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Unread 04-17-2013, 11:47 PM   #1
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Almost Bolt-on: LJ Restoration

Hi Guys,

This thread will be dedicated to the restoration of my beloved 2006 LJ.

It will be slow as I myself will need a lot of restoration work !

Here what happens when you act stupid and do 180 degree roll over on the sand:

Before the Accident:

This is how I bought it. Clean, one of three, and only 8k miles on it.









The Rollover:


Huge support from all my friends. I can't be grateful enough !






The after Math:


After 2 months from the Accident, I was finally able to see the truck. the bad rollover was only made worse by the improper storage of the truck.













Damage Report:

Good News?

- the frame did not take any damage.
- the drivetrain is intaked.

Bad News? the following needs to be replaced:

- Windshield
- Front end (except for the bumper)
- Roll bar
- Hardtop.
- some body work required.
- lots of rusted parts due to improper storage

Project Goals:

- get it into fully operational state.
- Replace all damaged parts
- make it easier to drive.
- make it more comfortable.
- Overlander
- LCOG
- Military theme.

Planned upgrades:

- 5.7l Hemi
- Manual to Auto Conversion with 545RFE
- AEV highline
- 2.5" of total lift with 12" travel (6 up and 6 down)
- Dana 44 front and rear with 4.88 gears with lockers.
- some kind of all terrain 35" tires.
- A replacement hardtop (gr8top half top vs Wildboar fastback)
- LED lights all around
- 30 Gallon Genright Safari tank.
- Custom Rear Bumper and tire carrier.

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Unread 04-18-2013, 04:02 AM   #2
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Unread 04-18-2013, 05:43 AM   #3
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Unread 04-18-2013, 05:54 AM   #4
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I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this one. Sounds exactly like what I want for mine eventually.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 05:57 AM   #5
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That sucks the way they stored the Jeep
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Unread 04-18-2013, 07:15 PM   #6
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Can't wait to see this come back to life
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Unread 04-18-2013, 07:25 PM   #7
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Ouch.. Good luck with it.
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Unread 04-18-2013, 09:18 PM   #8
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Looks like you took a hard hit . Glad to see your ok , and good luck with the rebuild .
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Unread 04-19-2013, 01:41 AM   #9
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Thanks guys !

I'm recovering at a good pace. I only have my lift hand to work with at the moment so it will be tricky.

The biggest question right now is the hardtop. This will almost decide everything else from roll cage, suspension design, to tire carrier and storage options.

So it is a Gr8top XTop half cab:



Vs.

Wildboar fastback


(Photoshopped)

So, what do you guys think ?
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Unread 04-19-2013, 02:10 AM   #10
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I like the wild boar angle. So what sort of damage did you do to you. Compressed spine???
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Unread 04-19-2013, 04:35 AM   #11
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I like the wild boar angle. So what sort of damage did you do to you. Compressed spine???
Nothing major:

- Multiple fractures and compression to the 3rd , 4th, 5th, and 6th backbones.
- broken 7th bone in the neck area.
- torn right back and shoulder muscles.
- fracture in my left kneecap.

Thankfully, all vital parts were spared.
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My $.02.. If I was going to give up my passenger seating all together, I would go ahead and do a Brute conversion. That Wildboar with the highlines is something pretty sexy!
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Unread 04-19-2013, 07:21 AM   #13
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My $.02.. If I was going to give up my passenger seating all together, I would go ahead and do a Brute conversion. That Wildboar with the highlines is something pretty sexy!
It is very likely that I will lose the rear seats. I'm planning to install 4 or 5 point harness belts. I will most likely need to install a bar like this one:



At any rate, I don't think anyone would want to ride with me after what happened!

The LJ wheelbase is perfect for the type of wheeling we do. The brute will be too long.

At any rate, I'm planning to build a TJ brute or order a 4 door jk brute somewhere in the future to replace my daily drive.
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Unread 04-19-2013, 07:49 AM   #14
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Personally, I am not a fan of anything with the "fastback" design on anything jeep. I do think that they gr8 top on the LJ platform lends itself to good/great proportions, gives you a great/usable bed and with the proper cage, can be safe.
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Unread 04-19-2013, 07:50 AM   #15
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Nothing major:

- Multiple fractures and compression to the 3rd , 4th, 5th, and 6th backbones.
- broken 7th bone in the neck area.
- torn right back and shoulder muscles.
- fracture in my left kneecap.

Thankfully, all vital parts were spared.
Nothing major ?
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