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Old 10-31-2013, 07:54 AM   #151
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Update

Well for those of you that have been following this project I was toying with the idea of pulling the body off the frame and addressing some rust areas as well as redoing the under coating. So after a lot of thinking and actually dread, I pulled off the body the other night with the help of a friend. I am actually a little down about this particular "progress" because I now officially have nothing that resembles a Jeep. Just a mess of parts that resides in the place where my YJ once was parked. Honestly it feels like a huge step backwards. I know this is the time to do it when the tub is the lightest it ever will be but it still doesn't feel like progress. Here are a few photos.




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Old 10-31-2013, 09:23 AM   #152
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Don't give up man. With everything definitely jeeps there's always a oh shot moment and I know you've had them. I love what your doing and can't wait till you get this sucker put together. Work hard BECAUSE JEEP

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Old 10-31-2013, 09:56 AM   #153
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I understand the fristration. I know the feeling. Almost like hopeless. May i suggest a long saturday in the shop with your buds, some beers, the game on and some tx bbq. Sometimes your best move may be to put some fun back into it and you might be suprised how much gets done. What the hell its a hobby remember?
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:59 AM   #154
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You will not regret your decision to take a couple steps back. It will be so nice to have the frame all cleaned up and looking brand new with everything else you have done. You would have regretted it if had you not done it.
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:49 PM   #155
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yes. Good move man, I am working now to blast and repaint my frame. I have a 4" suspension lift and a 1" body lift so I can get to most of it but it would have been a lot easier off the frame.

My frame is just starting to get surface rust, its a 94' and was parked in a garage most of its life until I got it anyways... After 4 years wheelin' it, its time to re-seal my frame BEFORE it gets even one rust hole

just sayin', I don't think you will regret it either.
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:01 AM   #156
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More pics!!

OK, so this particular project was a lot more frustrating than I had originally thought. Not sure I'd do it over again. Although when I get to use it on a regular basis I am sure I'll be glad I put the time and effort in.

Each track has 14 mounting bolts. Each bolt got a backing plate welded to the body and an nut welded to the plate. So 24 bolts, holes, nuts and multiple plates welded. Lots of welding, broken nuts, bolts, and cleaning each nut with a tap I am worn out and was about ready to set fire to the Jeep. Since it is in my garage I decided against the fire part. Although there was plenty of red hot metal flowing over the past few weeks.

Given the way the factory mounts the seat brackets and bolts for the seat belts this is beyond over kill. If I had a hoist in the garage it would be cake getting it back on the frame using attachments on the tracks to lift it into place.


The photo is a top down view. But the tub is currently on casters standing on the passenger side.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:50 PM   #157
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You lost me here....what is the purpose of these tracks?
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You lost me here....what is the purpose of these tracks?
To allow the easy relocation of the rear seat. It will slide fore and aft: more cargo room or more leg room.
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To allow the easy relocation of the rear seat. It will slide fore and aft: more cargo room or more leg room.
Yep. Exactly. It will also provide the seatbelt points and excellent cargo tie down points. I have already thought of a few different accessories to build like a trunk locker for when the top is off.
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That is what I was thinking, but wanted to make sure. Excellent idea, you can do a lot with a system like that.
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:36 PM   #161
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You should patent that. Its very marketable. If you sold enough you might just pay for this fiasco
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:53 AM   #162
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I just looked through your whole thread. Man! My hat's off to you for your fab skills. I thought taking my track bars off was a job, HA! Excellent work. I'm sure the time and money is frustrating but, in the end, you are going to have one sweet Jeep. Definitely need a "built not bought" decal for this one. I agree with the others, might as well take a step back and do the frame now. It's come this far. Looking forward to the end result. Stay encouraged. I, and I'm sure others, have been inspired by you build. Thanks for letting us follow.
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:44 AM   #163
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My Christmas gift.

So I got to give myself a little Christmas gift of progress this week. Seems I hit a nice little stride and got the rest of the welding done, tracks trimmed, all the mounts completely finished for the rear seat track, and most importantly I got the under coat sprayed!

