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post #1 of 46 Old 03-01-2014, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Brunhilda - 1998 TJ

UFVJ (a member on these boards) helped me go through half a dozen jeeps before I found this one. I was actually about to leave to buy a YJ that required a little work, but decided to take one last look at Craigslist. I found a beautiful 1998 Wrangler TJ that had been posted only three hours before. When I got to the seller's home, I was told I was already the third person who called and said they'd buy it. I just happened to be there with cash in hand, so I walked (drove actually) away with this beauty.

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post #2 of 46 Old 03-01-2014, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Other than a little rust on the passenger side floorboard which UFVJ found while we were at lunch, the jeep seems to be in pretty good condition. The PO decide to spray paint the air bag door with the wrong kind of paint, so it's super tacky right now. I plan on removing that with some solvent and either using Plasti Dip or Krylon to do it right.
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I gave her the name Brunhilda. Why? 'Cause as a child I grew up in Germany, and all the wide bodied, short stature but highly functional women had that name. They weren't the beauty on the block, but they could sure lift firewood and beer.

I stopped at the auto parts store yesterday and picked up a new air filter, oil filter, high mileage oil, spark plugs, spark wires, distributor cap, and distributor rotor and replaced it all yesterday.
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Today, I began the masking and Plasti Dip process while I wait for a bundle of parts from Amazon, Quadratec, and Ebay. Ultimately, I plan on covering the front grill, fenders, wheels, and part of the hood. I've seen some Jeeps with black trunks, and that may be something I do as well. Just sent my wife back to Lowe's for 6 more cans of Plasti Dip. Man those things go fast!
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post #6 of 46 Old 03-01-2014, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Masked of the raised part of the hood, the grill, and one fender, and removed the headlight rings. Painted all with Plasti Dip. Waiting to see how the fender turns out before I paint any more.
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While waiting for the Plasti Dip to dry, I installed Rugged Ridge floor mats, Smittybilt grab handles, Smittybilt Maglite holder, Maglite, Jeep steering wheel cover, and Bestop Instatrunk.
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post #8 of 46 Old 03-01-2014, 04:56 PM
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On the dip, id tape an inch or 2 past where you want it to stop. Get a thick coat over the panel next to it so u can peel it away, itll cut itself and leave a perfect seam. If you try to tape up a fender and paint right to that tape line, when you peel it sometimes it might peel the dip with it. Check some YouTube videos for some ideas.
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You're right. Just watched the vids on YouTube, and they leave a 2 inch gap between the tape and whatever it is they're dipping. I kept thinking it would leave a clean edge unless the tape was used for that purpose (like regular painting).

I'll do the rest of the fenders and the wheels tomorrow hopefully. Still haven't decided on the tail gate.
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If u wanna drive to my place lemme know. I won't be working on the house tomorrow. Just gotta run to home depot and grab about 30 2x4s to drop at the house.
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We can even remove the wheels to dip if you wanna make it easier.
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On another note, I put in the Bestop Underseat Locking Storage box. I should have paid attention when it said "does not work with flip and fold seats". I ended up taking a grinder underneath my seat to get rid of some metal that was in the way. It still doesn't fit perfect, and I'm going to have to fab a mount for the front, but it's not coming out unless someone takes the seat bolts out.
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If you need help hauling the 2x4's, I can bring the truck, but that's not going to help me with the wheels on the Jeep!
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