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Unread 11-04-2014, 01:05 PM   #1
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Orange Is The New Black TJ Build

Somewhat of a back story on finding the jeep. Work was slow so I decided to check craigslist. I was looking through and found a 98 wrangler, 4.0 five speed. All it said was that it ran when he picked up and lost interest in the project. It was in a little accident. Needed a grille, fenders, hood, windshield, radiator, and a/c condenser. This is my first 6 cylinder wrangler, I have had two 4 cylinder yj's and a 97 4 cylinder.

How I picked it up:






My plan after I got it was to start finding parts to turn it into a daily driver so I could make my other tj a trailer queen of sorts.

The soft top that came with it was useless and about the only good thing on it was the tires. Looks like the owner got in a wreck right after they had put new 31s on it.

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Unread 11-04-2014, 01:09 PM   #2
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Started collecting parts a couple of weeks later after having the jeep sit around for a little bit.





Then started sanding down everything for paint!





I took the doors off my 4 cylinder tj to put them on this one.



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Unread 11-04-2014, 01:18 PM   #3
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After going back and forth on what color I wanted to paint the jeep. I had decided on painting it a factory jeep color that was only done a few years. Amber Fire Pearl coat was the factory color name, I liked the color a lot and you don't see to many of them running around.

























The last two pics you can see how the pearl changes the color quite a bit in the sunlight! I can't thank John from Hardin's bodyshop on helping me out and showing my the ropes on what all needed to be done to this rig.
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Unread 11-04-2014, 01:24 PM   #4
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Here I started the last prep on getting the tub ready to roll into the paint booth.





Got everything taped off and ready for paint!





















Finally on the trailer and headed back to the shop to get it put back together.
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Unread 11-04-2014, 01:29 PM   #5
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In the shop with the black 4 cylinder tj.







Once I got the fenders on, went to finish up under the hood and noticed the driver side motor mount bracket had broken a bolt off in the block.

Picked up a set of stinkyfab racing motor mount brackets to fix that.





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Unread 11-04-2014, 01:47 PM   #6
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Swapped the mastercraft nomad seats over from the black tj into this one.



Painted the door panels.



My parents got me a rampage frameless top for my birthday for it!



And pretty much finished and driveable from here.
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Unread 11-04-2014, 01:54 PM   #7
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Decent picture of it.



Of course we weren't going to stay stock height. 3" bds springs (got around 4" of lift) and fox shocks.





3" springs and 31s


3" springs and 33s


polished up the wheels.


before and after of the rear axle and gas tank skid




power steering box was leaking so I installed a durango gear box




stickered up finally.

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Unread 11-04-2014, 03:32 PM   #8
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That's some nice body work and paint. Very hard to find a good guy these days. Lots of jokers.
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Unread 11-05-2014, 11:30 PM   #9
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Thanks I appreciate it!
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Unread 11-06-2014, 06:41 AM   #10
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Great work! What else are you going to do with it?
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Unread 11-06-2014, 06:39 PM   #11
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Great work! What else are you going to do with it?
8.8 in the rear 4:10 and limited slip,have the axle in the garage along with the brackets. D30 high pinion, have it just need to order gears and gear it. I have an idea for bumpers just have to get around to ordering the front lol. Metal cloaks front and rear. Started collecting parts for that, I picked the rear flare mounts up locally cheap. Then sye and xj front shaft cut down for the rear. Along with a close to flat skid plate and gas tank skid. Then go to 35s or 36s.


Basically building for a good daily driver and take on vacation and wheel it and be able to get back home.
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Unread 11-06-2014, 06:43 PM   #12
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Wow, love the color on that, looks great.

We have an 09 Liberty that is close to that color.
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Unread 11-06-2014, 08:18 PM   #13
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Looks great so far, I love that orange color!
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Unread 11-09-2014, 09:46 PM   #14
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Thanks for the compliments guys! I'm really wanting to get some more stuff done, just been busy.
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