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Hey guys! This is my build I have deemed Rusty. You'll find out why momentarily. This will be all of the work I have done up until now. It is a college student budget build. Hope you enjoy!

The first day I got the Jeep from my brother for FREE. It needed a few repairs...little did I know.
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As you can see rust had its way with my Jeep while in its OPs possession.


I think my name should've been hack job right out of the womb.



What was lurking under my rear carpet. It came up from the wheel well and rusted through the underside of the rear corner panel.


Passenger floor pan was worse than my drivers (no pic for that)
 

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Time for some repairs! Half-assed of course. I am getting better as I go along and learn that is not the way to do things.

Covered everything up so I didn't get rust dust on my seats and dash


Then hit each side with a little bit of rust converter. Still holding up 8 months later!


The hole in the rear corner panel made me worry about how stable the roll bar would be in the event of a crash. I later decided that since the roll bar doesn't even tie into the frame, the sheet metal wasn't doing much anyways.
This has since been covered with fiberglass tape and BondoGlass, but is not flush with the tub.
 

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This was possibly the worst day for Rusty and me. After I crawled under and poked those rust bubbles, I almost wish I had never looked.
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After poking and prodding around even more I found the frame was even worse than what the pictures show. After exploring a few options I thought that I should have it welded up. Hundreds later this is what I had.

Mmmmmm...the smell of fresh welds in the morning can be refreshing

I found out a few months later that I wrangler that had a frame as bad as this either should have a frame swap or be junked. At this point I had around $2500 in for transmission work, some suspension work, break components, and welding.
 

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With the Jeeps future in question, I decided to build it up slowly and methodically while keeping in mind that it could lose a control arm when I'm least expecting it.

I gave her a little wash down after some mud with the little nephew:


He liked helping out Uncle Pat until the mosquitoes got to him. I was a lone wolf from there on out.
 

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My shocks weren't feeling too good so I decided it was time to replace them. This was the first time I took on a job like this seeing as this was my first car. I was pretty excited!
All the gunk build-up inside of the boot. Still trying to decide on taking off or leaving on my current boots

My first Jeep order:awesome:

Clear coat on the SkyCrappers. I actually don't mind them. Rides better than OEM and I have had no problems with them yet.

After I finished everything up
 

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Promptly after reading about high-lining hoods I saw a Jeep at the gas station with one. I talked to the owner and he sold me his 31x10.5 KM2s for $80..for all four...what a score! How could I resist this meat for $80. Way better than a filet mignon
 

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Bed-Lined my front bumper with Rustoleum's extra strength bed liner. I sanded the old bumper down, cleaned it off thoroughly, and sprayed 3 coats of the bed liner on. Looked good for the first couple of months.

About 3 months later it started pealing. It no longer looks good and if I could do it again I would've just repainted the bumper to give it a new shine. I am not sure if I didn't give the bed liner enough to bite on but it looks like I'll be fixing my mistake come the spring.
 

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I got sick of looking at this and making the rip worse every time I got in and out of the Jeep so I decided to sew it up.

Before:

After:

I stuffed it up a little due to some foam loss. I should've used upholstery thread but so far so good. As long as it looks better than it used to I am happy.
 

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I have been trying to learn a little bit of electrical lately and figured immersion was the best way. Put a little light in the center console with some Autozone White LEDs. The blue in the picture is not an accurate representation of the color or how much light they give off. They're great!



I later neatened up my wiring which I will edit in

Soldered and shrink wrapped my connections.

Now I am waiting on my switches in the mail and also trying to decide if I want to get an external fuse block to run my lights into. I'll be getting more auxiliary lighting and a CB in the coming months and want to have it neat.
 

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Today I put poly-fill in the roll bar. I forgot to take pictures but there are a couple threads out there on it. Do I recommend it? Hell yeah I do! The stock roll bar speakers have amazing sound compared to what they used to. I am absolutely amazed with the difference. It took just $6 and 20 minutes and it was worth every penny.

I also removed my front speakers which were blown in preparation for my speakers that I will be ordering in the next day or two
(P.S. That is not rust you see on the floor pan. The rust converter left an orangey film that has been a pita to get off)
 

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Got some little mods that I ordered!

I got some generic grab handles for $13 off Amazon and I am surprised with how well they are made.

I got a couple of LED switches for some lighting I have planned in the coming months.

But the most exciting part is my light cubes! $25 for both off Amazon! Surprisingly great reviews and even if they break they were only $25.


I spliced, soldered, and shrink wrapped the connections between the lights and my wiring harnesses from my old smashed up fog lamps


Got them installed but my phone died before I could get any good pictures! Here is one, I'll get more in the morning.
 

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I forgot to mention that I have 2" lift coils waiting to be installed. The guy who sold me the KM2s gave them to me for free when he upgraded! I am going to put 1" coil spacers on the front to get rid of some rake that I have going on. I will install the lift myself in the spring. I just want to wait until I am bringing it into the shop that way I can align it and do anything else the lift throws off all at once.

That's all for right now! I'll update with some pictures tomorrow.
 

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looking good, that was some nasty chassis, hard to look at haha. Poor jeeps all over hardly 10 - 15 years old and looks worse then vehicles from the 60's. I am repairing the upper control arm mounts for the rear. Keep a eye on it on yours. My chassis was half solid but it ripped the control arm mounts off.

Nice tires!
 

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You could get some new fenders off of craigslist and have them painted to eliminate the problem there completly. Looks good though keep treating her right!
 

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looking good, that was some nasty chassis, hard to look at haha. Poor jeeps all over hardly 10 - 15 years old and looks worse then vehicles from the 60's. I am repairing the upper control arm mounts for the rear. Keep a eye on it on yours. My chassis was half solid but it ripped the control arm mounts off.

Nice tires!
Thanks! Yeah the thing looked like swiss cheese. It's terrible how the frames rot unless they're protected from the start. I hope that it goes well. I'll take a look under mine as soon as I have the chance, thanks for the warning! I try to be pretty careful with how hard I wheel so I don't rip them off!

You could get some new fenders off of craigslist and have them painted to eliminate the problem there completly. Looks good though keep treating her right!
My buddy found his brand new, painted black, for $100/each. I'm going to look into that. Thanks!
 

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Here are some shots of the new LED flood lights. I haven't had that chance to zero in their aim but they're still looking good so far.

Mounting place on the bumper for now:
I may cut her down to a stubby in which case I'll move them in or put them up on the windshield.

The darkest place in the neighborhood. Can't get much better than this due to the snow blocking all dark paths. Here are no lights on for a reference:


Low beams:


LED floods:



Low beams and LEDs:



I need to do the high beam and fog light mod but my fingers freeze in the negatives we are getting lately. But for $30 after shipping :iamhappy:
 

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Had the chance to do a little work on my center console this morning before school. Learned some new soldering methods which helped a lot. If anybody has any tips on how to clean up my wiring, if I could've made it more simple, or any issues with the way I wired let me know!




Should've connected my wires a little more neatly, but they'll be under the console and were wrapped properly.


Connected to a battery and gave her a test. I would put the switch somewhere else if I were to do it again, it doesn't sit quite right.



 
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