Plop's TJ build *Very Slow Build* - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > General Jeep Discussions > Builders Corner

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 04-08-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
Plop's TJ build *Very Slow Build*

Well, for the longest time I have been kicking myself for getting rid of any of my Jeeps; and now with much anticipation, I finally got a TJ.

To start off:
1997 4.0L 5speed stick 134,xxx miles.
3" lift (pretty sure) with newish 33" BFG A/T's
Color is like a gray/ blue

First mods were to remove all the grates/ mesh on the lights and remove the tiny "spare" and carrier.

Plans
Long arm
AEV highline
better axles
bigger tires (some sort of M/T)
and put a CJ tailgate on it.
Going to be building bumpers in my last semesters, well mostly in my Fabrication class.

So close to being done with my Degree, I put school in high gear and have been going just about at Full time and even have spring/summer semesters so I can be done. Don't have much time because I have school pretty much full time now and finally got Full time at work, so my time is limited.







Link to the last Jeep project with a Link to my first Jeep project.
Plop's do over project

__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-08-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
I am JD & It's my Dream

WF Supporting Member
::WF Administrator::
 
JDsDream's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: The Peach State
Posts: 26,974
Images: 4
Glad to see ya back in the game Plop. Can't wait to follow this one.
I was sooo disappointed when you sold the first one. You worked so hard on it that it was hard to believe you'd let it go.
Keep us posted on your progress.

__________________
The kind of woman that when my feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh Crap, She's up!"

To All Of Our Forum Veterans and Active Service Members.
Our Debt To You Is Greater Than We Could Ever Repay.
Thank You

Become a Supporting Member!
JDsDream is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 04-08-2012, 08:08 PM   #3
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
Thanks.
It was mainly foolishness getting rid of that Jeep, but If I hadn't I would have never got this one.

Forgot what it was like to drive a Jeep on the freeway, but 45 minutes showed me what it was like. Except this one is a whole lot crazier especially with blown out shocks and a broken sway bar link.
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-12-2012, 06:21 PM   #4
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
Nothing really major done to it. Only thing I have really done was swap out the stock fog lights for some Hella's that I had which are much better and took out nearly all the carpet.

I started to work on the CJ tailgate to swap onto this, but it has some cancer so I have to wait til next saturday when I start my spring semester so I can sand blast the gate and weld in some new metal. Plus I am going to be doing some mods to it so I can lock the gate and still use my inta-trunk.

I also made some new decisions on what I am going to do with this as far as mods go.

revised plans (fabrication work)
I am going to
-"raise" the fenders
-make some tube fenders
-make rear flares to match the front.
-do "boat sides"
(not sure if that term is known on this forum, but I heard of it on another forum)
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-08-2012, 08:38 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
Well, this semester I have fab class and I will be making a front bumper and if I can work fast enough a back bumper too.

The past semester I was working on my CJ tailgate, I had to replace metal that was underneath the hinges. Now I have to modify the tailgate so I can latch it closed with a soft top or hard top. It is going to kind of be like a truck tailgate but the latches will be moved by a key and I will be taking one of the locks from the stock tailgate. Once I do that I can paint it and install it.

Pics will start up shortly.
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-09-2012, 06:58 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
Spent $206 today in materials for bumpers that I will be making.

Got some 3/16" x 4" plate, 1" x 3" rect. stock and 1 1/2" x .120 DOM

Hope I can make the bumper as cool as I have it in my head. lmao
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-14-2012, 09:17 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
Making some progress on the bumper.

So far:
-bent the DOM tubing to somewhat resemble a pre-runner bar
-cut and drilled the top plate of the bumper
-cut the basic shape of the solid rect. stock for the tow points, just need to machine them

Tomorrow hopefully I will make the front plate and start on the bottom plate

Just need to get my camera charged up for some pics.
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-20-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
No fab update or pics, but they will show this weekend.

What I did and had to do, first was buying a hard top for what I would say is a deal. Then had to figure out why the jeep would not start in the typical manner. So I bought a battery... nope not the problem, but I have a purdy battery now then I figured out it was the starter. Now the Jeep sucessfully starts like all the normal ones.
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-29-2012, 02:00 PM   #9
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
Finally have some pics.
Bumper update: no longer using the DOM, don't like the way it looks with the bumper. The main part of the bumper is 'done' and just have to make a lower bumper bracket to tie into the frame because the stock lower postion will no longer work with the design. Then I have to cut two holes in the bumper to put the D-ring mounts on.




__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-29-2012, 11:08 PM   #10
Jeeper
 
yjkid95's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Great Lakes, Illinios.
Posts: 1,849
That bumper looks great. Those are some good fab skills man.
__________________
My Build Thread... with plenty of pics
yjkid95 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-30-2012, 05:59 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
CJ-John's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Back in Upstate New york
Posts: 318
Looking good! Think you'll get an "A" on it?
__________________
79 CJ-7 304 4 speed all stock
07 Dodge Nitro
12 Chevy Malibu
Back in the finger lakes area of upstate NY
CJ-John is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-30-2012, 06:13 AM   #12
Rock-Rubber

