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Old 09-26-2012, 12:56 PM   #31
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Awesome, please write more on "how to" while you are at it...this will help most of us that are still dreaming and afraid to get hands on things that we cannot figure out...

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Old 09-26-2012, 07:45 PM   #32
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Nice ! But you should title this "start to where it is today " ...It's a Jeep , it's never finished

Great point! Have you been talking to may wife? lol

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Old 09-26-2012, 08:00 PM   #33
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Very busy day today. Got a lot done. Windshield installed, wiper mechanism installed, hood painted, accents painted on the front. Doors painted, and my new window wipe seals finally got here after a month of delay. Here are some pics.

My finished hood.


Front masked off and painted for some accents.


Accents un-pealed and looking cool.


Close up of the mouth of the beast.


Entire kit and kaboodle un-wrapped ready for cut and polish tomorrow.


Didn't take any pics of the windshield frame, but I am sure you all know what that looks like. Didn't want to un-wrap the interior till I am done polishing so I don't have to clean up a bunch of compound. Hope to have her all together on Saturday, with the exception of the top. Still have to paint it... Can't wait to drive this beast again. Thanks for all the support in here.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:02 PM   #34
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Oh, and yes, I am so puttin in some green LED glow in the grill of this beast.... Muha Muhaaaaa MMMUHHHAAAAAAA!
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Love the colors. It's gonna look mean.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:41 PM   #36
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Getting closer guys.. Yeeeee Hawwwwww! Got her put back together today, mostly. Still have to cut and bump the hood, and install the door hinges, but getting close... Here is what she is looking like.



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Old 09-27-2012, 11:08 PM   #37
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Awesome, please write more on "how to" while you are at it...this will help most of us that are still dreaming and afraid to get hands on things that we cannot figure out...

Anything you see that you are interested in, just post it up in here. I will do my best to explain it. Would take me forever to explain it all.

As for paint and body stuff, it is really pretty simple. While you can mess it up, it is no big deal, you just go back in there and fix it again. The biggest thing to remember is to take your time, and pay attention to detail. If you can see a blemish while it is in prime, bet your but you will see it big as life in paint.

I started to just do a scuff and spray on this thing, but while scuffing, I found some beginning stages of Cancer in a few spots. So plan changed to putting 40grit paper on the hog and bringing her down to bare metal. You can do it that way or with stripper. Sanding was just easier this time. Then anywhere I found rust, I hit with the sand blaster to make sure it was all busted out.

After sanding with 40grit, changed up to 80 grit with the D/A (Duel Action) sander. This smoothed the rough texture from the super aggressive 40 grit down.

Then shot it with varaprime. This is a yelllowish self etching primer. It is great for inhibiting rust.

Then anywhere where needed body work with mud got 80 grit again for adhesion. Then out came the polyester puddy. I didn't have any major dings to fix, so this was pretty easy.

The majority of my body work came from where I welded up bolt holes. My rig had the full flares that incorporated the steps. When I pulled them off and put on the tag flares, this left holes along the side under the doors. Some folks just put on diamond plate to cover these, I opted to weld the holes up. This caused a bit of warping and of course the welds themselves needed to be smoothed out.

After body work, I shot it with a high build primer. This is what I referred to as blocking primer. This got three good coats. You then D/A again with 220 grit paper. This helps smooth out any imperfections beyond the puddy. If you still have a bit of a problem, you shoot it again and repeat. I did manage to get it the first time this time, so after blocking, then wet sanded with 400 grit to make the surface nice and smooth but yet scuffed enough for the paint to stick, then after it was washed and dried, and wiped down with wax and grease remover we went straight to sealing.

Sealer is just another primer that does a couple of things. It helps to fill in any pin holes or imperfections that you may have missed, it helps the paint bond, and it makes sure everything is the same color so you don't have places where the background bleeds through.

After sealer, you put on the color. I chose a industrial type of single stage paint. It went on nice and thick and is hard as a rock.

