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04-05-2013 02:22 AM
rykemc Looks great!!!! Y'all did a fantastic job. Looks like we finished at about the same time. I had that same feeling you had the first time I drove mine.
04-04-2013 11:33 PM
cathleenlr It is so freaking close to being done... need to reinstall the splash shields, put on new decals, put the mirrors on...get an alignment done. I believe that's it! There were a couple of setbacks... like the new exterior door handle I ordered was defective, so that put things off a week. Then when I went to install the new handle, I was tapping the pin thing to lock it in...and my freshly tinted window...shattered. Definitely starting feeling like it just wasn't meant to be.

This was my first real drive in snow of the year. I was actually heading down to get my brand new passenger side window RE-tinted. In the snow, it was about a 20 minute drive...and I had a grin on my face the entire way Awesome, just awesome.

We're really happy with the interior...

Tires and wheels look good...couldn't seem to really capture it in a picture though...

It has come together exactly as we had hoped.

02-26-2013 02:50 PM
Originally Posted by whyj93 View Post
What kind of front bumper is that
Honestly, I'm not real sure...we bought it from somebody on craigslist...he didn't know, and it isn't marked in any way. Sorry!
02-25-2013 05:36 PM
rykemc Looking good Cathleen. Sure is a nice feeling when it comes back together and moves on its own.
02-25-2013 05:19 PM
whyj93 What kind of front bumper is that
02-25-2013 03:10 PM
cathleenlr Took it out on the road for the first time since August 2011!! Needs a few little tweaks...but it rides AWESOME. I was a little nervous with the lift and bigger tires...but it feels smoother than before.

Not much for narrative...but here's a photo update.

Painted the bumpers and top with Monstaliner...sprayed on the bumpers, rolled on the top.

Bumpers are now installed:

Now we are working on installing the headliner (ran out of adhesive), so far so good:

02-11-2013 08:44 AM
Dooley the Clown Anxious to see the final product. Keep up the good work.
02-11-2013 02:36 AM
kywaterman Jeep is looking great! love it that you and your husband are able to have this project to do together, seems like a great way to have bonding time. Keep up the good work
02-11-2013 02:15 AM
Almost there...

Hood, rocker guards, and fender flares installed

Side you can see the lift/clearance

Here's where it's at right now...dash is done, seats and console in.

Next is getting these big a$$ bumpers painted and installed...loving it!

02-05-2013 03:07 PM
deepair3 Looks great!!! I love the color! We are going to paint my baby this Spring... I'll be watching to see the finished product.
02-05-2013 02:48 PM
cathleenlr Crazy888: Total suspension lift is 4.5" body lift. Same kit as rykemc, and he has 35' you can see the difference. We should have the flares on this weekend.

Thanks everybody for the is awesome having Wayne to work a way, it will be kind of sad when it's done! (I'll get over it though ;o)
02-04-2013 01:29 PM
thresher_593 If you're not too busy next weekend could you come to my place?

Seriously, you're doing a great job, it's going to look super when finished. Nice when you have someone to work with.
02-04-2013 12:49 PM
02-04-2013 12:33 PM
jeepster95 Thats an Awesome rebuild! Wayne is a great guy for doing this too. I love how the indoor basketball court looks like a jeep exploded on it, thats better in my opinion lol im glad to see the future project too Keep up the great work and enjoy it.
02-04-2013 11:29 AM
cRaZy888 Awesome build! Ive been staying updated with this build.
Seems like you guys did a great job with attention to detail.
I think thats the hardest part with build ups, staying focused, and not hurrying the job.

Whats your overall lift height with the body/shackle/leaf setup?
Im curious to see your Jeep with the flares on, looks to be about the same height as mine, and those tires on top on my list.
Im still sitting on 31's, and they need to go.
02-04-2013 10:44 AM
cathleenlr We've spent countless hours reading forums on pretty much every aspect of this project. Between that and our own trial and error...definitely figured out ways to do things, and probably more ways NOT to do things. I really hope to help others out with what we've learned, so please feel free to ask any questions. Maybe I'll put together some writeups when it's done...just not sure what to even start with at this point.
02-04-2013 10:40 AM
Super Bowl Party

We're really happy with how the jeep is coming together. There just isn't enough time in the day to get it done! Taking a few hours out to watch the Super Bowl seemed like a, Wayne set up a tv next to the jeep. Now that's multi-tasking

Sidenote - the tv is sitting on Wayne's future project...1946 Willys...plans to do an original restoration.

Tires and wheels are exactly what we were looking for. Stance and height are perfect. The paint looks pretty freakin' sweet after compounding. Can't wait to get it done!

01-30-2013 12:58 PM
rykemc Coming along nicely. You are really going to like those duratracs. Keep up the good work
01-30-2013 11:14 AM

We bought Smittybilt XRC rocker guards and Tag fender flares. The flares pictured here are actually Rugged Ridge. After testing the fit and reading more reviews, we decided to exchange them for the Tags. The fit seems better. The Rugged Ridge had a pretty big gap that was going to be difficult to fill. The Tags also seem to have a bit more flex.

33x12.50x15 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs:

These wheels were on the black jeep...cleaned up and painted. We also painted the center caps and lugnuts. We'll see how those hold up. We really wanted a matte silver/aluminum color and just couldn't find it.

