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Plop 09-05-2009 08:36 PM

The plop project
I got my YJ mid June. It had a bit of cancer, getting to the point where it would be a long road to recovery.

Its a 93 YJ sahara edition
4.0L Stick 151,000 on the whole thing and 49,000 on rebuilt.
I got it for dirt cheap and had a ton of rust, but I have 90% of it fixed now.

Plans are/were to fix the body
A lift, I have been contemplating a SOA on full widths and maybe 2.5" lift leafs. I am fairly sure that is the route I am going.

What it sarted as:

Plop 09-05-2009 08:39 PM

Jumping into the rust. Drivers side

Plop 09-05-2009 08:42 PM passenger side

Plop 09-05-2009 08:46 PM

The hood, doors, and tailgate are/ are going to be black. The hinges are going to be spray on bedliner.
The hood is a two tone Black with the center grey that matchs teh rest of the body.

The current result pics.

Plop 09-05-2009 08:49 PM

Its not perfect, I dont intend for it to be a show Jeep. I just want it to look nice and wheel it.

kinda went hog wild on the pics but that is the progress of the Jeep over three months.

Plop 09-05-2009 08:52 PM

oh and the back of the Jeep, I still have one spot to cut and weld, and put my new hinges on.

'97 TJ 09-05-2009 11:04 PM

man thats great i gotta give you a hand for that! i love seeing home projects like this! keep us posted on your progress looks great so far cant wait to see more pictures of it!

justin00kim 09-06-2009 12:00 AM

Nice work!

whiteyj 09-06-2009 12:56 AM

Man that's some dedication to bring the beast back! Nice job!:punk:

Plop 09-06-2009 06:48 AM

Thanks, I spent a weeks vacation on the thing. Took a vaca from work and put 50+ hours of work in it in 5 days. only a few little things left to do to the body.

nutmegger1957 09-06-2009 08:05 AM

Nice work........will be neat to see it completely finished. How is it mechanically? Run good?

jgano23 09-06-2009 08:06 AM

you did a great job. that thing looks like it never had any rust damage. :appl:

jeep41 09-06-2009 11:43 AM

Nice, what brand of welder are you using. :appl:

Plop 09-06-2009 01:55 PM

Mechanically it runs great, it has 49,000 on a rebuilt. The only thing I have to do is a rear main seal and do my fuel sending unit, I jerry rigged the old one with mighty puddy (only on teh elbows because it had pin-hole leaks from rusting).

I used a Lincoln welder ran off of 110. I wish I could have used my brothers Miller that ran off of 220, that one works like a dream.

4point 09-06-2009 03:15 PM

Nice work! That thing was rusted out pretty bad.

jerryj 09-06-2009 03:25 PM

thats a serious job there, what lake did you say you found it in.Your definitley that jeeps hero , it owes you big have fun with it.

Plop 09-06-2009 04:13 PM

Seems like it sat in a big pile of salt for its life. I am the third owner of it and I was told the original owner never washed it other than getting rained on. That was pretty believable.

I didnt think the rust was as bad as it was when it had everything still on it. I started to see how gone it was when I pulled the flares off of it.

buckshot500 09-06-2009 04:33 PM

Nice work!

Please take a few minutes & check around the frame rails by tapping on them with a ball peen hammer. Pay extra attention to the rear rails behind the rear axle humps in the frame.

89PBR96 09-06-2009 04:49 PM

You really made The YJ look good man I give you Mad props

Plop 09-06-2009 05:31 PM

I checked the whole frame and everything seemed solid, just looks a little flaky. Need to give it a clean up and paint it.

I wanted to give it a different paint job, so that is why I did the two tone Black Hood with grey, and black doors n' tailgate. I think it looks good.

daanbc 09-06-2009 07:21 PM

WOW, In the start, when first looking at the pic's. That jeep looked like it was a gonner. ALOT of RUST. But you did an AWESOME job in cleaning her up. Great work.

N39-W120 09-06-2009 07:45 PM

Nice job!.... with work like that you'll have WF members knocking on your door.

Plop 09-06-2009 08:13 PM

I dont know about that, the quality of the work isnt terrific and not as smooth as I would want it to be. But thanks. I just want it to make it a few years, then I want to do a new tub, and fiberglass fenders, fiberglass windshield frame, CJ tailgate, a new hood, fiberglass grille.

In the near future, I am going to get fully soft doors, and loose the half hard doors, and get a set of full hard doors for winter.

89PBR96 09-07-2009 10:22 AM

Hey man you should rhino line it check out

GrnTJ 09-12-2009 12:41 PM

Looks great man. You sure are taken on a big project (50 hours in 5 days...just, wow) but it deffinatley looks like you got it all worked out. When your finished I bet no one will even be able to tell it had rust holes in it. I know the tub sure doesnt look like it ever had cancer.

JDsDream 09-13-2009 10:59 AM

Happy birthday plop

Plop 09-15-2009 01:46 PM


Did the doors finally, got them painted black. Eventually and am going to make some door pannels.
and just because I like to see my doors are actually shiny :d:

jerryj 09-15-2009 02:39 PM

Lookin good , marking another one off the list feels good and looks good ;)

Plop 09-15-2009 02:47 PM

I need to hurry up and get some new hinges, most likely going with the stainless.

And another thing is that I am working out a trade, my explorer for a 95 YJ on 4" of lift and 33's and is a 4cyl. Assuming everything goes well, I am going to swap all the lift on the 93 (current project) and use the other one as stock for school since 4 cyl should get better MPG.

Ayo 09-15-2009 11:58 PM

it looks great. i wish i could do shit like that to mine but mine didnt have rust that yours. Looks good and i can tell ima b jealous when its all done..any tips for a guy with no welder?

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