Well, I can officially say the Jeep has cost me a girlfriend....... such is life.
What's a newly single man to do? Get a stripper of course!
The only way to get the woman off my mind (being that I'm not a drinking man) is to spend some one on one quality time with my true love, the one that keeps breaking my heart time and time again, the one I've sacrificed so much for, the one whom I've spent thousands of dollars on, and been in love with since first sight... my Jeep
Went out to the garage after picking up that stripper at the hardware store (please don't use that out of context), threw the Bulls game on the radio and got to work on that stubborn herculiner.
The chemical stripper works great! CAUTION!!! USE GLOVES!!! This stuff burns like crazy if even the tiniest drop gets on your skin. Seriously, it feels like that searing flesh sensation of a spatter of weld landing on you, but keeps burning until you wash it off. Nasty stuff, but works like a gem! I applied it in 2 coats, 10 minutes apart, then waited 15 more just to be sure. The herc came off in huge strips with a razor blade on a handle, and it even took the paint with it in a lot of places down to the bare steel
Luckily for me, the whole rig is getting a fresh coat, so I didn't mind one bit
Remember that small square that took me well over an hour and still had a bunch left? This (below pic) took me a whopping 15 minutes!
Seriously, this stuff is amazing. Just don't get it on your skin, or in your hair, or on your clothes, or on your tires, or generally near anything you care about in this world
Doing all this early body work makes me grimace left and right at the fate met of any vehicles whom reside in the northern united states.
Southerners, westerners, and desert people; get on your knees tonight and pray to Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Vishnu, Burt Reynolds, or even Satan himself, whomever you pray to, and give thanks that you don't have rust to deal with.
Rear corner, passenger side.
Door opening, passenger side.
Drivers side, entry.
Seriously, this is awful. I've already spent weeks and weeks repairing frame rot, now begins the body work. I picked up a bunch of contour match patch panels from autorust and I'm going to cut my teeth on body skin welding and bondo in the upcoming weeks. I am going to keep bouncing back and forth from engine work to body work to bumper and cage fabrication to keep myself from going insane on this whole project.
Side note: anyone have a set of crappy old front fenders they want to get rid of on the cheap? I just need the inners....
As always, thanks for reading, more updates to come. I'm sure I'll be in the garage substantially more now that I'm living the single life again.