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Gliderjohn 01-19-2012 10:31 PM

My Mobile Mancave's Makeover
 
Over the past few years, my poor '97 TJ has really begun to show her age. Each year I'd sand, prime and touch-up the trouble spots only to have them come back in worse shape the next year. With only about 135k on her, I know she's got a LOT more miles left in her. Yeah, I could just sell her and buy something new (or just newer), but she's MY Jeep, I love the TJ model and just really don't want to replace her. Besides, mechanically, she's in real good shape.

So this last spring I decided to get serious and fix her up right and took pictures along the way. (Just wanted to share...:rolleyes:)

From a distance she doesn't look too bad -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...r/SAM_0062.jpg

But, upon closer examination......

Lots of rust here -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...r/SAM_0067.jpg

The paint is shot -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...Makeover/3.jpg

Front fenders are rusting through -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...Makeover/5.jpg

This is the result of mounting my CB antennae on the front fender (I no longer recommend it...) -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...akeover/6a.jpg

Side mirrors were rotting, all the rubber looked old and was beginning to crack, the upper door sliding windows developed a death wobble of their own -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...Makeover/8.jpg

And..... the aluminum wheels had about 14 yrs. of accumulated road grime that just wouldn't clean off -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...akeover/10.jpg

I couldn't stand looking at her any more! So last June I got started. With the help of you all on this forum, I found out about Busch's Aluminum Polish, bought some and went after the wheels -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...akeover/13.jpg

By the end of June, this is how she looked with the wheels cleaned up, new upper doors, and side mirrors -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...akeover/14.jpg

As far a personal upgrades go, by August I was able to add a Jeeperman bumper and light bar, and a Warn winch -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...akeover/16.jpg

How she looked by September -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...akeover/17.jpg

It took some time to get her into a good body/paint shop but here she is in the shop being prepped for painting -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...akeover/18.jpg

The driver's side floor had to be replaced due to rust and I had the interior bedlined -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...akeover/20.jpg

New front fenders on (new hood is outside the booth being prepped) -

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...akeover/21.jpg

As of today, they've just about finished the job. They are re-assembling and detailing her. (They ARE waiting for a part to come in to fix a small mechanical problem). I should have her back by the middle of next week! Finished pics then.

Drakea94 01-19-2012 10:38 PM

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Gliderjohn 01-31-2012 07:51 PM

Well, after a delay due to some sabotage by one of the shop's now ex-(disgruntled) employees, we're back on track. Her she is just back from the mechanic's shop and sitting at the body shop (they're next door to each other)...

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o.../SAM_0488a.jpg

Painting, bedlining and undercoating complete...

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o.../SAM_0489a.jpg

Passenger seat and new top and windows to be installed tomorrow.

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...r/SAM_0490.jpg

Time to order decals.

They're going to detail her inside, outside and under the hood.

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...r/SAM_0491.jpg

Should be just a couple of more days (again!).

RatherBNarizona 01-31-2012 08:54 PM

love the blue! My favorite color

ClayL 01-31-2012 09:02 PM

Looks damn good man :thumb: how much was the paint job? mine needs a new one bad and that looks like really good clean work

dabolt55 01-31-2012 09:09 PM

It looks alive again, great job with the pre and post pics, keep em coming...

Sgt.slaughter 02-01-2012 07:29 AM

WOW it's a whole NEW car! CONGRATS! You must feel so good! I think it's really sweet that you'd put all this money into her when you could have used that money for a trade in. You'll never be able to get rid of her now!

Gliderjohn 02-17-2012 09:24 PM

She's finally home and I'm starting to get her back together!

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...r/SAM_0500.jpg


http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...r/SAM_0501.jpg


http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...r/SAM_0502.jpg

They even detailed her under the hood.


http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...r/SAM_0503.jpg


http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...r/SAM_0505.jpg

Custom decals will be ready by the middle of next week and should be installed by next Friday.

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...r/SAM_0506.jpg

While waiting, I'm going to put in new speakers and re-install the CB. The weatherman says I've got 1 good day to do it!

Gliderjohn 02-17-2012 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ClayL (Post 1981236)
Looks damn good man :thumb: how much was the paint job? mine needs a new one bad and that looks like really good clean work

The paint job itself ran $3,400 + parts, which included a new hood and both front fenders.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sgt.slaughter (Post 1982682)
WOW it's a whole NEW car! CONGRATS! You must feel so good! I think it's really sweet that you'd put all this money into her when you could have used that money for a trade in. You'll never be able to get rid of her now!

True. But now I won't want to:thumb:. She should last me a long, long time now!

Gliderjohn 02-28-2012 07:50 PM

Finally got her tattoo!

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...Makeover/a.jpg


http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...Makeover/b.jpg


http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...Makeover/c.jpg


"Phoenix".

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...Makeover/d.jpg


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