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  1. tom_echo

    College Budget 1987 MJ Build

    Nice looking jeep! How’d you get 17-21 mpg out of the 4.0? I’ve only ever managed 13-15 mpg. I have 33s and a 4 inch lift but it shouldn’t be that big of a difference. Is it the renix 4.0?
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    I really want to build an exocage in the future which will put an end to anything like this. I think an easy first step is probably rocker gaurds, made out of whatever cheap rectangular tubing I can find at the junk yard.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    Did a bad thing, I ended up doing some serious damage to the panel on the passenger side behind the door. The dog makes it look better but it was a big disappointment. It's easier to see how one of the leafs is sagging from this far shot it might be a bit exaggerated by the terrain though. Looking pretty good I would say.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    Went wheeling in the local state forest, it's a decent spot. I was surprised to see how well it did, the long wheelbase seemed helpful but it was a little hard getting around tight turns. Should have taken some more photos.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    One of the bolts on the bumper's left side had snapped off, I drilled another hole and ended up with 5 total bolts (3 of them being grade 5 rather than grade 8). Should be good enough for a recovery point.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    As part of my ongoing work to kill all the leaks in the cab (see above pics of water on the floors) I calked the upper right corner of the back window Ugly but it works. I also replaced all the weather stripping on the windows just in case it was leaking there as well, it was all cracked anyway.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    Did some basic maintenance: engine mounts - as you can see in the photos it's totally worn away, there was nothing left to the mount, just a little bit of rubber on the bottom. air filter Spark plugs, air filter, cap and rotor, spark plug wires, All 3 temp sensors one in the back of the head, near the intake, this one runs the sensor on the dash, one on the engine block drivers side above the the oil pan which runs the fuel injection system a final one near the airbox in the coolant line which toggles the electric fan decided just to bypass this one, I couldn't find it online and I wanted the fan to run all the time, not sure if it will burn out earlier but I'd rather be cool. I can always upgrade to that ford tarus fan (there's a DIY article somewhere on the forum) Power steering lines, they were leaking a bit. This was a breeze to change not much too it. Here's the airbox, all but one bolt is totally rusted out. Old versus new sensor, looks like it was a bit stripped, I checked it with the ohmmeter and it wasnt working properly.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    Hadn't thought of checking the cables to the alternator, which direction do they go, straight towards the battery? I'll check out that renix guide hopefully it'll have some tricks to get help the truck idle after startup.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    I also added a set of KC lights I had in the barn. I haven't bothered to wire them up yet as I only have a 62 amp alternator so I'm sure they'd hardly light up anyway. Right now if the radio and the blower (for the heat) is on the lights will start do dim. If anyone knows of any swaps to get a bigger alternator let me know. I want to swap something in that is beefy enough to run everything without struggling and probably a future winch.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    So now that the jeep is finally running, I bought some new tires ($600), got em mounted ($70) and kept one of the old ones as a spare. I probably should have gotten a more aggressive tread but I thought I would have more on road than off road use.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    On a test drive after bleeding the brakes (which actually work surprisingly well at this point). I discovered I was leaking gas, like everywhere. The tank itself was probably rusted and trashed anyways but it kept leaking after I changed it. At first I thought it was the gas tank but after I changed that I still had a leak. I then discovered this tiny crack in one of the lines of the sending unit, it was covered in this like thick plasticy paint, it looks like someone tried to repair it at some point. I did't take many photos but I ended up replacing the gas tank ($130), fuel pump ($45), and sending unit ($75). The sending unit came from an earlier model MJ because I couldn't find any for my year. It had an external fuel pump that year so I ended up just buying an f150 fuel pump and placing it where the filter used to go, it worked out pretty good. Just had to rewire the pump off the wires that used to come from the sending unit. Now the gas gauge isn't accurate but as least I don't have a leak. It looks ugly but it works fine and hasn't moved or caused a problem after a feel wheeling trips and a couple thousand road miles.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    Around the same time as I did the floors I replaced all the brakes and ran new ebrake lines to the back, the old ones had totally frozen up and become useless. Ended up being a waste to replace all that in the rear as I did an axle swap to an 8.8 (upgrading from the dana 35) like 5 months later.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    Couple more floor photos. Shouldn't have welded next to new seam sealer, it melts it. Got all my holes drilled for the seat and the cross member. The transfer case linkage ended up working out fine. I painted and calked everything after this. Then used some bed liner I got for $30 on amazon, decent stuff, super smelly but it should make the floor really rugged. As you can see I fixed the rust but not the leaks. Thinks are taken a bit out of order here as you can see I got a cheapo bench seat cover ($30), made of the cheapest weave of cloth I have ever had the pleasure of sitting on. I should replace it with a real blanket at some point.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    First things first, the floors have to be fixed. Bought these for $90 bucks off ebay, they're thin Chinese steel but they'll do. Stripped out basically all the interior, you can kind of see it in the photo the bottom of the seat had the original build sheet, although it was so work it fell into pieces as soon as I tried to pull it out. Spent some quality time with the vac and an wire cup on the angle grinder to get rid of any surface rust. As you can see drivers side is totally trashed, the front left portion is wide open, a lot of the rusty parts just expanded out and left giant holes. Drew out some lines with a grease pencil to try and visualize where to cut and what sort of panels to put in. Switched to the other side for a while because it was much more manageable with it's smaller sections of rot. As you can tell these aren't the highest quality welds but it's the best I could do with my $100 craigslist mig welder, I kept burning through because the rust was worse than I thought in some spots. Passenger side is done for now. I wire brushed all the rust off, and painted with the eastwood version of por 15 that I had lying around, hopefully that will prevent any future rust from coming back. Came back to the drivers side, had to cut a ton out but I'm slowly making my way around. Starting with the easier smaller bits in the back. Got to be really careful about hitting those fuel, brake and electrical lines around the right side of the unibody rail when I made the cuts. Finishing up the back of the driver's side. Doing the same thing as the passenger with the grinding and the paint. Wasn't really sure what direction I was going to take on the trans tunnel because I had to get it perfect for the transfer case linkage, so I spent some time calking. More to come, I have a big backlog to upload for photos, some things got less photos than others, I'll try and mention the things I did but forgot to take photos of.
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    Budget Wheeler - 87' MJ

    Back home in the barn, this is where she sleeps. This is when I discovered the windows get stuck if you roll them all the way down, had to take the entire door apart to fix it. It turns out I wasnt the first one in there, the plastic sound barrier had already been cut open and taped back. won't be making this mistake again.
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