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Old 04-02-2015, 05:48 PM
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Boy do I hear you BigOberg, and on top of that throw in a couple of biggies that you did not account for but found along the way. It can bring your budget to it's knees.

Exactly Achilles! This is my first FSJ build but not my first build! I'm actually already thinking I might have to add a new radiator to my budget. I wasn't planning on that one
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:24 AM
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Been busy working on a bunch of this and that. Worked on cleaning up the underside and frame. Removing the old brake lines in preparation for the new S/S Hard Lines. Also preparing for the lift. Removed the rear shocks and track bar. Getting ready to Weld in my frame repair piece. Then Por15 the frame and undercoat the body. After that I can start putting all the new stuff back on.

Going to remove the rear next. I want to clean it up and por15 it before I install the new 4" BJ's Lift.

I've also been working on the Howell Fuel Injection Install. Installed a new CTO in it's new location and installed the TB adapter plate and the TB.

New gasket for the choke stove

Throttle body installed

Can't wait to put the new chrome valve covers on. It should look pretty good.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:40 AM
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WARNING!!!! FSJ Porn Below!!!



Got a bunch of parts in today!!! Just waiting on my Springs (4" Lift BJ's) and my Tires (32" x 11.5" R15 BFG AT TA KO2).
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:23 AM
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Nice parts haul, looks like you have been slow and steady getting some work done.
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Old 04-21-2015, 01:08 PM
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:51 PM
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How high is the Howell system from the top of the intake manifold??

Looks like a great truck.
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:27 AM
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How high is the Howell system from the top of the intake manifold??

Looks like a great truck.

Thanks! Finally starting to make some real progress! I'd have to measure it for you. I did throw the stock air cleaner on to check the fit. There was plenty of clearance to close the hood. Just have to check the throttle clearance on the bottom of the air cleaner. But it might just be a temporary fix. I'd like to put on one of those duel cold air intake setups. I do plan on doing a separate thread detailing my Howell Fuel Injection Install. There really isn't anything on this site that really gets into it all and the install instructions are vague at best. I've got it all figured out and I'll go through it with pics.
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Old 05-09-2015, 06:52 AM
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So lately I have been doing the fun job of wire brushing and rust converting the underside of the Wagoneer. Just about finished and ready to spray the underside of the body with undercoating. Also getting in the last of my parts and finishing some odds and ends.
Here's my finished exhaust manifolds. Plugged and coated with Calyx.


Here's the piece I made for my frame repair along the skid plate. Fits great. Once it's welded in I can Por15 the frame.



Also my tires (32 x 11.5 R15 BFG AT's) as well as my BJ's 4" Lift Springs came in!!



I've gotta start putting some of this stuff back on. I'm running out of room!
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:26 AM
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I know the feeling, I am going to have to shut down work soon to clean and reorganize the shop.

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I've gotta start putting some of this stuff back on. I'm running out of room!

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Old 05-11-2015, 07:25 AM
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How close are you to getting the lift and tires on? I plan on running a 4" lift and 31's or 32's and want to see what yours looks like.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:34 PM
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How close are you to getting the lift and tires on? I plan on running a 4" lift and 31's or 32's and want to see what yours looks like.
I'm still a week or two away from my install. But here's a couple pics of a 4" lift with 32" tires that I found and ultimately made my decision for me.

4" Lift with 32" BFG Mud Terrains. Very nice!!


4" Lift with 32" BFG All Terrains. Also very nice!

I decided to go with the latter. Although I love the look of the MT's the reality is about 95% of my Waggy's driving will be on pavement. So I decided to go with the AT's. Plus I had some on another Jeep I owned and they were great. I went with 32's instead of 31's because I feel they fill the wheel well a little better and look better with the 4" lift. But that's just my personal opinion. Hope this helps!
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Old 05-15-2015, 12:06 PM
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Great looking rig you have going! I agree that 4" BJ's lift and 32's is perfect.
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:37 AM
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Well I was able to spray on my undercoating yesterday. The bottom looks great. Now I just need to weld in my frame repair and por15 it all. I also managed a few other things. Put on my new valve covers and fixed the transmission kickdown where it attaches to the throttle. Under hood is starting to look good. Can't wait for the freshened up exhaust manifolds.
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Old 05-17-2015, 03:33 PM
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Checked out the undercoating. Looks like it came out well. Hopefully all of the prep work I did will make it last. But so far so good.


Also here's a pic of the frame rail repair piece clamped into position after some fitting.

Note the tin foil in the top of the pic. It works great for wrapping the frame and anthing else you don't want to get undercoat on.lol
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That undercoating is looking good.
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How much and what type of undercoating did you use? Looks great.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:46 PM
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How much and what type of undercoating did you use? Looks great.

I used three cans of Eastwood's Rubberized Undercoating. That covered the whole back spare tire section and between the frame rails forward of the rear axle to the trans. Going to get two more to finish outside of the frame rails and maybe the wheel wells. It's only like $10 a spray can. Just don't spray it too close. It comes out pretty strong. Really happy with the results. POR15 on the frame comes next. The bottom is gonna look real sharp when I'm done.
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Finally Back to work on the Waggy!! Been busy with house projects and my Son's 1st Birthday Party. It's all done and now I can get back to the Jeep. Finished up the undercoating.




Next order of business was to pull the rear. Needed to be done so I could clean, POR15 and service it. Also need to reinstall with the new 4"BJ's lift springs. While it's out I will also POR15 the rear portion of the frame.





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Old 08-22-2015, 01:34 PM
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Well the day has finally come to weld in my frame reinforcement/repair piece. I cut out the jagged edges and fit in my new section. I left plenty of overlap as well as fish tailed the ends of the piece so there were less vertical welds. The angled welds are much stronger against the forces put on them. The way this piece is designed it gives me staggered welds on the outside and inside of the frame. The material is also thicker than the original frame so it should be stronger than the original.








Here's the finished work freshly coated with por15. I'll take some better after picks when it's dry. It was sunny and the paint is really glossy when wet but will dry to satin.



Now to por15 the rest of the frame and then start to assemble with all of my new parts! Can't wait. Now the real fun starts!
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Well I haven't been posting but I have been working. Por15'd the rear frame up to the front spring mounts and installed the freshly painted and serviced rear, springs and bushings. Very happy with the finished height even though the old tires are still on. Once I get the front done I'll mount and balance the new ones.


Now on to the front end. Gotta tear everything down. Clean up the frame and por15 it. Gonna clean up the sway bar and steering system. Got all new bushings and tie rod ends. The ball joints are in good shape thankfully. However I will be doing the front wheel bearings when I replace the rotors and calipers.



Getting the front springs out was a real treat. Even after cutting and grinding off the ends of the bolts they wouldn't budge. The bolts were rusted to the steel bushing liner, Stuck between the mounts. Ended cutting them in half. But had to cut the shackles with a sawsall first to be able to get into cut the bolts. For the rear mount I had to cut the spring to be able to get in and cut the bolts. A real Expletive Deleted!Expletive Deleted!Expletive Deleted!Expletive Deleted!Expletive Deleted!.

After a lot of cleaning and degreasing.


The aftermath



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