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Old 08-26-2013, 11:04 PM   #121
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I think the roll bar will look really nice in that color. As for body color, billet would go with that really well. Cosmos blue is another color I really like in the JKs if you're going for a newer color. Although I believe it has been discontinued. Personally, I like the "loud" colors (I have a rescue green JK).
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:53 PM   #122
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what about a deep deep purple that almost looks black until its in the light?

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Old 09-05-2013, 04:54 PM   #123
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So I have had some time to get things worked on over the past few days. A buddy came over to help with extending brake and fuel lines.(Thanks!!)

Today 15 wires each got a 17 inch extension. Lots of soldering today It was nice to work without the cage in the way. The powder coat process should be done soon, just waiting to hear back from the shop. I am not ready to test the soldering job as I do not have the rest of the fuel lines extended but I think I have the tail lights, fuel pump, sending unit, etc all ready to go when I finish the extension work between the frame rails. Just a small update.

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Old 09-24-2013, 01:01 AM   #124
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So the Jeep runs again! The first time since I started this project. I had the help of a good friend tonight and the fuel lines were hooked up and the extension on the harness works flawlessly. The Jeep sounded pretty beastly without the muffler tonight. I'm very happy.
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:31 AM   #125
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Very impressive, keep up the good work
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:36 PM   #126
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For the love of god man! Finish the damned jeep already! Lol
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:11 PM   #127
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I hate the LJ's but I think this should turn pretty cool.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:28 PM   #128
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For the love of god man! Finish the damned jeep already! Lol
Well if you'd like to make a donation I'm sure it would move a little quicker. Considering this was planned as a much shorter project I am lucky not to give up completely. Must complete the Jeep. Sure don't want the project to stall this far in!!
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:12 PM   #129
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Dont wanna sound like a dick but if you.wanted a SHORTER project you picked the wrong one. Lol sorry dont mean to be annoying but ya know im a yankee.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:57 PM   #130
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I just poured over this build! You have done an excellent job! My 3 day project is almost complete now only 4 months later Oh the frustrations of wanting to go play! You've got this, keep working when you can! Thanks for all the good updates!
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:54 PM   #131
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In for a Penny, in for a pound

OK so more work done on the Jeep. I have a few photos to share too. I originally was going to spray the thermal insulation all over the inside of the Jeep. Then I got to thinking after driving some newer cars I'd like my Jeep to be a little quieter. So the company that makes the thermal insulation also does sound control. So I am going to spray the Jeep in the sound control and the firewall back to behind the front seats where the muffler is with the thermal insulation. The inside of the Jeep's hard top will also get thermal insulation as I am trying to get this Jeep comfortable to drive during the summer. The rest of the Jeep will get the sound control.

The specs on the thermal spray say it will keep the Jeep 30 degrees cooler and the sound control will cut the sound down by 12db. So with the top on I am hopeful for a much quieter and cool ride.

So I got the Jeep running the other day just to put it right back in condition that I can not drive it. No wire harness, pedals, or steering wheel.

Here are the latest pictures.






And this little jewel was discovered when I removed the under dash a/c unit. It is all dry so no oil leaks but the evaporator was clogged with 20+ years of dirt and dust. No wonder this thing didn't cool the Jeep very well. I did not know it was this thick either.
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At a snail's pace

So I'd probably be insulting a snail but it feels like this project has come to a snail's pace. The past week or so it has been prep prep prep prep and more prep. I am truly sick of prep. Getting that rhino off is a complete pain. I just want to get to spraying the new liner!

On another progress grinding to a halt side note. The powder coating process got messed up. The photo looks nicer than it really is but the color is completely wrong!



Now look at the chip



Not really sure how they buggered this one up. The color on the cage is a dull flat gray. If it was a bright silver that would be one thing. They also mangled my dash. It is all bent up and the wrong color like everything else. Some guy decided it would be fine to shrink wrap the dash along with the other MUCH heavier corner guards and rocker guards. Brilliant!

So now I am back to waiting for the powder coating process to start all over again. To make things worse I cannot get anything done about it because the owner is on a hunting trip and they need his approval to fix the problem. Not sure when he will return.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:29 PM   #133
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If it didnt make me out to be such an ass id laugh at your problems. Lol
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If it didnt make me out to be such an ass id laugh at your problems. Lol
Nice....,lol
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Thumbs up Cool modification !!!!