01-30-2013 10:53 AM
Assembly started

Well, we've been too busy working on the jeep to post any updates. :o) It's coming along nicely though!

Here it is ready to put the tub back on the frame:

New body mounts:

Attaching fenders:

Definitely going to be taller than before:

Ready to spray Monstaliner:

We chose to spray using a cheap undercoating gun. Once we had complete coverage, we decided building it up really wasn't necessary for our purposes. So we only ended up using half a gallon...may use the rest for the top and bumpers...we'll see what a finer texture looks like.

01-22-2013 10:31 AM
Better pic of color

01-22-2013 01:40 AM
Clear coat

I don't suppose it really looks much different than the last photos...but here it is with clear coat applied. We couldn't quite capture the color in any pictures...the first one is the closest, but it is brighter than that in person. Hopefully when we get it outside the lighting will be more picture friendly.

I ordered black Monstaliner for the inside of the tub. Hopefully it will make it here for the weekend and we can get it on. Either way, I'll get pictures up of all the other goodies here pretty soon. Tag fender flares, XRC rocker guards, 33x12.5x15 Duratracs, beefy bumpers... It's been so long since we ordered it all...I'm kind of excited to sort through and see what we have.
01-21-2013 09:20 PM
charleybrwn13 You've put a lot of work into it already and it's looking good!
01-21-2013 04:04 PM
rykemc Looks very nice cathleen
01-21-2013 02:56 PM
lower38 When ever I get around to paint my YJ ,I want that color. Very nicely done!
01-21-2013 02:34 AM

Thank you for all the compliments so far...nice to get some positive feedback.

rykemc: We debated whether or not to put it back on the frame before painting. The problem was it would've required waiting until the weather warmed up quite a bit. We tried to line things up, but we'll see how it works out. And yeah, getting it turned over sideways, turned back over, and then mounted onto the jeep frame...hoping we can accomplish that without damaging the nice, fresh paint.
01-21-2013 02:28 AM

Here's the paint... we had a few road bumps along the way, so Wayne will be doing the clear coat tomorrow. We're definitely happy with it so far.

It's looking a little more blue than we were expecting...hoping the clear coat and natural light may bring out some green.
01-20-2013 09:55 AM
Da Skunk So very nice to see it done right. Maybe one day I can do that to mine.
01-20-2013 08:09 AM
rykemc Looking great. My paint booth at my shop looks just like yours. Must be from the same manufacturer. Lol. Only thing I would have done different is paint it once it is back on the frame and all your body lines are lined back up. It may be tough to get that back through the door if you have to turn it sideways.
01-20-2013 12:34 AM
Part 2

Sorry for the delay…this will bring you to where we are currently.

Somewhere along the line I decided I wanted a YJ hard top and doors with the paddle handles instead of the lever. We found both on Craigslist. The top is tan, so it will need painted, but it has the rear defroster and lightly tinted windows. The doors are still CJ doors, so the handles are chrome instead of black…and they need a little work.

We continued to watch for other YJ’s for some reason…and ended up buying three more. The first one’s transmission was shot and it wasn’t worth fixing for the guy. We just happened to have that particular transmission sitting in the shop. Initially, that was the only plan, swap out the tranny. But then we noticed how much better shape the tub was in than the one we planned to use. :o) We took it apart and swapped tubs. We also put the lever handle doors on it and took the newer YJ doors. Cleaned it up and sold it. The other two had various issues. We made them back into nice, working jeeps, and sold them. By “flipping” a few jeeps, we’ve covered the cost of fixing mine and then some.

We didn’t really get started back up on this project until September 2012. Here’s the tub ready to be stripped down. Notice the big rust spot above the wheel well.

We sanded all of the black body pieces down to factory primer. We tried to do the same on the teal pieces, but we kept getting all the way to metal too easily. There was a little bit of hammer and dolly work and several spots of body filler (Evercoat Z-Grip). I cut out the rust spot and Wayne welded in a patch. First time welding sheet metal, not too shabby eh?

The idea was to get it painted before it got cold…so we could put things back together over the winter. That didn’t happen, but it seems like it might’ve worked out better anyway. At the opposite end of the big shop that had the two jeeps in it is Wayne’s wood shop, and it is heated and insulated. We discovered that if we put the tub on its side, we could fit it through the door into the wood shop.



Pretty crazy. It’s so nice being warm and controlled…but the coolest part is – I know the jeep is going to get done now. Not a chance Wayne is letting his shop be taken over all winter! :o)

The plan was to paint everything in separate pieces, hanging from the ceiling. Wayne did spray primer that way:

After throwing some things around, we decided now that everything had a solid coat of primer, we’d go ahead and spray paint with it assembled. Check this out…it’s a Jeep again!!

So right at this moment, that’s about how it looks. We ended up needing to put some finishing putty over a few spots, and then re-priming those spots. It should be about dry now, so we’ll go sand it, mask as needed, and it will be ready for paint come daylight.

Here’s the paint we ended up with.

Primer Surfacer = PPG Shopline JP202
Basecoat = PPG Omni MBC, color “Navajo Turquoise Metallic,” AKA “Cathleen Green”
Clearcoat = PPG Shopline JC620

Here’s a couple shots of the color, first one was taken with a flash…I think in person it looks more like the second pic.

It should be painted by this time tomorrow…more pics then. I will also get more info up on the other pieces we have at this point (tires, rockers, fender flares, etc).
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