Purple YJ Build

Van-go

Not an old man
Joined
Dec 11, 2014
Location
Greensboro
So I've decided what to do with my life, well, my 4x4 life that is.
Decided to just keep wheeling my jeep and build another one. Then I'll sell what I've got. That way I don't get too bored building this thing.

Name for the build may change, but I got the name from this diagram below.
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No, the jeep will probably not be purple. But we will see.

I am going to build another YJ on tons.
I want it to be different than anything that I've seen.
I'm thinking YJ truck cab, bed, chop top Low COG, about 118 wheel base.

Specs for now:
'79 Ford Dana 60 front
'78 14 bolt rear
Granny 4 speed/205 combo
5.3ls engine
43-44 inch tire


What I'm starting with.
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I'm trying to do this build with next to no money out of pocket, while building a pretty stout rig that will get it done on the trails.
I'm getting married in 2 months and just bought a house, so that's that.

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks and hope y'all don't get too bored waiting on me to finish.
 

Van-go

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Dec 11, 2014
Location
Greensboro
So I'll be keeping track of what I'm spending on this build to show that you can build a decent rig on a budget if you take your time.

I picked the jeep up off Craigslist for pretty cheap and parted it out.
I doubled my money on it.
Already ahead.

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Scooter402

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Up yonner in Pennsyltucky
I might know somebody that's cut down a jeep tub to be a truck cab...and LCOG on big tires...and working on plans to fab a bed from dust.... Hopefully your tub is more solid than mine was to start with. o_O

May the Schwartz be wit' ya! :D
 

Van-go

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Dec 11, 2014
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Greensboro
I had parted out a bronco this last summer that was on a 79 F350 frame.

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Came out ahead on that $ wise and got a 79 kingpin 60, a t18 4 speed, and a 205 out of it.

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Van-go

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Greensboro
I recently picked up an '88 bronco on tons with the profit from the jeep part out.

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Guy I stole it from didn't know how to fix anything... the spindle nuts had come off the driver front and the wheel almost flew off.
Ad said it had a Dana 70 rear with a spool. And 3/4 ton front with a "locker"

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Well, the 302 runs good and it turned out to have a kingpin 60 front with a special present inside.
I guess I'll swap the Detroit into my '79 kingpin.

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Van-go

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Dec 11, 2014
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Greensboro
I picked a 14 bolt up the other day and got the brakes off from 40 years of corrosion.

I had some almost new rotors/calipers that sat outside for a while laying around from an old 44.
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Van-go

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Greensboro
I love my 12 bolts on my current YJ. They have never leaked and I have had 0 issues with any of them.
I plan to run another set on this build. I'll have to recenter them, but got them at a great price
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Loganwayne

#BTL
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Location
Clyde, North Carolina
If you want I have a 203 I just need the front input out of for my build, it will have an input for a turbo 400 if you want to build a doubler we can work something out


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Van-go

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If you want I have a 203 I just need the front input out of for my build, it will have an input for a turbo 400 if you want to build a doubler we can work something out


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I'm down.
I've been keeping an eye out for one.
 

Loganwayne

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Location
Clyde, North Carolina
I'm down.
I've been keeping an eye out for one.

It’s yours I’ll have to get the input out sometime soon when it’s not so dang cold.
It was given to me so I’ll grab what I need and pass it along.....

Also think I got the shifters for a doubler setup that I’m not gonna use


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Van-go

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I might know somebody that's cut down a jeep tub to be a truck cab...and LCOG on big tires...and working on plans to fab a bed from dust.... Hopefully your tub is more solid than mine was to start with. o_O

May the Schwartz be wit' ya! :D
lol I like what you're doing. Great minds think alike.

After I cut the back of the tub off, my body work is going to be on hold for a long time.
My main focus is to get it driving before I try to make it look good.
 

CasterTroy

Motarded
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Mar 21, 2005
Location
Wallburg
I like where this is going.

