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Old 05-26-2010, 10:12 PM   #1
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Summary of a YJ Face Lift

Just wanted to share what my cousin Alex and I encountered in what started out to be a minor face lift and eventually turned out to be something short of a major reconstructive project (at least it feels that way).

Initial Project:
1. Fix rust spots on the windshield frame and on the tub just above Jeep logo)
2. Paint Jeep (Wet sand the paint, primer, paint and polish)

After removing the winshield from the frame; rust spots were worse than initially thought. Frame was rusted pretty bad between the glass and the frame all the way around. We also discovered that the part of the tub where the hinges that connect the windshield frame to the tub were completly rusted through. We then realized that the paint job that was done by its previous owner was complete and utter garbage. The paint was chipping off all over the place. It was at this point that we realized we were in some deep doo doo...

Pics to follow...

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Old 05-26-2010, 10:23 PM   #2
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First Pic: day I brought her home.
Second Pic: Day she went in for surgery
Third Pic: Alex with paint chips all over the place
Fourth Pic: Damn!
Fifth Pic: Crap!
Sixth Pic: He must know what he is doing.

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Old 05-26-2010, 10:29 PM   #3
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Forgot the sixth picture....Alex must really know what he is doing with all that smiling he is doing. As for me I was not happy taking this picture.
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:37 AM   #4
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looks like quite the project you have there. i can't wait to see more!
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Old 05-27-2010, 01:33 PM   #5
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Update...

Steady Transformation. This Mighty Glass stuff is something else!
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Old 05-27-2010, 01:54 PM   #6
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:12 PM   #7
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!!!! With work like that you'll have a line of Jeeps at your door.... Keep 'em coming
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:20 PM   #8
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Alex is the "surgeon" performing the body work. This Mighty Glass stuff is like a fiberglass paste. When this stuff dries it dries like metal. Then it is sanded down smooth, primed and painted.
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:21 PM   #9
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Looks like it'll be a good one..
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:25 PM   #10
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Check you guys out later. Gotta go get some work done....The Surgeon has just arrived and is ready to paint. Keep you posted.
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Old 05-27-2010, 04:07 PM   #11
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is the fiberglass stuff better then the metal body filler? just asking a guy I know says he can fix my cancer spots with the metal stuff pretty easy and that its way better then bondo..just curious, trying to learn stuff here especially if me and the BF start working on our jeeps
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I notice you have CJ mirrors and new holes had to be tapped to use that style. Just wondering cuz I have a set of those and I want to tap mine, but b4 I do... what kind of visability do you have via the passanger side? Good, not so good? Btw thats a great looking YJ Alex has skills.
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:31 AM   #13
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I'm back guys...

We have been hard at work getting stuff done.
Summary of what's been done:
1. Fixed rust spots on windshield frame/ hinges, tailgate and hood
2. Primed all body parts
3. Painted all body parts
4. Applied clear to all body parts
5. Painted dash
6. Buffed Hood and some of the body

Toshpate: Alex wanted you to know that Mightyglass works like, if not better than if you welded metal or used a metal filler. He says its easier to sand, modify, drill holes etc...Yet strong enough to perform like metal. He also wanted to clarify this product is not bondo.


SUBZEROCOOL: The CJ mirrors gave me a good view, but only when I was riding full soft top down/off, doors off and with the safari top on. When I had doors on and full soft top on view was a little obstructed. I'm going back to where mirrors are supposed to be as you can see in my new updated pics.
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:39 AM   #14
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.....a couple more pics. I added one picture of my kids and yours truly.
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:14 PM   #15
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Looks awesome..............when can I drop mine off.....no rust but you guys could spray it black
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Old 05-31-2010, 06:05 AM   #16
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great work, i wish i knew how to do that
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Old 05-31-2010, 01:47 PM   #17
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Dang that Alex cat is good. Wish I had those skills. Great looking kids and great looking YJ
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:33 PM   #18
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how much does something like that cost i really want to paint mine lima green
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:11 PM   #19
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Update...

Sorry for the delay in postings. Project is now comming together and in its final phase. Flares have been mounted smittybilt side steps have been painted. Dash has been painted (from gray to black) and mounted. I still need to mount side mirrors, windshield, wipers onto the frame and also install the tailgate water seal. Sorry about the pictures they are a little hazy.
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Old 06-22-2010, 06:45 AM   #20
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I've heard some read while driving,but this looks very dangerous to me.
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