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    Default Project "Little Brother"

    We started another project. It seems they all start with this view.

    There was this one



    Then this one



    Then this one



    And now this one.



    You will notice they all start in the same place At least this one came in under its own power.

    It is going to be dubbed little brother I think. We were at a lose to know what to call it, but since it will never grow up to be as big as this one:



    It showed up with its 31s on it, as big as it gets for this one. But now for the specs. Original price 6000. Including the hard top worth 2000 and a soft top and bikini top. Belonged to a woman who used it as a daily driver. No mods, just a little shoddy repair work.
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    So in the project area it comes, with a knock that was getting worse. It had a couple of codes too, a P0300 and P0243 I think. We didn't have time for both codes, but we needed to get rid of that knock since it had to make the trip from my place to Reno in a couple of hours. So it was time to go to work.

    The knock turned out to be belt related, so we got into that first. First off, we noticed the upper hose was getting ready to go.



    Then there was this little gem



    The PO was married to an HVAC ductwork installer. Lousy mechanic. But I will have you know that is duct tape that is certified to stand up to high attic temps and never loose its stickum. I guess it is what you do when you don't know how to use a wrench. There was a comment that the father in law wouldn't let him touch anything mechanical.

    Radiator had seen better days too,



    So we both got into it. Here is that fine duct tape coolant temp sensor





    And it still worked. Amazing

    So the radiator came out, temp sensor and water pump. Changed the sensor, got the radiator that was in the big brother before the V8 and snagged the power steering pulley all off big brothers 4.0 engine. Grabbed the cap, rotor and wires off it too to take care of that P0300 code. Installed a new water pump.



    Alas, the kid was caught in the act. Anyone see what was wrong in that pic? I made sure to catch his arm in it. All his fault. Hint: the belt didn't fit right

    Here is another pic. See it yet?

    A few of the proper swear words, and then it was corrected



    Got it buttoned up in time to leave for the trip over the pass. Started it up and the knock was gone and we think the antifreeze leak too. There is going to be some new shoes coming, the studs have to come off at the end of the month
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Default Re: Project "Little Brother"

    Looks like someone forgot the pulley!

    Nice little project Steve.

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    Default Re: Project "Little Brother"

    Someone did, and he got busted with his arm in the pic
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Looks like a nice project.. with not a whole lot of work needed... Hopefully she'll serve her purpose well for many years to come!!
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    Default Re: Project "Little Brother"

    Actually, not too much needed. This one is already a daily driver and is running well. New seats are the next project I think. We have some we are thinking about at the pick and pull
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    That's not too bad of a deal as far as work needed goes... There is a local guy selling one of his TJ's, and if I didn't have my XJ to build up, an/or it wasn't a 4cyl I'd probably jump on it.. it's in really good shape and taken care of, and never wheeled (actually really wasn't, not the CL version of never wheeled)... but can't handle the 4cyl part... now if it was a 4cyl CTD, that'd be a different story... lol
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    Default Re: Project "Little Brother"

    Yeah I hear ya on the 4 cyl. Those go cheap out here. 100K and they are done and need a motor. Plenty of them
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Yeah I hear ya on the 4 cyl. Those go cheap out here. 100K and they are done and need a motor. Plenty of them
    Yeah that is one huge issue with the 4cyl versions... besides the obvious lack of power output.. lol.. If I had the knowledge and expertise to pull off a V8 swap... then maybe I'd pick it up till the engine blew, then swap in a V8... Now is this one for your son that has the other HumWee jp??
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    Default Re: Project "Little Brother"

    Yes, he has the HUMWEE and TJ Resurrection, so this is the daily. The other TJ will see some work shortly. However his daughter is getting her license in three months and has her eye on a CJ5 with a V8, so we will see where the money goes
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Yes, he has the HUMWEE and TJ Resurrection, so this is the daily. The other TJ will see some work shortly. However his daughter is getting her license in three months and has her eye on a CJ5 with a V8, so we will see where the money goes
    Nice... and def say he raised her up right.. Can't say I blame her for wanting a CJ as a first vehicle.. Has she already found one, or she just wants one?? I'm sure you'll hook her up right either way!!!
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    Default Re: Project "Little Brother"

    No, they found one. 55 CJ5 with a 283 V8, three speed, probably stock and Warn overdrive. No top, but decent paint I guess. She originally wanted a DJ, glad we got her off that. We told her we refused to work on that. But it will be a nice addition to the stable
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    Oh come on... don't dash her dreams!!! LOL... Nah I think a CJ would be a much better choice and she'd like much more anyways... She looking just to have a nice vehicle to drive and take the top off on nice days?? Or she looking to wheel it one day??
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    Default Re: Project "Little Brother"

    She has done some off road driving already. So yes it will probably be wheeled
    230 hp 4.3L Chevy
    Built 4L60E with manual lockout
    Atlas 4 speed
    Griffin radiator
    On board air
    Warn 9.5ti on custom bumper
    7.5" RE front and bastard pack rear on custom long arms
    30 gal gas tank
    lockers
    And a bunch of other stuff

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    The new fender flares I ordered 3 weeks ago finally showed up. I live an hour and a half from the rubicon trail and 45 min from foryce creek trail. The local CHP love to hand out fender and mud flap tickets to the 4wds. I have already been pulled over for it the YJ. I will gladly pay 200 for flares instead of 400 plus for the ticket. Will post pics when complete.

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