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Old September 2nd, 2009, 02:53 AM   #1
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I thought it was time to do this I bought a 1992 2.5L YJ about Feb. 2006. Had to do some intense body work when I got this home driver floor board rear cargo area floor board the body had holes all over pretty much the typical spots.

Condition it was in when I pulled in the driveway...






About 2 months later I had this...





I decided I wanted to do some under body protection so I used some truck bed liner and sprayed it on with a bed liner spray gun. I did this May 2006 and now Sept 2009 most of its flaking off


Also hit the inside with the bed liner, after that dried I layed down about half a gallon of black paint with a brush


I used etching primer on all bare metal spots then I layed some primer on the body, the firewall I again just brushed on some black paint from a gallon... I also didnt believe in bondo LOL its no show car damn it...


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Old September 2nd, 2009, 03:11 AM   #2
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Then in June 2006 I started with the frame the damn frame was FUBAR where the gear box mounts well that was gone and the rear cross member was gone too, I found a 95 frame really cheap and picked it up in mint condition



As you can see in this pic new vs. old


I put the motor and body on the frame in July 2006 I also went with 1" BL at this time


After I primed the Jeep I ran down to JCW and found a windshield frame in the bargin room for the low price of 36 bucks, in Sept 2006 I had a friend that has done some minor painting before and wanted to do something on the large scale so I had him come to the house and we made a home made paint booth and he sprayed the Jeep Azure Blue...




In the sun the paint totally looks very light blue, I also added bushwacker 6" fender flares and all the hinges and hardware are powder coated stainless...


Then in Nov 2006 I bought a new soft top and best top seats and just about done except for rims and tires in Dec 2006 I had the tires and added Poison Spyder Customs rear corner armor...


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Here is how I have rolled this YJ for the past 3 years almost. Bone stock 2.5L sitting on 31x10.5 mickey thompson MTZ 15's cragar soft 8's 1" body lift home made shackles that game me about another 1" bushwacker flares best top seats cobreau 4 point seat belts poison spyder customs rear corner armor and rocker guards I did add a kilby fuel tank skid...

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nice job on saving the YJ!
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Here is how I have rolled this YJ for the past 3 years almost. Bone stock 2.5L sitting on 31x10.5 mickey thompson MTZ 15's cragar soft 8's 1" body lift home made shackles that game me about another 1" bushwacker flares best top seats cobreau 4 point seat belts poison spyder customs rear corner armor and rocker guards I did add a kilby fuel tank skid...

Turned out great.Wish i had that much patients.
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Something that I wanted to do since I bought the Jeep was replace the 4 banger and install a V8. Now I seen everyone was doing 350's and now 5.3 and 6.0's but being that I am from a Ford family and wanted something a bit different I chose to do a 302 5.0L HO.

Did alot of searching was going to go with a fox body Mustang motor but they all were priced high and probably beat to hell by now so I looked into Ford Explorers 5.0L HO and the best part GT40 heads and intake from the factory. Now I picked up in April 2009 and 2000 Explorer 5.0L with about 80,000 miles on it.

I also picked up and late 80's Ford T18 trans to go with the motor.

I couldn't use the Explorer computer and wiring since the ecm also serves the trans too. So I picked up a computer for a 93 Mustang A9L and bought a RJM injection wiring harness that had all the emission eliminated BEST thing I have ever bought.

Now the motor in the Explorer was rated at 215HP and 288TQ, and the Mustang was 205HP and 275TQ. Also the Explorer ran 17lbs injectors vs. the Mustang 19lbs. So I kept the Explorer cam knowing its a truck cam and is in the range of 1,400 to 5,600 RPM perfect for making torque. I also swaped out the injectors off a early 4.6L Ford motor to go from Bosch II pintle design stock for the Mustang to Bosch III design which uses 4 port nozzle and grabbed a 70mm MAF of another early Ford 4.6L Mustang stock MAF was 55mm and these are direct swaps without moding the Mustang ECM also with the Explorer's addition to GT40 heads and intake. I also purchased Ford Racing F150 headers and had them ceramic coated in and out added a MSD ingnition. Now I am wondering what kind of HP and TQ I am going to see out of this...

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August 1st goes down in the book RETIRED a 140,000 tired ass 2.5L and had the 5.0L installed... I had custom made the motor mounts using MORE's 2" universal mounts and fabricating the rest PITA...



About 3 weeks ago I finally got around to getting the motor wired up and connecting some basic fuel and vaccum lines just to hear it run and got excited to hear this bad boy fire up almost instantly when cranked over...




I still have a ton more to do but I am just taking one step at a time nice and slow
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Very nice build! I could not have been as patient with the body work.

