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Old 05-06-2011, 03:42 PM   #61
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Gotta ask, who did all the sanding?

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80% Dad....cause I've got too much invested in this to let it not look that good and they don't understand what will show up in the final finish. I've been doing finish grade woodworking for 24 years...I know how to sand...they supplied ample amounts of beer as necessary!

They did a lot of prep work and cleaning and some sanding. They also have been holding up enough of their end of the project so I'm not complaining. I'm compulsive and a bit of a perfectionist so I had to let their lack of drive to sand up to my desired level slide.

Pics of the project to be updated tomorrow.

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Ok guys here are the pictures as we have progressed so far. As I said, the sanding has been extensive. We shot primer on all the repaired areas-Nason 2K. The areas were sanded, the rest of the body was sanded, the windshield was filled and faired then the whole body received another coat of primer. We sanded to 400 in prep for its trip to the bodyshop.











Of course mother nature had to make her appearance during the last coat of primer and we scrambled for a poor-man's garage expansion.



Here's a couple shots of the roll bar painted and ready to install:





I thought things were looking ready to paint. I borrowed a mini-excavator trailer and loaded the Jeep for the trip to my buddy's body shop. On arrival he likes the work we did. Then he said we'd meet and it would only take a couple of hours to finish getting the minor imperfections faired, sanded and ready for paint. I reminded him it was a Jeep for a couple of teen-aged kids to drive around, but inside I was glad to have the professional's extra guidence. Waaaay to much work into this not to make it look great at this point.

Plan is to spray tonight I believe. Schedules have been tough to mesh but we'll get it done. I have a bench full of soft top hardware and windshield disconnects/quick releases to paint before we pick it up at the end of the week(pictures will come !).

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Great progress. It looks great as well.
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Once you get it painted it goes fast from there. Weather providing. If we get a good weekend I'd like to stop by and check it out.

Take a look at the third picture you posted. I'm looking at it saying what kind of door is that. (I need new glasses) It took a second to realize it was the bulkhead door. Man I'm getting old.

I really do need new glasses.
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Wow that roll cage is awesome!! I love how you integrated the covers for the front speakers. Amazing work. Haven't checked this thread for awhile. Great progress!!
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Wow that roll cage is awesome!! I love how you integrated the covers for the front speakers. Amazing work. Haven't checked this thread for awhile. Great progress!!
X2 is that poison spyder?
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Take a look at the third picture you posted. I'm looking at it saying what kind of door is that. (I need new glasses) It took a second to realize it was the bulkhead door. Man I'm getting old.

I really do need new glasses.
Funny what you see when you look at someone else's picture! I had to go back and look and I see what you mean.

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Wow that roll cage is awesome!! I love how you integrated the covers for the front speakers. Amazing work. Haven't checked this thread for awhile. Great progress!!
Thanks. Tomorrow should be big as we painted this week and weather permitting we'll be assembling finally!

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X2 is that poison spyder?
I bought the poison spyder front brackets and bend the tubes modify the factory bar. I like the design. They do bind the factory hard doors on the bolts and the inside. I have a couple of modifications I have planned. I had hoped that they would make the e-brake easier to reach than extending the tubes to the floor, but they really didn't. Overall they fit the dash perfectly and look custom. As chefbean stated, the factory speaker holes are still usable (if I had a little arm that fit in there! ). I still have to tie into the frame. I am planning some rock slider/nerf bar set up and want to incorporate it with them. Now I have to cut the sound bar to fit the new tubes.

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Great project. It helps me to see what a YJ looks like in pieces and then back together again. Great attention to detail.
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Great project. It helps me to see what a YJ looks like in pieces and then back together again. Great attention to detail.

Thanks. We managed to get the old YJ home in the rain yesterday after installing the soft top. It rained off/on all day and the same is predicted for the rest of the week.

