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Unread 06-08-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Project Motorcharge

It only took me 3 and a half long years to get another one but I finally did it. XJ #4 and the 4th time it's cost me $400.

Jeep info is in my info on the left.

Rolled over 260k on the hour and a half trip home though the tires needed to be balanced bad. Other than that she ran like a champ and it should be a good foundation for a build. Also came with upcountry coils, an extra set of 5 wheels and an extra NP231 transfer case.

The interior is totally gutted minus the front seats/dash/steering column/ect. Needs a good cleaning and headliner replacement before it goes back together as well as bedliner on the floor. Lucky for me the previous owner replaced all the floor panels already with all new sheet metal so there is virtually zero rust other than some surface rust on the roof.

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Unread 06-08-2012, 07:18 PM   #2
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Lucky for me it came with upcountry coils and I have some 2" coil spring spacers that I think will fit them. If that's the case I'll be visiting the junkyard tomorrow or next weekend to get me a main leaf off a Dakota and I'll have 3" lift right off the bat.

Short term mods:
Stereo, amp, and speaker install - Kenwood head unit and amp, 12" Pioneer sub
Ammo can lockbox
Rear bumper/hitch build
Bedlined interior/exterior
Custom tube fender flares

To do list tomorrow:
oil/filter change
tune up
general cleaning of the interior
brake flush
coolant flush
tire balancing
alignment
a/c recharge
and if I have time, painting the fender flares and grill

Lucky for me I work at a Subaru/Nissan dealership and have access to tools and lifts on the weekends as well as brake, balancing, and alignment machines and every fluid machine you can think of.
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Unread 06-08-2012, 07:25 PM   #3
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Your in Richmond! Get that thing together and wheel with us in Crozet!
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Unread 06-08-2012, 08:00 PM   #4
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nothing's more satisfying than resurrecting an old jeep that someone's abused and neglected. Looking forward to this one
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Unread 06-08-2012, 08:06 PM   #5
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It looks like it's in worse shape than it is. Once I get it cleaned up and fix some minor stuff it'll be looking pretty good. Soon as I sell my Dakota I'm gonna get it bedlined inside and out. Should be looking much better in a couple weeks.

I took it to the truck wash up the street from me and that made a huge difference. I really wanted to get into my storage unit to bust out the JF stickers but they were closed by the time I got there.
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Unread 06-09-2012, 12:29 PM   #6
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will be tunning in on this build
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Unread 06-09-2012, 01:42 PM   #7
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Gotten quite a bit done today and got a few nice surprises when I got her up in the air. A good portion of the front end suspension is all new, exhaust header is new, muffler, alternator, and best of all shocks new all the way around so hopefully the upper shock bolts wont be a ***** when I lift it here soon. Keeping it on pavement til I do just to keep them as easy to get out as possible.
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Unread 06-09-2012, 03:30 PM   #8
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Done today:
Oil change
Brake flush
Coolant flush
All fluids checked, filled up
Interior trim and panels scrubbed, degreased cleaned
Put rear seat and center console back together/in
Front grill/bezels repainted black
Mudflaps removed
Tires balanced
Replaced rear hatch struts

I didn't get as much as I wanted done because the shop closed early because they're paving all the lots at work tonight. Not to mention cleaning the interior took me a good part of the day. I'm really glad the whole interior was almost completely stripped because it hadn't been really cleaned in 10 years.

Tomorrow:
Front seats replaced (have XJ seats in my Dakota that are the same color and in much better shape)
All tint removed (cheap walmart stick on crap)
Front door hinges modified for removable doors.

Next weekend:
Redoing the headliner

Not much I can do next weekend due to monetary constraints. Need to save for bedliner for the next couple weeks for the exterior but iff I have time I'm going to try and get the interior bedlined (have a fair amount of Herc laying around) and the exterior sanded and primed for the exterior bedliner. Pretty sure I'm going to get that taken care of before the lift.
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Unread 06-09-2012, 03:33 PM   #9
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I'm also going to get the rear bumper build started next weekend. I'm going to do it fairly basic. Just following the body lines for the main portion with 2 clevis mounts and room for a hitch underneath. I'm not looking to make it too bulky but I want to be able to build a swing out tire carrier for it later on.

Will depend if this comes in or not: http://www.atozfabrication.com/store...lders-Kit.html
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Unread 06-10-2012, 01:05 PM   #10
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I really want to Herc my floor but so scared to just start pulling up carpet, no telling what is under there I dont have much rust but it is there, can you post pics, is it just norm painting process?? clean it, sand it, primer, then bedline it? is that about the gist whats the easiest way to clean once everything is removed...powerwasher? or just vacuum and a broom, or if there is a build thread on this can someone show me the link please? btw awesome deal on the jeep I bought mine for $500 was in almost perfect condition, so you cant beat $400 man, love it!
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Unread 06-10-2012, 02:51 PM   #11
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I know I said I wasn't going to wheel it yet, but poor self control and powerline trail access directly behind my apartments was calling to me.
Had to test to see if the 4wd worked at some point anyway right?

Nothing crazy, probably only went a 1/4 mile or so down em, but it came flooding back just how much I missed Jeeping.

Sorry there's only one after pic, but I didn't feel like getting out in the mud in low top vans.
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Unread 06-10-2012, 02:53 PM   #12
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I really want to Herc my floor but so scared to just start pulling up carpet, no telling what is under there I dont have much rust but it is there, can you post pics, is it just norm painting process?? clean it, sand it, primer, then bedline it? is that about the gist whats the easiest way to clean once everything is removed...powerwasher? or just vacuum and a broom, or if there is a build thread on this can someone show me the link please? btw awesome deal on the jeep I bought mine for $500 was in almost perfect condition, so you cant beat $400 man, love it!
All the kits come with instructions and iirc most of them have a pdf available as well. It's not really any different than painting with normal paint, you just have to be more careful about getting it on your skin.
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Unread 06-10-2012, 06:09 PM   #13
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All the kits come with instructions and iirc most of them have a pdf available as well. It's not really any different than painting with normal paint, you just have to be more careful about getting it on your skin.
ok so can I use any bedliner? spray or roll on.. does really matter? ive seen cheap bed liners in spray cans that work decent, ill search the forum also and see if I can find other post on it i feel like im asking a million questions.
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Unread 06-10-2012, 06:37 PM   #14
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while $400 for a running xj sounds like a great deal...

im curious to what happened to your other 3 $400 jeeps?
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Unread 06-10-2012, 06:41 PM   #15
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Sold the first for a 2 door, lost my job right after that and didn't. Have anywhere to keep it without insurance/plates so I had to sell it. The third I sold for more or less the same reason. It needed more work than I could put into it at the time.
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