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Nice. Getting ready to do a 5.0 swap in my tj this winter.
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Very nice build! I could not have been as patient with the body work.

good job
Thanks guys I was very determined back then, I need to get back to that point again.
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 03:42 AM   #11
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Default Rear axle

I had built a Ford 9" from a early bronco for the rear of this project awhile back around April 2007 I had a Richmond 4.56 thick gear installed I wanted to go disc brake but didn't want to pay 500 for the conversion and luckily I didn't for I found out that I have the old style big bearing not the new style big bearing which that kit is made for.

So I grabbed the brake caliper brackets from the junk yard and I tried to figure out a way to get it to work and I eventually found a way for them to work.

Few pictures of how I hacked the caliper mounts and dust shield, then mounted the bracket on the back side of the flange also welded the bracket to the housing, re drilled the rotors to 5x5.5...





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August 1st goes down in the book RETIRED a 140,000 tired ass 2.5L and had the 5.0L installed... I had custom made the motor mounts using MORE's 2" universal mounts and fabricating the rest PITA...



About 3 weeks ago I finally got around to getting the motor wired up and connecting some basic fuel and vaccum lines just to hear it run and got excited to hear this bad boy fire up almost instantly when cranked over...




I still have a ton more to do but I am just taking one step at a time nice and slow
well im impressed. It look like your going to have one badass yj. If you ever make it to southern Mich let me know maybe stop by bundy hill off road park.(a new park that we are building) Didnt notice are you going to be lockup? Anyway good luck with the build and keep up the good work.
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sorry I don't know what you mean by lockup?
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sorry I don't know what you mean by lockup?
Detroit lockers,air locker,electric ect
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Awesome looking project. Nearly identical journey I have been on lol. I'm curious about why your truck bed liner did'nt last. What product and what prep did you do?
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oh detriot locker on the 9 the dana 44 has a lockrite i used dupicolor bed liner i used a steel wire brush on a eletric drill to prep it but i think the heat from exhaust is what did it
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Ah, ok I have heard bad things about the dup product. Keeping this in mind, I'm going to toss in a few heat sheilds lol.
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Very impressive
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Funny thing about that dupicolor is I did the interior with it too and its not flaking, but I think what has saved it is me lathering some black paint from a gallon with a brush on it every winter.

While the underneath is still naked I am going to knock all the loose bed liner off and just find some undercarige spray, I have tested some on the inner wheel wells on the front to see if it would chip and at work its mostly loose gravel and its held up so I am going to give that a try.

Ohhh yeah I forgot it probably didn't last cause I never put the exhaust shields back on too. Whoops LOL
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Well I started some work on my Dana 44 HP out of a 78 F250. Its been cut down to Wagoneer size. Here is a list of whats planed for this I have everything but the ring and pinion as of right now..
  • Chromemoly inner axles
  • Standard Chevy outers that are 9.94"
  • Chevy 72-76 spindles so I can use 76 Ford rotor with 76 Chevy brakes and get 5x5.5 bolt pattern
  • I have Chevy flat top knuckles with high steer arms installed just have to make a new drag link... Looking for opinions on this 1 ton rod ends or heim joints this is gonna be DD in the summer..
  • R&P 4.56 gear still need to purchase and have installed with a lockrite


I posted these earlier but forgot to give some information on them Mustang 5.0L motor upgrades


You can run a Explorer 70mm TB most guys have modded the TB to use the Mustang TPS, i went to the junkyard and got a 93 Mustang TPS and 2000 Explorer TPS pigtail and used the Explorer TPS sensor with Mustang connector so it would plug right in

You can run a 70mm MAF instead of the stock 55mm direct plug in by looking for
1995-94 Mustang 3.8L F2VF-12B579-A2A,
1994-92 Crown Victoria 4.6L F2VF-12B579-A2A,
1995-94 Mustang, Mustang Cobra 5.0L F2VF-12B579-A2A,
1994-92 Town Car 4.6L F2VF-12B579-A2A,
1994-92 Grand Marquis 4.6L F2VF-12B579-A2A,
Evidently the –A1A, -A2A, AA, etc. on the end of the part number is a minor variant that did not change the operating specs. You should be able to ignore it and have everything work good.

Also I changed the injectors to the new bosch III design you would want to look for the same vehicle as the MAF sensor but make sure there Orange if you want 19lbs this number should be on the side of the injector 280150943

Also Heads..
96-97.5 had GT40 heads
97.5-2001 had GT40P heads difference is changed spark plug angle for better burn I beleive
Both of these options are awesome bolt on performance

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