So after having it since April 2011 I finally got to the point of posting up a build thread. Been wanting to for a while just haven't had time to update this thread with all the new mods.
In the beginning.
With doing as much as I was and saving a bunch of money my parents gave me a budget of $3,500 for a car for me. The only condition was it had to be something I could work on (engineering major after all) So I was looking at jeeps and muscle cars. I settled on a jeep and started really looking for something, not knowing anything about cars other then basics I found a few I tried to move on but those deals fell through and I came across this one.
after a long day of making fun of me about the jeep, it may have tried to kill my buddy, thus it was dubbed Grim.
with a lil 4cl
I really liked it and the guy gave me a fair deal so he delivered it one rainy afternoon and I was incredibly happy. It had its issues but I looked past everything and got it to pass inspection and then decided to pull it apart. The major issues it had were some steering problems, exhaust is shot, no radio, shocks were shot, horrific smell, and the tires were dead ect. ect... The first day I just kinda took it everywhere and my buddy started to get under my skin razzing me about it. So over the next few weeks and months I slowly built it into what it is today. The first thing I did was tear it down. Doors off, top off, carpet out, My mom gets me a lego set for my birthday and christmas every year, this year she didn't and she regretted it when the whole jeep was in pieces in her yard the first time.
and as always the first cruze with the top off
The carpet was supposed to go back in the jeep after I washed it but I could never get it clean enough.
The first purchase for the jeep was a set of 4 33in Km2s that I LOVE.
I took the jeep out to a friend of mine, and found out a lot about my jeep like the gearing (4.88) why my compressor for my air locker didn't work and so much more. He has been a great help with this build and hopefully will be providing me with a few more parts soon.
So I started to fix what was wrong on the jeep. Slowly tracking down rattles and noises and adding new parts I added a new bumper (the first of three, I'm indecisive ) in the rear which took two days and a gas tank drop. But mostly added to my wish list. I added a new stereo (with some trouble) and new speakers (with alot of trouble) and realised that some people have no idea what they are doing with electrical. The PO had left three head unit plugs spliced into the harness and a full Spool of wire behind the dash. Also had High-Tech put on some new meats. and put on some new shocks
Then when my mom said she didn't need her car for a week or so traveling for work I borrowed a Pop Tent and got some sand paper to herculine the interior. I started by getting rid of all the rust and scuffing the entire interior. Then I taped out everything and started to roll. Two days and Two coats and I had everything done. I then moved the compressor from in the tub to under the hood and cleaned up everything so that when it rained I was protected. The other thing is that when it rains even if i have the hardtop on my jeep still leaks what are you gonna do it's a yj.
went with a different color to make it pop.
total time from beginning to strip the interior out to full interior back in was about a week stripping paint and fixing all the little things included.
The next thing was to strip my grill down from the tattered destroyed thing that used to be and turn it black again. more bedliner for that but the spray on version
also added a new front bumper, (took two days thanks to the PO and his bolt choice) and cleaned it up alot.
took it down to high tech for a new steering set then got ready and took it out for the first time to the Fall Crawl.
had a blast and got some great pics of the rig as it sat.
also set my old winch on fire setting up for tech skills day so I changed out the winch for christmas.
and added some KC lights.