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Unread 03-05-2014, 06:40 PM   #1
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mtnbiker's rebuild thread

So I've been a member on here for a while but I'm just recently becoming more active and figured it's time to start up my build thread.

A little over a year ago, I completely totaled my Jeep. The body shop wanted $22,000 to fix it and I wasn't willing to pay that much. I wasn't willing to get rid of my Jeep either though, so I put it on a trailer and brought it home.

It's been 15 months since I got it back on the road, and 18 months since I totaled it. It took me a little cash for parts, A LOT of time, and support from my family but I was able to finish it.

Oh also I'm a full time college student so that didn't help my already limited free time to work on it. Since rebuilding my rig, I've also been "building" it so after posting the pictures and explaining the rebuild, I will turn this into a normal build thread.

This build thread might be a little delayed but I'm finally getting around to it. Hope you enjoy!

My favorite pic of recent:




Heres a link to my online photo album including rebuild pics, build pics, and misc offroad adventures:

http://s1334.photobucket.com/user/mt...y/Jeep%20build

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Unread 03-05-2014, 06:43 PM   #2
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Here was bringing it home to begin the work:



The truck is a 2002 F250 Powerstroke that I used to have until I sold it this summer.

Here's what the front end looked like after taking the bumper and grille off:



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Unread 03-05-2014, 07:32 PM   #3
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Here are a couple pics from the tear down

Damage to radiator from the bumper being pushed into it:



Upper and lower parts of the radiator support:



Bent my sway bar a good amount too. . .

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Unread 03-05-2014, 07:51 PM   #4
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Straightening the frame:






Here are the dimensions I used to get my frame back to square, I can bolt a factory bumper onto it so I must have done something right!

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Got everything back to square:




Burning the midnight oil trying to get it back on the road:




Since my crash bar was removed, I welded a piece of 2"x4" .25" wall steel box tubing in place between the frame rails for some added support.
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Unread 03-06-2014, 05:44 PM   #6
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I had to cut a little flap/hole in my frame so I could reweld the nuts inside the frame that my sway bar mounts bolt to:

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The past summer, I bought a winch and made my own winch plate to mount it:



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Also to jump back before the winch, after my crash my hood was pretty messed up. So I bought another hood off of craigslist and painted it black since I didn't feel like paying for body matched paint. I also plasti-dipped my grill black at this time so that my hood was not the only thing black.





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Quit drinkin so much beer and get to building this thing!
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Quit drinkin so much beer and get to building this thing!
I wish I had some beer to drink...and don't worry, I'll get to my JCR stuff soon enough!
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Unread 03-06-2014, 08:25 PM   #11
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I started working at JCR off-road last fall and within my first 2-3 weeks working there, Brian gave me a JCR Dagger midwidth winch bumper:



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I also have a sweet tailgate cover from JCR:

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Then this past winter, my Jeep got pulled into the shop for prototyping 2-door JK bolt on sliders:





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Brian ended up letting me keep the sliders after they were complete but unfortunately, his quick 20 minute paint job for the website pictures didn't hold up very well with slush constantly being slung against it:



After about 2 months since I removed the sliders due to them starting to rust, I finally got around to sand blasting them:



Then down in my basement paintbooth, I put 3+ coats of primer on them:



Next I put 3+ coats of Rustoleum flat black protective enamel on them (same paint that has held up well on my hood for a while now) :



The paint is still wet in that picture, that's why they look a glossy.
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amazing work!!! i must say, you have my pretty much dream job! jeep looks amazing so far keep it up!
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