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Unread 07-04-2011, 08:08 PM   #1
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From the frame up. 95 yj build

I never thought I'd be doing a total build thread on here. lol. So the patient is my 95 Rio Grande.



Ive had her since the winter of 02-03 and its been the only vehicle I've owned. Now she's in need of a new frame and body. Just the other day (after about a 2 month search), I found this little gem for only $200! Plus I got a hold of a near mint hood and front grill for $50 a piece.



Today I worked on the frame for about 7 hours taking off all the surface rust from sitting in the guys garage for a couple years. Its just in primer now because I still have to dump some por-15 down the frame rails. The PO took it to work and actually baked it in a furnace to get all the old paint off. I want to get a couple welds fixed too just to make me feel more comfortable.



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Unread 07-04-2011, 08:17 PM   #2
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nice project you got there im gonna have to follow this one for sure
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Unread 07-04-2011, 08:21 PM   #3
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nice rio grande. looking forward to see the restoration.
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Unread 07-04-2011, 09:46 PM   #4
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Awesome. Wish I could do the same but i just dont have the room to strip it to the frame...
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Unread 07-08-2011, 09:56 PM   #5
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Just a few steps of progress. Today I por15'd the inside of the frame. It was a lot simpler than I thought it would go. I just taped up most of the holes and filled it up. I did it with about a quart and a half. (stuff is pretty expensive at $50 a quart) I could of done it with only a quart but I didn't get all the holes plugged.

All I did was just fill it from the top and roll it around on the lawn. Makes the neighbors look at you kinda funny.

I think just a pint more just to touch up a couple spots inside but its really almost 95% covered. The stuff is really runny and spreads easy. Its also impossible to get off your fingers. The last thing I did was drill a small drain hole in the little catch part on the front rear crossmember and spread a little por15 for extra insurance.

Only thing I would of done different is to fill it on the side instead of from the top. Less drops and bends so it would spread easier.
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Unread 07-08-2011, 10:27 PM   #6
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It looked like you had a Jeep that was in pretty decent shape already. I am looking forward to seeing the end product. By the way what are your plans?
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Unread 07-08-2011, 10:31 PM   #7
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That pic was from the good side over a year ago. This winter was really tough on it. Shes got rust spots showing through on both sides now. I mostly just want to put all my good stuff on a new tub and frame with just a 1" body lift. The main goal is to just get it looking nice for a big jeep fest coming up in august.
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Unread 07-08-2011, 11:07 PM   #8
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Great work on the frame! Coating the inside of the frame is a great idea while you have it stripped down!!
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Unread 07-08-2011, 11:11 PM   #9
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Great work on the frame! Coating the inside of the frame is a great idea while you have it stripped down!!
Agreed, I see too many people POR15 the outside of their frame and call it a "frame off build" without thinking that it took 15 years to rust out the first time but it will take less than 5 years the second time.

If your frame is rusty on the outside, it's rusty on the inside too.
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Unread 07-08-2011, 11:23 PM   #10
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Agreed, I see too many people POR15 the outside of their frame and call it a "frame off build" without thinking that it took 15 years to rust out the first time but it will take less than 5 years the second time.

If your frame is rusty on the outside, it's rusty on the inside too.
For sure, most people seem to ignore this step! I didn't do a "frame off" on my current project Jeep so I cant roll it around my yard like bob did, but plan I to spray the inside of my frame with either eastwoods frame coating (the stuff in a spray can that has a long tube made to get inside frame rails), or with some chasissaver using a homemade spraying system with some long tube to snake through the frame.
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Unread 07-11-2011, 08:01 PM   #11
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Just stripped down and wire brushed a little rust off my new grill and primed it. Now I just need some spot putty and some paint to finish.
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Unread 01-24-2014, 03:28 PM   #12
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So I'm starting the build back up! I finally have a stable DD with my cherokee and I'm done with all the stuff to keep that going. Just to bring yins' up to speed, we left off with me searching for a new tub. I found one the summer of 2012 up by Pymatuming lake. Nice tubs are extremely hard to find in the salt belt.





It needed some firewall work and a new drivers side floor but was mostly rust free. I sold everything but the 4.10 axles, tub, and gas tank. My uncle was able to do the welding for me. I bedlinered the whole inside and most of the underneath but I still have some to do in the back. Thats going to have to wait until this snow finally stops. It sits right now as a rolling chassis with the 4.10's and a brand new gas tank and tranny skid. The tranny skid is a heavy duty one with a 1" drop built in to it. I spent the extra cash and went for the OME 2.5" 36r's all the way around for the lift.



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Unread 01-24-2014, 03:36 PM   #13
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Now just to make this all transfer onto the new frame. lol



Thought I'd do some resto to the bumper and push bar while the snow was still flying.

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Unread 01-24-2014, 04:04 PM   #14
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pymatuning lake? Damn that's close to home! My dad lives in Franklin/Oil City Area.
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Unread 01-24-2014, 06:22 PM   #15
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Nice! Come on over when the weather breaks and well do some wheeling.
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