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Unread 10-27-2009, 09:38 PM   #1
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My YJ - rescued, rolled, and finally finished... sort of.

I say rescued because, well, I did rescue this poor jeep from it's redneck previous owner. No it wasn't rolled over... I rolled the paint on. And I say it's finished but as I'm typing those words I'm planning my next moves. In fact I have a set of rocker guards on it's way to me right now.

The pictures are crap because I took them with my phone. It was the only camera I had with me at all times so it's what I used. The jeep is a 90 2.5. The only good thing the previous owner did was herculine the interior. I won't even go into the things he did wrong...

This is how I found the poor jeep when I went to buy it!


And this was the interior. There was no dash at all.


Here's where I started by fixing the messed up fender. I could have just bought a new one but this was easy enough to do myself.


Also had to repair a huge dent in the back. It was a lot deeper than it looks in the picture


My original plan was to just repair the dents and shave the holes from the tailgate. I also painted the wheels white.


While I was at it I ended up stripping everything off the body and repainting everything. I shaved all the body lines from the entire jeep except where the front fenders meet the tub.


And yes, I drove it down my street a couple times like this and my neighbors thought I was crazy.


This is after wetsanding but before polishing.


test fitting the new dash made by Dan - dislsmoke.


had a small problem when I put the stock gauges back in. I had to grind out some areas to make room for them to fit.


Painted the hood and the rest of the body


Starting reassembly


The blue tape on the windshield is holding some bolts so I don't lose them.


Installed a license plate bracket with lights so I could move the plate to the bumper. I shaved all the mounting holes where it used to be. Also installed a third brake light in the gap from the body lift.


Put the tailgate back on finally and reinstalled brake lights. Notice there are no mounting holes for the spare tire carrier. I also shaved off the license plate bracket holes and all of the body lines.


Needed more contrast in the cab so I painted the plate over the transmission


put in a cable to keep my dog in the back when wheeling


finally getting the dash installed and put together. Also have the new seats installed. The old black ones are crap! the drivers side rusted out so bad that the back fell off when I was moving it around in my yard. I love these new bestop seats.


after shot of the dash with gauges, toggles, lights and new steering wheel


After shot of the jeep today out at Corbett


My current plans for the jeep now are to install the rocker guards when I get them, lift the jeep another 3" (it's already lifted 3.5"), and get some 33" MT's under it.
Also, I have a new (to me) engine going in soon. I'm replacing my 90 TBI 2.5 with a 93 MPI 2.5 that I found for $200. As soon as I find a 4.0 for a decent price I'll be swapping that in. The good thing about swapping to the MPI 2.5 first is all the extra work involved with doing the TBI to MPI swap now is stuff I would have to do with the 4.0 swap anyway.

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Unread 10-27-2009, 09:51 PM   #2
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How was the new dash install?

Did most of the gauges fit without any issues? Doesn't look liek it came with cutouts for the stock heater/radio either?

I've wanted a steel dash for so long!
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Unread 10-27-2009, 09:55 PM   #3
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The new dash was custom designed to how I wanted it. Dan (dislsmoke) did a great job on it. I didn't want any cutouts for heater/ac, radio, or speakers because I don't have any of those anymore. Everything that I don't use was stripped. The only gauges I reused were the stock tach and speedo, the rest are all autometer gauges. I also had Dan put in a small cubby hole area for temporary storage while driving around.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 09:56 PM   #4
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Awesome man I like it!
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Unread 10-27-2009, 09:58 PM   #5
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Awesome man I like it!
Thanks...

Forgot about these-
I think I've posted these shots elsewhere on the forum. This is a trunk box I have that locks against the tailgate for some secure storage


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Unread 10-28-2009, 05:40 AM   #6
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Those white wheels look good
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Unread 10-28-2009, 05:58 AM   #7
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Those white wheels look good
agree...it may be the only thing and only time the white wheels look good.
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Unread 10-28-2009, 07:08 AM   #8
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Nice. Great job.

You said you rolled the paint on? I'd like to hear more about that.

I'd move the plate, it's going to get mangled on the trail.
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Unread 10-28-2009, 08:56 AM   #9
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Those white wheels look good
Thanks. That was the first thing I did was paint the wheels white. I hated the black wheels.

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Nice. Great job.

You said you rolled the paint on? I'd like to hear more about that.

I'd move the plate, it's going to get mangled on the trail.
Thanks. I rolled the paint on with brightsides gloss white paint. Took me about a week and a half. Ask me questions and I can answer.

The plate doesn't hang down as far as it looks. Also, the gas tank skid is right behind it. I doubt anything will happen to it where it's at. I've taken it on trails a couple times already.
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Unread 10-28-2009, 01:20 PM   #10
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Search the forum for poor mans Rustoleum paint job.
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Unread 10-28-2009, 02:02 PM   #11
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Looks great with the seams shaved and the plates moved. Good Job!
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Unread 10-28-2009, 03:42 PM   #12
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Looks great with the seams shaved and the plates moved. Good Job!
Thanks! I was hoping somebody would say something about that. I spent a lot of time making the body perfect again.
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Unread 10-28-2009, 03:43 PM   #13
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Looks great !!
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Unread 10-28-2009, 04:06 PM   #14
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This looks great - I'm very impressed with the body work and like how you shaved all the holes/seams. Very cool
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Unread 10-28-2009, 05:43 PM   #15
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Great job, what do you have for seats? Are those stock?
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