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Old 07-25-2010, 10:31 PM   #1
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Well I thought it would only be proper if I introduced myself and my xj before I got too much further into my "build". I'm Nathan. I was recently given this 86 v6 xj. It was my grandmas car that my uncle bought for her. She drove it to the end of their drive way to get mail and to church. It only had 500 miles put on it in the last 4 years. My uncle is a mechanic and bought the car real cheap with a broken crankshaft. He rebuilt the motor and re did the exhaust. The engine has under 10,000 miles on it.

Anyway my grandma passed away a few months ago and I had been driving a 90 integra till it broke down. My uncle gave me the jeep so I could keep coming up to visit him and so I can drive while I'm in college.

So far, all i've mainly done is maintenance: new radiator, trans pan gasket and filter, air filter, wiper blades, oil filter, and belts.

The paint was in less than perfect shape so im in the process of doing a primer grey rattle can paint job on the top half and undercoat on the bottom half.

Plans: lift 2" with spacers shackles and shocks. Tow hooks and receivers. Diamond plate skid gaurds. And a possible 4.0 and transmission swap








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Hey you got the top primed! Have you messed with the carb yet?
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Hey you got the top primed! Have you messed with the carb yet?
Yup i turned up the idle and i think i know why it was stalling.... The air filter was jammed full of crap! and there were remnants of a mouse nest in the housing lolz
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haha yeah that'll block your air flow a little
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:51 PM   #5
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Well not much progress. :/ actually went a little backwards: took a trip up to some trails with a couple guys a few weeks ago and banged up gas tank. Guess that's why they make gas tank skid plates! If only they weren't so freakin expensive! So now I gotta buy a new gas tank and I'll probably buy a skid plate to protect my investment. Anyone got one for sale????????
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trimmed my fenders yesterday and Im gonna herculine it today! Also gonna start fitting some of the diamond plate on
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you forgot the black grille and the stickers

and the power steering pump line

oh and the bike rack

and "a couple guys"? we do have user names you know....
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you forgot the black grille and the stickers

and the power steering pump line

oh and the bike rack

and "a couple guys"? we do have user names you know....
I kinda forgot to update and I didn't know Travis was on here lol
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Looking good! Yeah those pesky gas tanks are so vulnerable lol. Defiantly put a 4.0 in there those V6's are not very good motors. Atleast not as good as the 4.0 which is bomb proof.
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dude sweet rig.....i like what you got planned and i hear you about how expensive skid plates are

but hey if you are doing a motor swap the 4.0 albeit a bomb proof and fairly powerful motor it is no easy task to put one into a V6 XJ......idk what your fab skills are like but i would also look into a GM 3.4L V6 out of an early '90s Camaro......they use the same motor mounts and bellhousing so you wouldnt need to do a complete drivetrain swap, they are also fuel injected and have pretty decent power....just something to look into

keep up the good work....i look forward to seeing the progress
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Thanks guys I'm proud of her I just finished and pics are coming soon I promise! And I'm planning to maybe do a chevy v6 so I can use my uncles chevy small block pistons and connecting rods and one of his turbo 350s
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ok so no pics just yet cause it got dark before it stopped raining and my jeep was covered up but i still have a section to prime anyway tomorrow so Ill have pics of the finished product tomorrow afternoon
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Got the rest of my jeep primered, got the under side of the hood painted, got my diamond plate threshold guards done and in, and almost got Hairy Potter's jeep doorless pics are on their way as soon as photobucket finishes uploading them

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Hairy Potter getting some less saggy leaf springs off my donor jeep for his jeep:





We need to plasma torch the frame rail mounts on the front i bolts cause that rubber sleeve just won't let go lol

My jeep taped off and with trimmed fenders :






After the herculiner :


Late night painting on Potter's jeep:


Potter going doorless:




My jeep after finishing the paint and other stuff:






I seem to have lost the pics of my diamond plate somewhere on my memory card lol
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K here's the underside of my hood (the areas that kinda look weird and maybe screwed up are just reflections from my engine):



And my diamond plate threshold guards:

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