I got a tip and went to visit a gentleman in Clearance NY. His basement is stuff with Jeep parts. Lots of good stuff, but no great deals, and let me clarify that, he has good stuff for sale and is willing to sell it but knows it's value. I do not think I got raked over the coals, but I did pay top dollar for the value of the items I purchased. So I purchased one seat, a roll bar cover, and a complete carpet set
The carpet is in tack, but pretty worn out. I will have to compare each piece with what I have and pick the best and put that in the best pieces. This carpet is dried out and thin.
The main reason I am looking for carpet is the original owner left a spot light on facing the carpet and melted a hole in it. What I am thinking is I will pull the carpet, find a piece that is up under the dash and take it to a carpet store and have them cut a patch, and hot tape the patch in the hole. I will then have a complete set to sell.
The best pieces will remain in the Jeep
I also purchased a seat. One of the mounting holes in the frame is rusted out and there is a small cut in the cover. The plan is to take this to an upholster shop, have the seat cover removed from my frame, have the seat cover removed from the frame I just bought. Have the upholster plastic weld the cut, and install the cover on my good frame. I will weld in a patch on the frame with the rotted corner and see if the upholster can plastic weld the problems on my seat cover and put my old seat cover on the frame I purchased and sell that.
This is the seat I am looking to replace, and it's problems
I think this is the find, it is an original roll bar cover which appears to have never been installed. I paid big bucks for this and really want to put it on the Jeep NOW.
So the question is can I. I have the hard top on now. I know I would have to remove it but what do I do about the center support on the roll bar for the roof? I'm I not supposed to put the pad on while the hard top is in place?, Do I just go over the support with the pad and cushion the pad between the support and cover and again cushion the cover between the roof and pad? OR... remove the support, drill a hole in the pad, and install the support through the pad and the cover
Kill me, but my thought is to drill the hole in the cover. I want to be able to use the Jeep. Not put it in a plastic bag.
For my Christmas my Son gave me a present of rubbing out the Jeep. It came out VERY nice.
Originally this would have been a triple Garnet soft top Jeep.
He had two original Garnet tops with soft doors. I did not buy any as I drive this thing in the summer with no top or doors and in the winter the hard top goes on and I have a set of full doors I painted garnet.
Would there have been a Garnet hard top????? If so would the window rubber have been black?
So... looking for answers to two questions here.
1) How would the roll bar pad been handled with the hard top support.
Well look for the guy out in his driveway in the freezing cold cleaning the carpets in his Jeep. I have cleaned both the set of carpets that were in the Jeep and the set set of carpets that I picked up used.
I will install the best and then sell the other set.
Time to work on the inside of the Jeep for a little bit. I bought some original parts awhile back. One of the pieces was a seat. The seat cover was in almost perfect condition with one small exception. The seat frame was rusted out in the area of the right rear mounting bolt area and as it turned out the rod used to hog ring the seat cover to was also rusted out. My original intention was to have the two seat covers swapped, the good cover swapped to my good frame, have them leave the other cover of the rusted frame, weld it up and then put the old cover on that frame and sell it. It turned out the old frame was not savable, so I have just the cover. I think I will just hold on to it as it is not that bad.
As is always the case you start one project and another pops up, the inside of the Jeep looks pretty sad
I guess I will have to do something about it. I have been want wanting to get to this rust for awhile now.
I have used this paint a number of times and it was a pretty good match, but this time it did not match up that well, but makes little difference as it is under the capet. Here is my tool of destruction. It works well.
I taped off the area after grinding and sjhot some primer and then the paint and then clear on top. As I said above it did not match as well this time as it did in past projects, I was closer once I cleaned up all the over spray from the primer, and I really should have taken more car and covered EVERYTHING with drop cloths before spraying.
A little soap and water cleaned up the rear very nicely.
I can never leave well enough alone, so when I saw the seat frames, they had to be sand blasted and powder coated. Both front and rear
So how do you tell a crazed jeep fanatic? Well look for the guy out in his driveway in the freezing cold cleaning the carpets in his Jeep. Another piece of original stuff I picked up was another complete carpet set. I have cleaned both the set of carpets that were in the Jeep and the set set of carpets that I picked up used. i will install the best and then sell the other set. They actually came out pretty good.
The newly cleaned carpet and the freshly powder coated seat frames really look good together.
Another item I picked up was an NOS roll bar cover.
It did not come with the foam pad needed to go under the roll bar cover so one will have to be made. I have extra if anyone needs some
We cut the pieces, and then trimmed them to fit. The piece that goes over the top is just a square piece 60" X 1/2" X 9" and fits perfect. The short piece that runs down the back side of the seat 23 1/2 " X 1/2" X 9" has to be trimmed at the top to go around the seat belt bolt and fit the intersection of the rear brace. The piece that goes around the rear brace has to be trimmed to fit the rear deck of the wheel house and the intersection of the top roll bar. 36" X 1/2" X 9". I then used tape to hold the foam in place to put the cover on, I taped the whole length of the foam to give it a uniform thickness and left it in place.
I have some wrinkles in the cover, and hope they will come out over time, I will go back and try and straighten them out as time passes.
As always I wan to thank the help of the car nuts that show up to eat my food and drink my drink, and help out.
So it is time to start packing for our long planned trip to the Gator Nationals, It will be good to see green grass again.
Just a note, for anyone that thinks I have been foolish in posting my trip plans, my son George will be staying at our house instead of in his apartment taking care of the fish and taking a vacation from his room mate.
Hey, I'm always looking for NOS parts for this Jeep (tow hooks, light switches, Garnet interior pieces, etc. keep me in mid please.