I will start this thread with a warning- As this thread builds you will be subjected to copious amounts of OCD's and anal-retentiveness. You've been warned!
Now that we have that out of the way.... lets get started. What can i tell you about "Zoe"...
Here's what we know-
-1997 Grand Cherokee Limited with every single option under the sun (all in good working order) minus sunroof.
-98k on the clock
-Marked title. Sat forever in an impound lot. No one would touch it because it had no keys so no one knew the mileage. After a little bit of homework it was a theft recovery. There is no "damage" anywhere but drivers side front fender and door have a slightly different color stripe but the paint looks to be dead on.
-Stock height for now but the rolling stock is a 245/70/16 so it seems to sit a little taller over the stock 225's.
-Small lift- 2-3"
-Wheels- Leaning towards 17" Moabs or maybe something in a 18". She will mainly be a street truck with the occasional off-road excursion.
-Improve the sound system- All the speakers are/were blown. Already replaced the fronts with some new Infinity 6022i's.
-Lighting and aesthetic improvements
Enough talk... on with the pics
Here she is when we picked here up-
Interior is immaculate. Had a faint smell of dog and a little bit of mildew in spot from sitting for so long. Just did a complete shampoo front to rear. Smell is gone. These are pre-shampoo-
Came with new tires are the way around. Not every aggressive but great for motoring around town!
Engine compartment is fairly clean. Again, because it sat for a long time it could use a little clean up. No thing a little time and a pressure washer cant handle.
Heres where I start digging into her and making her mine!
Every nook and cranny of this truck was full of pine needles and nast. Here is a prime example.
Busted out the brushes and ended up with this-
While I was in there I decided to give the wiper arms some new paints
Looks sooooo much better!
Because I am too broke to even pay attention... I love cheap mods.
First- I hate the orange on the front markers. So I masked it off, wet sanded it with some 220 and shot it silver. I really like how is smooths out the look of the front end. This just 'til I can order some clear ones.
Also wanted to do something with the tails. The "Big Top" tent stripes just look off to me and all the aftermarket tails are less than impressive. So I found a set of the uber rare all red tails... by "found" I mean "made". Best $5 appearance mod ever!
So I wet sand the lights and masked them up-
Did 3-4 coats of the Kyrlon X-Metals Red and about 2-3 coats of clear. Whacha think?
Like the front it just flows better. Yeah I have red reverse light now. Now worries though, plans for some high output rear lighting at some point.
Because I bought it for my girl and I need it to haul trailers and such, I will be keeping the big mods to a minimum. Small lift- maybe 2-3". Would like a run a bigger/wider wheel. Not sure in final size. Really like the 17" Moab's.
Like to outfit it with some better audio, maybe add some video for the kids.
Engine plans- CAI (it will never see deep water forging), exhaust, headers, spice up the ignition a little, maybe slide in a cam.
Exterior- Full length basket, lighting, roof mount spare...
Of course this all costs money soooooo.... hang tight. It will be a long ride!
Too funny... My wife and I cant wait to move back out to the country.
o yea, i ve got family in portland or i guess just out side, in the country on an acreage, but its more the living in portland i am jealous of, i hate suburbia in calgary, too many bluetooths and cheap beamers
98 Deep Slate Niner- 6''s on 35's ---11 F150 Platinum Pearl White- Modded Tiny V6 with Two Turbos. ---93 Black 5.2 limited- Slowly dying in my Parents Driveway