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post #1 of 24 Old 11-15-2021, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Project Pita - 94 YJ

So....I bought a jeep! While used car prices still seem to be an all time high, I was able to score this junker for $5400.00 bucks. I peg the motor for being somehwere around 3-4 years old and the overall condition to be not too bad. Somebody half baked painted the exterior red being the original color was a forest green....like why in the ^%$#% do people decide to paint something but then just skip on the detail of it? So much more work to getting the paint smooth and the chipped parts removed.


Overall, I'm excited to share the build experience and excited how she'll turn out.

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post #2 of 24 Old 11-15-2021, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Continuing on with construction, I have most of the interior and exterior fixtures removed and have a good portion of sanding completed for the interior. It's been painful being they used some type of rubber coating that seems to melt when it gets wet. It stuck great in some areas, but you can tell they did little to no prep work when painting the tub. So far, I've found little to no rust. Some surface rust here and there but nothing that requires anything to gripe about.

Its really a shame to see the last of the factor finish gone....

Sanding= no fun.
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post #3 of 24 Old 11-16-2021, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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And the sanding continues, the tub is about 99% complete and I was able to start the exterior. After a closer look, I found some bondo work on the right front fender. I chipped away at it, smoothed it out and just need to pop the dent out. The old wasps nest was an added easter egg find....
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did you change the color ? and what was it
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I actually will start painting the interior and exterior tomorrow. The whole jeep will be done in black raptor liner. I'll be sure to post pictures after completion.
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Today's activities:

None of the door locks worked being they were seized up for lord knows how long...took some effort but they all now turn and work! I also had a heck of a time getting the roll bar attached to the windshield disconnected. Tried a extractor, leaving PB Blaster on it for days and finally ended up having to weld on a nub to turn it and get it out. After I lowered the windshield, I was met by the added bonus of a McDonald's straw, two rusty razor blades and the original antenna off the jeep. My wife wife was gracious enough to clean up my sanding mess being there was red EVERYWHERE. Whoever painted it did a real crap job, I've spent hours trying to get red off of random parts and get the jeep cleaned up and ready for paint! Coming soon!
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I have the makeshift paint booth underway. Pro tip ( I did this once before), use a canvas sheet under the vehicle being the plastic is a pain and will stick to your shoes. The canvas is much heavier and absorbs the paint quicker so you wont stick. Raptor lining interior and exterior tomorrow!
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post #8 of 24 Old 11-20-2021, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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And today is finally paint day! After about a a weeks worth of prep, I'll finally be painting. I can't say my wife is too overally impressed that I had to move parts out of the garage, and onto the dining room table.
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post #9 of 24 Old 11-20-2021, 12:38 PM
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lots of work - looks like you're gonna do it right.

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lots of work - looks like you're gonna do it right.

sub'd. can't wait to see how she comes out
I certainly will do it right, to the best of my ability! Just wrapped up painting and it was overall successful. I had one concern, which was hinges. All of them came out great with the exception of the drivers side hinge on the inside. The hinge is so close to the fram that it is rubbing a little against the paint. It'll require some touchup but I can complain if that's the only issue. Took me 2 cases or 8 bottles to do the whole thing inside and out. I had some left over so I did a light coat under the hood which didn't completely cover, but I plan on doing the engine bay as another day project.

Drying time.....
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More work today:

Continued on with installing new indicator lights for the front and finishing up the taillights. I spent a good amount of time cleaning the rust off of the drivers seat bracket and got one of the new Best Top seats installed. New seatbelts were put in and all of the doors were treated with new gaskets, as was the gasket for the hood cowel. I also ended up getting new side mirror in effort to save myself the time of refurbishing the old ones. As far as wiring, not much to do there being the prvious owners didnt mess with much from what I can tell. The front to back wiring was easy as all was required was new automotive tubing.

I have this week off, so I plan on doing some maintenance; oil change, fuel filter change etc.

I would say she's coming together quite nicely......
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And Project PITA continues.....

She's really starting to come together. Put both the front and rear bumpers on, with the exception of the upper arm on on the front bumper being that came in damaged. All the marker lights along with new fenders have been installed. While installing the marker lights, the metal contacts inside the housing started to fall out, so I decided to order new ones to not take the chance of failure later. New radio antenna added, all the doors finally put togetherm and some sweet looking Rugged Ridge floor mats are really starting to bring the blacked out theme to life. It's taken a lot of cleaning for the dash, but I feel as if it'll look pretty awesome when dressed up. Almost 30 years of gunk on the steering we'll....disgusting! New wiper blades and arms.

Some of the smaller parts a re taking a while being I'm cleaning all the rust off and trying to reuse some of the hardware as I can.

As for next steps, she'll be getting an oil change tomorrow and I noticed a small fuel leak new the fuel filter. Good thing I already had that on order, however I'm not entirely ensure that's where it's coming from.

I'm definitely doing a 4" lift kit, but I'm not completely sold on the rough country brand and the reliability.
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It takes time doing things right, but it will be worth it in the end.
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Spent the day tearing apart the dash, mostly to clean it, but also to get to gauge lights in effort to upgrade to an LED. I also removed the head unit the previous owner had in it being it didn't work anyways. As expected, I spent a good couple of hours taking gauges apart to clean nearly 30 years worth of debris. Overall, I think the 6000K LED lamps look good.
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