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Chili Pepper Pearl TJ Build

As she sits now - May 2013









BUILD THREAD INDEX / WRITE UPS
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Electrical:Mechanical:Armor:Personal Fabrication:Misc. Write-UpsPhotos:
Auxiliary Lighting Night Photos
North Shore Jeeps - Club Meet #1

Tube Fenders Photoshop Mock-up
Parking Lot Photo Shoot 03/2012
National Jeep Topless Day 05/2012 - Foxboro MA

Build Stage - 1
Build Stage - 2
Build Stage - 3 (halfway)

Wheeling Photos (07/31/2011 - Barrington NH)
Wheeling Photos (09/01/2011 - Barrington NH)
Wheeling Photos (10/17/2011 - Hooksett NH)
Wheeling Photos (10/29/2011 - Hooksett NH)
Wheeling Photos (12/10/2011 - Derry NH)
Wheeling Photos (12/18/2011 - Weare NH)

Wheeling Photos (04/06/2012 - Brookline NH)
Wheeling Photos (04/21/2012 - Brookline NH)
Wheeling Photos (06/10/2012 - Weare NH)
Wheeling Photos (07/21/2012 - MaBell MA)

Wheeling Videos (07/21/2012 - MaBell MA)
Wheeling Photos (08/26/2012 - Hooksett NH)
Wheeling Photos (10/21/2012 - Old Florida Road MA)
Wheeling Photos (12/09/2012 - Henniker NH)

Wheeling Photos (05/19/2013 - MaBell MA)
Wheeling Photos (06/29/2013 - Warner NH)
Wheeling Photos (07/07/2013 - Monadnock NH)
Wheeling Photos (08/18/2013 - Monadnock NH)

July 2012 Photo:



December 2011 Photos:



September 2011 Photos:

 

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Thread Beginning: January 2009

Hey guys,

First off, the Jeep's name... Veda, from the main character of the 1991 movie My Girl.

So as many of you say, I've read enough of these to start my own build thread. To begin my story, I bought the Jeep on January 2nd, 2008 after searching Craigslist for months, and finally found this '99 TJ Sport (83k, winch, hard top, tow pkg.) from a guy in a local town for $7,000. Checked it out, brought it to my mechanic, assessed, and decided it was right.

Here's the original ad picture...



So after I bought it, I simply drove it! Didn't have much desire to change it around too much. It had the radiator replaced, and a new exhaust (nothing fancy, just one to pass inspection), and blacked out the headlight bezels as well as the grille inserts, as I'm a BIG fan of black on red.

This lack-of-change stayed until mid May 2008, when it was time for new tires. I decided I wanted to pursue the whole "off-road" thing , even if it would only be for looks for a while, so I went with BFG All-Terrain's 31x10.5 and Cragar Soft-8s(black again:) ).

Here she is after that little modification... (see? we're getting there!)


So that's how she ran, with occasional mods like a CB in October and Police Scanner in November, grab handles, mounting my Mag-Lite, etc... Up until January, when I installed a 3" coil lift by Black Diamond Suspensions, a Rampage Recovery front bumper, Hi-Lift, tire caps (the little things count too!)

I'll add pictures in another post so you can see the changes, etc :rofl:

Hope this stays interesting enough to get a few people to read it haha.

So here are pictures...

New suspension...



The bumper


Bumper, meet Jeep :)


Couldn't get the winch plate to fit the new bumper just yet...

New bumper


BEFORE


AFTER (w/ lift)


3" lift


Cut the winch plate to fit, painted both the winch and winch plate, and ordered new cable


Installed new cable

 

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Really nice improvement since you got the jeep. It really looks great and nice choice with the mods.
Next i say throw on some bigger rubber and some armor and your good to go.
I just recently got mine and lovin it!

Good luck and keep postin pics and mods I as well as many others enjoy very much!
 

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Looks good!
Thanks!

Really nice improvement since you got the jeep. It really looks great and nice choice with the mods.
Next i say throw on some bigger rubber and some armor and your good to go.
I just recently got mine and lovin it!

Good luck and keep postin pics and mods I as well as many others enjoy very much!
yeah, I've got plans for 33s sometime soon. I'll be moving down to Orlando from Boston in August so I'm watching my finances (especially since I put 2k in her during December alone) but I wouldn't be surprised if I picked up an extra wedding or prom to DJ and slapped some 33x12.5s on her

Thanks for the encouragement!
 

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Lookin good a very nice improvement from the start. Stock Jeeps are great and all, but once you have a lift and some mods sure does stick out :)
 

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moving from boston to orlando id the worst decision in the history of bad decisions. i moved here from medford ma and id kill to go back florida is a joke good people but the economy is a jokkkkkkeeeeeee.
 

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moving from boston to orlando id the worst decision in the history of bad decisions. i moved here from medford ma and id kill to go back florida is a joke good people but the economy is a jokkkkkkeeeeeee.
So you were right around the corner from me originally. I've got a bunch of friends in Medford.

Moving to Florida is for school at this point. I'm not sure if I plan on staying after finishing my masters program, but we'll see.

I'm not one for living in a Del Boca Vista region. (just incase you're a Seinfeld fan:laugh:)
 

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Today i got a new windshield and rear hard-top window... long story short i shattered the old rear window and had them install a new windshield while installing the rear one.

also washed her down and got some of the grimey road-salt off.

I saw some rust already on the front bumper, god I hate the climate and road conditions up here, it looks like I'm gonna have to touch it up already..

Pics to come
 

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Installed the WARN "GO PREPARED" banner today, as well as got my new rear bench.. only problem being that when i went to unscrew the bolts from the floor in the back, the heads snapped off leaving me with a bolt-filled-hole-and-no-way-to-get-it-out. sucks.

also swapped my clear lenses to amber with a guy on here from NC.

looks even better now:)
 

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nice looking tj i know exactly where you live. you really need to get those 33's soon and give me the 31s
 
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