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Bennettj13 02-16-2009 04:07 PM

The Pumpkinator's Build Thread
 
Firstly, I would like to thank Pat (Nevermonday) and Blaine (mrblaine) for all of their help with all of my questions, the phone calls, and everything else. Without those two, I'd be clueless. Also a big thanks to Robert, Rod, Jerry, Connor, Chris, Marty, and Mike. For all of the help so far, and all the work that you'll help me with that you don't know about yet. :) Also, thank you to Idaho Jeep, thedirt, jason m, Jerry Bransford, and anyone else that I may have missed. There have been tons of people on here who have given me plenty of advice (not that I listened to all of it ;) ) but I think I've got what I want figured out now with everyones help. So, cheers to you. :cheers:

I started ordering parts today for my build, so I thought I'd go ahead and make a thread. There won't be any actual building until I get home from Kuwait, but until then, I figure someone may want to look in on what I'm up to.

If I had any idea how much things would change.... lol... yeah... I edited the first post because I saw how wrong it was after not being changed for like 2 years. Anyways, the Jeep changes a lot in this thread. Enjoy the read, and the banter. There's lots of that. Lots and lots of that.

Bennettj13 02-16-2009 04:08 PM

Here's a brief backstory...

My Jeep is Impact Orange. It is not "rust" colored, or "faded red". Do not insult it so. My Jeep is better than that. My wife jokingly called the Jeep the Pumpkinator a few times, and after a while, it stuck. So, that's where the name comes from. I know at least ONE person clicked on this thread just to find out why the hell I'd name my Jeep the Pumpkinator. Now you know.


This was the Pumpkinator about an hour after driving it off the lot. I got a hell of a deal on it. This 05 sport with a D44 rear had less than 16000 miles on it when I bought it and was already sitting on brand new 31's.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...eepBEFORE1.jpg

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...eepBEFORE2.jpg

THIS... was about 3 hours after that in a friends field.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...JeepAFTER1.jpg

And then in my parking lot at work inspecting our handiwork.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...JeepAFTER4.jpg

I close my eyes and I can still smell the fresh mud smell blowing through my vents as we tear through the field of decaying corn stalks. Ahh the memories...

I hate mud.

To this day, there are still bits of cornstalks wedged in random locations in the underside of my Jeep. It is a battle I fear I will never win.

There was a time when I said "I'll never wash my Jeep. It's SUPPOSED to be covered in mud." But then I learned the pain of mud. The agony of it's brown evil.

My first wheeling trip was with a club called Jeeps Gone Wild out of the Chicago area, and I had a blast. I knew then that I was hooked. JGW is a great group, and I've since been on several runs with them. All of them have been a blast.

After having the Jeep for a little bit, the bug bit me and I started buying little things. Fire extinguisher, those tough stuff vinyl protectant stickers (cool idea, but I couldn't get them to stick for long), grab handles, light guards, grille inserts... you know, all the offroad performance stuff.

Here she is all cleaned up with nowhere to go.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...p/DSCF0085.jpg

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...p/DSCF0092.jpg

I've since been less than kind to the Jeep, and have wheeled it when I could before being deployed. I've been in several "situations" due to an overzealous right foot, the will to keep up, and those damned land terrains.

I love my Jeep.

Even if it is a mud slut.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...Jeep/STUCK.jpg

These two were from the Hurricane Ike run. A damned mess.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...40054_6095.jpg

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...ddyassjeep.jpg

I mentioned I hate mud right? "Oh, you can lead this trail, in honor of your going away..." One wrong turn, and the entire group is at the bottom of a mud slide, with no way out but through several more mud chutes. There's really no better way to describe it other than that. I was perturbed to say the least. Of course no one ELSE had a hard time getting through anything. Frigging Land Terrains.

Bennettj13 02-16-2009 04:08 PM

I DO play outside the mud as well.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f..._A23k5-L-1.jpg

My nemesis "The Wall". I've left about 50% tread on that damned wall.

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f..._nmCSL-M-1.jpg

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f..._VtxSy-M-1.jpg

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...8/DSC01667.jpg

Alright, picture time is over. Now I've established a baseline so in 5 years I can look back and say "Man, I'm glad I'm not stock anymore"

On to the thread...

nwiTJdave 02-16-2009 05:30 PM

when do you get home?

Bennettj13 02-16-2009 05:36 PM

As of right now, I'm shooting for July.

never monday 02-16-2009 05:46 PM

Get home and get it built so we can go to Tellico!!!

Bennettj13 02-16-2009 06:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by never monday (Post 6595848)
Get home and get it built so we can go to Tellico!!!

Sounds like a plan. I'm actually debating not even wheeling at all when I get home until my build is done as motivation to get it over with. I can't wait.

Imped 02-16-2009 07:31 PM

Can't wait to get started man. And yeah, those land terrains SUCK. BTW, Mike and I decided on HP D30's today....

Your friend who misses your beautiful face,
Connor :shhh:

PS--I blame you for this addiction. Think about that one.

