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post #781 of 820 Old 11-17-2021, 07:38 AM
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Snowing out there already, Rick?


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Snowing out there already, Rick?
We had our first dusting Monday night. And there is snow in the forecast later this week. I'd rather it didn't snow until next month at the soonest but I don't think the weather is listening to me.

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Yesterday I started pulling the back of the TJ apart. Pulled the Tuffy fenderwell boxes first.





And then started taking stuff out of the underseat drawer. First was my amp.



Dang there was a TON of mud/dirt under everything.



It had been SO long ago that I'd installed that underseat drawer I had to drag out my book. I have all the installation instructions for most of the major items I've installed on the Jeep.





Could just about grow a garden in all this dirt.





WOW haven't seen it this bare in the back for a very very long time.



And then today I tackled the overhead console. Since I'm updating the stereo system I needed to yank out the old stereo which was up in the overhead console. The fun of getting this stuff out is getting the drawers out.



You have to use a allen wrench to get them out but it's TIGHT.



It's a custom modified allen that I shortened some to fit better.



Pulled the front compartment and then realized that I'd done a GOOD job when I was installing all the wiring before so I had to pull the rear compartment also to get to the studs with the wire ties that tie all the wires up out of the way.

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Friday I had a VA appointment in Wenatchee to pickup my new hearing aids. Then came home to work on the Jeep. Dropped the windshield and found 2 pens and a lot of dirt.



And since I'd gone this far I decided to pull the cowl cover too. Dang nab MUD everywhere.





Had thought I was gunna pull the windshield frame but as always there is that ONE bolt.



So had to breakout the welder and get this one out. Not really a challenge.



And while I was at it I decided I'd try to get the broken fender/firewall bolt out.



Dang I'm 2 for 2....



Then I vacuumed out the cowl area. I've still got to do some more cleaning but it sure is a lot better.



Got the windshield frame pulled and sitting on the floor for when my new windshield arrives next week.



I couldn't sleep Friday night so I went out to the garage and using a angle grinder and 2" flapper disc smoothed out the inside of all the plug welds I'd done on all the old armor bolt holes.





Then yesterday I'd spent most of it scrubbing and cleaning the back of the tub. I don't know that I've EVER seen the inside of my Jeep this clean even when I'd bought it.

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post #785 of 820 Old 11-25-2021, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Is it just me or does a jeep bouncing up and down rough roads look kind of goofy? I think I’ve watched too many cartoons that I start seeing stuff differently.
WTF are you even talking about?
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Been some busy days over Thanksgiving. My daughter was at her mom's house for the holiday so I worked on the Jeep. Now I've NEVER painted anything other than some Army trucks in my life so doing this was a first for me and not without some hitches along the way.

Here is what my tub looked like.



And then I'd gotten this masking plastic with tape already installed.





And put some up to close off the front passenger area of the tub.



And my first attempt at spraying some primer.




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Then today I started to spray in the Lizard Skin ceramic coating.







Right now I'm waiting for the first coat to dry so I can spray on the second coat. My garage isn't insulated but I have 2 heaters in it and it's about 65-70* in it right now.

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Lookin’ good, Rick.
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Lookin’ good, Rick.
Thanks Jeff.

Second coat of Lizard Skin applied and drying nicely. Finally gave up on it taking so long to dry and went out and turned up the heat in the garage around 2 AM. Gunna HATE seeing my electric bill. But it has made a big difference in how this stuff is drying.



And instead of just sitting around watching paint dry I did some much needed maintenance on my garage. My old outside light had a burned out bulb but it was so old I couldn't get a replacement. So I bought a new LED fixutre and installed it today.



Covered the photocell to test it out.



And the Set20 axle shaft bearings and the R&P setup kit got delivered today.



It is drying really nice now with more heat in the garage.



I'm really happy with how this stuff went on and have high hopes that it will help with some of the heat I use to feel inside the Jeep.

I do have a few spots where I'd bumped it but overall it's really turned out nice.


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Lizard Skin was dry enough that I took the plastic down so I could start getting things setup to spray the bedliner tomorrow.



I'm really happy with how the Lizard Skin turned out. It went down really easy and I'd hope it cuts the heat I feel on the inside of the tub. Once the Jeep is running I'll report back on how I like it.



Then I started getting the tub tapped up for the bedliner. I chose a Gray color since my dash is Gray and so are my seats.





Then I vacuumed and wiped the rear of the tub down and tapped up the studs in the floor plus tin foil in the threads.



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Suited up and ready to spray.



First time ever spraying bedliner but here is how it turned out.







I let it dry for a while and then took all the tape and plastic off.



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First time ever spraying bedliner but here is how it turned out.







I let it dry for a while and then took all the tape and plastic off.




It is looking good!! I dig the old school BDU coveralls. They definitely come in handy!


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That looks killer Rick. I like how you put lizard skin up front underneath the bed liner to reduce the heat. I'm curious how it works. My floorboards get how as well. I just picked up some thick rubber floor mats and so far that seems to have helped.
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That looks killer Rick. I like how you put lizard skin up front underneath the bed liner to reduce the heat. I'm curious how it works. My floorboards get how as well. I just picked up some thick rubber floor mats and so far that seems to have helped.

I could put a cup of ice in the cup holder and it'd melt in about 15 minutes of driving so yes my floorboards got warm.
I'll be sure to report how everything works. I'm hoping I did it right and it all holds up and works like it should.

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Moving forward on things. Figured I'd start messing with the dash and getting it ready for the dual din stereo. I'd picked this up last year during a Black Friday sale.





And the new dash overlay for the dual din.



To do this I also needed to test fit the GenRight center console.









I'd bought the GenRight center console last year also right after they'd released this for the TJ so I had gotten a top cover that was setup for the shifter & switches plus a radio. I didn't need the radio slot so a quick call to GenRight and the correct one is on it's way.

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