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Old July 22nd, 2013, 19:20
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Johnnie Walker's MJ project

I just picked up an 87 MJ. Started life as a 2.5L/5spd 2wd.
PO pulled to engine/trans for a swap. In the end decided that this particular project wasn't as important.
This is good news for me, as I have wanted an MJ for the longest time. This will be a slow build as funds are currently limited. Saving for the 30th Moab trip.

Still deciding how exactly I want to build it. It will definitely, eventually, get some sort of LSx motor and some mid/long arms. Anyways, enough rambling for meow. Here are some pics of how she sits currently.

<img src="https://www.dropbox.com/s/4hf0o1vp9tkug16/2013-07-22%2016.12.21.jpg" width="640" height="480" />
<img src="https://www.dropbox.com/s/xljkp8m6pjgbv7z/2013-07-22%2016.12.30.jpg" width="640" height="480" />
<img src="https://www.dropbox.com/s/36odb3a8eu1s5tf/2013-07-22%2016.12.44.jpg" width="640" height="480" />
<img src="https://www.dropbox.com/s/ma2wvb8ldta2usm/2013-07-22%2016.12.54.jpg" width="640" height="480" />
<img src="https://www.dropbox.com/s/ko71ghyg71pxftl/2013-07-22%2016.13.02.jpg" width="640" height="480" />
<img src="https://www.dropbox.com/s/ncfqnwikhus4i5o/2013-07-22%2016.13.08.jpg" width="640" height="480" />
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 21:22
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Re: Johnnie Walker's MJ project

Your dropbox picture links aren't working.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 10:39
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/4hf0o1vp9t...2016.12.21.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xljkp8m6pj...2016.12.30.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/36odb3a8eu...2016.12.44.jpg
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These links work, I was trying to get the to load at a reasonable size here on Naxja, but you can see them fine clicking on them.
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Old July 30th, 2013, 18:49
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Re: Johnnie Walker's MJ project

No grille.. ..candidate for 97+ conversion or are you going to stick with the older look? The original grille doesn't mesh as well with those baja fenders, imo..
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Old July 31st, 2013, 08:55
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Re: Johnnie Walker's MJ project

GREAT starting point. I bet you got a smokin deal on it too. Ill be watching the build.
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Old July 31st, 2013, 11:00
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nice. i love the MJs
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Old July 31st, 2013, 15:09
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No grille.. ..candidate for 97+ conversion or are you going to stick with the older look? The original grille doesn't mesh as well with those baja fenders, imo..
Well, I have the original header panel, but the inserts are missing and it has some weird metal custom horizontal grille insert. I have the 97up conversion on my Renix XJ with the fenders. I like the 97up more, but I wouldn't be opposed to a waggy header/grille if I can get one for cheap. If I go 97up, not sure if I want to put these fenders on my XJ. haha.

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GREAT starting point. I bet you got a smokin deal on it too. Ill be watching the build.
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nice. i love the MJs
Thanks, yes. I like MJ's a lot. Wanted one since I was younger.
The axle in the rear is the PO's Ford 9" that he wants back. Which is fine as it is setup spring over right meow. Not sure if I really want to be that high. Even if I go with 33+ tires, with the flared fenders I will have plenty of room. I have an identical set of the 33" Bridgestone AT's that are on there now in the 31" flavor that I will most likely run for the time being.
Ultimately, as with my XJ I want a GM LSx engine in it. But, I've seen a few possible donor XJ/MJ's recently that I may just swap the stock-ish drivetrain in for meow.
Since I'm saving up for the 30th in Moab, funds are a little limited for the MJ until afterwards. But if anyone has drivetrain/other misc parts they want to donate/sell for cheap let me know.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 10:40
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Re: Johnnie Walker's MJ project

Crash, on 02 Jan 2014 - 16:38, said:
So, update, I finally found a donor. 1988 XJ. I6, aw4, 231 tcase. Stock axles, vac disco d30 and turdy5. Also, picking up a Synergy suspension, tb bracket and brace in trade. I really want manual trans, but if I cannot find one before I swap power train I will leave the aw4. The plan is to pull the engine/trans and replace most of the gaskets, most likely including the head gasket.
Donor and project.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 17:13
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Re: Johnnie Walker's MJ project

Dude I've been waiting for you to finally get a donor! awesome!


Pull the head and inspect.
Pull the tranny pan and inspect.

Dude you just need to get this thing up and running. You can always swap a ax15 down the road if it is truly needed, so use the aw4 for now and just it up and running so it can be used!
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 20:22
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Re: Johnnie Walker's MJ project

What is all involved with this swap going from a 2.5tbi to a 4.0 renix? I have an 88 2.5 aw4 4x4 with factory 4.56. Would like more info on this swap but was never able to find much on it.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 20:49
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Re: Johnnie Walker's MJ project

You need EVERYTHING
Aside from that, is a simple piece for piece affair
Patience, some zip lock bags, tape, a sharpie, a notebook and lots of patience, and a naxja membership will get you through.

I used my rolled 96 4dr as a donor for.my.current 87 2dr body, and got.it.blessed by CA. If you get stuck, send me a pm
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As she sits currently, with 31x10.5's . Still a ways off from being a driver, but since it is on 4 wheels now it gives me motivation.
The u-bolts that I had were uber long so I had to use blocks. When I get correct bolts and leaf plates it will sit higher in the back. Still no powertrain in it.
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Old February 6th, 2015, 18:02
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Update, months later..
So, this truck still sits as is. But, I picked up another running/driving MJ 4.0L/2WD/5 speed from a friend of mine. Fortunately, he has done a good amount of the work I would have wanted to do. This includes 97+ XJ front header/fenders and doors/mirrors. It will stay 2WD for meow, but I would like to add a 97+ center console. However, I will be getting rid of the utility bed and swapping the regular bed from my prior project.
I had a D35 (sigh), but the PO to my friend put 4.56 gears in it. Yes I know, ticking time bomb, but I have a C8.25 with 4.56's that I thought about setting up for an SUA MJ for when it goes Boom! Unfortunately it has some lame Ford wheels on it, but the tires are practically new off-brand AT's that I may just switch wheels and run for a while. Otherwise, I can swap my 31's from my other project MJ.
Debating on what to do with my other MJ and the donor XJ. Might see if I can sell as a bundle.
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Re: Johnnie Walker's MJ project

Nick sold you his MJ? Did he get the job up north he was waiting on?
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