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Unread 02-21-2012, 06:43 PM   #7501
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Mine went the other way today. Bolted the cage down, washed the floors from all the dust, installed the seatbelts, reinstalled the windshield and reconnected some of the underdash wiring. It really looks like a Jeep again.

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Unread 02-21-2012, 07:02 PM   #7502
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Bought some misc parts like oil pressure gauge, temp gauge, front frame cover, front turn signal lights, wiper motor, light dimmer switch, Rockford Fosgate 10 inch shallow mount sub and some hood bushings.
I also stopped at a local paint shop to get a quote to shoot some paint on Project 23. I am still going back and forth on having somebody paint it or do it myself. I don't have the time nor do I have the patience to deal with this project.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 07:04 PM   #7503
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another peak ... the painter is getting busy, look at the one photo with both fenders believe it or not they ARE the some color, it's just the way the lighting effects the appearance....

**** CANDY APPLE RED METALIC ****





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Unread 02-21-2012, 07:19 PM   #7504
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robrich, that baby is gonna look sweet!!!

I kept it simple this evening and installed the passenger side TJ mirror *crooked* and the passenger side flares. I will need to make a few adjustments on the front flare and definitely re-drill the mirror holes
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Unread 02-21-2012, 07:30 PM   #7505
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Robrich,that color is way cool!
I took off the busted up fender flairs and painted the wheel well opening. Took off back tire to check for hidden damage from wreck last week. Found out I have 2 piece rear axle. Bummer.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 09:09 PM   #7506
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This evening I got all the Novak Conversion mounts welded or bolted down on the chevy 350 and 700r4 we swapped in yesterday. Tomorrow or Friday. the chassis mates up with the body for the final exterior paint work. Should be assembling everything starting around Monday. I still need to add and subtract 2 1/2 inches on the driveshafts but... It's come a long way since mid-November. ( Phew! )
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Unread 02-21-2012, 09:12 PM   #7507
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this past weekend was new rotors, pads and stainless lines, along with taking apart and cleaning the hubs. today was installing the junkyard swaybar with new bushings, new tie rod with home made flip, new steering stabilizer, and new sway bar quick disconnects


im going to make every effort to keep that orange net thing on there as long as possible.




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Unread 02-21-2012, 09:14 PM   #7508
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another peak ... the painter is getting busy, look at the one photo with both fenders believe it or not they ARE the some color, it's just the way the lighting effects the appearance....

**** CANDY APPLE RED METALIC ****





definitely a higher quality paint job than mine! looks great!
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Unread 02-21-2012, 09:32 PM   #7509
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look at those $ 218.00 motor mounts from Novak Conversions... expensive yes but amazingly adjustable and IMO worth it. Those headers are out to, just to tight, new shortys will be here Friday.



Here is a drawing that shows how they work...

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Unread 02-21-2012, 09:43 PM   #7510
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John87, That paint is an ebay special for $ 45.00 a gallon !! I can't believe how nice it's coming out. The paint is from a company called Trinity 1945 from Toms River, NJ They have a website also. The paint is called Starfire and it is an acrylic enamel single stage. They ( of course ) recommend their reducer and wet look hardener. The mix ratio is 8 parts paint to 2 parts reducer to 1 part hardener ( or 4-1-.5 ). I was afraid it may be to light but that fear is now laid to rest. It has to be sprayed at 50 to 60 PSI which the painter wasn't crazy about but there is alot of metallic in it, almost to much according to Joe the painter.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 09:49 PM   #7511
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John87, That paint is an ebay special for $ 45.00 a gallon !! I can't believe how nice it's coming out. The paint is from a company called Trinity 1945 from Toms River, NJ They have a website also. The paint is called Starfire and it is an acrylic enamel single stage. They ( of course ) recommend their reducer and wet look hardener. The mix ratio is 8 parts paint to 2 parts reducer to 1 part hardener ( or 4-1-.5 ). I was afraid it may be to light but that fear is now laid to rest. It has to be sprayed at 50 to 60 PSI which the painter wasn't crazy about but there is alot of metallic in it, almost to much according to Joe the painter.
thats a hell of a price. my color is $155 a quart. thats the same ratio i used for my paint, however the first 2 coats were done with the wrong reducer(602 is for 70-90 degrees, and it was about 35-40 degrees inside the barn), then we got the 600 reducer which is specifically for below 65 degrees. still had orange peel but im building a jeep not a showcar. its a 10 footer.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 10:15 PM   #7512
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Brother I hear ya! I have to keep saying that to my brother... " We're building a jeep, not a show car." I'm guilty of it to though. I got over $ 11,000 into the build already including the original purchase of the jeep so I really do want it to come out as nice as possible but need to keep grounded to.

The environment available for the paint job was actually the main choice I paid for the paint job. The garage I am working in is just to dusty and drafty.
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Unread 02-21-2012, 10:24 PM   #7513
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Brother I hear ya! I have to keep saying that to my brother... " We're building a jeep, not a show car." I'm guilty of it to though. I got over $ 11,000 into the build already including the original purchase of the jeep so I really do want it to come out as nice as possible but need to keep grounded to.

The environment available for the paint job was actually the main choice I paid for the paint job. The garage I am working in is just to dusty and drafty.
i have my stepdad helping me out. he wont let me add everything up because he will just get depressed that he couldve spent that on his 2012 rubicon or my moms 08 jk. my best guess is we are each into it for 3-4k
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Unread 02-22-2012, 12:15 AM   #7514
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It doesn't take long, I actually bought tons of parts, then paid off the credit and stored those parts in the garage until there was enough credit on my personal credit card to buy the rest. I drove it for that year while getting the parts together so I guess it was okay. I figure when I'm all done I'll probably still owe my card like $ 3000.00 but in a way it's better than having a 5 year car loan plus it will be the only cj7 around where I live. The comments I used to get even when it looked like crap assure me that the end is worth the means, and it beats buying a stock new jeep for like 30,000 dollars.
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Unread 02-22-2012, 05:51 AM   #7515
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I got over $ 11,000 into the build already including the original purchase of the jeep
Lol. I have about that much in and never actually bought a jeep, but I have a complete one...
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