Thread Beginning: January 2009
First off, the Jeep's name... Veda, from the main character of the 1991 movie My Girl.
So as many of you say, I've read enough of these to start my own build thread. To begin my story, I bought the Jeep on January 2nd, 2008 after searching Craigslist for months, and finally found this '99 TJ Sport (83k, winch, hard top, tow pkg.) from a guy in a local town for $7,000. Checked it out, brought it to my mechanic, assessed, and decided it was right.
Here's the original ad picture...
So after I bought it, I simply drove it! Didn't have much desire to change it around too much. It had the radiator replaced, and a new exhaust (nothing fancy, just one to pass inspection), and blacked out the headlight bezels as well as the grille inserts, as I'm a BIG fan of black on red.
This lack-of-change stayed until mid May 2008, when it was time for new tires. I decided I wanted to pursue the whole "off-road" thing , even if it would only be for looks for a while, so I went with BFG All-Terrain's 31x10.5 and Cragar Soft-8s(black again
Here she is after that little modification... (see? we're getting there!)
So that's how she ran, with occasional mods like a CB in October and Police Scanner in November, grab handles, mounting my Mag-Lite, etc... Up until January, when I installed a 3" coil lift by Black Diamond Suspensions, a Rampage Recovery front bumper, Hi-Lift, tire caps (the little things count too!)
I'll add pictures in another post so you can see the changes, etc
Hope this stays interesting enough to get a few people to read it haha.
So here are pictures...
Bumper, meet Jeep :-)
Couldn't get the winch plate to fit the new bumper just yet...
AFTER (w/ lift)
Cut the winch plate to fit, painted both the winch and winch plate, and ordered new cable
Installed new cable