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Old 10-22-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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Jurassic Park Project - 94 Sahara to JP 12

Hello all

I recently purchased a 1994 Sahara with a few mods to turn into a Jurassic Park Jeep.
The Donor:


I'm trying to turn it into:


I bought this Jeep knowing that it has some things wrong, but it had more things right.

The good:
NO rust on the frame or body, which is surprising having lived its 20 year life in Ohio.
Correct interior color (green)
Tan Original door pouches.
Newer Spice colored top with roll bar padding.
Factory (!!) A/C

The bad:
The original owner sold the Sahara interior
Has a lift that needs removed
Have 31" General Grabber tires with chrome rims (FOR SALE) that need to be switched for BFG and aluminum OEM 15" rims
Needs a paint job from the Sahara green to the LJ1 low gloss paint
Transmission synchros dont like second or third

Whats on the plan before end of the year:
Sell the 31" tires (note, I do not know what these are actually going for, but here is the craigslist ad, if I priced these too high or you are interested, please let me know. I would like these gone sooner than later: https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/pts/4139853584.html

Also attempting to trade my new Rugged Ridge interior, the entire thing, for the Sahara interior's front seats, console and rear seat. I have a FS/FT thread on this site here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f14/tra...ng-352290.html I'm in the Cincinnati area and willing to travel half way to swap or each person pays shipping if the distance is too far.

Transmission fluid change is scheduled this week with RedLine MT90 to hopefully help with the synchro issue.

Getting the custom license plate from the state of Kentucky "JP 14". Will have the Jeep registered this week with a temp tag.

Will remove the lift once the tires are gone.

Meeting with the paint guy sometime next week to discuss monies and timeline. Since there is no rust, dings, dents, etc, it should be (hopefully) cheap-ish to paint.

Thanks it for now. I'm looking forward to finally having my childhood dream car. I will be updating here and on the Jurassic Park Jeep forums: Redirecting to Jurassic Park Jeep Forum.

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Old 10-22-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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I seen one of those at comic con in Phoenix.........good luck

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Old 10-22-2013, 09:04 PM   #3
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Theres one around here but its not stock. Its more of a Jurassic park themed crawler... I like the idea of actually making it look like the one from the movie. Keep us posted on your progress!
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I seen one of these rigs in Tulsa a few weekends ago. Hell I thought it was a special edition you could get back then. That's how clean it was done.

Best of luck with it. Go slow, take your time & get everything just right. It would be a big hit at local car shows & whatnot.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:26 AM   #5
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darn it, I used to have those stock YJ rims to and I sold the set of 5 for $50 a cpl years back...

Looks like a good start!
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:56 AM   #6
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I had a set of 5 of those stock rims and got rid of them LAST FRIDAY!
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:02 AM   #7
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how do you paint the aluminum red ? i have a set of them in the garage!
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:08 AM   #8
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how do you paint the aluminum red ? i have a set of them in the garage!
Plasti-dip probably?
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:23 AM   #9
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You can plastidip both the stripes and the wheels. I'll have my paint guy decide if he can paint the aluminum wheels or if plasti-dip would be best. People have done it both ways, including rattle cans and haven't had many issues over the years.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:29 AM   #10
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I seen one of these rigs in Tulsa a few weekends ago. Hell I thought it was a special edition you could get back then. That's how clean it was done.

Best of luck with it. Go slow, take your time & get everything just right. It would be a big hit at local car shows & whatnot.
Thanks!The hard part for me right now is finding the interior and selling the wheels and tires. I am trying to be patient, but I'm super worried that I won't be able to find the interior.

