So, I've been a forum member here for awhile, but have been working on my rig for quite a few years. Finally, I'm at a point to STOP.. and enjoy it. Going to be hard, but it's time I shut the wallet and just sit back and enjoy.
Four years ago I searched every day for a wrangler in decent shape with a 4.0 with manual tranny... everything was a disgusting rust bucket, or people wanted a small fortune... so after a year of searching I came across a 1 hour old ad... 99 wrangler TJ, chili pepper red, no rust, 4.0, Auto tranny, hard top/hard doors, and the asking price was 3800.00..... said the tranny was shot, steering was shot, brakes were shots, etc.. and it needed work. For that cheap of a price for what it was, I drove 6 hours one way and picked it up. Low and behold.. only thing wrong with it was the power steering box.. guy didn't know that tranny fluid went in there
. He bought it used with 81K on it.. drove it 1 month then sold it to me. So here I am dumping 135.00 on a new steering box and have a fully functioning jeep... let the spending begin. Over the course of the next 3 years I literally gutted it.. I have a history of building different looking rigs... and I wanted something I haven't seen in many jeeps, so it took a lot of searching and work.
First thing was new fenders.. and I wasn't a fan of the typical rolled fenders so I went the poison spyder route for front/rear.. the quality and fit was well worth the money, and I've only ever see one other guy here in central PA with the same front fenders only. Then I swapped out the rear bumper, and the only front bumper I could find that wasn't massive or awkward looking was a rugged ridge bumper with what I would call a "mini double stinger". I also dumped the rear tire and tailgate and went to a flush mount rear tailgate from poison spyder, flush plate mount, and some new LED tails.
When doing the front end, I wanted a flush mount LED grille... couldn't find one.. and i despise those angry eye bird grilles... so I designed one myself, cut it on a laser cutter, primed/painted, and installed. Also added some switchback DRL/Turn signals on my fenders to match my new LED headlights. Then after the front looked weird, I picked up a Cervinis ram air hood and some new HD hood latches.. front end finally was coming together. So I got myself some 18X9 ballistic jester wheels and color matched them with some new Atturo Trail blade MT tires.. 33X12.50's. 3.5" lift.. with a currie lync front end setup.
Now moving to the doors.. I wanted 1/2 doors.. but hated the stockers.. to wide for my liking. I wanted something I could toss in the back if needed.. so I found some bestop soft doors.. cut the fabric off the bottoms, picked up some poison spyder door covers, welded them on and painted them. Then tore the seals off the fabric I cut and 3M taped them to the 1/2 doors. Worked great! Also picked myself up a new bestop cover to match the top that has the sun rider feature.
Before i move to the interior, I also did engine maintenance, replaced almost every sensor, had the tranny tore down and inspected/replaced seals.. new fuel sending unit, transfer case drop, put 4.10 axles on, etc..
Now for the interior I completely gutted it.. new bedtred floor, new pleather seat covers, red LED swap, wired in a dome shut off switch, had the dash plastic bed linered, replaced heater core, and added a remote start. Then I wanted a good stereo.. picked up a pioneer double DIN, new center dash overlay, 5 channel amp, new speakers all around, and built a custom box to fit inside my rear seat with 10" subs. Removed ash tray and added heated seats and 2 cig lighter ports. Also had some various pieces painted gloss black and chili pepper red.
All in all, I feel like I pretty much rebuilt it from the ground up. It's not the best job, but was a lot of work and I LOVE driving it around. Here are some pics: