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Unread 02-05-2014, 07:51 AM   #1
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Always wanted an LJ, so I finally bit the bullet. It was a insurance auction vehicle due to a roll over. What is different about this build is I have been working overseas for three years. I am 7400 miles away.
I bought the jeep over the phone from Gary and Wade at RacewayAuto.com in Savannah, TN. Seats, grill and windshield frame are from Roger at RacewayAuto.com.
All of the body work is being done by Scottie Brown at Brown's Auto Body in Savannah, TN. He recommended going with aftermarket fenders and a aftermarket hood.
The winch is a Warn xd9000i from Craig's list.
Front and rear bumpers are from ebay.
The bestop soft top is from ebay.

Still looking at lift options for cargo not crawling.

I got to see the LJ in person back in December.

My daughter always wanted a yellow vehicle till the day I bought one. Now she likes blue. Let's see what she thinks when the weather warms up.

Here is what it looked like in the pictures the guys at RacewayAuto sent me.

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Unread 02-05-2014, 07:56 AM   #2
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At Brown's Auto Body.

Decided to go with the black grill.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 08:18 AM   #3
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I thought you said aftermarket hood and fenders?
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Unread 02-05-2014, 09:42 AM   #4
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Yep. The fenders and hood were trashed enough that it made more since to just start fresh.

Windshield frame and grill were from another salvage vehicle at RacewayAuto.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 03:56 PM   #5
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I think people were expecting an AEV or other non-factory replacement hood, and maybe some highline or tube fenders rather than stock replacement parts.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 04:22 PM   #6
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I understand what you are saying. I like the highline setup and may go that route if I ever make it home. For now the smartest move is to bring it back to life with small upgrades.

Lift kit, tummy tuck, and other more personalized things will come once I am back in the states.

What is really interesting about the deal is what it says about the people you chose to do business with. This would not work if I did not have a ton of faith in the sales people and the body shop.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 05:20 PM   #7
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Welcome to the LJ club . I look forward to seeing what you do with it .
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Unread 02-06-2014, 01:11 PM   #8
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Getting closer. It already begs for a lift and new wheels. It is sitting on 31's
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Unread 02-17-2014, 11:45 AM   #9
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Latest picture from Scottie Brown taken today. It will be ready tomorrow, waiting on one more sticker.

Rocker guards, a lift and 33's will wait till I get home for now.

Toying with a semi retro idea of white wheels and black and white hood stripes like Beasley has on his avatar.
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Unread 02-17-2014, 07:18 PM   #10
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Latest picture from Scottie Brown taken today. It will be ready tomorrow, waiting on one more sticker.

Rocker guards, a lift and 33's will wait till I get home for now.

Toying with a semi retro idea of white wheels and black and white hood stripes like Beasley has on his avatar.
Retro is good , not too many of them running around .
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Unread 02-17-2014, 09:15 PM   #11
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Latest picture from Scottie Brown taken today. It will be ready tomorrow, waiting on one more sticker.

Rocker guards, a lift and 33's will wait till I get home for now.

Toying with a semi retro idea of white wheels and black and white hood stripes like Beasley has on his avatar.
I so want white wagon wheels for mine!
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Unread 02-18-2014, 10:34 AM   #12
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Mr. Beasley,

Would you be so kind as post a picture of your decal to this thread?
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Unread 02-18-2014, 05:24 PM   #13
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Mr. Beasley,

Would you be so kind as post a picture of your decal to this thread?
Sure , this is the first version .



Version 2 .

Version 3 .

And this is the current version but with the repaint I may change it up a little .
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Unread 02-18-2014, 05:26 PM   #14
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Version 2 is much better
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Unread 02-19-2014, 10:50 AM   #15
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What am I missing between #2 and #3?
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