Work has been crazy lately (interviewing as well). I've been working on the CJ and have been getting a lot of the smaller stuff taken care of. I fell I should preface this post and apologize for the crappy photos. I'm using a small Nikon that I'm dedicating to the garage during this build and so far, I'm not impressed with the photo quality.
I did the tie rod flip. That was a far simpler process than I thought. I fellow JFer lent me the use of his reamer and a power drill made quick work of the job. I'll post pics of that in a bit.
The thing that's taken the longest is the tedious removal of the factory decals along the bottom of the entire tub. I'm using a hair dryer and a scrapper and the process is loooong and absolutely mind-numbing. It's literally a sliver of decal at a time. Both sides took a total of ~6 hours.
Decals... someone shoot me if I ever put a decal on a vehicle... ever.
Decal removed, sticky mess stayed. Wax and Grease remover helps but isn't perfect-- coarse-grit sanding ultimately worked the best. Goo Gone was too messy and I didn't want to introduce even more oil to the exterior prior to painting.
I took an evening and rebuilt my rusty parking brake pedal assembly. Looks good! The red bumper is an old cut-up polly leaf spring bushing.
Coated with POR-15 on both sides. I'll probably disassemble and dust it with chassis coat black prior to final installation.
Also got the tub cleaned, sanded, cleaned again and finally wax and grease removered (is that a word?). I brushed on a liberal coat of POR-15 as a base for the Herc. Looked good.
After letting the POR-15 tack-up, I rolled-on the Herculiner. It went on easily and seems durable. I was concerned that it would be too rubbery but it worked out well. **
A note for those wondering; spraying the bedliner looks much more uniform than rolling or brushing it on. If I wasn't planning on carpet, I may have sprayed it.
I've since sanded the bottom of the tub and brushed on POR-15 as well. I ran out of time and will need to scuff the POR-15 in order to apply the Herc. that's just extra work which kinda sucks. Pics of that to come as well.