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Unread 01-21-2010, 04:25 AM   #16
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Definately getting a fresh coat of paint. As per my daughter's request, it will be staying "sparkly blue". Can't really see it in the pics and it is awful dirty, but the paint is a medium blue with heavy metal flake in it. As far as the floors, they are in fantastic shape. For the most part, the body is solid and rust free. The rear corners need replaced b/c the PO decided to use the rear bumper to pull someone out. Rear bumper was mounted to the rear crossmember, which was only mounted to the body tub, not the rear of the frame. Bent the rear up a bit, but no biggie. It's a Jeep, not a show piece.
Thanks for the thumbs up btw!

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Unread 01-21-2010, 09:01 PM   #17
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Just picked up a great new (to me) soft top tonight for.....FREEEEEEEE!!!!! Thanks to a fellow JF'er. He sold his Jeep and no longer had a use for his Supertop that matches my Jeep perfectly. Oh how happy I am! Can't wait to get it out of the box and look her over. Gonna wait till tomorrow though, as it is bed time and I just finished a long drive with my 2 little kids in the back of the truck. it has been a loooooooong night. HOWEVER, thanks to the new top, my wife now is on board with the jeep and wants to be there for her maiden voyage. She actually wants to take it on a 3 hour road trip. For the first time ever, I am the one saying no to driving the Jeep! Not ready to take a trip that long just yet. Haven't even made it out of the driveway with it yet!
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Unread 02-06-2010, 01:42 PM   #18
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Now have all of my new dash heater cables installed, along with my stainless dash overlay to cover all the old glue that held on the broken black plastic one. Got the cover with no radio opening, as the stereo will go in the tuffy. Both seats are now bolted down, and robbed the stainless dash bolts from my other Jeep .

*One complaint I have - Heater cables are Rugged Ridge replacements from 4wd Hardware, where I get a lot of my stuff. They have a little plastic chrome bezel that goes around where the cable goes through the dash. It is supposed to be covering the ugly black plastic part that actually sticks through the dash. Well evidently these two pieces are lightly press fitted together, and the Rugged Ridge Chrome bezels don't fit into the holes on the Rugged Ridge Stainless dash overlay. Kinda pissed me off, so overlay has to go on first, then pull cables through, but now bezels are hanging loose and will have to be hot glued or epoxied on. Just want you all to know.

Anywho, all that is left is:

-Find a Back Seat
-Reattach pass. seat belt
-Repair headlight wiring
-Purchase new chrome trim rings for headlight switch and ww switch
-New dash indicator lights
-Find a cheap Stereo
-New tires
-Paint
-Tranny tunnel cover
-Herc interior
-Throw some carpet inside
-New headlight switch
-Install Olympic cargo roof rack that came with Jeep. It's for a TJ, so front bar will take some modification
-Wire left tail light
-Fix fuel gauge
-New matching Volt Gauge
-Install electric fan
-Rebuild steering box - leak from input shaft
-Repair small raidator leak at lower hose connection
-Clean/Rebuild Holley Carb
-New K&N air filter element
-New Valve Cover gasket
-Re-bleed brakes as they are still a little squishy
-Front end alignment
-Clean, clean and clean some more!
-Repair/Replace rear body corners/cover with some trail corners.
-Replace cowl/winshield gasket


I know there are some things I am forgetting, but it makes me feel better to see a list I can check stuff off of. Pics coming soon.
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Unread 03-13-2010, 03:07 PM   #19
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Had a GOOD Jeep day today. Wife went to the beach with the kids, leaving me all to my self today and part of tomorrow. Did a few little things, and a few bigger ones.

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My List of items to repair:

-Find a Back Seat
-Reattach pass. seat belt Done
-Repair headlight wiring Done
-Purchase new chrome trim rings for headlight switch and ww switch
-New dash indicator lights Done
-Find a cheap Stereo
-New tires Done (just not installed)
-Paint
-Tranny tunnel cover
-Herc interior
-Throw some carpet inside
-New headlight switch Done
-Install Olympic cargo roof rack that came with Jeep. It's for a TJ, so front bar will take some modification
-Wire left tail light Done
-Fix fuel gauge
-New matching Volt Gauge
-Install electric fan
-Rebuild steering box - leak from input shaft Having to replace it but should be in tomorrow
-Repair small raidator leak at lower hose connection
-Clean/Rebuild Holley Carb
-New K&N air filter element
-New Valve Cover gasket
-Re-bleed brakes as they are still a little squishy
-Front end alignment
-Clean, clean and clean some more!
-Repair/Replace rear body corners/cover with some trail corners.
-Replace cowl/winshield gasket


I know there are some things I am forgetting, but it makes me feel better to see a list I can check stuff off of. Pics coming soon.
Lots of little stuff got done today, including swapping in my tilt steering column from my other Jeep, installing my factory swing away tire carrier (sadly not quite with a full size spare - cant fit a 35 with my rear bumper) and getting the carb tuned well. I am almost to the point of being able to take a run down the highway and not worry about dying!

