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Old 05-10-2011, 07:23 PM   #1
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"Caitlyn" Build Thread

So this will be a thread explaining the process of how I bought my Jeep and how I will be restoring it over the next couple of months. Started off a stock 2.5 4x4 automatic TJ that was someones baby at one time but someone after has abused it for years. I named her Caitlyn after a ex girlfriend whom I invested all mine time in after a little while we called it quits. So the name is great for this jeep, hopefully it will last longer than the relationship did lol
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:28 PM   #2
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This isn't my first time around the block with jeeps. I traded my first truck pictured Dodge Dakota for the YJ pictured and then sold the YJ for the grand cherokee. Then, sold the grand cherokee for the Wrangler I now have.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:31 PM   #3
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So far on the TJ I have replaced the IAC, TPS, ECTS and the pontiac muffler it had on there to a flowmaster 50 series. It also came with YJ Doors and Top and sold those to buy TJ top and doors.
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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Well I got a local quote for repairs to the side tub and will be getting it pulled and primed for paint this week. I will probably get it back sometime next week. After I get it back I will be priming the replacement hood and fender also the doors and body to get ready for paint. Any suggestions on color?
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:48 AM   #5
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Here are some pictures of the damage before sending the jeep to the body shop
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:08 PM   #6
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Cool project. Keep us all posted!!
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:17 AM   #7
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So the projected pick up date for the Jeep, at the collision shop, is Wednesday. I'm still pricing the fenders and hood. I would love to get OEM used parts but aftermarket parts are easier to find and less expensive.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:36 AM   #8
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Ibuildembig on this forum might be able to hook you up with some OEM stuff. He was able to help me out.

Also did you check craigslist? You can find a lot of parts on there.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:49 AM   #9
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The thing is I need them pretty soon so I might check some junkyards and for craigslist; let me just say that it is extremely overpriced here in Michigan because everyone is struggling
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:27 AM   #11
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Well today after searching a couple junkyards I found a great fender and hood complete with prop rod and light. They are different colors but after sanding and primer they'll look great
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Old 05-16-2011, 04:02 PM   #12
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Good deal Glad you found some of the stuff you needed! And I know what you mean by tough times. Were struggling too
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Yeah I got a lightly damaged red hood from a 2001 TJ and my dad found a fender for around $90 so all in all great deals. The guy I got the hood from actually has a complete TJ tub, roll bar, dash, exhaust, and many random things in it all rust free and got it for $100. So the people here I would say are pretty desperate for money and as a college student i'm just lucky to have money left over from financial aid.
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:39 PM   #14
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Sounds like a good deal
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:05 PM   #15
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Well the projected date of completion on my jeep was today and they're still not done So i'm just waiting for them to finish. Until then tomorrow I will post some pictures of the hood I got and a little progress on that
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Good luck on the jeep man. May you and Caitlyn live a long and happy life together
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Well here's a picture of the new hood. Just a little damaged but its an moderately easy fix. Got some bad news from the shop today. They had to cut the outer fender in order to fix the tub. So now I'm stuck with a car without a fender for a little while because school is about to start up again and I have limited time to work on her.
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UPDATE! I got my Jeep back from the shop today and boy have I missed her. Here are some pics of the fixed area. They had to cut off the outer fender because it was so mangled. Looks kinda cool with a cut fender
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Here are some pics of the primed and body fixed. Almost end result. All i have to do is paint the new fender, new hood, and repaired area.
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Looks like it's coming out good!
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Yeah it's coming along. I should have the fender on and paint the inside and edges of it sometime this week. From there Ill work on the hood and should be done with all of the assembly by mid next week. Then I'll decide what color to paint it.
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Today I found a great deal on craigslist for brand new Mastercraft 30/9.50/15 tires and nice Canyon rims, so I had to pick them up. My other tires literally had no tread left and the rims needed some serious love. Until then I will run the canyons and I'm loving the tires. Now I have a set until I upgrade with a lift and some 33's. In the pictures the rims are dirty because my hands were greasy and I put them on in the rain
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I think it looks like a newer vehicle. However I am definitely hating the fender flares. They look old and ugly.
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Progress has been slow because of rain
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I think it looks like a newer vehicle. However I am definitely hating the fender flares. They look old and ugly.
heh, those flares are hideous. You could probably find some stock flares at a pick n' pull and repaint em'.
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tube fenders baby... save up
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I thought about buying tube fenders however, for now theyre a little pricey. I found some cheap fender flares that im picking up today. I will save up for the tube fenders though
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The fender flares fell through so for now im gonna have to use the old ones and just save up a little for flares
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smittybuilt ones are fairly cheap.. i think 300 for the ones with the 3'' flare, 230 for the ones without

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