Oct 17, 2018 :: Wednesday
Updated At: June 15, 2017 PDT
1997 Jeep Wrangler in Glenn Dale, MD
- 4 Cylinder
1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ- Cummins 4BT Diesel
The frame has been completely modified, and began with cutting off all the original factory mounts and stretching the wheel base both in the rear and front 6" each. The front stretch was done the correctly by removing the factory coil buckets and moving those forward on the frame instead of just the axle. This puts more weight to the rear of the vehicle where it is needed and also allows the front axle to clear the front of the engine under full axle compression. The steering has also been upgraded to use a new steering box for the newer wranglers which helps the vehicle track better. The rear axle was moved back and converted to fit the outboard shocks which helps with road manners. It rides on Old Man Emu springs with 4" of lift. After all welding, grinding and cutting was done the frame was re-sand blasted and then the entire frame was hot dipped galvanized in a bath of 850 degree molten zinc. This coated the entire frame inside AND out. It was dipped twice and then quenched in chromium. Basically this frame will never rust. Also the crappy stamped rear frame member was replaced with 14 box steel and a custom bumper with a hitch assembly, back up lights and (2) D Ring Clevis. This was all also fabricated with 14" steel and hot dipped galvanized. I also custom fabricated a rear rack that slides into the hitch, to allow more room to carry larger items. It is made of 18" steel, rebar, 2" tubular steel and can carry full size refrigerators, or anything else that will fit.
As mentioned all new high quality Bilstein shocks on all 4 corners, and springs. It has a TNT customs long arm lift on it again with front and rear stretch. ($5,000 alone). All parts are extremely heavy duty rebuildable, greaseable, and powder coated. It has a bomb proof skid plate as well that's not currently attached but will come with it. This kit is top of the line and required extensive cutting and welding to upgrade to this new suspension, which rides great. Also has JK sway bar quick disconnects in front. This jeep will run smooth highways speeds with no death wobble
The original body was scrapped and a newer, rust free, 2002 body was put in place. The body was stripped and the underside was professionally sand blasted and then coated upside down with por-15 so it will never rust. Then the entire tub was rhino lined inside and out with the DuPont Kevlar liner. Then the underside of the tub was covered nearly everywhere with sound deadening mat. Every bolt was cleaned and coated with never seize so stuck bolts won't be a issue down the road. The front hood was customized to open like a big rig. The whole front end flips forward and makes working under the hood a breeze.
The entire interior is coated in bed liner, and there is black carpet now on top of it that can easily be removed for cleaning. The dash has been updated to the 03 era with the rotary controls and AC. A set of ISS-Pro EV2 gauges were added to monitor critical vehicle information to include EGTs, Trans Fluid Temp, and Boost. The dash is illuminated with blue LEDs, giving it a crisp look. During transformation the entire HVAC system was updated to the newer more efficient 03 system. It was also gone over and has a new ac evaporator core, fan, heater core etc. the seats, dash and everything is all 02 . The AC is not functional now, because the engine does not have a mounted compressor. With the addition of the compressor on the 4BT, you would be able to connect to the new in-dash components. Center console is a tuffy security locking steel box with keys. Note- the tachometer and horn are not hooked up. The tach can be adapted to work with the addition of a sensor on the engine. The horn just needs to be wired back in, I've just never had a need for it.
The jeep is moved by a 4 cylinder, 3.9L 4BT Cummins turbo diesel that was a complete rebuild by Cummins with approximately 40k miles on it. The engine fires right up every time and runs strong and true. It still has the stock turbo on it which makes about 25 psi of boost. There is no aftercooler present. The fuel injection pump was rebuilt last summer for a re-seal.
Engine oil and coolant are always clean. Custom extremely heavy duty motor mounts made from 12" galvanized steel, gusseted everywhere and mounted mid motor to distribute the weight evenly.
The radiator is mounted in front of the engine with a custom galvanized mounting bracket. This is powered by a 12V electric motor and is operated by a thermostat. There is also a switch inside to run the fan manually. The fan rarely comes on under normal driving conditions. The braking steering system is the hydroboost out of a Ford Powerstroke. As you can imagine, the jeep has very responsive steering and tight braking.
The transmission is a completely rebuilt automatic 700R4 K case (truck version). The 700R4 was completely scoured and bullet- proofed everywhere possible. It took some time and tuning to get it right, but it works great behind the diesel and is very strong.
The shifter has been swapped out to a custom fitted B&M shifter and looks and works great. This shifter allows you to manually shift through all of the gears. There is a trans cooler mounted in front of the radiator. E-brake is not hooked up, but the lever is present inside.
Transfer case was also rebuilt and a slip yoke eliminator kit was installed to accept the new tom woods drive shaft which connects to the stout ford 8.8 rear axle with disc brakes. The rear axle was regeared to a ford racing 410 and all new bearings and seals were installed. There is the TNT customs axle truss welded to it with all new spring mounts etc. basically a very strong axle, through and through.
There is a dual battery system set-up to allow for selection between 1, 2, both or No batteries (security). The racket that housed the second battery was removed, so right now there is only 1 battery which is at it's end of life. The cabling is still present for the second battery, but a new bracket will be needed to mount the second battery.
All mechanical components are easily accessible to work on, and readily available on the market.
This Jeep is rolling on Mickey Thompson MTZ 33" with Moto Metal 17" rims. 33s were chosen for fuel economy purposes, but 35s will clear and function just fine with the existing 410 gear ratio. The front tires have worn unevenly on the insides since the alignment went out recently, but the rears still have 90% tread life with even wear.
The jeep is completely EMP (electro magnetic pulse) and taser proof. So basically no electronic failure will shut this jeep down. It's completely mechanical. The only thing you would lose in that event is the radio, and you will own the only functioning vehicle, most likely within 100s of miles, that can run on a variety of fuels.
The result of this build is an unstoppable machine, that dominates off road and still manages to be economical as a daily driver. There is an infinite amount of potential still left for this jeep.
Title is clean and will say a 1997 with 180k miles or so, even though nothing is left on this jeep with those miles on it. Approximately 40,000 miles since project completion. Keep in mind, now that this vehicle is 20 years old by the VIN, you should be able to acquire a historic registration in the state of Maryland.
Located in Glenn Dale, MD
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Stock Number: A158586U