Days later, I realized I hadn't put this in the "WJ" forums. Could a mod be kind enough to move it there? (Sorry :P)
So last year before the snow fell, I was shopping for a 4x4 for the girlfriend. Something she can drive in the winter. Meanwhile, I planned to restore an old 94 chevy. I really had big plans. New paint job, motor, wheels and tires, lift, etc. That way I'd also have a 4x4 for next year.
SO... I'm shopping around and I found a really nice 2003 Grand Cherokee Overland for the ol' lady to drive. It needed some work, but i got a really good deal on it. 5600 bucks. 135K miles. Decent rig for the money right? I know.
After putting new front wheel bearings, u joints, brakes, rotors, spark plugs, camshaft positioning sensor, cutting out rust, and making new rockers for this thing.. I started to fall head over heals in love with this thing. I kept wondering what it would look like with a lift, new wheels and tires, and maybe a new paint job. So naturally I come on this website.. I see everybody's sweet *** WJ's all over the place and start getting I think what you guys call "the jeep thing"?
I dropped the chevy project.. Sold the truck. Started a jeep project. Oh, btw.. This is no longer for the girlfriend
TO BE INSTALLED:
Nitto Trail Grapplers 285/70/16
16" Raceline Wheels (0 offset - Spacers not required)
Rough Country 4" Long arm lift (waiting for delivery)
Headlights + Taillights
Plasti-Dipping the whole jeep (not sure on color yet, probably matte white or black)
Front and rear bumpers
Here's a couple crappy pictures of the wheels and tires on the jeep so far WITHOUT the lift. I couldn't help myself I had to see what they looked like on it. I'll post more pictures later this week when I get the RC lift in.
Think the tires are a little bigger? haha. Can't figure out why this thing is leaning..
Unfortunately, i forgot to take pictures before I did the rust repair. The tire you see in this picture is the drivers side rear. You can see where I had to cut the pinch welds off. I had to cut a bit of the rust out of the unibody here as well. Took a while, but riveted in some 22 gauge steel. I went with rivets so I can repeat this repair down the road because rust is going to happen again in northern MN. Trying to keep the rust in one repairable spot so to speak. Unfortunately though, the rock sliders that were on the jeep rusted through the bracket. and it looks like the jeep had taken some damage where it bolts up at some point. I didn't see it when I bought it, but when the time comes to buy new sliders, I'll weld in a new bracket to mount them. Anyways, here's a quick fix of the rust issue near the rear rockers. Looks about the same on both sides. I only took pics of drivers side.
Before touch-up and primer and paint.
Finished work after undercoating
Passenger side lower spring holder was soo rusted out it's beyond use. I'm going to have to fix this somehow.. I have a couple ideas floating around, but nothing solid yet.
Drivers side is still "okay"
all new 3 1/4" pipe. I welded a cap on it to keep the water from getting in. Here's some pics of it after the fab work. This is the perch before it was welded onto the axle.
Looking at the bottom of the perch
Grounded down the rusty perch. Ready for welding.
quick mock up.
Welded and painted
Rubber spring catch installed