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Old 06-24-2012, 12:33 AM
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My 04 fix/build thread!

Here we go hopefully have it fixed in the next couple weeks. Then I'll start making mods
Red one is mine. The white one is just for parts. I'll be selling what I don't use so be on the lookout for that!
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Re: My 04 fix/build thread!

Doesn't look like too bad of a hit but I'd definitely check to be sure the passenger side frame rail isn't tweaked. Good luck with the build!
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:11 AM
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Re: My 04 fix/build thread!

I see lots of stone white parts in the parts machine. The red one looks really sharp in that color.
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Re: My 04 fix/build thread!

Hopefully make some more progress this week and of course get more pics. We have been camping for a week so I haven't touched it but the plan is to have it running by the 4th if I can find enough tinker time.
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pm me with left over parts my cousin has a i6 and I have a v8. both wj. always looking.to replace broken items

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Re: My 04 fix/build thread!

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pm me with left over parts my cousin has a i6 and I have a v8. both wj. always looking.to replace broken items

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It will be a bit before I am done with mine but I'll post a thread in classifieds and a link to it on this thread when I know what all I have to sell. Keep watching.

Update: I got a little work done on it today. The passenger side "frame rail" (technically it's a unibody) was crunched a little so I cut about 6" off and replaced with the 6" I cut off the parts rig. Welded up and after grinding welds and painting it will be hard to tell it ever happened. Didn't get pics but I will soon.
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Re: My 04 fix/build thread!

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).
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Re: My 04 fix/build thread!

P.S. This was all done in 3 long hot days with no help aside from my old man helping with the vapor lock and my wife watching the rug rats.
P.P.S I promise I'll do better with pics when I move onto mods!
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voltage and ambient temp have separate sensors the battery temp is located in bottom of battery tray and well ambient is front grill....those will set off check engine lamps as I came to find out

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Re: My 04 fix/build thread!

Nice job You'll learn to take pictures of everything soon! We love pics!! Plus you don't what


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Great job though!
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Great job though!
I know I know. I should have known better having posted several build threads of atv's and snowmobiles on other sites but I was overly excited.
I'll make sure and get some when its all cleaned the first of the week and of our up coming beach trip.
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Re: My 04 fix/build thread!

Well drove it to work (45 miles one way) yesterday and ran great for about 30 miles then started cutting out/bogging. Pulled off the freeway and ran into the store for a sec came out and it was fine for another 13 miles. Limped to work. Had to fight it the whole way home.
So today I get to replace the coolant temp sensor, PCV valve and hunt for a vacuum leak then do the sea foam treatment to the vacuum line, hopefully get some things worked out before we head to the beach on monday.
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