Well, it’s been a little over a year since I’ve had my Jeep, hopefully I’ve done enough to warrant a build. First here's a little back story. The Jeep was bought in 2001 by my dad used, he got it cheap because the first owner had flopped it on it's side and didn’t want to drive it anymore. It had paint defects, but turned out to be a great investment. So over the course of 6 years my dad built it up, 2” suspension lift, 1” body lift, 33” mud tires and some custom bumpers and rock sliders.
In 2007 my dad started an exotic car rental business here in Colorado, bought a big F-250 and a 20 some odd foot enclosed car trailer. The truck took the place of the Jeep, so it spent the next 2 years mostly parked. When I got my permit I learned on my dad’s Infiniti, and as time went on I began to learn to drive the Jeep (which is a stick). Then when I turned 16 the keys were handed over. This is how it looked:
Here's how it looked last year:
The first major thing I did was paint it, hence the build title, Capitol Blue. That's the color I chose to paint it.
Then somewhere along the way I got a new top, and here's what it looks like "painted" and new top.
Still haven't completely finished the paint. The plan is to finish it over springbreak. I'm going to sand it, fill in some unevenness on the passenger side, and tape the whole Jeep off and give it at least 3 more coats, since you can see some thin spots. I would really like to get a new hood and tailgate, I might visit some junkyards for that.
Over winter brake I also got a new clutch installed!
Those are the big highlights. Right know I'm trying to track down a squeak in the brakes, there's some kind of rotational squeak coming from (I think) the front passenger side.
In May I start working again and I have big plans:
-New rear crossmember/bumper
-Ditch the back seat and put the spare in the tub
-Tires, going with 33x12.5 R15 Goodyear Duratracs
-Flush mount LEDs
I kinda have an idea on how much money I will be making, I've been looking on craigslist and would LOVE to find a D44 and ditch the D35. I'm also looking at Metalcloak fenders.
Some future stuff I've been thinking about
-JB conversions SYE
My goal is to keep it low, it's sitting on 2" suspension lift and 1"BL. I would like to keep it that way and get the Metalcloaks and if I ever get a D44 jump up to 35s.
I also just found out from my grandpa that he scored an almost new, 6 speaker Kenwood system. Apparently he was doing some work for a lady who owns a Jaguar, who just had a new system installed, then the engine blew and she just gave him the system! I'm looking at a new deck, amp and speakers. I don't know what is going to fit or what I can use, but I'm pretty excited because my stereo system is in sad state. I had to remove a speaker form the roll bar because it was buzzing and the drivers side font speaker is buzzing as well.