I did some touch up on the hard top. It was hard to spray on the Jeep. Gravity works against you. I should have taken it off to start with. However at that time I did not have plans to remove the body from the frame to do the under coat. I still need to do the thermal spray on the hard top, firewall and the front section of the passenger compartment.

Rear track finished.




The color is bluish gray because it is wet. When it cures it will be black. This photo you can see the hard top leaning against the wall. I forgot to get a picture of the hard top before I uploaded my pictures.






Well that is all for now. I am getting excited that the Jeep is getting close to being put back together!! Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:05 PM   #164
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Well most everyone in the US has experienced a colder than usual winter. I have not had temperatures to accommodate spraying for quite a while. I got some done yesterday and today. Unfortunately I found that I have some lifting on some spots on the bottom of the tub. So I will be picking up some more material and respraying some spots.

More set backs and I am starting to accept this project will blow the 1 year mark.
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The frame got painted this past weekend. Yea. On a the other hand 23 days until the one year mark
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Don't give up I want to see this beast finished!!
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Don't give up I want to see this beast finished!!
I'm pushing three years on mine so don't feel bad.
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Springs coming that'll help recharge the ole batteries, at least I hope so I'm dead ass tired lol
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I'm pushing three years on mine so don't feel bad.
almost three on mine until it was on road again :/ take your time do it right. its all worth the appreciation from yourself and others. we all appreciate a solid jeep
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Thanks for the words of encouragement. I have felt a little down about this process lately. I think I'll be able to get some work done next week. I have a few days off and hopefully I can get the body back on the frame.

Currently purchasing parts for the heater box rebuild. That has been looking a little dated with the foam rubber seals going bad. Who know I may even have a new car smell when this is all done lol.
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What type/brand of undercoating did you use?
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What type/brand of undercoating did you use?
Lizard skins thermal and sound control.
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Gone through the Entire thread and I am blown away by the amount of work and energy you have put into this. Lots of respect and keep pushing, It will be a beast when its done.

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If that happens a good mud bath should get rid of that smell for you.
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Wow a truly amazing build. Keep up the good work.
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Old 03-12-2014, 12:09 AM   #176
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More progress

Hey so I have good news on the Jeep build. More progress. I got the top coat on the thermal/sound deadening spray done Monday. I had a friend and a neighbor help me put the body back on the frame tonight. I am very happy that I don't have a pile of Jeep parts any more and it is now looking like a Jeep again.

And because progress and pictures go so well together here is a visual aid to my happiness.




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Cool, we like progress...and pics. Glad you are getting things done again.
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So I figured I'd replace the filler neck and vent hose since they were reasonably accessible at this point. A trip to the auto parts store and no one has them in stock around here. Who knew they would be such a specialty item. It's the small things that nickel and dime you to death. I also cannot seem to find washer nozzles to replace mine. I broke one and the other is old and brittle.
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Heater box rebuild

So in pulling everything apart I decided I wanted to rebuild the heater box. A new box was 179 so I thought I could do better. I purchased a new heater core and then some adheasive foam to replace the 20+ year old dirty foam. So it was about 20 bucks for the foam and 38 for the new heater core.

I cleaned up the exterior of the box and repainted everything removing rust as needed and scraped off the old foam and cut new replacements. It wasn't that difficult to get done and turned out pretty nicely. I am finding that the YJ is old enough for some parts to be difficult to find but not old enough for lots of restoration support from the companies like LMC. The stuff I can find like baffles and new foam it was much more expensive than doing it myself and by the time I added up all the different parts it would be more expensive than the new box.

Here are a few pictures. I haven't put the blower motor back in yet. That is the next step and then off to the A/C unit. I bought new hardware for the A/C and I am toying with removing the blower and replacing it with a brush less 12v fan that I am thinking will push more CFM than the factory set up. I haven't quite figured out how to get that particular fan to regulate between low/med/hi. So that is the next project in putting the dash and everything back together.

Here are some pics of the heater box. I won't be using it for this season but I am pretty sure next season it will come in handy if next winter is anything like this winter.


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Pretty nasty old foam. No telling what has been absorbed over the years




Cleaned up repainted and refoamed. Should be much more effective!




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I forget exactly what model it is but I wanna say Durango blowers bolt in and offer much improved air flow.

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