After paint, I masked off any part that I wanted black, scuffed that area with a red scotch bright pad (this equals 600 grit paper) and shot the hotrod black. Now this color is a satin color that you can't wet sand or polish, so you must make sure to take care not to mess it up with runs, trash or issues.

After that, protect the hot rod black by taping it off after it dries for a entire day just to be safe. Wet sand the gloss atomic green with 1200 grit paper, then again with 1500, and break out the buffer.

Buff with buffing compound, then again with micro glaze and finish with hand glaze. Just make sure you don't get any on the black, it will stain it and you can't polish it out.

Then drive and enjoy.

I am sure there are quicker and easier ways to throw on paint out there, but if it is worth doing, you may as do it right. This was way easier than the bikes that we do, usually there is a bunch more art work, and way more steps involved to make it perfect as possible. Also we usually use a base coat/clear coat, rather than a single stage paint. But I wanted the durability of this industrial type of paint.

Hope this helps a bit, if it is not what you are looking for, just say the word. I will do my best to explain.

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Looking great!!! Almost done and I love the color what a statement!!!
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:18 PM   #39
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Got her bolted back together today. Well mostly. Still have to finish the tail gate, paint the top and polish the doors, but the weather like it is, was planning on leaving the top off for a while any way.

Here are some pictures.







Not to finish up the top, and stuff, then on to the SYE!
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Looks great! How did you deal with the holes from the Sahara fender/running board?
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:12 PM   #41
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Looks great! How did you deal with the holes from the Sahara fender/running board?
I welded them up, then body worked them. Was not a big deal, just took a little time.
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Looking great gonna have to stop by aand see her in person next time I am in Florida. Keep it going!!!
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:24 PM   #43
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loooks incredible !!!!
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:51 PM   #44
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Looks killer great job!
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:14 AM   #45
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the complements.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:32 PM   #46
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And thats Whats Up! Came in today! Now for the real question, On the back corner or over the "Jeep" on the side of the front fender. Keep in mind I am having "Zombie Wrangler" cut for the side of the hood where the Wrangler usually goes. What do yall think?

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Right on put it on the side over JEEP. I have seen a few others the same way.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:00 PM   #48
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Today I pulled the interrior and rolled in the bedliner. I used the Rustolium brand I got from Wal Mart. It went in really good and looks great. Note: If you do the same thing with yours, be sure to buy some mixing buckets to mix your liner in rather than just dumping the hardner into the material. I only used about a third of the stuff and put on three good coats. Still have a bunch left over.

Anyway, here it goes.

After rolled on before I put the interrior back together.


And after put back together.



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Old 10-03-2012, 07:03 PM   #49
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Another side note, when you get your bedliner, I found it a much better to get a can of the spray in liner of the same brand to use in the corners and area's you can't roll in. The instructions say use a brush and dab it in, but it worked out way easier and better to just spray all the corners and hard to reach area's before you roll in your liner. This made coverage very easy and didn't create such a mess.
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Amazing job- just that green hasn't grown on me yet but can still admire how clean/simple it looks!!!
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:28 AM   #51
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Amazing job- just that green hasn't grown on me yet but can still admire how clean/simple it looks!!!
Thats Ok, I was aiming for different, and I think I got it..... I was going to go with a flat O.D. Green and black, but when I got the paint, I did a test panel and wound up not liking it. I like to do stuff that pops rather than blends in and fades away, so I broke out the chip book and went a bit nuts. Almost went with a insane purple, but decided to stick with green. Now there may be a time in the future when I spray some Irish green candy over that atomic green, that should make it look like a green Joly Rancher that is wet, may wind up pretty cool.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:35 AM   #52
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Coming soon, I have a bro that is goint to do some old school pin striping on the old girl. He is one of the best that I have ever seen with that stuff. He has pinned some of our choppers and does an awesome job. I think he will do the "Zombie Wrangler" on the sides of the hood for me, and whatever else he thinks it needs. It is one of them things where you let the artist decide on the art...... I can't wait.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:18 PM   #53
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Well, installed my SYE today and replaced my pinion seal. All went pretty well. Had a bit of a snag with the SYE but that was my fault, seems you actually have to put the oil pump back where it was supposed to go rather than not, otherwise it will not bold up properly.... Figured I would throw that out there......


Anyway, now on to the problem, now I think my front end is not engageing. The T case is shifting fine, but my 4wd light is not comming on and I think the vacume actuator has stopped working. So, onward into the valley of death march the 600....... Good news is the drive line vibration is gone....
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:57 PM   #54
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Ok, It has been a couple of weeks, figured I would show what I have done.

First, I installed my Zombie decal. Took me a bit to decide on where, but what the heck.


Polished, installed and adjusted my doors.


Painted my roll bar cover. By the way, the Rustolium fabric paint works great.


And installed my LED glow in the grill, the mouth of the beast! lol


Now to finish my top, and button up a few odds and ends. I also colored all my dash lights and cargo lights to make them green. Turned out pretty good. Didn't take a pic of it, too hard to get a good shot.
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looks awesome so far!
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:24 PM   #56
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Ok, finished the top earlier this week and installed it today.... Commin together..

The top. I chose to roll on the Rustolium brand bed liner. It matched the color of my flares and accents pretty good.



Here she is with the top put back on.





Still have to finish my tail gate, but well on the way. Can't wait to hit Jeptober Fest next weekend in Ocala.
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Been a busy few days. Got some stuff accomplished. She is really coming together now. Only the seats left to do, and she will be all done and matching. Still have to build my bumpers, but getting to the point where it is what I want to do to her rather than what I need to do... Anyway, here is my progress. Yall feel free to chime in with idea's or thoughts...

My son brades the survival bracelets, so I had him make me some door pull straps and Oh Shit Bars.


Here is a close up.


The Oh Shit bar.


I decided to dress up the shifter bars also. They just seemed bla, also, wanted to be different.


Then on to the dash. The tan had to go. I used the same paint as I used on the exterior on the cups for accent, but the Krylon fusion plastic paint for the hard plastic, note if you do this you will need to use vinyl paint for the soft parts of the dash, I used the Rustolium brand, the Krylon don't do to well on the soft dash part. Made a mess that required some doing to fix.



Another angle, before I finished my steering wheel.


And last but not least, my wheel. It took me a while to decide what to do with the dang thing. The easy choice would be to buy a new black wheel, but they are a bit pricey and well quite frankly, just not my style. So this is what I came up with. From tan to POW!


I also nixed the lights under the dash that come on when the door is opened. I swapped them out for green LED strips to give a bit better green glow when the doors were opened. No pic of that yet, but I am sure you get the idea.

Have a company working on some custom seat covers for me for the moment. Not sure if I want to go with the race style seats or what as for a replacement, so will run what I have for now and will just cover them.

Yall let me know what you think. Hope you enjoy.
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LT its get better every day. Love the theme throughout the Jeep. Great work!!!
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i like the diamond plate under the shift knob boots, how did you come about that? i would love diamond plate there
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i like the diamond plate under the shift knob boots, how did you come about that? i would love diamond plate there
I ordered that pre fabbed from Morris 4x4. Was only like 40 bucks or so. Was a great deal. They have them with or without the shifter holes. In the event your shifter location changed from a body lift. Im my case, I had to move it back about an inch. The knuckle head that originally put on the lift chopped the heck out of the floor to get the clearance for the shifters. He put on a 3" lift and this is what it took. SO when I ripped that out and corrected my shifter position, I still had the inch or so behind the bolt in plate that was cut out. A bit of patch work later, it worked out pretty good.

They sell the plates in both plain and diamond plate. The diamond plate comes in polished or black also I think.

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