a friend at school


Jeep tires stick out really far without fender flares, it'll look better in my most recent pics


Grinding that was in the end just a waste, haha


Our pile of crap


Eww


Some stuff removed. Steering wheel will go back in. Err steering shaft too.


Might as well cut the body off..


Gosh Andy is sooo strong


New damaged body


Good looking...


GAH!


I didn't take pics of the jeep without the body on. It's all good. Jump ahead to new body mounted.



Here is the side being replaced. Andy has done an awesome job on it so far!


The new body panel for it cost me 360 shipped, for a complete new side.

At least from behind its sexy..!


I will hopefully have lots of improved pics this weekend!
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Got any colors in mind for the final product?
Did you clean up/ paint the frame while it was all tore down?
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I did a lil cleanup/painting, yes. But I didn't end up covering the whole frame. I can finish it up later.

I will probably go black. Then I can possibly get away without painting a lot of the jeep.

Altho if I had a choice, it'd be orange yellow or pink.
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I did some more work today. Tomorrow it goes off to its storage home to get worked on...

herculiner is the shizzle....for rizzle..


Me painting herculiner. All the stuff hangin behind the dash? ALL GONE. It is practically bare behind there. It's awesome I already bet I can take this damn jeep and drive across the atlantic if I had a snorkle big enough.


Well, first layer of herculiner is on...Lets wait for it to dry..

Jesus: "F that! I hate Aaron!"


but my herculiner made the rain it's *****. I still have another layer or two going on


In case you guys wonder why my Ford Ranger doesn't have bumpers. Thanks PA!


I live about 3-400 yards from this.
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i don't get whats up with the brackets?
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They're two left brackets..I need one reversed duh.
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i don't get whats up with the brackets?
They are both for the same side of the truck
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Aaron i have 2 extra bumper brackets from my 99 ranger that got totaled that i can just give to you since i bought the whole second kit for my '02. I'll check the condition of them but they should be just fine.
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i have a right bracket that you can have.
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It's okay guys :-) Andy used one of his dad's 23047234 tools to cut off the bolt stud. Then he will weld them on the other side, voila!

But I will keep you guys in mind if something goes wrong; thanks for the offer.
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thats looking really good man! do you plan on keeping your stock tires or you getting somthing better? and what about the engine? its lookin a bit shady.
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Those tires are only being used to keep that jeep off the ground. They are rotted/cracked/blah'd to hell. Altho they can go down the road okay I would probably blow them within a month of driving. I believe Andy has the stock tires from his bronco that should match the jeep bolt pattern.. I may take those off his hands so i can get it back to Alaska since we both hate any/all tires that aren't on our rangers or are stock ranger tires.

As to the engine, all of the accessories are sitting on it. So while it looks weird and messy, it is just because of all the crap.

Altho to be honest, if and when I take the jeep to Alaska with me, I can promise you first crashed chevy i find with a slightly older engine...I'll swap it in.
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you should do a diesel swap!! Diesel FTW!!
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Yeah man. That Herculiner was some down right sweet stuff. And it went on really easy (I'm the guy with the MTU football shirt for those that didn't know). I'm definitely thinking about doing the bed of the truck now.
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It's okay guys :-) Andy used one of his dad's 23047234 tools to cut off the bolt stud. Then he will weld them on the other side, voila!

But I will keep you guys in mind if something goes wrong; thanks for the offer.

I was about to say do that! lol we had to on another kit.

Did you even try to call them? Bill got new brackets for free!
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I was about to say do that! lol we had to on another kit.

Did you even try to call them? Bill got new brackets for free!
Yeah. I actually had to do that on my kit as well. Amazing how common of a mistake this is with PA Body Lifts.
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Damn Matt, that is a nice quality pic for your avatar!

I wasn't able to get ahold of a tow truck service today, so tomorrow morning. I still need to convince my parents to let me come back to alaska
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Dude it looks good so far. What shape is the Cj tailgate and hinges. If they are in good shape you can swap the tailgate on to that tJ body. Doc did it to his Jeep and it is sweet. I am kind of sad to see the CJ body go. As far as drive train options. Passenger side drop. I would look for a ford NP435. If it is going to be more of a wheeling rig. The NP435 is a Heavy duty 4 speed that will handle big block power and the first gear is like 6.68 Great for crawling. And Novak has an adaptor to convert it to the Dana 300 T case the CJ came with. The Ford NP435 will bolt up to any Chevy bell housing. Novak also carries a hydraulic clutch kit to convert it form a manual linkage. That is my two cents.
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I still have the CJ tailgate and hinges, and I realize that the pickup tailgate is pretty damn awesome, but right now I have much more important stuff to do. So I'd prefer the YJ tailgate at this time. Plus it latches shut and whatnot, which is a good upgrade.

I have a Chevy 350 mounted to a turbo400 with Dana 300, so I'm good on drivetrain right now. That's all high strength parts there luckily.

But, I'm dealing with issues, well, basically anything to do with steering. Front end steering is not cool and I have lincoln locked axles. The welded gears sucks IMO.

Today all Andy and I did was rig a towbar to my jeep. Then I put a hitch on my truck(and by the way, I know i have some weird receiver contraption. Ford lied to me on the paperwork and said i had a full tow hitch. Obviously I didnt but I should've made them attach one or drop the price.)

Andy steering while I tow. We had to learn some quick fundamentals on how it will behave. Oh yah, its mostly taken apart


She dun got towed around nicely
P1010871.jpg?

Imagine how wide the jeep is. On a jeep the wheels stick way out the sides, mine go extra so. We had about an inch of room on either side and we managed to back it in.


That's all I have. I hate you jeep!
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Your Right your power train is pretty soild. You can twin stick the Dana 300. What year is the YJ tube. It has the TJ style roll bar.
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It is twin sticked! I didn't understand what that meant fully(i thought of it as having the possibility of 2lo with front unlocked) but now i know it means i can seperately control my front and rear axles.

It is a 95 YJ tub, I believe 93 they switched to the "family rollbar". Also, the YJ tub, other than gas tank filler and tailgate, is exactly the same. Oh except for body mounts.
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sick.. we shoulda got some pics of me gangsta lean'n in that thing from the side
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Yah you would you hoser. Howabout we poke at that homo jeep in the gayrage for a bit tomorrow. I'll have to give matt a call.


I think i'm going clubbing tonight. One last time before I go back to Alaska and no more p diddy and hottie chicks.

I wish your welder could run off of battery power haha, we'll have to find some way to get power running son!
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you driving or flying home?? I was driving but the stupid canuck highway 16 to prince rupert is F-d. been flooded for 2 weeks now and they don't know when its gonna open. Now im ferrying from bellingham instead. lame I know. jeep looks like fun man..
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I flew home. MPLS to Anchorage then obviously anchortown to j-town.

Hey are fireworks legal in Ketchikan? I need my fix..
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