06-03-2013, 12:29 PM
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Alamosa, Colorado (centrally isolated)
Starting a rebuild (had the jeep for a while)
My story is a little complicated. I bought a 1990 YJ in 2007, planning to do a rebuild. I live in Colorado, and I paraglide snowboard and fish in the mountains so wanted something to get me there.
The jeep had a blown engine, and looked like someone had taken a can of neon green Krylon and decorated the white jeep. So I took all the removable body parts (hood, front fenders grill, etc) off of the tub and had them sandblasted, and wire brushed the paint off of the tub and frame rails in the front. (don't ask why, it just seemed like a good idea at the time). Had the 4 cyl rebuilt, bored .0060 because of one cylinder worn so bad.
Also I took everything out from under the dash, and even took the dash off. (I like to know how things are put in there and arrange stuff so it is easy to get to).
I was completing a house I build from scratch, and (apparently mistakenly) thought I had an agreement with my wife I would have time to do some things like this. Apparently when the stock market and housing market crashed and cut her retirement savings in half that agreement was no longer valid.
I went back to grad school and the jeep has been in the garage. Since I am now 60 years old, I was going to sell the jeep like it is so I could do other things on the weekend. But since I apparently can't get anything out of this jeep in the condition it is in, I am planning to complete it now.
More information than you wanted probably.
I don't know whether to post my first question here, or another part of the forum, but here goes.
There are a couple of pitted spots on the body, mostly on the rocker panel. I planned on using etching primer on the bare metal, but would rather using sanding primer (or filler primer), something I could build up a little as the pitting isn't really deep enough to be worth using bondo.
I bought something labeled LCF etching primer. If I use that, what primer can go over that?
Also, can I use that primer under the Tractor, Equipment and Industrial Enamel I got for the frame rails.
I have done a lot of auto work, keeping old cars running. I took a 5 speed manual transmission out of a Honda and took it to the shop. They took it all apart and told me how much it would be to put it together, so I had them put all the parts in a box and brought it home and figured out how to put it back together. I also bought a Chevy Luv pickup with the engine in the front seat, with valve stems bent from slipped timing chain, put it together and drove it for years.
So I have some auto repair experience, but have done nothing on a jeep before, so will depend on this forum a lot, and appreciate any and all advice.