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Unread 01-29-2014, 12:25 PM   #31
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Thanks for the love. I am actually kind of disappointed that my thread is kind of dead, I thought for sure I would be bombarded with questions

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Unread 01-29-2014, 02:37 PM   #32
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Thanks for the love. I am actually kind of disappointed that my thread is kind of dead, I thought for sure I would be bombarded with questions
I think it's a great thread and its cool to see some different ideas. What next on the to do list after the lights ?
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Unread 01-29-2014, 02:48 PM   #33
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This Saturday is boring work. We are going to pound out dents, patch some holes, clean up some bed liner runs, putty and sand. Then hopefully we can get some primer on it. The plan is to paint it on the 8th. As far as next mod goes, tail gate skin.
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Unread 01-29-2014, 05:44 PM   #34
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Awesome work, man. The round headlights look great (so does the rest of your work for that matter). I can't wait to see what you do with the tailgate and top.
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Unread 01-29-2014, 06:03 PM   #35
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First I want to say, brilliant. My next build will be an XJ once the TJ is paid off. My XJ wheeled harder with less effort than my TJ has. Its a little unfortunate you didnt just go ahead and dove tail the rear and throw some axles and 37's at it. Its already chopped for it...
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Unread 01-31-2014, 09:08 AM   #36
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I do not have the funds for axles or 37's. They will come in time. Unfortunately axles are on the outside of my scope of knowledge. So is suspension, I can bolt on a suspension kit, but if I needed to custom build suspension, I am completely lost.
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Unread 01-31-2014, 01:09 PM   #37
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I do not have the funds for axles or 37's. They will come in time. Unfortunately axles are on the outside of my scope of knowledge. So is suspension, I can bolt on a suspension kit, but if I needed to custom build suspension, I am completely lost.
The axle I helped with was not hard at all, you can do it with some research! Dont limit yourself, you have this entire forums worth of knowledge! Good luck man it looks great so far.
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Unread 02-03-2014, 09:12 AM   #38
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I would have some questions for you, but I don't have an XJ. I just started reading the thread, thought it was damn creative so i subscribed. Awesome concept. Can't wait to see more updates.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 08:23 AM   #39
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Update 2/4/14:

We finally got some paint on this thing. I wasn't planning on painting it until Saturday, but we couldn't resist. This post will be pic heavy.

Saturday we started tearing this down so we could start the body work. Started by beating out some dents on the passenger side and filling them with some fiberglass, followed by some block sanding and some putty.




Previous owner pretty much destroyed the driver side doors. We thought it would be quicker to just replace the doors from the parts jeep. My advice, suffer through the body work. I have 5 hours in trying to make the 92 Laredo doors fir on the 96. I had to drill out about 20 rivets and switch out all of the latches, handles, rods. PAIN IN THE ***! I will most likely have another 8 hours in reassembling the doors. I have ordered all new exterior door handle and new door seals. We also jammed the doors with some flat tan.






Now, the moment you have all been waiting for. We sanded down the passenger doors last night. and it has like 7:00. So we decided to go ahead and shoot it. While I was rigging up interior door handles, my buddy taped everything off. We gave it a quick wash down with some oil and grease remover and started spraying. Now, I could have spent more time sanding and blocking, but I have a secret weapon. I sprayed everything with $40 SEM texture coat first. This saved me countless hours of fine sanding and blocking. Plus, the texture looks cool in my opinion.






I wanted to go flat tan, but for $13 a quart, I bought 2 quarts of krylon fusion semi-gloss khaki. We thinned it about 10% and shot it on.





After the second coated we got anxious and untapped it to see the finished product.






It was 57 degrees and 100% humidity when we painted this last night. So we left it to sit over night. I checked on it again this morning. The sheen has really flattened out, but it is still tacky. I assume because it got to 40 last night with 100% humidity (it has been raining for the past 18 hours). We have it inside the shop today at 65. I am hoping when I go back tonight it will at least be dry to the touch. At this rate I expect it to fully cure by Sat morning.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 08:45 AM   #40
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Update 2/4/14: We finally got some paint on this thing. I wasn't planning on painting it until Saturday, but we couldn't resist. This post will be pic heavy. Saturday we started tearing this down so we could start the body work. Started by beating out some dents on the passenger side and filling them with some fiberglass, followed by some block sanding and some putty. Previous owner pretty much destroyed the driver side doors. We thought it would be quicker to just replace the doors from the parts jeep. My advice, suffer through the body work. I have 5 hours in trying to make the 92 Laredo doors fir on the 96. I had to drill out about 20 rivets and switch out all of the latches, handles, rods. PAIN IN THE ***! I will most likely have another 8 hours in reassembling the doors. I have ordered all new exterior door handle and new door seals. We also jammed the doors with some flat tan. Now, the moment you have all been waiting for. We sanded down the passenger doors last night. and it has like 7:00. So we decided to go ahead and shoot it. While I was rigging up interior door handles, my buddy taped everything off. We gave it a quick wash down with some oil and grease remover and started spraying. Now, I could have spent more time sanding and blocking, but I have a secret weapon. I sprayed everything with $40 SEM texture coat first. This saved me countless hours of fine sanding and blocking. Plus, the texture looks cool in my opinion. I wanted to go flat tan, but for $13 a quart, I bought 2 quarts of krylon fusion semi-gloss khaki. We thinned it about 10% and shot it on. After the second coated we got anxious and untapped it to see the finished product. It was 57 degrees and 100% humidity when we painted this last night. So we left it to sit over night. I checked on it again this morning. The sheen has really flattened out, but it is still tacky. I assume because it got to 40 last night with 100% humidity (it has been raining for the past 18 hours). We have it inside the shop today at 65. I am hoping when I go back tonight it will at least be dry to the touch. At this rate I expect it to fully cure by Sat morning.
It looks great good choice on the color. You should find yourself another set of front doors and make them into half doors and paint them the same color. I have seen a couple Cherokees with front have doors on the trails and they look great. Just an idea
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Unread 02-05-2014, 09:15 AM   #41
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I have another set of doors. We were going to cut them down to half doors, but for the same cost/effort. I can probably make tube doors.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 09:15 AM   #42
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What a great project. I subed. Maybe I missed it. What do you plan to do to close off the back from the truck bed? Did I read that you going to modify a rear hatch from another model XJ and attach?
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Unread 02-05-2014, 09:36 AM   #43
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As soon as the jeep is back together and running, it is heading down the road to get a soft top made for it.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 02:21 PM   #44
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Thanks for the love. I am actually kind of disappointed that my thread is kind of dead, I thought for sure I would be bombarded with questions
Don't be disappointed. There are tons of us our here, trolling for exactly what you're doing. It taught me a really important lesson. Despite my desire to chop an XJ, a friend who's a metalworking fiend and the money to do so, I won't be attempting it. You should be very proud of the crapload of work you've put into this project. Head held high.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 02:38 PM   #45
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I love your project. Very cool looking XJ. I wish I had the shop and skills for what you're doing. Since I haven't jumped into a project like this yet.. I guess I don't have many questions. Love what you're doing so far though. Is it possible that in the back "truck bed" section you'll be putting a spare tire and perhaps a small rack above that? That would look cool.
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