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01-19-2010 11:09 PM
Storm27m Next....probably the mirrors and bumpers.

- Remove mirror mounts, sandblast, and paint
- Paint bumpers (until I can replace them)
- Replace cracked exhaust manifold
- General maintenance overhaul (all fluids, plugs, etc)
- Clean up and undercoat the axles. They look like pooh and it bothers me.
- Get rid of the trailer hitch (or clean and paint if it the rust isn't as bad as it looks)
01-19-2010 09:41 PM
nmdriver Looks sharp!

I too herculined my interior when I got my TJ. Sure was worth it. Fenders look good too.
So...What do you have planned next?
01-19-2010 09:39 PM
Storm27m gth-wrangler97,

Forgot to add this. These two webpages were very helpful to me for the herculiner job:

Herculiner Your Jeep Tub

Things To Consider Before Applying Herculiner Brush-on Bed Liner To Your Truck Bed - Jeep - Bronco

FYI, I did roll/brush my liner in. I did not use the spray gun method.
01-19-2010 09:36 PM
Storm27m How long did it take? It's kind of hard to say since I was working on other things at the same time. The prep time (including gutting) was probably 7-9 hours the first day, not counting the stoppages I encountered along the way. Taking out the roll bar accounted for quite a bit of the time because I ran into a few problems getting it out. I did an EXTRA thorough job with the sanding/scuffing so that added some time too. About 2 hours the next morning to clean with acetone and tape everything off. It was time consuming to plug every little screw hole. Putting in the liner itself, say about 90 minutes per coat with about 2 hours in between coats. Replacing everything I took out was probably another two hours?

So where does that put me? A total of about 12-13 hours of work time with two hours of waiting between coats. If you are faster than me, start early in the AM, and have absolutely nothing go wrong, I think you could knock it out in a day. I say plan for at least a day and a half? I don't know...maybe I am slow?

I tackled the buffing and waxing this evening. I spent about 2.5 hours with a buffer, rubbing compound, and wax. I am VERY impressed by the results. The pictures don't do it justice due to crappy lighting and a dusty garage. When I saw the picture of this jeep in the craigslist add, I thought it was green. When I saw it in person the first time, I thought it was dark blue. After I saw that the title said BLACK, I knew the black paint was in there somewhere. I found it!

Before:


After:

01-19-2010 09:47 AM
gth-wrangler97 looks good man. I am about to do the same thing to my 97 I just got this past weekend. How long did it take with the herculiner?
01-19-2010 09:07 AM
mrcarcrazy looks much better. good work.
01-19-2010 12:28 AM
distortedtj
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Originally Posted by Storm27m View Post
What size and condition are the tires? I'm probably going to hold off for a while and I was leaning towards something more aggressive, but....

We'll have to meet up one of these days too.
31x10.5r15's

4 used
2 have 40%
2 have 50%
spare is brand new still has the stubble.

PM me if you want them. Yeah we'll have to do some wheeling. Check in the "Kansas Section" of the forum A bunch of us are trying to plain a wheeling trip for this spring.
01-19-2010 12:24 AM
Storm27m What size and condition are the tires? I'm probably going to hold off for a while and I was leaning towards something more aggressive, but....

We'll have to meet up one of these days too.
01-19-2010 12:21 AM
wasurfer86 looks real good with the interior lined.
01-18-2010 11:54 PM
distortedtj Good work bud.

If you need any tools , grinders, buffers, etc. Just let me know.

Also Looks like you mite need some tires soon. If so let me know I have a set of 5 BFG a/ts sitting in my garage.
01-18-2010 11:46 PM
Storm27m
Had a busy weekend...

I picked up my "new to me" 1998 Wrangler Sport on Friday and had a nice three day weekend in front of me. Since I've never owned a jeep before, I figured it would be a good opportunity to get familiar with it and get some work done along the way. Here's the jeep after I got it home:

It looks a little rough but overall she's not in too bad of shape. The black paint is under all that dirt and oxidation and looks to be pretty decent except for the hood. I've got a fair amount of easy cosmetic work to do but it's in good condition mechanically (or so it seems right now).

The first order of business was replacing a busted sway bar link. It was quite a PITA getting the press fit bolt out. I went at it with everything I had (hammers, ball joint separator, tie rod separator, large c-clamp, and PB Blaster) but I ended up having to go borrow a jaw puller from Autozone. It still took a few tries, but I got it out in about 10 minutes. I should have done that from the beginning! New one went in easy.

Next on the list was removing the soft top and gutting the interior so I could Herculine it. Everything went smooth except for taking out the roll bar. That was WAY more work than I anticipated. I broke two torx bits and stripped out one screw. It didn't help that three of the screws at the bottom of the center section were filled with the rubber joint seam seam sealer from the factory. I had to heat a small jewelers screw driver with a torch and melt/dig that crap out. It took about an hour to do all three. Other than that and dealing with some crappy Herculiner(old?), the project went fairly smooth. If anything, I'd have to say that it was a lot more work than I anticipated. The interior went back in SO much easier than it came out.

Interior Before:



Ready for cleaning and tape:



Finished Product (pay no attention to my dusty shoe prints)





After that, I decided to paint the fender flares and headlight bezels. I used satin black Krylon Fusion and prepped everything according to the directions.

Fender flares before and very sun faded:


Prepped:


Done! They look WAY better:


I think that was about it for this weekend. I think the next job on the list will be a buff and wax of the exterior to bring the black back out. The fact that it looks almost like a dark blue right now is driving me nuts! I did a sample section this weekend and I think it will turn out nice.

Other things on the to do list:
- Paint bumpers (until I can replace them)
- Replace cracked exhaust manifold
- General maintenance overhaul (all fluids, plugs, etc)
- Clean up and undercoat the axles. They look like pooh and it bothers me.
- Get rid of the trailer hitch (or clean and paint if it the rust isn't as bad as it looks)
- Other things I am forgetting at the moment
- AND last but not least (and when funds allow)...I'm thinking about 3-4" of lift and 33's along with a SYE and CV drive shaft.

I'm ready to head back to work tomorrow so I can relax a bit!

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