A little background. I bought a 79 CJ5 last fall to build into a fun daily driver. When i started looking hard at the Jeep, and the cost of parts for it, ( mainly a top and doors), i realized I'd bitten off more than my budget could chew. Time to rethink.
Some serious CL searching revealed this beauty. Its a 1994 6cyl 5 speed. Some rust, way too much chrome for my taste, but i got it for a few hundred more than i sold the 5 for and it came with an extra top and doors.
Digging through the pile of stuff i got with the Jeep i realized i was missing the tub rails and the thingies for the upper windshield mount so I cursed alot and then headed to the computer for some shopping. I finally found the Rampage hardware kit, which i made sure worked with any factory style top. It ran another $240, but I figured it had to be worth it.
I'm sure you YJ guys were laughing about my hardware choice. When it arrived I happily headed out and installed it, only to find out it DIDN'T work with my bestop top. Hell, even the upper doors were a complete mismatch, so, back to the computer again for more spending.
Today my RC top arrived, along with my upper doors from Rampage. (I also got all but one leafspring (?) For the 4.5 inch lift I ordered with the top). I installed the top, and for just under $500 I am where i thought i was when i bought it.
I also recieved my diamond plate side plates, ($59). My plan is to clean up all the rust along the bottom edge of the tub, rattle can bedline the tub and doors with sand colored bedliner, then do the side plates and accents, (hinges, etc), with black rattle can bedliner. It should look pretty sharp. After that I want bumpers and new pocket flares but we will see what the wallet looks like when we get there.
Have to figure out my photobucket password or get another account to post pictures from. Also hit a snag in this project today because the wife goofed up the bushings in her front track bar so now shes driving my tj and i am daily driving the yj for a couple.
I agree, tops really do suck. I'm in need of a new one before winter (mine is only 3 years old but sucks) and it's as much money as a SYE and driveshaft!
For flares, look into garden edging. I've heard about it but just saw it last trip. Looked clean, it was $15 for the whole thing, and it doesn't require much fab.
__________________ Build thread for OJ, my YJ. 1993 Wrangler S 2.5L/AX-5/NP231 with SYE, Spartan locked Dana 30/Aussie locked Ford 8.8 @ 4.88, SOA lift with 2.5" OME HD springs and front Bilstein/rear Rancho shocks, Barricade 9500 winch, custom front and rear bumpers, 136 amp alternator, 35" Super Swamper LTBs.
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty 7.3L Powerstroke, single turbo, 6 speed manual. Jeep manuals!