WF Supporting Member
 
GoldenSahara00's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: SCPA
Posts: 16,679
Bumper looks good. I like your revised plans much better
__________________
Ryan - A good eye, a light foot, and a smart rig.
Bolt-ons are boring
AMERICAN JEEPER
My Build - http://www.wranglerforum.com/f118/pr...a00-74622.html
Rausch Creek Trip: 2014 Trip Coming Soon
GoldenSahara00 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-30-2012, 01:24 PM   #13
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
Thanks, it has been a pain trying to do anything. Trying to find an alright welding job because I am pretty much done with my assoc. degree. Been working ridiculous hours that have been messing with my sleep schedule, going to school 4 days no room for fun. Normal work hours for me were 9-6pm then with little notice I am on 4am-1pm for about a month. But its definitely nice to get some progress.
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 07-30-2012, 02:24 PM   #14
Rock-Rubber

WF Supporting Member
 
GoldenSahara00's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: SCPA
Posts: 16,679
Yeah that shift has to suck. Being busy does too. Slow and steady man.
__________________
Ryan - A good eye, a light foot, and a smart rig.
Bolt-ons are boring
AMERICAN JEEPER
My Build - http://www.wranglerforum.com/f118/pr...a00-74622.html
Rausch Creek Trip: 2014 Trip Coming Soon
GoldenSahara00 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-02-2012, 01:22 PM   #15
Jeeper
 
Boobicon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Jacksonville, fl
Posts: 161
Awesome work ... Knock down any tree's yet
__________________
God Bless Mobile One
Boobicon is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-02-2012, 07:41 PM   #16
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
Thanks. But I haven't totally finished it yet. I have a few finishing touches, fully weld the back side of the bumper, make a lower mounting point, and the d-ring mounts.
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-04-2012, 06:26 PM   #17
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
All fab work is done. Just have to smooth some welds and paint it.

No pics of it yet because I had to hurry due to rain.
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-07-2012, 06:54 PM   #18
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
Pics were moved.






Update, finished the bumper.


__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-07-2012, 08:41 PM   #19
Jeeper
 
jaresco91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: CT
Posts: 397
Looking great, front bumper looks real mean. Keep it up!
jaresco91 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-08-2012, 05:29 PM   #20
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
Thanks.
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-10-2012, 01:25 PM   #21
Jeeper
 
BlackTJ98's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 88
Awesome job, keep it up. Subscribed.
BlackTJ98 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-10-2012, 03:32 PM   #22
Jeeper
 
WranglerRiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Davenport, Iowa
Posts: 76
Hey anybody know what color this jeep is? I was thinking steel blue but wasn't sure. This might be my favorite color on a wrangler. Cool jeep btw!
__________________
You can go Fast, But i can go ANYWHERE
'94 4.0 Wrangler YJ
4" Rough Country lift
Bf Goodrich Mud Terrains
WranglerRiver is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-10-2012, 03:40 PM   #23
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
Gunmetal pearlcoat, but there are two types, it changed slightly in 00 or 01?
Mine is the lighter variation.
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-12-2012, 07:36 AM   #24
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
I picked up a rust free CJ tailgate. I didn't want to use the one I had because it was rusty. And it is the next thing on the list to do.


__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-12-2012, 08:52 AM   #25
Jeeper
 
ken78744's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 690
This is what mine looks like finished I did the drop tailgate with the factory one... Just took off side hinges and got soon nice hinges from the home depot. Welded them on nicely and primered and painted to match jeep, got more pics but wife has the jeep today changing cv axles on her civic...

Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20120812_084906.jpg
Views:	182
Size:	105.9 KB
ID:	149529
ken78744 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-12-2012, 08:55 AM   #26
Jeeper
 
ken78744's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 690
I like the look of the cj tailgate, nice idea is it going to lock??? The way I did mine it still uses the factory latch and locks to...
ken78744 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-12-2012, 08:56 AM   #27
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
The old tailgate I have came with stainless hinges. They're a little bit dirty but should polish up nice. I was going to paint the gate satin black with the close to stock color for the JEEP letters. Hopefully it works out nice, I am terrible when it comes to painting.
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-12-2012, 08:58 AM   #28
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
I have an idea for the lock just have to have the gate on in order to fab it correctly, I am going to use the key locking mechanism to work the latches.
__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-12-2012, 09:03 AM   #29
Jeeper
 
ken78744's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 690
That's a cool idea to work the latch, where did u buy ur metal for your front bumper?
ken78744 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 08-12-2012, 09:47 AM   #30
Jeeper
 
Plop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: 48186
Posts: 187
I bought it from a place called Alro Steel, don't know if its just a Michigan place or if it has multiple locations. They cut me a deal because I bought 3 12' pieces.

__________________
~Matt
97 TJ 4.0L Stick 4" lift on 33"A/T's
95 Ranger 4.0L Stick 2wd 4" lift on 31's
The ex's 93 YJ/ 91 YJ/ 87 YJ/ 93 YJ/ 90 YJ/ 98 TJ
Plop is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tj axles Dieselholic TJ General Discussion Forum 17 04-10-2012 04:07 PM
06 TJ Seats Acage TJ General Discussion Forum 5 04-10-2012 11:26 AM
98 TJ work CatsJeep TJ General Discussion Forum 4 04-09-2012 05:49 PM
jurassic park tj corigirlloves TJ General Discussion Forum 68 04-09-2012 11:47 AM
HELP! tj won't start flyingmythos TJ General Discussion Forum 5 04-08-2012 12:51 PM



» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:41 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC