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I have a 2000 jeep wrangler 4.0. I recently swamped it out and my dad and i got it running good again, so now its time to work from top down and make it into the great jeep it can be! First off, The body is in bad shape rusting out at just about every body mount, so I picked up a new tub for just 475$ (which is a great deal!) it is rust free, the only problem with it is that the PO got in a wreck with his jeep so the front right body mount is a little off set. Other than that, which is a minor fix, it is in great shape! We are beginning to take off the old tub tomorrow and planning to work on it through the summer and put in a few new parts, along with a few mods:) ill keep a build thread and update it through the process:)
 

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Started taking off the body today. Got both fenders off, hood, grill, and all the dash along with seats. Not much left till the tub is off and it's only the frame! I'll have pics on here soon:)
 

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This is what we started with.

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2000 Sport 4.0. Looks good in the pic but has a bad case of Michigan cancer. Picked up a southern 03 Rubi tub off CL for $475 so its time for a change.
Removing front clip.

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Removing steering column and dash.

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Chassis with old tub.

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Chassis with new tub.

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As you can see the tub was shot. All body mounts were rotted out.

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We restored the frame last summer.
Stay tuned, TheJeepKing will outline some of the upgrades we will be doing during this project. BTW he is my 17 year old son. :)
 

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While we have the tub off, we figured now would be a good time to replace any parts that need it. We took out the transmission today so we can put in a new clutch. We are also putting in a new power steering gear because the one we have now leaks-_- we plan on taking the frame down to bear metal and painting it all in rustoleum bed liner to prevent it from rusting. The whole tub is also going to be painted in bed liner, I like the way it looks(; while the tubs off we're replacing any bushings that are worn out. Finally, we are ordering Metalcloak arched tube fenders and 6" fender flares to prepare my jeep for eventually running 35's and a lift.
 

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We are also going to fabricate two new bumpers for my jeep, right now I'm running the stock ones and we need to beef em up a bit. If you look closely you can see the new bumpers in one of the pictures:)
 

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Got the clutch, power steering gear, and front axel u-joints today. Plan on painting the skid plate tomorrow and over the weekend get the power steering replaced. Stay tuned:)
 

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Took about 3 hours with a wired wheel getting the rust off the skid plate and painted it with rustoleum bed liner. Also my dad pulled the steering gear when he got home from work, pics coming soon:)
 

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So instead of going with the metalcloaks, we've decided we'll probably do a tummy tuck with a flat custom skid plate, and an SYE. Any pics or advice you could give me?
 

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Progress is slow because because I'm working 7-12s and the JeepKing works 40hrs plus football and other teenager things.
We did manage to test fit the new tub to the chassis.

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Just wanted to be sure nothing changed in the body mounts between years. Everything lined up good. A few differences we have found are the sport bar mount flanges on the windshield supports are wider on the late model (LM), the hole for the lower shift boot is larger LM, and the rear seats mounts are different. Jeep must have changed the HVAC at some point because the passenger side fire wall EM has a hole for the blower motor

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and the LM doesn't.
We will need to make a template and make our own hole with the plasma cutter.
 

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Progress is slow because because I'm working 7-12s and the JeepKing works 40hrs plus football and other teenager things.
We did manage to test fit the new tub to the chassis.

Just wanted to be sure nothing changed in the body mounts between years. Everything lined up good. A few differences we have found are the sport bar mount flanges on the windshield supports are wider on the late model (LM), the hole for the lower shift boot is larger LM, and the rear seats mounts are different. Jeep must have changed the HVAC at some point because the passenger side fire wall EM has a hole for the blower motor

and the LM doesn't.
We will need to make a template and make our own hole with the plasma cutter.
Damn app.

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Cool thread, lotsa work ahead but looks like you are nailing it out. A couple suggestions. Por 15 would be a great product for the frame to prevent rust. As much Berliner as you are planning on doing, you would save a ton of money and time buying a kit that comes in gallons or quarts with a gun to spray it. There is a company or two in the vendor section advertising their products. Good luck and looking forward to more.:popcorn: :thumb:
 

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Cool thread, lotsa work ahead but looks like you are nailing it out. A couple suggestions. Por 15 would be a great product for the frame to prevent rust. As much Berliner as you are planning on doing, you would save a ton of money and time buying a kit that comes in gallons or quarts with a gun to spray it. There is a company or two in the vendor section advertising their products. Good luck and looking forward to more.:popcorn: :thumb:
Thanks! We are actually hoping it will only take about 3-4 cans of bed liner to do the frame, there's not too much surface to it! The real expensive part will be bed lining the body!
 

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Found one on CL near my area... It wasn't easy finding a tub that was in good shape. We had to go with the 03' because it was such a good deal and we had been looking for a while
 

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I have been/and am still looking for one for a trailer project. Its rough, good find on your part through! Enjoy the rest of the project!
 

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Well I couldn't wait any longer to see what this bedliner is gonna look like on my jeep! So I painted one of the doors today, pics coming soon:)
 
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