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Old 06-03-2012, 12:22 PM   #1
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gutting a tj

How difficult/how long would it take to gut a tj for a possible restoration I am planning in about a year or 2? I'm relatively mechanically inclined in that I can do a lot of basic maintenance and some more complex stuff with some help/supervision.

When I say gut I mean completely remove the whole interior/electrical/ engine/tranny/axles/etc. and just leave the tub/body on the frame. lol I know thats a pretty long list but I will have family/friends with equipment that would do some of the restoration if I do it- they would do engine and tranny removal/rebuild. But back to my original question: is it possible for someone that's fairly knowledgeable/ handy to gut a tj out of a garage as time permits?

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Old 06-03-2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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Yea it pretty easy, the interior can be gutted in an afternoon and as for the rest should only take a weekend or so as long as you have the equipment. I bought a tj a few months ago that need a restoration and in the 6 weeks I've had it, working on it 1-2 days a week I've pulled the tub off to redo the frame, put it back on, gutted the interior, fixed all floors, scuffed and sprayed monstaliner bedliner, replaced both rear corner panels and valence, body work almost ready to spray, 2" body lift and new body mounts while tub was off, and starting to make some tube fenders and flares now. You hardest part is going to be getting all the torx bolts out.

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Old 06-03-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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Be sure to buy a P-Touch Tape machine and label EVERYTHING. Write down detailed notes on the electrical connections and I also use LOTS of pictures. This is because it will be down for so long, you will forget the way it all goes back together. This way you should not run into any speedbumps getting everything back together. I would also suggest a FSM or register at JeepsLimited.com and download your year info. Have done many a guy out and the above has always helped me.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:39 PM   #4
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Get a factory service manual! If you can get internet in the garage that is always helpful too. But it can be done. Good luck!
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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How about if you don't want to gut it but just take the body off the frame and have the frame sandblasted and painted? My body is in great shape but the underside looks like hell.

Who's done this? Got any advice?
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:14 AM   #7
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I totally gutted the interior (seats, dash, rollbars, ect.) in 1 afternoon and im a self proclaim newb. Stripped ALL hardware off exterior and speed lined the interior. Sons christmas present is in body shop getting new paint, wheels and tires and flares.

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