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A little back round, this is my first Jeep, but not my first project. My wife bought her about 3 years ago as a coming home present when I got back from Afghanistan. The jeep was in decent shape body wise, and mechanically ran strong. I started by replacing all the seals, ignition, starter, fluids, etc. Been my daily driver for a 3 years now.

The crappy street radials finally are cooked, and now I'm ready to start building.
This is going to be a slow build as I get time and funds to add and modify.

Some plans for the future are Lift, Wheels and Tires, Body and Frame Restoration, 350 swap, dana 44 swap.

I started the lift wheels and tires yesterday. Back half is done.

When dropping the skid, I realized that the previous owner jacked up the nuts on the inside of the frame and rigged it with 2 studs coming down instead of in :facepalm:. I'm picking up flat stock and repairing the frame the right way today and fixing it right. Will post pics as it continues.
 

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Good luck with the build. I'll be watching. I am almost addicted to this site. My build is moving slowly...............knowledge, funds, and time. Thanks for serving. I am an Iraq veteran.
 

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I plan on getting a good amount done this weekend. Assuming my Ruff Stuff 8.8 kit comes in, the rear end will be mocked up. I also want to start some of the body work...paint etc. I am not sure if I will pull the motor out of the old frame. I may wait a week and get the tub cleaned up first and coated.
 

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I plan on getting a good amount done this weekend. Assuming my Ruff Stuff 8.8 kit comes in, the rear end will be mocked up. I also want to start some of the body work...paint etc. I am not sure if I will pull the motor out of the old frame. I may wait a week and get the tub cleaned up first and coated.
I would def paint it motor-less and paint the engine compartment too, but I would clean the tub up and get it ready for paint, paint the whole thing then deal with coating the inside. I think I read it right :) Im going to do the paint and body when I go to pull my motor between swaps, get it mocked and then paint ;)
 

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It looks good so far. I can't wait to see more pics. Posting the picture of the rear done and the front not done yet was great. It really makes a great comparison. I'm in the 1st stage of making sure that everything is mechanically sound before I move to the lift stage. Good luck with the build! Thanks for serving.

blakeq63, thanks for your service as well.
 

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Hopefully my buddy is done with my new rocker guards. He works in a fab shop, I bought he diamond plate, he is powder coating and water jetting a surprise in for me.
 

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have fun with the build and more importantly
thank you for your service sir
 

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So......

A little back round, this is my first Jeep, but not my first project. My wife bought her about 3 years ago as a coming home present when I got back from Afghanistan. The jeep was in decent shape body wise, and mechanically ran strong. I started by replacing all the seals, ignition, starter, fluids, etc. Been my daily driver for a 3 years now.

The crappy street radials finally are cooked, and now I'm ready to start building.
This is going to be a slow build as I get time and funds to add and modify.

Some plans for the future are Lift, Wheels and Tires, Body and Frame Restoration, 350 swap, dana 44 swap.

I started the lift wheels and tires yesterday. Back half is done.

When dropping the skid, I realized that the previous owner jacked up the nuts on the inside of the frame and rigged it with 2 studs coming down instead of in :facepalm:. I'm picking up flat stock and repairing the frame the right way today and fixing it right. Will post pics as it continues.
I guess we have a couple things in common. I am currently deployed and will be coming home very soon to a YJ that my wife got for me while deployed as well. Since she got it, she had a lift put on it and 33" tires. Can not wait to get home, think about that thing everyday. I see you are from the DC area. My family and I will be moving there in February. I may PM you when time gets closer to get some general info of the area if that's ok? By the way, your jeep is coming along good, looks great!
 
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