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Unread 04-04-2014, 07:23 PM   #1
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Tatertot'z (Insert Catchy Title Here) Build Thread

This Thread will house the details of the transformation my Jeep and I will undergo through the wonderful world of rock crawling. Here you can find details of my trips and what I have done to help set me up and prepare for them.

My first day of Jeep ownership was April 3rd, 2014. My dad (gst95dsm) picked me up from school and took me 300 miles away to purchase my black 1997 TJ Wrangler from a man named Joel in Lake Elsinore. The paint was chipping on a spot on the hood, but other than that everything was amazing, and we bought it with haste. Here's a pick of me standing by it at a Jack In The Box.


We got back to our home in Fresno around 3:30 AM and called it a day. Today we started the real work. We managed to pull the doors and windows off, clean the inside and outside, pull the carpeting out, and take off the Milk Jugs. Overall, it looks pretty great.





After tearing out the carpet, I had to spray and clean the inside of the Jeep.

The before picture…





…and the after picture.









After a few drives around the neighborhood we decided to call it a day and headed in. Looking forward to the years to follow with this thing.

What mods do you think I should do first? I would like to get some new bumpers… those things are terrible!

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Unread 04-04-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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Hey Tate, looks like a very good start! Good to see you on here and posting now with your own Jeep
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Unread 04-04-2014, 07:52 PM   #3
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The rig cleaned up real nice! Can't wait to see where you take it.
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Unread 04-04-2014, 08:10 PM   #4
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Nice opening post Tate…. you did good work today.

Every new jeepers first mod.

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Unread 04-04-2014, 08:14 PM   #5
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Every new jeepers first mod.
I know mine didn't last an hour from the time I got the Jeep home, almost pulled them off in the seller's driveway
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Unread 04-04-2014, 08:19 PM   #6
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The rig cleaned up real nice! Can't wait to see where you take it.
Thanks man, will have to check out your build.

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Hey Tate, looks like a very good start! Good to see you on here and posting now with your own Jeep
Yeah, it's pretty cool. Looking forward to learning more and doing some actual crawling!
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Unread 04-04-2014, 09:02 PM   #7
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Welcome tate! Good luck with the new rig
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Unread 04-04-2014, 09:15 PM   #8
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Tate, tell your dad to quit slacking and get to work on this Jeep.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Jeep ownership, lots of fun, but you might as well kiss your allowance good buy.
Jeeps are like gurls always needy and need to have money spend on them.
Any way you and your dad have lots of fun making your Jeep trail ready
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Welcome tate! Good luck with the new rig
Thanks man!
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Unread 04-04-2014, 09:31 PM   #10
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This is an idea:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f126/...200-a-2281145/

...your dad might not be happy I just threw that idea out there

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Unread 04-04-2014, 09:52 PM   #11
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Welcome to the club Tate ! I look forward to seeing what you and your dad come up with while working on the Tater Wagon .
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Unread 04-04-2014, 09:53 PM   #12
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This is great stuff!
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Unread 04-05-2014, 11:16 AM   #13
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Nice opening post Tate…. you did good work today.

Every new jeepers first mod.

What are you talking about? Mine stayed on for 14 years I'll be watching this thread.
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Unread 04-05-2014, 01:14 PM   #14
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Look forward to seeing you grow with your new to you Jeep! I agree, bumpers for a first mod, then maybe some 31's?
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Unread 04-05-2014, 03:03 PM   #15
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Look forward to seeing you grow with your new to you Jeep! I agree, bumpers for a first mod, then maybe some 31's?
Exactly what my dad and I were thinking of doing, lol
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