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Sir Sam 03-18-2011 07:53 PM

New Project:
New Project for me!

2001 WJ, 138k, 4L NP242.

Besides the obvious damage it looks like the front axle housing is bent, so I'm going to grab one tomorrow morning for it, hopefully I can find a complete axle assembly so I can throw the brakes onto my XJ.

It came with one transponder key that has not been programmed into the SKIM, so I will probably pick up another from Jeep, have it cut via the VIN, and get the 4 digit PIN then find a mobile locksmith who can program both at the same time. I found a guy who had a DRBIII for sale at $500 and I was ready to buy it just for this use(and future use for keys and remotes) when I found out he sold both of them that he had. It was a heckuva deal, so I shouldn't be surprised that they were gone. Found another guy with one for $1800, but I just don't think I can make my money back quick enough to warrant purchasing it.

I managed to start it up enough times at 3 secs each to pull it out into the street and turn it around, still kinda hard to do though.

When I got it the shift cable had popped off down at the tranny so it wouldn't turn over, I suspect thats why the sentry key never got programmed, they figured there was no reason to program it if the Jeep was going to start, too bad it would have saved me a bunch of hassle.

The Front seats have some cig burns, I might throw some new cloth covers on it or throw some leather on it to spiffy it up, I haven't decided yet.

Someone installed an electric fan on it, when I popped a new battery in it this morning something started shorting out and I let the smoke out of some of the controller wiring. If I could find a new mechanical fan to throw on I would, but I don't recall there being any 4Ls at the yards right now, is the fan/clutch the same between the 4L and the 4.7?

Anyone know if I can use a header panel from a 2004 without much issues? I understand that most people are talking about putting a 2004 setup on a 2003- setup for the grill, but I just need a good header panel and may be able to get my hands on a 2004 header.


Unfortunatly it looks like some body work was done a long time ago that while being a GREAT spray and bodywork, was never sealed correctly and rusted from the inside, I guess I get to be the guy to strip it off and fix it, I'll probably just pickup a new rear door to call that one good.

Dumbass wasn't wearing their seatbelt when it happened and hit the steering wheel and bent it. Ya the airbag may save your life, but if you hit the steering wheel hard enough with your chest to bend it your probably gonna wish you had your seatbelt on. Dumbass. I guess now I HAVE to put that Overland Steering wheel on.

It was also a smokers car so there are cig burns on the seats as well a smell to it. I swear smokers cars are always so revolting, I have to get the smell out of the thing to sell it. Between Homicide, Suicide and Smokers cars I tell ya the smoke is the nastiest, its much easier to get out other smells than smoke smells.

Someone stole the faceplate off of it between when I saw it and when I got it delivered to me this morning, *******s, I might see if I can get a new one, or I might just throw in a 6 disk changer I have here from a KJ and call it good, depends on if they hacked the wiring behind the radio or not.

More to come tomorrow after a junkyard run.

blackpepper 03-18-2011 08:00 PM

Re: New Project:
Just Empty Every Pocket !!!!

What are your ultimate plans with this WJ?

Sir Sam 03-18-2011 08:09 PM

Re: New Project:

Originally Posted by blackpepper (Post 378538)
Just Empty Every Pocket !!!!

What are your ultimate plans with this WJ?

Resell for as much profit as quickly as possible.:thumbsup:

Chaoul1 03-18-2011 09:25 PM

Re: New Project:
2004 Headerpanel won't work with a 99-03 Front End. Sorry Bud! 2004 Headerpanel only fits 04' Front End Parts. Grille, Bumper and anything else 04'.

It looks like it's going to be an sweet project! I wish I had the time do something like this!

Sir Sam 03-19-2011 02:37 AM

Re: New Project:

Originally Posted by Chaoul1 (Post 378605)
2004 Headerpanel won't work with a 99-03 Front End. Sorry Bud! 2004 Headerpanel only fits 04' Front End Parts. Grille, Bumper and anything else 04'.

It looks like it's going to be an sweet project! I wish I had the time do something like this!

You'll find that when you don't have a salaried position you have lots of time and the drive to do stuff like this. Paying your mortgage is a good motivator.

Sir Sam 03-19-2011 07:59 PM

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Grabbed a unbent steering wheel today, and a silver passenger rear door. The same jeep had a perfect rear hatch on tuesday but it was gone today.

From another yard off of a 02 overland I grabbed the front bumper bar I need.

Looks like I'm going back soon to grab a rear hatch and a front axle, so plenty more work to be done.

Sir Sam 04-04-2011 12:41 AM

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Some more work today:

Sir Sam 04-04-2011 12:41 AM

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Sir Sam 04-04-2011 12:42 AM

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Went down to get a rear hatch for my WJ, lucked out that it was still there and managed to grab it, it was cheaper without the glass so I removed the rear glass.

Ending up being a pita to carry out by myself so I stuck my head through the window hole and rested it on my neck like I was some sort of beast of burden, walked right up into the office and paid without ever taking it off. $45 later I scored a undented correct color hatch to replace the one on my WJ.

Then we headed back over to the other yard that had a WJ dana 30 that I needed, started pulling that and freerider hurriedly came back over telling me, "We're pulling another axle!"

Turns out he found an XJ 87 with a Dana 44, so I moved our tools over there real quick and 25 mins later we had a Dana 44 pulled.

Went back over and worked on the WJ, racing against the clock of the anouncments of 45 mins till close, then 40, then 35, then 30.

Got everything loaded on the cart and out the door. $290 for 2 axles.

Hopefully I cant find a core to bring back and I'll bring back the bent WJ D30 and get $60 back in cores.

I'll take the brakes and high steer off of the old WJ Dana 30 and throw those on my XJ......BIG BRAKES for my XJ woot!(and highsteer but I don't care about that).

So I got my front axle for the WJ(that might have 3.73s and I need 3.55), got a XJ Dana 44 to sell to recoup the purchase price of the WJ D30, and I got a matching color silver door.

It was a good day.

Sir Sam 04-04-2011 12:43 AM

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New hatch:

WJ Dana 30.....and the big brakes that will go on my XJ:

Hatch again:

DJ BoNiOmArIo 04-04-2011 03:37 PM

Re: New Project:
wow nice

Chuck 04-04-2011 08:16 PM

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Nice! Good Luck!

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