Transmission fluid gets changed tonight to hopefully fix the synchros in 2nd and 3rd.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:59 AM   #11
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There's one I've seen around Cincinnati that a buddy traded his stock rims to.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:36 PM   #12
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I have 4 stock rims if you need 'em. Good luck with the project man keep us updated
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:13 PM   #13
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Best I've ever seen was down here in Fort Lauderdale getting onto Route 595. It was just perfect
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:18 PM   #14
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A guy I know has one. He's into digging for fossils, so it matches his hobby. Good luck with the build.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:06 PM   #15
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there is one for sale on Craigslist now!
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:57 AM   #16
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I have 4 stock rims if you need 'em. Good luck with the project man keep us updated
Thanks for the offer Def. I'm afraid shipping may cost more than finding them locally
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Best I've ever seen was down here in Fort Lauderdale getting onto Route 595. It was just perfect
I'm going for as "perfect" as the "spare no expense" as I can get, but I will be sparing some expense...
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:13 PM   #18
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Transmission fluid change

On Wednesday I pulled the Wrangler into the garage



and realized pretty quickly that I needed a 15/16" wrench. Oh course I didn't own one, so into the diesel and up to ace to buy one.

Got back from the store and the garage finally heated up with my portable heater. Undid the fill bolt (to make sure I could actually fill the transmission after I drained it) first and it came off without any issues. I couldn't fit the wrench on the bolt at first due to the caked mud/dirt but I got it on there without too much effort. Drain bolt took a little bit of elbow grease but it came off without too much effort.

I started to drain the fluid and forgot my camera! So I grabbed my camera and took the following shots while draining the fluid:




That does not look good...

Here is the aftermath on the pan's surface:




WTF So much for the transmission getting "better" as the fluid warmed up, as per the previous owner...

Well, lets see if this stuff will fix it, but I have my doubts:



And it did not. Still slightly grinds going into second, and still grinds as much as before going into third. Looks like a synchro rebuild is in my future

Still looking for a buyer for my tires/wheels, and will be dropping the price soon.

Also still looking for a swap with my Rugged Ridge interior for the correct Sahara interior. Hoping someone here will help me out with that. Until next time!
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:41 PM   #19
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how do you paint the aluminum red ? i have a set of them in the garage!
When I painted airplanes in the Navy, we had to do a lot of aluminum painting. There is a chemical called alodine that etches the aluminum before you spray on the primer. You have to get the aluminum very clean first with a red scotch brite pad. You have to get any of the old clear-coat off if there is any. You scrub them until you get a water break free surface on the bare aluminum. (when the water runs off, it doesn't separate as it drains off, it continues to 'coat' the surface of the aluminum.)

Then you apply the allodine with a sponge applicator, let it dry, then spray your primer. The allodine etches into the metal and helps the primer adhere to it. Once your primer is dry, do a light sanding with some 320grit aluminum oxide sandpaper to get rid of imperfections. Wipe it down with tack cloth and spray your color. A polyurethane paint will hold up longest. You should do a good coat of primer, and 2-3 good coats of color. They will hold up for along time.

I have noticed in recent years at the parts stores that they now have self etching primers. You will have to look into seeing if these will work in place of the allodine. I don't know. It has been almost 20 years since I painted airplanes.

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Old 11-05-2013, 08:30 PM   #20
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Interior swap

A few updates since I last posted.

Found someone to swap my Rugged Ridge interior with their 95 Sahara interior.


I was able to remove the front passenger seat without any issues. Bolts were a little rusted, but not too bad.


Some progress

And then the problems started

Thats a bolt stuck in my 15mm 1/2" socket, I couldn't remove it for a few hours. Time to bust out the 3/8" socket.


My gods! Another one! I was able to free this one after a few minutes and choice words. However, I had 2 bolts stuck underneath the vehicle that required someone on the upper bolt and me on the lower nut to remove. Thankfully the guy who swapped seats was able to help remove everything.

I removed the center console and noticed a CB connector?


Huh, where does that go? I did some tracing and found

And a bonus ice scrapper!

New interior look


Seats are a little stained, and the driver seat has a small hole, but things that can be fixed with a steam fabric cleaner (family owns a cleaning company with the good stuff) and may need to have the driver seat reupholstered at some point.

Making some progress
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:33 PM   #21
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I also picked up the 102" whip antenna and stainless steel ball mount. The whip antenna was around $30 at the local radio shack and the stainless steel ball mount was $42 on eBay. Will wait to install those once paint is done.

I talked with a local friend of a friend to do a paint job. He wants $2,000 to paint and prep the vehicle how I want, as long as the paint isn't too expensive. I'm not sure if this is a good deal or middle of the road. I was hoping for a little more cost effective paint job since its a project jeep. I have a coworker's husband who does paint, so I may be prepping myself and letting the husband paint.