2006_Sport 02-16-2009 08:59 PM

thnks for servin tho man...cool lookin jeep..how do u like those 31's im thinkin of gettin some

RockRodHooligan 02-16-2009 09:24 PM

Bah! I should be there with you, bored out of my mind ordering parts waiting to see my Jeep again. Instead I got left behind, and got my Jeep totaled.
:brickwall
Oh well, I guess it gives me an excuse to work on your Jeep with you when you get back, gives me leverage to guilt trip you into helping me get mine back in order when the time comes:hahaha:

kale2s 02-16-2009 09:44 PM

i like the color, good luck

frontlinedude 02-16-2009 10:11 PM

Nice Jeep, I like your commentary "frigging Land Terrains" "mud slut" lmao!

mrblaine 02-16-2009 10:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bennettj13 (Post 6595048)

those tough stuff vinyl protectant stickers (cool idea, but they don't stick for long),

We need to talk about that. We guarantee those for as long as you want and they do stick well if you prep correctly under them. I have a set on my wife's rig that's been on since we first came out with them and have never loosened or come unstuck.

No matter, you have your choice of what ever it takes to resolve the situation to your satisfaction. If you want more fender protectors, send me an address to ship them to. If you want a refund, get in touch with your vendor and request one.

We don't tolerate failures very well and I wish you had let me know sooner they had an issue. I would have had a set sent out immediately.

Bennettj13 02-16-2009 11:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2006sport (Post 6597599)
thnks for servin tho man...cool lookin jeep..how do u like those 31's im thinkin of gettin some

THESE 31's are absolute trash for wheeling. Get something else. As for 31's in general. I liked them. They got me where I needed to go in most cases, and even more places that I had no business being.

Quote:

Originally Posted by kale2s (Post 6598001)
i like the color, good luck

Thanks, I love Impact Orange. I think it's one of the coolest colors ever offered.

Quote:

Originally Posted by frontlinedude (Post 6598252)
Nice Jeep, I like your commentary "frigging Land Terrains" "mud slut" lmao!

If you owned a set of these tires, you'd say worse than that.

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrblaine (Post 6598430)
We need to talk about that. We guarantee those for as long as you want and they do stick well if you prep correctly under them. I have a set on my wife's rig that's been on since we first came out with them and have never loosened or come unstuck.

No matter, you have your choice of what ever it takes to resolve the situation to your satisfaction. If you want more fender protectors, send me an address to ship them to. If you want a refund, get in touch with your vendor and request one.

We don't tolerate failures very well and I wish you had let me know sooner they had an issue. I would have had a set sent out immediately.

Well bro, had I known that you were involved in them I'd have said something directly to you. I had put them on for what protection they would offer at first, and planned to install my armor and what not over them and use them as gaskets. But they just didn't last that long. As for prep... I cleaned the area with windex and then wiped the area down with acetone before installing them. I thought that would be enough. It's not the end of the world. I got them from Quadratec originally I think. That, or 4WDH. I can't remember. The rocker pieces came off this winter after being on there about 6 months. My wife told me the other day that they were peeling off. I told her to just pull them off if they were coming off so it wasn't all raggedy in the meantime. The windshield pieces started coming off after my road trip to Colorado. I am pretty sure it had something to do with all the wiper fluid I had to use to keep the windshield visible in mid summer combined with the constant 80-85 mph speed there and back. Once the lip of it started to go, bugs and **** got stuck under the lip, then the wiper fluid against the adhesive I'm sure didn't do any good. It was only a matter of time then. The lower, smaller pieces stayed on (as far as I remember, I only remember pulling the bigger part off). It was just the longer pieces that came off. The rear tailgate sill piece started to peel before I left. I don't know. I thought it was pretty clean under there when we put them on. If you think it would be worth putting them under my windshield guards and rockers then sure, I'll take another set. If not, then don't worry about it man. I appreciate the offer either way.

Bennettj13 02-17-2009 01:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by imped4now (Post 6596761)
Can't wait to get started man. And yeah, those land terrains SUCK. BTW, Mike and I decided on HP D30's today....

Your friend who misses your beautiful face,
Connor :shhh:

PS--I blame you for this addiction. Think about that one.

Good job on the 30's.

I'll see your addiction and raise you some land terrains.

and to think... it all started because of some stainless steel door sill guards.

As for my beautiful face... Who couldn't love a face like this!?!?

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...13/Mullett.jpg

For those who are concerned for my fashion sense and dental health. That is a mullet wig and fake teeth. My wife hates them... I love them. I wore them to our wedding rehearsal. :) Below is the real me. When I'm not burning villages and eating babies. (Sorry hippies)

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...MeattheCon.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by hotrod_hooligan (Post 6597816)
Bah! I should be there with you, bored out of my mind ordering parts waiting to see my Jeep again. Instead I got left behind, and got my Jeep totaled.
:brickwall
Oh well, I guess it gives me an excuse to work on your Jeep with you when you get back, gives me leverage to guilt trip you into helping me get mine back in order when the time comes:hahaha:

You would enjoy yourself here. Climbing around in tanks all day, poking around with buttons that you probably shouldn't be touching. As for the Jeep getting totalled... You shouldn't have been in that uninsured mescans way!

As for the other part. Yessir you'll get to help. But leverage? Guilt trip? Really? I'm twice a married man Rod. Leverage and Guilt stopped working on me a long time ago. But I'll help in return. How's that?


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