My new list:
My List of items to repair:

-Find a Back Seat
-Purchase new chrome trim rings for headlight switch and ww switch
-Find a cheap Stereo
-Paint
-Tranny tunnel cover
-Herc interior
-Throw some carpet inside
-Install Olympic cargo roof rack that came with Jeep. It's for a TJ, so front bar will take some modification
-Fix fuel gauge
-New matching Volt Gauge
-Install electric fan
-Repair small raidator leak at lower hose connection
-Clean/Rebuild Holley Carb
-New K&N air filter element
-New Valve Cover gasket
-Re-bleed brakes as they are still a little squishy
-Front end alignment
-Clean, clean and clean some more!
-Repair/Replace rear body corners/cover with some trail corners.
-Replace cowl/winshield gasket
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Unread 05-26-2010, 03:13 PM   #20
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Haven't updated this guy in a while! Been driving the '7 around town for a while, found that there are a few steering/wandering "issues" that need some attention before taking any long road trips IN the Jeep. Just got back from JeepBeach in Daytona FL, had a blast, broke my transmission
Anywho, here is what I am still working with
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My List of items to repair:

-Find a Back Seat
-Purchase new chrome trim rings for headlight switch and ww switch
-Find a cheap Stereo Just using IPOD and Amp
-Paint
-Tranny tunnel cover
-Herc interior
-Throw some carpet inside
-Install Olympic cargo roof rack that came with Jeep. It's for a TJ, so front bar will take some modification
-Fix fuel gauge
-New matching Volt Gauge
-Install electric fan
-Repair small raidator leak at lower hose connection and overflow bib
-Clean/Rebuild Holley Carb did get it tuned though!
-New K&N air filter element
-New Valve Cover gasket
-Re-bleed brakes as they are still a little squishy
-Front end alignment
-Clean, clean and clean some more!
-Repair/Replace rear body corners/cover with some trail corners.
-Replace cowl/winshield gasket
Wow....I actually haven't done anything on my list from the last time except add to it. I am kinda disappointed in myself. Good to see it back in perspective though!

Along with that stuff, I also need to:

R/R Front wheel bearings and repack/repair locking hubs
Fix issue with tranny synchros
Finish bolting on front bumper
Repair the hardtop rear liftgate hatch from rust damage
Remove all the un-needed wiring behind the dash and in the engine bay
Clean all the sand and mud off the Jeep
Build a rear bumper/tire carrier
Replace steering shaft (upper coupling joint is way loose)
Add Degree shims for front and rear to get proper driveline angles back
Possibly add CV D/S
Replace P/S pump
Replace Water Pump
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Unread 07-18-2010, 06:24 AM   #21
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Here's my new and updated list. Jeep just went DD on me, so it is time to get on the ball. Nearly killed myself working on it yesterday in this heat, but she is starting to come together!

-Purchase new chrome trim rings for headlight switch and ww switch
-Paint
-Tranny tunnel cover
-UPOL Raptor the interior
-Fix fuel gauge
-Install electric fan
-Repair small raidator leak at lower hose connection and overflow bib
-New K&N air filter element
-New Valve Cover gasket
-Re-bleed brakes as they are still a little squishy
-Repair/Replace rear body corners/cover with some trail corners.
-Replace cowl/winshield gasket
-R/R Front wheel bearings and repack/repair locking hubs
-Rebuild Trans
-Repair the hardtop rear liftgate hatch from rust damage
-Build a rear bumper/tire carrier
-Replace steering shaft (upper coupling joint is way loose)
-Add Degree shims for front and rear to get proper driveline angles back
-Possibly add CV D/S
-Replace P/S pump
-Replace Water Pump
-Junk Yard TBI
-Sliders with Steps
-Find Matching Wheel for Spare

Estimated Cost is about $2K. Not bad all in all, but will take a little while with the way our fantastic economy is going. Not to mention that our family vacation and 2 kids in private school has pretty well sent me to the poor house!
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Unread 07-18-2010, 07:11 AM   #22
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Missed this thread.
Nice find, nice work.
Congrats, .
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Unread 07-18-2010, 07:28 AM   #23
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^^^ I agree