We got the roll bar bolted back in between downpours, but were unable to get any pictures with out an underwater camera! When I get home tonight I'll try to snap a few. Everything lined up perfectly. I was a little concerned the bars would move when I welded the undersides off the Jeep but it worked fine.

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I see the weathers working out well. Sure you don't want to throw it on a trailer and come to the shop.

I have a feeling your kids are going to be married and driving new jeeps by the time you can get it finished with all this rain.

Hell If this keeps up me and you might be racing our scooter chairs around the garage and the jeep will be over in a corner with dust all over it.

This weathers ridiculous.
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I see the weathers working out well. Sure you don't want to throw it on a trailer and come to the shop.

I have a feeling your kids are going to be married and driving new jeeps by the time you can get it finished with all this rain.

Hell If this keeps up me and you might be racing our scooter chairs around the garage and the jeep will be over in a corner with dust all over it.

This weathers ridiculous.
Man you are right about the weather!!! Of course we could be hit by the tornados of the mid-west of the Mississippi flooding so I've tried not to be too upset...I am thinking about joining www.arcbuildersforum.com !

We have been sadled more by schedules than the rain...that tells you how crazy the schedules have been! I think we are going to need to build a bumper tire carrier soon, so I think a trip South of Boston is in the plans to see how your project is coming along. I just can't decide on the type of latch mechanism to order. Have you come up with a plan yet for yours?
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Here's a couple quick picture updates. We got the Jeep home from my friend's body shop. We loaded it on a mini-excavator trailer and all I was waiting for was a tire to skip off the ramps or a brake line to go or....and something catastophic to happen, but luckily old Murphy must have been sleeping .







We've managed to get most of the parts back assembled. We had drilled/tapped the windshield frame for CJ style mirrors before. All the lights work, etc.







We still have to finish the interior (seat belts, rear seat, console, stereo), fix the wipers (probably a loose plug as they worked before the dissasembly), clean up and paint front bumper (need license plate mount), a few odds and end and it SHOULD be on the road in a week.

Near future plans are for rockslider/nerf bars while we still have our borrowed bender and a rear tire carrier as the spare bends the tailgate too much (had planned in future anyway). I might need some seat bent retractors, does anyone have any spares laying around?

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WOW that looks good. I can see the reflections in some of the pictures. Looks like it came out great. The picture with the girls in it is the best. They look pretty proud up there. As well they should be. They must be dying to get it done now.

I'm a little lost on what a seat bent retractor is, but I have the seats that came out of mine. Take what you need.

I have a few ideas for the tire rack but nothing started yet. I think I have everything I'll need here at the shop. I'll keep you posted.
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Your girls and you did a great job. That is sharp.

So, are you going to be allowed to drive it when it's complete?
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WOW that looks good. I can see the reflections in some of the pictures. Looks like it came out great. The picture with the girls in it is the best. They look pretty proud up there. As well they should be. They must be dying to get it done now.

I'm a little lost on what a seat bent retractor is, but I have the seats that came out of mine. Take what you need.

I have a few ideas for the tire rack but nothing started yet. I think I have everything I'll need here at the shop. I'll keep you posted.
The seat belts we have don't extend/retract well. If you have extras they'd be great. The paint came out great. Amazing what a professional with a spray booth can laydown. No wet sanding. What you see is how it came out.

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So, are you going to be allowed to drive it when it's complete?
One of the requirements of the project was my "occasional" use...and my oldest has been driving my 2500 Chevy for a month since her van died....but I'm a realist and I know it's gonna be tough to get the keys. That's OK because the project has been fun and seeing their excitement is a blast....kind of like my old man must have felt when he helped me band-aid my old Chevelles back together in the day and watch me drive away.
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I found a thread somewhere that showed you how to fix the seat belt detractor. It worked. Let me look around and I'll send you the link.
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I'm going to pull one the extra belts apart and see if I can fix it. If I can you can have it. I'll try and get that done today.
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I'm going to pull one the extra belts apart and see if I can fix it. If I can you can have it. I'll try and get that done today.
Any info work be great. I'm going to do the same. We had a graduation party for the 18 year old yesterday so last week was tough on the schedule trying to clean up the yard since it finally stopped raining.


