I just finished my very first Jeep Wrangler rebuild and figured I'd share the pictures with everyone. First off I'd like to state that I am an amateur mechanic at best and without the big help of friends and family none of this would have came together. This was a huge labor of love taking near 10 months to finish just due to time constraints and learning curve (law school, work, wife, kid etc)
I bought this Jeep for 2000 and it was my first wrangler ever. I always wanted to own one and couldn't pass up the the deal however, the renegade body kit is horribly ugly! And so began my first Wrangler rebuild...Enjoy
After removing all the body "armor" of the renegade kit we found all the fun and then some of body rust! The body and frame on this thing was a nightmare! I didn't think to take any photos of allll the rot but here is a photo of the frame and body upon seperating them. Notice all the fun holes left behind by the awesome renegade body kit!
After the body and frame were seperate we started to attack the frame first. Luckly the frame was relatively solid. There was only two bad spots (both under the radiator). After a good sanding I painted the frame a firehouse red to work with the black.
I also as you can see put on new gaskets, cleaned up and painted the transmission and engine. What you also don't see is brake, fuel and emergency lines. As exspected, every line was rusted out to the point of no return and would need replaced!
After getting all the lines and frame in order it was time to start on the body. I started as a novice welder and after this project feel like an expert lol. A fun fact about Renegade Jeeps is how much they utterly DESTORY the Jeep itself to put on the plastic body kit. I had to completly fabricate new fenders as they were cut out to have the kit put on.
The backend and tailgate were also rusted to no return and needed to be fabricated as well.
Also upon inspection of the tailgate it seems someone had wrecked into the back of it. So I had to cut it open, rehammer it straight, weld it close and fix the holes in it! *note to self, buy a new one next time