Well good news and bad news. Good news first. I got my jeep done and am now driving it a LOT! Runs great. Maybe it's because I have been driving a gutless jetta for 2 years but I love this thing!
Now bad news. I have a problem with getting so wrapped up in what I'm doing and not getting distracted even to the point of not eating that I totally forgot to take pics of the process! Sorry I know, I know
Here is a recap of what I did. First off cut out the old bumper support. Then cut off the front 6 inches of the "frame rail" from both my jeep and the parts jeep. Welded in the parts jeep frame section on my jeep to fix the damage. Welded on the bumper support from the parts jeep.
Next onto the cooling systems. New radiator and ac condenser. Mounted together with the factory fan. Now I hit a road block. I had no freaking clue where all the hoses hooked up so this took a bit of figuring, come to find out the radiator was for a jeep with the towing package which mine did not have so I had tranny cooler line hooks and no tranny cooler lines. Stolen off parts jeep and bonus now I have a tranny cooler and tow package!
Next onto the cosmetics. Mounted the headlight support (this is broken and will be replaced in the near future but I was on a schedule) come to find out the headlight support didnt match the grill or bumper I had so I had to get creative (as I said this all will be fixed when I replace the headlight support. Next shiny new headlights. One taillight (no idea why this was missing or why they cut the factory harness to get it out rather than just unplug it) some wiring and done.
Next I aligned the hood, grill, headlights. Swapped the wheels and tires from the parts jeep to mine (much better condition although smaller).
Now the test drive. Out of the driveway its running great for about 2 miles then dies! Limped it back home at about 15mph no codes, indicator lights, nothing. Smelled dang hot and after some screwing around found out that it was vapor locked in the coolant system. Lots of spilled coolant and time later fixed and running great.
A few minor issues yet to be fixed. Voltage and temp gauge not working for some reason. Probably a temp sensor and ???? Defiantly charging according to my test meter so I don't know wtf. Still have to charge the ac. Check, check and check fluids for the first few hundred miles. Tranny flush and service and finish the sea foam treatment (only added to oil and fuel no vacuum yet). Then on to mods!!
Here are some pics of the second test drive after cooling issues were sorted out. Sorry for the long post.
Dont mind the sun in the one pic. These were taken before I swapped wheels and tires and before I washed it. This is a berm that my dad has around his property (dont ask why he has an 8ft berm).