On another note, while sweeping the driveway yesterday (that's how you know there is company coming 'cause it's ususally coverd with black beauty, paint, rust flakes, etc.) I noticed some gas dripping from the fuel tank. It's a plastic tank that appeared to be in great shape. All the fuel lines are new. I released the pressure (removed cap) but the dripping continued. There is only a couple gallons in the tank and the weird thing is the dripping was sporatic not constant. I put a can under it and it stopped after a few minutes. I did notice a small black mark there the day before, but figured it was condensation/exhaust drippings from the tail pipe since I haven't run it much but did have it idling for a little while on Friday.

I don't know that much about the fuel injection system, but wonder if a fuel line or vent line might be loose on the top of the tank and the warm weather (Sat and Sun where both near 90 for the first time this year) could have caused gas in the line to expand???

I'll have to pull the tank and see what's up...which would have been soooo easy when the body was off but a pain in the as# now!

Any suggestions welcome. We were hoping to register by the end of the week.

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wow... wanna come visit me in NC and tear my 94 yj apart?? O.o
this is amazing
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Well done, sir!

Thanks guys. It's been a fun project. We are legally "on the road". Stick shift driving lessons for 2 teenagers (one with a learner's permit only) are going well. I'll update pics soon, but it seems to be raining most days when I get home from work .

We did start working on the stereo install. The budget has been blown open (as I suspected it would), but I was too cheep to spend $80 for a plastic speaker enclosure without speakers...so we grabbed some baltic birch ply from the shop and started cutting...



When we had the box scribed to the floor and test fit.



We then covered with some black vinyl left over from a snowmobile seat recover project and mounted the old speakers that had been in the doors.



After this we removed the beat up grill, straitened them a little and sprayed them flat black. If schedule don't go to h#$l tomorrow we'll get them wired to the stereo we mounted in the console. If it's not raining too bad, we'll drop the top and take some updated pictures.
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Awesome job! Its been fun following the build. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to enjoy it also!! Can't wait to see what is done in the future. After all its a jeep its never finished!!!
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New to the forum Just read this thread. I am looking forward to those days with my girls awesome job I bet it has been a blast
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awesome, good work!
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What an IMPRESSIVE project!!! Congratulations!
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Wow, Jeep looks great!
You and your girls have done a awesome job on the rebuild.
Have they decided which one gets to keep it yet?
Or are they going to drive it for XX amount of time each then you get it back?
Again great job!
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That is a good question. 1 Jeep, 2 girls.

You might have to build a 2nd one.
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Wow, Jeep looks great!
You and your girls have done a awesome job on the rebuild.
Have they decided which one gets to keep it yet?
Or are they going to drive it for XX amount of time each then you get it back?
Again great job!
Thanks, actually, the 16 year old is smart like a fox. She gets her license in August and her older sister leaves for college in August (she can't have a car on campus)! She gets to ride around with her sister all summer then take the wheel and only share on occasional weekends and school breaks over the year.

I'd post some pictures, but they haven't slowed down long enough with daylight to snap a few.

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That is a good question. 1 Jeep, 2 girls.

You might have to build a 2nd one.
Funny you say that, my 11 year old daughter (the one who was working the bender with me) asked if we could build her a Jeep when she gets to high school. My 14 year old son wants to know if we can rebuild my old Chevelle SS for him in a year or 2...I think I've created monsters (at least my wife thinks so ),


Plan is to bend the nerf/rock bars tomorrow if weather is Ok as I have to return the borrowed bender. We still have a few other items we'd like to tackle (like painting the wheels) but we have to work them in around the kids' smiling as they take off with the top down and the radio up.
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