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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:15 AM   #1
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Hey guys, brand new to this forum. Most of the time im over on jeepforum but I decided I should get local.

Ive been working on my jeep for a little over a year now and it has come a long way. I bought it last year in september for 2G's and I got a ton of rust for 2G's.
Its a 2.5l manual with the np231 and 4.10s.

Heres a sneak peak at the latest pic before I get into the build.

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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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OK, here she is the first day I got her back to the garage. Came with rust and stuffed 31's

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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:52 AM   #3
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and here is all the rust.

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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:54 AM   #4
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damn she was a little rough lol
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So besides the body and frame, what else does she need?
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Old November 28th, 2012, 12:59 PM   #7
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Old November 28th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #8
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So besides the body and frame, what else does she need?
Sorry, Im sorting out pictures to post, but once I got her home she needed new motor mounts,new trans mount, new clutch, new slave, and new master clutch cylinder to get her running. Yes, it was a very bad buy for me. I had no idea what I was getting into when I bought it. Haha I remember thinking,"Little bondo and she'll look amazing!" NOT!! I learned my lesson and have learned a ton about working on vehicals and found that im pretty darn good at fabrication.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 01:50 PM   #9
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Old November 28th, 2012, 02:45 PM   #10
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Here we go, body repair, my favorite. None of the body has been smoothed with bondo yet, just straight welded steel ground down with paint.

The fist part and most important part I tackled was the pillars or part of the body right under the bottom edge of the door. Ha before I fixed it I remember I could take the whole side of the tube and move it back and forth. The hard top was actually giving the tub sides support.













This is the passenger side, got a little heat warped but straightened it out with some hammer therapy!



and painted









done!!!! ish



now it's done, took me a couple weeks before I got around to throwing a peace of steal over it.



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Old November 28th, 2012, 02:52 PM   #11
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Soon after that I decided to jump on the TJ flare train. I scored a set of TJ flares from a guy off jeep forum for free, the guy even shipped them to me. I tried contacting the guy to send him money for shipping but he never answered my messages again.





Painted



Yes, ugly cuts I know.







I loved how the turned out and they gave me 1.5" of clearance in the front and about 2.5" in the back.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 03:10 PM   #12
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The next body work was on the rear corners. I also wanted to have a tire carrier but I didnt want to do the traditional bumper swing out. So I did some looking and I scored a s10 blazer tire carrier for 20$

passenger corner cut bent and fitted. I did all the bending by hand.







Nailed the seems





AAAAnnd the tire carrier. Took a ton of grinding but I got the hindges to fit good. Also built some gusset brackets that helped a ton in beefing up the corners.



I had to cut the top hinge in half and bring it in a little, man is it hard to weld cast steel. The bottom bracket I had to cut down a little.















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Old November 28th, 2012, 03:15 PM   #13
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Im very happy with the way the tire carrier turned out and it super strong. I sat on it completely open and it didn't budge.





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Heres the other corner, actually didnt get done until recently.













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Old November 28th, 2012, 03:22 PM   #15
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Well, thats it for today. Ill post more tomorrow. Stay posted a Ton more to come!
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Looks good.. I thought my YJ was ruff so i didn't think it was worth messing with, but your build might have me changing my mind. What gage sheet metal you useing for the body ?
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Looks good.. I thought my YJ was ruff so i didn't think it was worth messing with, but your build might have me changing my mind. What gage sheet metal you useing for the body ?
Im not sure the gage but it is slightly thicker then the body sheet metal.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #18
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Welcome. I followed your build thread on jeepforum and you have done a great job. Those tube fenders turned out awesome. Did you get the frame all welded up?
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looks pretty good. where at in saginaw? im all over in the area.
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Welcome. I followed your build thread on jeepforum and you have done a great job. Those tube fenders turned out awesome. Did you get the frame all welded up?
Thanks man, I'm really happy with them. I actually joined this forum because a guy on here came up to me at harbor freight and complemented them. I think his user name is BoEvil. I did get most of the frame welded up but I'm not happy with parts of it. I'm going to just rebuild parts of the frame instead of patching it.
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