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Unread 09-23-2013, 05:13 PM   #88996
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Drove it to my first day of my first welding job! I feel a build thread come on.

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Unread 09-23-2013, 06:05 PM   #88997
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that brewtz conversion looks pretty badass Here is for the doubters among us, you know who you are Genright Stealth lights and Windstar cowl mod.
Nice job slacka$$! Never a doubter just wanted to see, kinda like my hardtop huh Sent from my iPad using JeepForum
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Unread 09-23-2013, 06:28 PM   #88998
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Nice job slacka$$! Never a doubter just wanted to see, kinda like my hardtop huh Sent from my iPad using JeepForum
Lol, I know

Tomorrow I really got to buckle down on the job hunting, then hoping to get some time to clean up the Heep. Ready for that MC trackbar to get here as well.
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Unread 09-23-2013, 07:08 PM   #88999
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Scored a set of factory half doors on Craigslist in Light Khaki Metallic to match my Jeep for $350. Guy gave me 2 sets of uppers and a pair of factory mirrors to go with them. Except for a small ding on the bottom of the drivers door (that's been touched up), their in showroom condition inside and out.
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Unread 09-23-2013, 08:13 PM   #89000
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I picked my TJ up about a month ago but I think it was a good find. I worked at a dealership and we go it really cheap. I paid 1567.47 for it. It's a 1998 Sahara did not have a hardtop I bought one for 600 on Craigslist. Has 215,000 on it.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 09:01 AM   #89001
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Finally brought her home from the engine rebuild! Time for a wash and some love...

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Unread 09-24-2013, 10:58 AM   #89002
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Replaced my blower resistor today. Think I finally fixed everything that worked out of the factory! Now time for fun stuff!!
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Unread 09-24-2013, 03:26 PM   #89003
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Today... Continued sewing up some of the plastic retainers on my soft top. It's an ongoing effort. 13 year old original soft top! Gonna try to make it one more season before I buy a new one. Little did I know when I bought a jeep, I'd be learning how to sew by hand on it.

Tomorrow... Replace original radiator and "band-aid" my driveline issues with some washers on the skid plate.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 05:21 PM   #89004
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Got a new thimble for my winch line.

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Unread 09-24-2013, 06:46 PM   #89005
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Ordered my hardtop glass today, struts yesterday should be here end of the week.

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Unread 09-24-2013, 07:01 PM   #89006
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Before answering this I really hope it doesn't sound like bragging - trying to keep it educational.

We're going WAY overkill with this project... so do not use mine as an example of "what does it cost to get a Brute done". I really want to challenge the idea that "Jeeps are uncomfortable" and make one that I can comfortably drive on a 3,000 km on / off road trip.

For example, the end result is going to include MetalCloak 6-pak suspension, custom made long arms, King bump stops, GenRight fuel tanks, Macs Tie Down tracks, Electronic Hand Throttle, Electric Mirrors, Electric tonnau cover, Electric windows, Electric sunroof, Electric sliding rear window borrowed from a Ranger, Recaro seats, high-end heat and sound insulation, Carbon Fibre Roof top tent, custom cargo rack, awnings, you name it. Also - we're doing all this to a 0-miles brand new chassis from spare parts as my old one has seen better days.

The goal:

The Brute conversion alone will set you back $9k + maybe $1k shipping and whatever your bodyshop will charge. If your resulting Brute is in all other ways identical to your donor Jeep - you won't be spending that much really.

So far though, I'm at $34k and still going. There's another $5k in parts I've yet to order and a lot more labour still to go, and of course paint. And that doesn't include the small fortune I've spent on it getting it to this stage when we started:

This is my 12th year with this Jeep though... it's taken a long time to get it to this stage. I don't ever plan to part with it so resale isn't a concern

I think "how much does a Brute cost" isn't an easy question to answer... it's more like start at maybe $12-14k and from then on - "how much do you want to spend" - there's just so many things that fall into the "if we're going to do it, might as well do it now category" that it really can snowball out of control. The sky is the limit.

It's crazy to think that all this is still with the stock motor and stock axles and relatively normal wheels. Future engine swap / Dana 44 / Dana 60 swap, Hutchinson beadlock wheels, AiRock air suspension - it never ends!

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Anyone know what bumper that is?
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Unread 09-24-2013, 07:07 PM   #89007
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It's a modified Road Armor bumper.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 07:15 PM   #89008
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Took off the end caps, and the little rubber bumper pads off my bumper. Cleaned it up, and it looks way better.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 08:04 PM   #89009
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It's a modified Road Armor bumper.
Im not sure if I like it for the ability to bump idiots up here in the NE on the roads who can't drive...or im distgusted in how it looks like a fakey mad max bumper that belongs on a semi truck.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 09:38 PM   #89010
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Choose the latter. On the Dubai plated red Wrangler, it's interesting how the AEV highline fenders don't line up with anything. They almost look bent in the middle. That stupid bumper only highlights the poor installation.
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