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I purchased "Jeeply" my Jeep in July of last year (I had originally named it "Willy", but then my brother reminded me of the negative connotations of such a name). It's my first vehicle. It's a white 2000 TJ Sahara, runs amazing and I got it pretty much stock (which is a good thing, since us jeepers have a penchant for, uhh, messing things up).



Anyways, I have big plans for how I want to build out Jeeply, thought I'd start a build thread. Most of my plans are in my head, as the current cold weather in Northern Illinois makes it impossible to get any actual work done. I am planning on taking my time with upgrading my Jeep, want to make sure that I do it right. Jeeply is my daily driver, so I am keeping that in mind as I plan out my build (AKA, I can't go too crazy, lame). I'll keep y'all posted as I do my build. Got some pretty cool ideas....


The picture on the left is literally ten minutes after I bought Jeeply. At a gas station, go figure.... On the right is a picture of how studly my Jeep is, even though it was totally stock at that point.
 

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My first "mod" was painting the headlight bezels. I hate chrome. Love this mod because it gives a slightly more aggressive look.
 

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Update

I had really random rust spots right below the window frame. It looked bad, so I figured my best option was to sand it down and paint it. See picture.


My only problem is that my Jeep has white paint, with a clear coat (I believe), which would very difficult to blend. My solution was to paint it black. Instead of good old flat black Rustolium, I decided to give plastidip a try. Check out the results. I think the black looks nice, and blends in nice with the black outline of the windshield. Let me know what y'all think! Has anybody else had rust issues in the same spot?
 

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Couple of updates. I am currently working on installing a custom light bar that I had a friend build me. I'll post pics of it when I complete the install.

Also, I just installed an ammo box on my tailgate/door. I was inspired by all of the photos that y'all have posted over the years of your ammo can mounts. Had a lot of fun with this little project. Photos below...

Started off with a .30 caliber ammo can (about $20 shipped from Amazon). I took some sandpaper to it and smoothed it all out. I then cleaned it with acetone and let it dry. I then started with the paint job. I used Rustolium spray paint, I believe the color was "Nutmeg" (a perfect match for my tan hardtop, BTW). Coated the whole thing a couple of times (light coats, always light coats! (I'm speaking mostly to myself)). While the paint was drying, I took off my spare tire and its mount. I then drilled two holes into the back door/tailgate. I then inserted two bolts into the holes and glued them in, so that they were sealed. I then took a small pad of workout flooring (basically a foam pad) and glued it to the inside are of the tailgate. I did this so that I would have a buffer between the can and the metal tailgate, my Jeep rattles enough as it is, I didn't want to make it worse! Haha, anyways, I then drilled two holes in the can, and then inserted it on to the bolts. Put a couple of rubber washers on and tightened down the nuts (which are inside the can) and it is ready to go! Love it, looks great and is very quiet. Also, with this design, I can easily remove the can if I want, which is a nice benefit. Let me know what you think!
 

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Forgot to post a top view of the ammo can. Check out the new pictures below, also, I forgot to mention that I coated the ammo can with self-etching metal primer before I painted it tan. Metal primer rocks, and makes everything a lot easier.
 

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Here are a couple of photos of the custom light bar I am working on. It'll sit above the windshield. Always loved the look of safari-style light bars.

And yes, I do have a very sophisticated painting setup, haha. Once again, the green paint is my metal primer (self-etching primer by Duplicolor, good stuff). The bar is now black and has all of the holes drilled, with wires run. Still need to drill out the side brackets. Still have some touch-up work to do before the install. Can't wait for the final install!
 

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