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tommylavista 11-04-2012 03:36 PM

1999 TJ Rebuild
Hey guys, I just recently joined the forum. I was once a member of a few of these forums back in the day when I first bought my Jeep back in 2001, but I've been away for a while as my Jeep has been stored away in a garage for the last few years. It was driven a lot as an everyday vehicle (109,000 miles) and I was afraid it may had seen its day as the body, wheels and tires were in pretty bad shape. However, the straight-six engine was in perfect running order. This Jeep was the first thing I had ever paid off in my life. I met my wife while driving it and I've had a ton of great memories while driving around with friends, etc. There was a lot of sentimental value with this Jeep and I couldn't stomach just selling it in the sad shape it was in. Instead I researched some local body shops and came across a full-service shop who was a complete standout amongst the rest. They have a ton of awards under their belt and are true professionals. I took the Jeep to them back in March of 2012 and they worked on it for 7 months, turning it into a one of a kind Jeep that I'm really proud of. I just got it back from them about a month ago. I'm excited to share it with you guys and to be a part of the forum. I attached a link to the build process if you'd like to take a look. Looking forward to getting it out into some mud! Take care.

1999 Jeep Sahara TJ Rebuild - a set on Flickr

tommylavista 11-04-2012 03:47 PM

List of mods made to the Jeep...
Exterior/Interior/Hardtop All Fully Rhinolined in Black
Bestop Black Denim Sports Bar Covers
Trailmax II Pro Vinyl Black Denim Driver/Passenger/Rear Bench Seats
All Original Sahara Tan Interior Trim Refinished to Satin Black
New OEM Door Handles, Mirrors, Hood Latches and Hood Bumpers
Black Powder Coated Billet Gas Cap Cover
Smittybilt XRC Front Bumper
Smittybilt XRC Rear Bumper
Smittybilt XRC Oversized Tire Carrier
Smittybilt SRC Side Armor
High Rock 4x4 D-Rings finished in Matte Black
Quadratec 9000 Winch
Warn Wireless 6.5 Halogen Fog Lights
ORO LiteDot Round LED Tailights
Rugged Ridge 7 Flare Kit
Bushwacker Flat Style Fender Flares in Matte Black
4 Warrior Suspension Lift
Super Lift Track Bars in Front and Rear
OME Nitrocharger Steer Stabilizer
All New U-Joints
Dana 35 with upgraded 4.88 gearing in the rear w/posi
Dana 30 with upgraded 4.88 gearing in the front
Hypertech Tuner
Speedometer Gear
All New Front/Rear Brakes
All New Russell Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines
17x9 ProComp Series 7089 1-Piece Cast-Blast Black Alloy Wheels
35x12.5R-17 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar Tires w/Matching Spare
Custom 4 Side Exhaust Located in Front of Passenger Side Rear Tire

DjA 11-04-2012 08:40 PM

I'm just going to go ahead and say...WOW! That is one mean looking TJ. I just repainted my interior all black and I was feeling pretty good about my stealth Jeep...but yours just blew me away.

bcsatch 11-04-2012 10:17 PM

Are you rich? Wish I could afford all those mods. Great job by the way.......that's sick!

tommylavista 11-05-2012 11:39 AM

It was a long process but the shop did it the right way. I probably could have done without the regearing, posi, etc, but in the end having things properly built to handle the 35" tires was the right choice I think. The hardest thing was finding someone to insure it. I struggled for weeks with no luck and finally spoke to Progressive. Progressive will insure pretty much anything and will insure above and beyond Blue Book if you can provide pictures and reciepts. Got the same coverages I was getting with Allstate, but quite a bit more in premium since Allstate was only insuring it as a stock 1999 Jeep Wrangler ($8,500 or so). Progressive was able to insure not only the Blue Book value of the Jeep, but also all the mods that were added. If anyone out there is looking to insure their custom Jeeps, I would highly suggest contacting Progressive. Chubb, State Farm, Hagerty, and a bunch of other specialty insurance places would not do it. Progressive was the only one.

tommylavista 11-05-2012 11:41 AM

Thanks for the kind words by the way. It's not as cool as some of the rebuilds I've seen on here, but for me it's good enough. Take care, guys.

NC Bear 11-05-2012 12:42 PM

Wow, that is really making me consider Rhino-lining mine! Nice Jeep bro~

Kevin 11-05-2012 09:38 PM

Great story and terrific job rebuilding it!:thumb:

Randens Rubi 11-05-2012 09:49 PM

Amazing. What do you do to afford all this lol. Must be nice.

gixxerphil 11-05-2012 09:53 PM

I can't see flicker from work:(

SendTheWolf 11-20-2012 02:26 AM

Very nice! Adult sized Tonka :)

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