And more pictures of the progress are needed
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Unread 07-18-2010, 09:31 AM   #24
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I will get on that as soon as possible Work first, then pics of finished product!
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Unread 07-23-2010, 10:38 AM   #25
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So I made a nice order to 4wd yesterday! Should be here by Monday:
Smittybilt full crusher corners
New Air cable for HVAC (the old new one broke--cheap crown auto stuff)
Crown HD steering shaft
Headlight switch
W/W switch
Tranny rebuild kit
Bunch of other good stuff too...All shipped to my door for $460!
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Unread 07-23-2010, 11:39 AM   #26
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That outta keep you busy for a while.
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Unread 07-25-2010, 04:01 PM   #27
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I sure hope so! I have 2 days, starting tomorrow, with the wife and kids gone at the beach, and my order should be here tomorrow. I am off tomorrow at 2, then all day Tues! Can't wait to get started!
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Unread 07-27-2010, 04:04 PM   #28
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So the brown Santa didn't come here till 3pm today to drop off my goodies. He was not very happy with me, being that it was 100 degrees and he had to drag all 200 lbs of crap down the driveway and behind the house to the carport.
So I get all of my goodies unwrapped:





Now it's time to pull off all of the crap from the Jeep that is in the way of the ole crusher corners. Out comes the drill, down come the riveted on fender flares, tail light, and side marker light.




Up goes the crusher corner.....until I realize that these things are freaking HEAVY! According to the directions, I am supposed to just lift it up, hold it against the Jeep, and mark where I drill the mounting holes. Come to find out, one corner is nearly 5' long, and weighs in at just under 50lbs, according to 4wd Hardware, and the shipping box. In theory, easy enough to hold there with one hand while I mark holes, Until I find out that the "trail damage" (PO bent the rear corners out at the bottom by trying to tow with the rear x-member that was only bolted to the rear tub and not welded to the frame) is prohibiting the corners from fitting on even remotely close. Down they come, and now it is 5pm, I am hot and tired (fixed my buddy's A/C in his G.Cherokee this morning while waiting for Brown Santa), and done for the day.



Sadly, the family comes home tomorrow, and my Jeep time will come to an end for another week.

Also, list to date:
-Purchase new chrome trim rings for headlight switch and ww switch
-Paint
-Tranny tunnel cover
-UPOL Raptor the interior
-Fix fuel gauge
-Install electric fan
-Repair small raidator leak at lower hose connection and overflow bib
-New K&N air filter element
-New Valve Cover gasket
-Re-bleed brakes as they are still a little squishy
-Replace cowl/winshield gasket
-R/R Front wheel bearings and repack/repair locking hubs
-Repair the hardtop rear liftgate hatch from rust damage
-Build a rear bumper/tire carrier
-Add Degree shims for front and rear to get proper driveline angles back
-Possibly add CV D/S
-Replace P/S pump
-Replace Water Pump
-Junk Yard TBI
-Sliders with Steps
-Find Matching Wheel for Spare
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Unread 08-01-2010, 04:49 PM   #29
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So I'm having kind of a bad Jeep day today (if there is such a thing...). I finally get some time to work on the '7, after church, after lunch, and after running errands....all in all, I got to start at 1530 hrs (3:30 for you 12hr folks).

So off goes the wife and kids in the truck, to give me some time to work on the Jeep. First things first, I need to get some wide jaw vice grip clamps to clamp the crusher corners to the Jeep, drill the holes, and get em mounted. No problem! Go to find my keys to one (actually all) of the other cars, and I can't find them. I seem to have left them in the console of the wife's truck. Well crap. Ok, no biggie, I will see if I can improvise....I find some old wood clamps, and with a little ingenuity, I get them to work. Then I remember that the rear end needs to be "adjusted" to let the corners sit flush against the back of the Jeep due to some nature made body work. Out comes the sledge hammer, and voila, good to go. Now I can get everything in ok shape enough to start drilling. Wow! I found the correct drill bit on the first try! Go to put it in the old trusty DeWalt, and the bit is too big to fit in the chuck. Go to put it in the Ryobi cordless, and the batteries are all dead. Crap. Ok, time to work on the new light switch. My factory harness plug is gone, so everything is on with solderless crimp female spade connectors. One needs replaced. I don't have the right size here. Next! Go to finish installing all of the mounting bolts on the front bumper that I couldn't do last time b/c I couldn't find a spare short 3/4" socket (I broke my good one). Found a spare socket. Go to the Jeep, and now I can't find the rest of the dang bolts!!!! Holy Crap! It is 97 degrees, and humid as all get out. I am eaten alive by mosquitos, and something near my carport died and stinks to high heaven. I think it is time to throw in the towel for today. Ah well, here's some pics of where I am stuck at for now.



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Unread 08-01-2010, 09:06 PM   #30
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Update: I sucked it up and waited for my batteries to charge, and after several combat loads, I got all of the holes drilled and bolts bolted! The driver side is now officially mounted. I do, now, feel that I need to purchase and install the rear fender flares that smittybilt offers. I think that will finish off the look pretty well. Very pleased thus far though. The smittybilt corners are a pretty good fit, although not everything lines up like it should, but only minor adjustments needed. For the quality vs. price, They are great.
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