What do you think about the cost of the paint? Too much? Too little? Just right? Jeep is straight, no rust that needs to be fixed or any sort of body work that I can see.
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While at the DMV I decided to change the vehicle's number from JP14 to JP12. JP12 was my original number but the license plate was taken, but the DMV lady said it just expired a few weeks prior and that it was finally released a few days before my visit. So I picked up a custom JP 12 Kentucky license plate. This helps with a more "canon" look since there was no JP14 in the movie, only the game. In addition, most of the decals and stamped licenses plates are more easily had with JP12 than JP14.

I will most likely be canon up to the Jabsco upper lights. Those are around $200-$250 a piece on eBay and I'm not sure I want to spend $800-$1000 just on overhead lights. Maybe in the future if I can find them for a good deal, but not right now.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:40 PM   #23
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Looking god my man. My buddy were trying to get me to make a Jurassic park jeep, but im going to do a WWII willy jeep instead.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:33 PM   #24
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I think that movie is why I liked the YJ over the other wranglers.

Good luck on your build!
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OK, wasn't the Jurassic Park Jeeps Electric or Hybrid? You thinking about going there?

Have a friend that converted a 94 s-10 blazer to straight electric and full convertible. Great job and works great for limited trips.
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OK, wasn't the Jurassic Park Jeeps Electric or Hybrid? You thinking about going there?

Have a friend that converted a 94 s-10 blazer to straight electric and full convertible. Great job and works great for limited trips.
That was the explorers the guests rode in. The wranglers in the movie are all gas.
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:00 PM   #27
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A few updates:

I changed from JP14 to JP12 to be more 'canon' since you can get more 'canon' license plates if you go with a movie number. My custom license plate from the state of Kentucky is in:



There was a guy who had it before me doing also doing a Jurassic Park project but he must have stopped because he let the license plate expire.

After the license plate, I went to the junk yard to find the 15" aluminum wheels since I was having a difficult time finding them on craigslist. $35 per later, and I got 5 decent shape wheels. Some of them needed cleaning so I went to home depot and bought some CLR to get some of the stuff off.



After cleaning:




This was by far the worst one. No amount of cleaning, scrubbing, soaking could get it completely clean. I am hoping that 4 layers of red plastidip will hide most of the imperfections. The budget does not currently allow for professional cleaning/sanding. That may come later if the budget allows or i'm not happy with the plastidip results.

Most though came out nice and clean. Along with the cleaning I scuffed up some of the service to help with the adhesion of the plastidip. I went to HD and bought 3 cans of plastidip in red (located in the paint aisle) and started coating the aluminum wheels. The first coat looked awful, second got a little better. You can see the second one closest the camera only has one coat. Its slightly pink and not well covered. The one closest the camera just had the second coat applied and is starting to look better, if a bit shiny (this goes away with drying time).





The temperature wasn't the best as the cans kept freezing. I put on 2 coats and then waited 5 days and put on another 2. Here is the final result:







I think they turned out fantastic. There is some touchups I'll need to do, but nothing super major, mainly along the inside lip that I couldn't see needed sprayed because of the lighting in the garage. Again, nothing major.

I was scheduled to have the tires installed today, but the tire shop ordered the wrong BFG version, rugged terrain instead of all terrain. At least the size was correct! The all-terrains will be here Monday and will have them installed next week.

I ordered some parts to get the few things fixed as needed. Coming in the week are new shackles to remove the 2" shackle lift; sway bar links to replace the missing ones; sway bar plate that was broken when the previous owner removed the sway bar link; new wipers, among other things.

Parts still needed include OEM door mirrors, new windshield frame as mine is damaged, custom light bar fabricated locally, front fogs and carpet. Those will be coming over the next few weeks so I can prep for paint around March/April.

Thanks for reading!
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this will be great to see the finished product...
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Was thinking about doing this I got a 92 base model green with tan top and tan aftermarket seats. Do you think the body work could be done with plastic dip the strips and stuff and how much would a project like this cost like I said I just spent good money on seats and stuff so I am leaving that alone but other than that my jeep is stock

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