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Unread 04-02-2013, 07:46 PM   #16
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Like the fenders and the flares.

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Unread 04-03-2013, 03:15 AM   #17
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I'm currently restoring/rebuilding a YJ, sure do wish I had some of your space and equipment.

It's going to look real good when it's done, practically brand new.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 08:09 AM   #18
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Thanks for the replies guys. As far as being practically brand new that was what I was going for. I don't ever plan on selling this jeep and really didn't want to go out and buy a brand new one so I just decided to make mine "new". Plus I do not want to break down on the trail because this will be a trail rig as my DD during the good weather here in TX.

Couple more pictures before I post pictures of it at the body shop.
The first picture was right after we broke in the cam. Reminds me of the movie "Christine"

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For Christmas my parents got me the M/T black rings for my wheels. Really liked the contrast of the black rings but my painter had other ideas. You will see that later

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Loaded on the trailer about to head to the body shop. A very good friend of mine, Joey Brewer of BMF Rats and Rods did the body work and paint.

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Unread 04-03-2013, 08:32 AM   #19
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So now its time to send it off to paint. The day I have been waiting for. About 4 years ago I sold my 67 GTO to help pay for some business related bills. I also did a frame off restoration on this GTO and was my pride and joy. It was blue with white interior. The color was a mid 90's GM blue that they used on camaro, firebirds and corvettes. It is called medium quazar blue metallic. I decided to paint the jeep that color to pay homage to my GTO.

I decided to spray raptor liner on my inner fenders instead of leaving them the way they come from MetalCloak.


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Unread 04-03-2013, 08:41 AM   #20
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Prep time for paint. Joey painted the inside of the corner guards and the area of the tub where they are going to be bolted to in a heavy duty black that the truck shop uses to paint their large trucks and buses.

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And the crew at BMF taping it off. That was an ordeal to say the least.

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Unread 04-03-2013, 08:45 AM   #21
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A little teaser picture of the color.

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Unread 04-03-2013, 09:45 AM   #22
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love the color, and the metalcloaks


...but your front shackles are on upside down...the short leg of the shackle goes on the top at the front so the center bolt prevents spring inversion, short leg towards the bottom at the rear so the shackle doesn't hit the rear crossmember
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Unread 04-03-2013, 10:06 AM   #23
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Lookin good I really like that color!
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Unread 04-03-2013, 10:15 AM   #24
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love the color, and the metalcloaks


...but your front shackles are on upside down...the short leg of the shackle goes on the top at the front so the center bolt prevents spring inversion, short leg towards the bottom at the rear so the shackle doesn't hit the rear crossmember

Tried turning them "right side up" they hit on the mount that is welded to the frame. Left side is good but I had to replace the right side cause I cracked the mount. I sent a picture of it to a poster over on Wrangler forum and he may post here also, Ibuildembig, and he said I was fine running it like that. Had no problem this weekend with it but thanks for pointing that out for me.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 11:07 AM   #25
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And the semi finished product. I still have to get my seats in, the upgraded roll cage built and my harness. Just kind of ran out of money. But what I really wanted to accomplish in the first "phase" is to have the drive train as stout as I possibly could have gotten it. This past weekend we went to Sanderson TX down in the Big Bend area and the jeep did great. Ran 70mph down the highway in 5th gear turning about 2300rpm. Out on the trail the suspension was smooth and responsive. Out on the rocks the lockers worked perfectly and the low gear was a nice to have. All in all I have to say that the final product was exactly what I had planned back in August. Did have a couple of issues though. My rear shocks are too long, we kept bottoming out. I had an idea this was going to happen and already have a plan in place to fix it. Also I was planning on rebuilding the 8.8 after the trip to Sanderson due to that was the only part in the drive train that had not been gone through. We lost the pinion bearing and seal and slung gear lube all over the underside of the jeep. Thank goodness I trailered it down there instead of flat towing. I have pretty much decided against ever flat towing another vehicle. So enjoy these last pictures and if you have any questions please feel free to ask. Thank you all for taking the time to look over this build thread. This build was honestly a build of love and I am very happy with the way it turned out.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 11:10 AM   #26
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Here are some pictures from Sanderson TX.

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Unread 04-03-2013, 09:21 PM   #27
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Lookin good I really like that color!
Thanks on the comments about the color. I really like it too and think the tan and blue really go together.
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Unread 04-16-2013, 07:55 AM   #28
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Where did you get those tube fenders? My fenders are starting to rust away under the old rubber fenders and may as well cut 'em off and put something awesome on.

Great build and color!
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Unread 04-16-2013, 09:34 AM   #29
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Where did you get those tube fenders? My fenders are starting to rust away under the old rubber fenders and may as well cut 'em off and put something awesome on.

Great build and color!
They are MetalCloak fenders. They replace the entire factory fender. Innner's and all.
And thank you on the comment about the build and color.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 10:14 PM   #30
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On the way back from the ranch down in Sanderson the rear pinion seal took a crap on me and slung gear lube all under the rear of the jeep. That was one component I did not rebuild but was planning on it after my trip. In the next couple of days I will be installing new bearings in the differential (ARB) and also installing a superior gear c-clip eliminator and axles. Started on it this evening and will post pictures as I go.
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