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Unread 03-27-2011, 12:25 AM   #61
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Bedliner looks great, my friend. I had a buddy bedline his ZJ and I tell ya, we literally purposefully drove the side of it across a tree, scraping from the passenger door back, and then buffed the marks out with an old rag - you NEVER would have known it happened. The paint literally looked brand new.

If you don't have enough vertical room in the garage, there's plans you can get for a dolly for the hard top. Built mine a few years ago and use it every summer to store it. It stands vertically and then rolls on the dolly wheels. 12 feet of 2x4 and a few feet of 1x2 and some caster's and you're all set.

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Cleaning this thing up is similar to a slightly abused pornstar throwing on a bunch of makeup to try to hide her eternal scars, but I think she doesn't look too bad
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Unread 04-03-2011, 06:50 PM   #62
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Bedliner looks great, my friend. I had a buddy bedline his ZJ and I tell ya, we literally purposefully drove the side of it across a tree, scraping from the passenger door back, and then buffed the marks out with an old rag - you NEVER would have known it happened. The paint literally looked brand new.

If you don't have enough vertical room in the garage, there's plans you can get for a dolly for the hard top. Built mine a few years ago and use it every summer to store it. It stands vertically and then rolls on the dolly wheels. 12 feet of 2x4 and a few feet of 1x2 and some caster's and you're all set.
That's good to hear about the paint being able to take alittle abuse. I expect to throw some trail, mud and rock crawling at it. I think the plan for the hardtop will be to hang it from the ceiling on the side my wife parks her mustang and it will fit over the hood of the stang no problem. I really don't have any floor space so this is my best option until I have a larger garage some day.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 07:03 PM   #63
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I got the steering stabilizer and JKS trackbar in along with the lift parts and now the front looks pretty good. Looking at adding the currie HD steering setup and rokmen adj. uppers front and rear now.



It's now Scooter approved


So after wrenching on the heep for the past few weeks it was time to use it.

So I drove it to work last week.



Then I took a trip out to the Redneck Yacht Club just to check it out. Holy **** there were some serious rigs out there.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 07:22 PM   #64
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Alot of Jeeps at the RNYC and some crazy trucks. It was fun to watch but not really my thing, wish they had a crawling area.


















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Unread 04-03-2011, 07:23 PM   #65
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Unread 04-03-2011, 07:29 PM   #66
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So anyway back on the jeep. I'm working on finishing painting the body and working on the tailgate and hinges at the moment. The tailgate had alittle rust at the bottom, which sanded right off. But the hinges, what a pita. They have oxidized and have to be taken down to the bare metal. will be worth it when done though as they had all sorts of bubbles in them before.


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Unread 04-03-2011, 07:52 PM   #67
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Great build! definitely want to know what the process is on the rear hinges, mine need it desperately. something im planning on doing this spring.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 08:30 PM   #68
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Great build! definitely want to know what the process is on the rear hinges, mine need it desperately. something im planning on doing this spring.
Thanks, I've been sanding the jeep by hand up until the hinges. Just wasn't cutting it, so i got the dremel out with a wire brush type attachment. It does a great job peeling off the flaking paint and cleaning up the metal. I sprayed primer on them tonight and what a difference. They will look like new when I'm done, but will still have to open the tailgate and spray the rest of them.

Side note, anyone ever use bondo? any tricks I should know, I'm wanting to fill the bolt holes in the tailgate so it looks clean.
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Unread 04-03-2011, 09:28 PM   #69
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Thanks! mine look exactly like that except they are yellow
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Unread 04-09-2011, 09:29 PM   #70
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Ok, so I've been driving the jeep and the steering is fubar, it feels very sloppy. so I ordered some dana spicer adjustable ball joints and will be pulling the trigger on a currie HD tie rod system in the next day or so. Also have decided to go with 35's when I order tires next month and have started looking into a ford 8.8 for the rear. Just not sure about gearing because I really need 4.88's with the current engine but not sure I would want this gear ratio when I drop a 4.0 in. Oh and really want to do a SYE/driveshaft so i can TT the transfer case skid. Need to order a rokmen gas tank skid (stock tank skid is rusted and banged up) and a new fuel sending unit to replace mine while the tank is dropped (fuel rail leaks back into the tank so I have to turn the key 2-3 times then try and start). After typing out this list it looks like it is time to sell the bike and get serious with the heep.


Was fun, but time to turn it into a SYE, Winch, tank skid, tires, engine etc........ besides with a new born the wife wants it gone.


Here is what the rear looks like with the hinges and tailgate done. Really pleased with the finished look. Still plan on doing the rest of the jeep but have turned to more pressing issues to spend my time on(see below, f'ing A/C). Also added the warrior wrap around tag holder, which needs a bit of tweeking because it doesn't hug the fender as close as I'd like.







Brought the jeep to the shop the other day and used the freon machine to drain, check pressure and refill the A/C system. But the compressor still doesn't kick on, and it seems as though it isn't getting power. So will try and make time to trouble shoot what the issue is. If nothing else I'll figure out where to put the hard top so I can get some air, the hard top and no A/C is killing my wanting to use the jeep.

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Unread 04-09-2011, 11:04 PM   #71
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Great job so far! Keep it coming!
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Unread 04-10-2011, 12:55 AM   #72
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RNYC seems awesome. I need to make it out there one day!
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Unread 04-10-2011, 08:23 PM   #73
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Great job so far! Keep it coming!
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RNYC seems awesome. I need to make it out there one day!
It would be worth the trip up, next big thing is the end of May Memorial weekend. It's fun to just sit back and watch the show. If they had a rock section it would be the s&!+, but some typical Florida (flat and sandy) mud trails were the highlight for me.
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Unread 04-15-2011, 10:33 PM   #74
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So ordered a new A/C compressor w/clutch, drier and some other thing suggested while doing this repair. Will still have to figure out my wiring issue once I get the new compressor in. I'm able to send power to it but have to bypass the relay and it seems as though the feed from the ecm isn't grounded properly. Hoping it is a loose wire plugged into the back of the A/C unit in the dash. Also found Stu Olsen's site (what a fantastic site for tips on installs and mods) and did the mod to my flasher so the LED tail lights flash at normal speed now.
http://www.stu-offroad.com/index.asp

Only thing is now the list has gotten alot longer after reading through his site. I received the Dana Spicer ball joints today so will be tackling that soon I hope. Also I'm on the hunt for a 4.0L to replace my 2.5. It will just be an easier swap and I'll use alot of the same parts. The 35's will be as big as I'll go so a 4.0 will do fine.
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Unread 04-16-2011, 01:16 AM   #75
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Lookin good buddy, I say when you swap it go with the HEMI! Don't get me wrong the 4.0 Is good as it gets but why not do a Hemi swap? You sell that Gixxer yet? I have owned 2 R6's and streetbikes aren't as fun to me as they used to be. Sold them. Something about going 156mph on the highway often is just dumb. I couldn't do the speed limit if I tried, I am lucky I'm not dead or in jail with my license permanently suspended.

That chick in the Red Powerstroke is hot, damn nothing like a cowgirl. They are a rarity in Washington State haha!!!
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