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Old 04-06-2012, 07:28 AM   #1
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YJ Rebuild: Stella

Stella was my daily driver until I bought my new car to save on gas. I loaned her to my brother for a while and then 5th gear went out. She has been sitting in the driveway for about 2 years until now. It started out just with a trans swap, but has turned into much more.

Here is how she stood before working on her. (completely stock except for 31's)




Here's a jeep I found out google that looks a like it looked before.

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Old 04-06-2012, 07:38 AM   #2
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Here's a list of mods that I have been working on or will do soon:
Put new (used) trans in
New brakes, brake lines, clutch, u-joints, radiator, bushings, etc.
4" Rough Country Lift kit
New tires and wheels
New hood latches
relocate mirrors
Brush Guard
LED dash light upgrade
New soft top (black)
tint the taillights
Paint Job
Rhinoline the tub
Use vinyl dye on all interior pieces (seats, dash, door panels, visors, etc.)


We started this project in february and hopefully it will be completely done (for right now) by the end of April. We finished with everything mechanical March 16th and took her to get the body work started.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:27 AM   #3
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Since I'm repainting my jeep, the interior color had to be changed too. It would have been way too expensive right now to buy all new interior so I decided to use vinyl on everything. I used SEM Color Coat in Satin Black. The prep work was definitely time consuming, but quite possibly the most important step(s). I finished my sun visors, door panels, center console, dash pad, back seat and pass. seat.

Here is my progress so far:
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:42 PM   #4
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I'm thinking of relocating my license plate to my spare tire...what do you think of that?
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:02 AM   #5
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Finally got my lift done! I wanted to go ahead and get it done, so I will have to put the shock boots on it later when they come in.

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Old 07-04-2012, 08:53 AM   #6
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looks good. what happened? did you relocate the liscence plate? thinking about doing mine. we need to have a light on it though for inspect. here in NY.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:09 AM   #7
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Well its a VERY slow process. My dad is a body man and he's the one who is doing the body work/paint job. He has only been working on it a few hours here and there on the weekends. BUT! As of Sunday all of the body work has been completed. We are painting it this weekend! The hood has already been painted, but it still needs to be wet sanded and buffed. I am going to post a picture of it after it's painted (before wet sanding). Judging by the hood (and knowing what our old challenger looked like) I know it's going to be a very bright color and will stand out!

As for all of the other stuff I want to do it to it...it has been kind of put off for right now. I'm only 21 and in school so i'm pretty broke. I have close to $1200 just in the paint job (it was $480 just for the paint!). I am definitely going to relocate license plate to the tire carrier, but we still have to make that. I'm not sure what i'm going to do with it until then because we have already done away with holes for the previous location. I have read some really cool threads about license plate relocation and several of them gave solutions to the light problem. Ohio did away with the e-check (thank goodness) so I'm going to test my limits on how long I can get away without having a light for it. Apparently, Autozone has some cheap lights that work really good for the relocation.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:55 PM   #8
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Hear ya about the slow process. Good luck to ya. hope to see pics soon.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:07 PM   #9
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My jeep is my dd so I really haven't modded it but my other toy took 2 years to get back on the road and its more or less a running project.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:26 PM   #10
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Hear ya about the slow process. Good luck to ya. hope to see pics soon.

Thanks! I'll need it lol
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My jeep is my dd so I really haven't modded it but my other toy took 2 years to get back on the road and its more or less a running project.
That's pretty much how this thing is going to be. There's so much I want to do to it. I just tallied up my receipts today. I've spent $5,000 on it since January (and that's with the paint job only costing me cost of materials).
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:41 PM   #12
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I'm getting ready to go take the jeep to get rhinoliner put in the tub of it. I should have it back the end of this week/early next week and then I can start re-assembling it.

Here are some pictures of how it looks now:
*This color isn't accurate. The real color has more of a purple tint (you will see it a little better in the other pictures)

After Clear Coat:

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What did you do to prep the visors?

I must have sucked at prepping b/c I did my console w/ vinyl spray and its starting to already show signs of wear 2 months in
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What did you do to prep the visors?

I must have sucked at prepping b/c I did my console w/ vinyl spray and its starting to already show signs of wear 2 months in

I took my time prepping. Steps:
  1. Scrub with purple power cleaner and scrub brush
  2. Use Leather and Vinyl Prep to get any extra dirt missed when scrubbing. I bought this at KOI Savage for like 5 bucks.
  3. Rough up the surface with sand paper
  4. Spray full surface with Adhesion Promoter
  5. Let dry
  6. For the actual dying process, I used SEM Color Coat in Black Satin.

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