i have been fighting the urge to start one of these build threads seeing as this rebuild is going to take several years to complete. but, what the heck. this is part of the fun!
so here she is... several years ago after a 2.5" Rough country lift.
she was my daily driver up until about a year or so ago after finding that only a few bolts were left holding the body down. thus the first of the rust problems were found.
so she was parked in my parents back yard until i could start working on her and started driving a 09 ford focus. earlier this year i bought my first home and drove her over to her new home in my own garage and started digging in. i knew the rust was bad, but some of this was quite unexpected. the rear of the frame has issues, both torque boxes need replacement, driver side floor board, both front fenders, gas tank skid plate, and tail gate all have some major rust issues. so first things first i need to get this thing rust free and then the fun can begin. now i know i could sell this thing and get something with a lot less rust on it but that takes the fun out of it! so i have broken this build into three phases:
Phase 1: break down jeep - clean and repair all rust problems
Phase 2: lower drive-train and suspension lift
Phase 3: V8 swap
thats what i have so far, i am planning to move from the 32" tires i am on right now up to 37", for that i want to do a 3.5" lift from metalcloak and their fenders. but thats all in the future, for now i need to get this rust cleaned up. i started tearing down the interior and i am not liking what i found so far, lots of body work coming...
next to the drivers seat:
passenger floor pan:
passenger side rear:
had to drill out all the bolts to get the tail gate off so i could replace the hinges. i had to really put my weight into it to get that darn thing to open:
thats what i got for now, more to come!