That's what happens when you stay the course. Fine Job!
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:42 PM   #136
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So a few more bits of progress this month. I got the sound deadening spray in and the thermal spray is next. Just wanted to get a few more pictures up. I also am getting a new dash from the powder coating company that bent up my original one. They will be redoing the powder coat in the proper color now.

So here are a few pictures during the spray.







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Old 10-21-2013, 08:54 PM   #137
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Getting there bit by bit. At this rate though the south.may.never rise! :-) just kidding bud. Im in your corner here. I might be heading to Tx over xmas hope you got it done id love to do.a.fly by and see.this.art.work in person.
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VERY nice work! Love it. It's gonna be a one of a kind that's for sure.

You've created a new model. The YJ-8 Overland.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:02 AM   #139
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Have been thinking of this kind of project for years. Thanks for the write-up.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:13 AM   #140
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Really a great job. I read through the build a couple weeks and saw that there were new posts. Glad to see the tub looking like it just came off the factory line (albeit, with liner). Can't wait for you to get tired of it and sell it to me
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Just a quick question ...
If someone wanted a wider rear seat, does this make it long enough to shorten the wheel wells and make the seat wider?
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:49 PM   #142
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Good wuestion
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Just a quick question ... If someone wanted a wider rear seat, does this make it long enough to shorten the wheel wells and make the seat wider?
Probably would I would think. But he has a neat idea with the seat on sliders to allow for taller passengers or more cargo space.
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Now you did.it. tx is sitting in his shop stareing at longer yj thinking... " should it be wider too?" :-)
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There is a TJ in my town that is 12" wider than stock. License plate is dblwide.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:13 PM   #148
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Hey thanks for all the positive posts. Like I posted earlier I am using a best top fold and tumble seat and attaching it to sliders to accommodate for whatever need I have at the moment. I can slide it all the way forward and use the fold and tumble feature for maximum cargo, slide it back for more leg room or any space between and of course remove it all together.

I had been toying with the idea of welding in some additional sheet metal and creating two sub enclosures in the newly vacant wheel well space. I have decided against that at the moment as I really don't want lots of stereo equipment to tempt theft of my stuff. Also a big stereo is no longer my thing and I have never thought that a Wrangler was a good platform for a sound car. I guess you could cut out the original front section of the wheel well and fab floor sections to make it wider. It is just more work and not where I want to go with the project. So for now the space will be vacant and I am planning on some sort of liner for the under side of the wheel wells to seal and protect them.

Still toying with the idea of removing the body from the frame and lining the under body. I really hate to dig further into this project as I am still afraid that it will end up as a pile of parts in my garage. On the other hand this is the lightest this tub WILL EVER BE. So there is no time like the present or is there!?!?

As for making this Jeep wider. Nope not going to happen! I'd rather spend that money on a nice SOA set up
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Are you spraying the thermal and sound lining material yourself, or is it something that has to be done by a "professional"?

I am anxious to see the end result but am really enjoying watching it come together at the same time.

It's kind of like getting the Sears Christmas catalog when I was a kid .... Great stuff to look at and wish for, but can't wait until Santa brings the real thing.
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Are you spraying the thermal and sound lining material yourself, or is it something that has to be done by a "professional"? I am anxious to see the end result but am really enjoying watching it come together at the same time. It's kind of like getting the Sears Christmas catalog when I was a kid .... Great stuff to look at and wish for, but can't wait until Santa brings the real thing.
Both the sound control and thermal spray are DIY friendly. I just didn't want to waste money having someone else prep and spray. I had a 20gal compressor given to me so I am doing that stuff myself. All i had to buy was the spray gun. I have a little more sound control to spray on some small spots I missed. I will end up masking off the front for the thermal spray and removing the hard top and standing it on its end so I am not spraying upside down. I am having a little coverage trouble with the gun spraying the inside of the top as the gun is gravity fed.

I am anxious as well. I can see it done in my mind. I mocked up the rear track and seat in it the other day and my son got really excited and asked for cup holders lol. It's like Christmas for him too.

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