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1990 Jeep Wrangler YJ - Too Cool YJ

Posted in Project Vehicles on January 1, 2010
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Photographers: Fred Williams

Some guys have the mechanical aptitude and savvy to build just about anything. These skills are a gift of craftsmanship that usually kicks in at a young age and grows to a full-blown obsession by adulthood. That's just what happened to Todd Farrand. Ever since the mechanical madness overtook him as a young lad, he has built hot rods and mechanical monsters on movie and TV sets, and he started a custom Jeep parts business. His latest creation and perpetual build is this well-used and abused '90 Jeep Wrangler complete with an LT1 engine.

After this Wrangler was used on a TV set and then abandoned, Todd snatched it up and started building away. Since then he's been working his magic by turning it into a very capable trail rig. The Wrangler is now powered by an Chevy LT1 V-8 engine, and it's fitted with a hydraulic lift system that Todd removed from a low-rider Cadillac. The ol' YJ isn't the pretty unscratched show Jeep you'll find in other magazines; it's a mechanical machine that's well used-the way a Wrangler should be.

The Dana 60 axle in the rear of the YJ is fitted with a Detroit Locker and 35-spline chromoly axleshafts. Todd built the triangulated four-link suspension and damped the ride by installing 12-inch Fox coilovers.
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Tech Specs
1990 Jeep Wrangler YJ

Engine: 1994 Chevy Camaro LT1
Transmission: TH350
Transfer case: NP231, Advanced Adapters slip-yoke eliminator
Front Axle: Dana 44, Detroit Locker, CTM U-joints, Warn chromoly axleshafts, 4.88 gears
Rear Axle: Dana 60, Detroit Locker, 35-spline axleshafts, 4.88 gears

Springs & Such: In front, Fox 14-inch travel coilovers, custom radius arms, King hydraulic bumpstops. In the rear, Fox 12-inch travel coilovers, JounceShock bumpstops
Tires & Wheels: 35x12.5R15 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw, 15x8 Mickey Thompson Classic Lock
Other Stuff: Redneck Ram hydraulic steering assist, Warn 9.5ti winch, K&N filter intake, Hella lights with custom light cage, Mercenary Off-Road taillight covers, RCI aluminum fuel cell, custom boatsided rocker panels

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