Thought id go ahead and start my build thread. I'm on my phone so no pics for now just a basic intro of what I've got going on...
I'm not building anything crazy or extreme just a nice lookin jeep I can take on the beach and cruise with my 4 yo son.
I'm gonna let the pictures do most of the story telling this is mostly an engine and overall body and interior overhaul... suspension will come later after my other project is complete (4 door dodge RAM show truck) but I'm hoping to fabricate my own loft kit when that time comes.
Thanks! Your build looks like its going good.. I wish I had time to sit down at a computer to upload all my pics.. the color is really nice I already have it sprayed in the engine bay.. the only thing holding me back from painting it is doing final body work on the rear end (where I shaved all the holes down, added four 3 inch led lights, and built a drop down tailgate using factory hinges relocated for that factory feel)
I've also got the bedliner sprayed and all of my interior went from gray to all black( with the exception of my center console and center of dash which are still raw waiting to go green)
Motor is also almost put together... valve cover and oil pan on it was painted green... I was gonna drop it in today but last night when I went to put the vibration damper on my crankshaft key shot off into my timing chain cover, I recovered it but now I'm set back on that but hopefully still able to drop the motor in today. Sorry I'm going on a rant
Sometime today at the shop I'm gonna try and set up my Photobucket account to where I can upload my pics from my phone and the least I can do is upload that link on here until I actually get to a computer
Of course that was with the interior almost all out.. first thing I did was stripped the motor out.. this went pretty smooth I bagged and labeled all the bolts (should have done a better job, later on a couple bolts went missing somehow) everyone should be very thorough with nagging and tagging and sealing the bolts:...............it keeps crashing when I try to add a pic now edit: they showed up (shrugs)
Next up was my bedliner... I stripped everything in the interior besides the dash. Washed and degreased everything, wiped everything down in wax and grease remover then sanded with 80 grit sandpaper... got all the hard to reach areas with a red scotchbrite. Then I blew all the dust out and wiped it down again with wax and grease remover and covered everything I wasn't putting bedliner on
I then sprayed SMART BRAND bedliner from finishmaster which was recommended over all of the other systems they sell.. my buddy had already bought the special gun for a previous spray. SPECIAL NOTE TO THOSE WHO ARE PAINTING AND SPRAYING THE BEDLINER.......I SHOULD HAVE WAITED TO SPRAY THE OUTSIDE FIRST BC I WOULD HAVE SAVED A LOT OF MATERIAL. If I would have sprayed the outside color first I wouldn't have had to tape off the interior and could have sanded down all the overspray when I prepped for the liner.. now I've gotta tape up my fresh liner when I paint the outside. HOPEFULLY EVERYONE GETS WHAT I'M SAYING IF NOT SEND ME A MESSAGE
The picture uploader is screwing with me again... but anyways it'll probably pop up when I send ... after the liner I took out the dash (very simple and straightforward just took a couple minutes to figure out where the airbag mount was attached to and I probably won't remember at first how to put it back together when I get to that point
After dash me and my bro did the body work and I sprayed everything in hi build primer( later on we decided to do the extensive mods on the back end) last post has pic .. no dash pics only pics of certain things I referenced on the dash to put it back together
My dash before paint. Prep: washed with dawn and gray scotchbrite. Degreased. Wiped down with wax and grease remover. Stuffed up again with scotchbrite. Anything metal was stuffed with 400 grit sandpaper. And then once again wiped down with wax and grease remover.
Dash and trim after paint. After doing a final wipe with wax and grease remover. I applied a mist of bulldog adhesion promoter let that sit for a few minutes then sprayed a single stage trim black. I believe it was SEM brand. It was the kind u put in a spray gun.. I'm gonna be at the shop in a bit so ill update the brand if it was different
This looks ten times better in the sunlight. I sprayed the oil pan and wheel wells and my brother did the rest. It's my first time spraying color, pearl, and clear. My only runs were when I sprayed the sealer on the oil pan and a small spot of clear ran on the oil pan (nobody will see that part.) It has three coats of gm synergy green nason brand by dupont( around 32.00 a quart compared to 154.00 a quart for the chromabase) and I enhanced it with a few coats of stellar green pearl (looks like the chromabase now ) and a few coats of clear.
Right now I'm working on the motor and hopefully I can drop it in today. Does anyone know how I can get the vibration damper to go on without the key trying to pop out from the back and jump into the timing chain cover? I'm taking this current pick of the motor right now as I'm tightening down the timing chain cover.
I finally got it.. I raised the front of it up slightly to where its higher than the back but still fits the damper on and it levels out before it has time to catch and pull it out. I hit the damper on with a mallet and then finished it the rest of the way turning the bolt on an impact wrench. I love this forum app I wonder if dodgetalk has this app for my other project when I finish the jeep
Dupont is the best paint I ever used .and have shot probablly everyone out there.the Tj is gonna look Mean as hell in that green.
GM always has better colors than most MFG.
Looking real good ,what kind of tail lights you running ?
The drop down gate is also something in the future of My YJ.
Keep up the great work!
You are right about Dupont. I'm running two red 2.5 inch led lights on the outsides and the inside ones are gonna be reverse white led's. I'll figure out the solution to turn them from clearance to brake/turn/tail lights seeing how they didn't make any brake/turn/tail smaller than 4 inch round unless I just overlooked them. I'm sure it'll just be some resistors here and there to change intensity.
Unfortunately I couldn't get my motor in tonight but I was able to paint the frame and motor mounts( basically everything not green that can be seen looking into the engine bay with the motor in) and I got a few more engine components painted and put on. (I have to take off the harmonic balanced once again bc I realized I forgot to put that washer on that has the key slot in it. It's a lesson learned this is my first full motor build and it feels good to learn something new. Hopefully tomorrow though is the d-day on getting it in the jeep and at least mounted on tranny.
Don't judge the black in the engine bay though it was a real quick scuffle and spray I don't wanna get too much into it until I do a complete tear down and rebuild in the winter