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Old 02-01-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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My BIG RED Jeep Project

Im new to Wranglers, and this forum. I had a Cherokee Sport in college and learned quick that there is nothing easier to work on than a jeep. Definitely still have a long way to go when it comes to auto and body repair. Pretty stoked so far on my big red jeep project... only a month in spare hours into my project and Im already starting to feel pretty satisfied!

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Old 02-01-2013, 10:55 AM   #2
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Here are some photos from day one... 2.5 4cyl 91YJ with 150k miles and the wear and tear to show for it. Its had 10 previous owners... which is a little scary, it seems like not one of them did any kind of restoration or took any kind of care of this little lady... until now.
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First thing, rip out the stock seats and throw them away... there was a bunch of rust on the interior so I ground all of it out. It left me a pretty big hole on the floor boards so I covered it with a steel plate... the more manageable holes I covered with fiberglass and bondo...then I just used Hurculiner to cover the whole inside. That stuff is pretty freakin messy!

Then I removed all the dash components and painted it with gloss black Krylon plastic paint.

Here are some pics I snapped during that process...
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now the samething on the outside... grinding rust and repairing with fiberglass and bondo. There was a huge hole on the passenger side behind the tire... the previous owner tried to repair but did a terrible job, so I spent a lot of time undoing his work.

I realize I could have taken better shots now that Im uploading them with some context... haha sorry.
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Now im painting it.. one coat down. Went with the roller method.. using topside marine paint from Ace hardware... looks pretty solid! Close to being done with all interior and exterior body repair... then to fun stuff! Thankfully the engine is in pretty awesome shape, just had to change the oil and replace the serp and some pullies. Still struggling with the windshield wipers... thinking Im gonna have to tear open the stearing column for this one. Ill get some better pics when she is done and road ready!
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Good Job, neighbor.

You'll have a blast w/ it on the beaches. I get out there a couple times a year & to Wilmington quite often. Nothing like rolling down the sand, top down & sun shining!

Enjoy!
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Now im painting it.. one coat down. Went with the roller method.. using topside marine paint from Ace hardware... looks pretty solid! Close to being done with all interior and exterior body repair... then to fun stuff! Thankfully the engine is in pretty awesome shape, just had to change the oil and replace the serp and some pullies. Still struggling with the windshield wipers... thinking Im gonna have to tear open the stearing column for this one. Ill get some better pics when she is done and road ready!
Roller method?
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Pretty much just that. Google: 'Roller Paint Auto' Between what I saw there and some of the threads on here I got a good idea of how to approach. I am only one coat down... prob gonna do 3 or 4 all said and done. Basically Bought Rustoleum 'bright red' topside marine paint from Ace. Mixed 1/3 Mineral Spirits 2/3 paint in a rolling pan and used 6" high density foam rollers. The trick Im learning is light coats... I went heavy on the first pass over the hood and I spent the next 20 minutes trying to catch paint dribbling over the sides. I was patient and took my time and made sure to tape or remove anything I didn't want paint on...the first pass turned out solid. It has a nice shine to it.
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Pretty much just that. Google: 'Roller Paint Auto' Between what I saw there and some of the threads on here I got a good idea of how to approach. I am only one coat down... prob gonna do 3 or 4 all said and done. Basically Bought Rustoleum 'bright red' topside marine paint from Ace. Mixed 1/3 Mineral Spirits 2/3 paint in a rolling pan and used 6" high density foam rollers. The trick Im learning is light coats... I went heavy on the first pass over the hood and I spent the next 20 minutes trying to catch paint dribbling over the sides. I was patient and took my time and made sure to tape or remove anything I didn't want paint on...the first pass turned out solid. It has a nice shine to it.
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looks good nice start.
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wow, its looking good! nothing i like seeing more than an ol' yj comin back to life keep up the good work and keep the pics coming! i personally cant wait to see what the paint job will look like when its done! it looks great with just that one coat on! and im kind of curious as to what else you plan to mod? such as lifts, and wheels, tires, etc. thanks! keep it up!
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Looks great so far!
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wow, its looking good! nothing i like seeing more than an ol' yj comin back to life keep up the good work and keep the pics coming! i personally cant wait to see what the paint job will look like when its done! it looks great with just that one coat on! and im kind of curious as to what else you plan to mod? such as lifts, and wheels, tires, etc. thanks! keep it up!
I definitely have a long list of future body mods. For starters, new fender flares should be on this week. Then, smittybilt SRC front bumper with fog lights. Im sure I want to put a body lift, prob 3 in. I'd like to get my hands on some full doors eventually; maybe even a hard top. Maybe some black rims and a full sized spare on the back door ~ pretty cliche, but I like the look... Im happy with the 31s for now... look and do great, plus I think they only have 1k miles on them so I might as well get my money's worth.

Aside from that, I really don't want to get too carried away - keep it simple, solid and true ya know?

what are your thoughts, any suggestions?
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i looks awsome!!!
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Finally got the paint done and the new fenders on. I've got a couple rusted bolts on the front bumper that Im gonna tackle this weekend. Got a new bumper on the way... then new wheels and some fog lights... But that red looks crisp!
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looks pretty! Whats the name of that paint color? mines the same color im pretty sure.
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is that rhino liner or line x you did on the inside? how much did it cost you and did you do it yourself? asking because im going to do it on my jeep
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is that rhino liner or line x you did on the inside? how much did it cost you and did you do it yourself? asking because im going to do it on my jeep
It's Hurculiner, I bought the Gallon for 75$ at Autozone. It was pretty messy and time consuming... Just take you're time and plan it out. I ended up with about 1/4 of a gallon left.
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looks pretty! Whats the name of that paint color? mines the same color im pretty sure.
rust oleum bright red marine topcoat
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rust oleum bright red marine topcoat
Thanks! Mine has some spots that are bare and some pretty bad scratches on it
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Finally got the paint done and the new fenders on. I've got a couple rusted bolts on the front bumper that Im gonna tackle this weekend. Got a new bumper on the way... then new wheels and some fog lights... But that red looks crisp!
what type of front bumper are you going with?
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what type of front bumper are you going with?
I don't know... I was looking at the smittybilt src. I want something kinda rugged... but I'm back and forth because I really don't need much I'm not rock crawling or anything- just beach driving. what are your thoughts?
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I don't know... I was looking at the smittybilt src. I want something kinda rugged... but I'm back and forth because I really don't need much I'm not rock crawling or anything- just beach driving. what are your thoughts?
As long as you dont intend to use it for anything, the Smittybuilt will be fine! No reason to spend money on something else.

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