  • Cheap
  • Acquiring more and more vehicles with profits from parting out
  • DIY
  • Chicken Salad from chicken scratch
  • Surprise lockers
Wanna really hate on you, but dang....now I have to follow in silent envy :rockon:
 

Van-go

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Dec 11, 2014
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Greensboro
I like where this is going.

  • Cheap
  • Acquiring more and more vehicles with profits from parting out
  • DIY
  • Chicken Salad from chicken scratch
  • Surprise lockers
Wanna really hate on you, but dang....now I have to follow in silent envy :rockon:
I appreciate it. Gonna be a learning experience for sure.
The biggest two expenses are going to be linking the rear getting the 5.3 running I think.
 

StretchASU

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Oct 17, 2006
Location
Creedmoor, NC
Very cool. I'll be following along. I'm about a year out from going down the same rabbit hole. Just hanging my CJ front on a YJ tub/frame with the goal of a low COG street cruiser on tons that can still hang on the trails.
 

Van-go

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Greensboro
Pulled a 5.3 from an '04 Yukon for cheap.
It has unknown miles, but the pedals were not very worn and it was in an accident where it was rolled over so I assume that it ran before it was rolled.

It was from New York so the motor and everything has a lot of corrosion on it.

I'll eventually tear it down and inspect the internals to see if it's what I want to run.

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Loganwayne

#BTL
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Location
Clyde, North Carolina
Pulled a 5.3 from an '04 Yukon for cheap.
It has unknown miles, but the pedals were not very worn and it was in an accident where it was rolled over so I assume that it ran before it was rolled.

It was from New York so the motor and everything has a lot of corrosion on it.

I'll eventually tear it down and inspect the internals to see if it's what I want to run.

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I wouldn’t worry about it we put a motor in my buddies c10 that when we turned it over and the cylinders were 1/2 full of water spun it over to get water out and put 15lbs of boost to it for 4 years now


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Van-go

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I wouldn’t worry about it we put a motor in my buddies c10 that when we turned it over and the cylinders were 1/2 full of water spun it over to get water out and put 15lbs of boost to it for 4 years now


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I'm honestly not too worried.
It does have the 706 heads on it though… I hear a lot of different things about them, but a few people say that they only had issues in 2006. We will see.
 

Van-go

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Very cool. I'll be following along. I'm about a year out from going down the same rabbit hole. Just hanging my CJ front on a YJ tub/frame with the goal of a low COG street cruiser on tons that can still hang on the trails.
Hopefully I'm about a year out from getting this thing on the trail.
 

Scooter402

Pissed off Veteran
Joined
Feb 4, 2009
Location
Up yonner in Pennsyltucky
I like where this is going.

  • Cheap
  • Acquiring more and more vehicles with profits from parting out
  • DIY
  • Chicken Salad from chicken scratch
  • Surprise lockers
Wanna really hate on you, but dang....now I have to follow in silent envy :rockon:


Basically...what he said. I wanted to hate, too, but I'll just sit here and be envious. Carry on. :beer:
 

Van-go

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Dec 11, 2014
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Greensboro
Picked up some brand new G2 inner chromoly shafts for the front off Facebook.
$200 shipped to my door.

Now I need to find a deal on 35 spline outers, U joints, and slugs.
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Since I want to keep the top low, I will need to make my own dash.

Wish I wouldn't have sold the steering column looking back.

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Van-go

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Greensboro
what are your plans for suspension?

Shackle reversal with leafs (probably some waggy leafs) up front.
4 link rear, coil springs and 14 inch shocks. Have these laying around..

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paradisePWoffrd

Recovering Project Junkie
Joined
Nov 5, 2005
Location
Newton, NC
Burgin's YJ was probly one of the lowest i can recall: 3XYJ Build…Tons/42s/SUA= LOW.

Running spring sliders vs shackles might help package something super low.

If you really want to get low, and dont mind body mods, channeling the tub is where its at. There is alot of wasted space under the seats of a CJ/YJ/TJ. You can channel the tub down over the frame, or shorten the cowl area to be able to lower the seats.
 
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