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Thread: God Awful stock Green '97 TJ to a Military green Trail Rig

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    God Awful stock Green '97 TJ to a Military green Trail Rig

    Well... I have finally secured the Jeep that i will be transforming over the next year or two. The Victim?

    A 1997 Jeep TJ in god aweful green with the 2.5L and 5spd, Hard Top and Hard Doors. Overall, the body is in fantastic shape, other than rusted out front fenders and a few surface spots here and there. Hope to document it out here on JK. The plans are:

    BODY/INTERIOR:

    • Full Body Dissassemble from the frame - DONE
    • Strip down completely all the body parts, - DONE
    • Sandblast underside of tub - DONEb
    • Repair any surface rust - DONE
    • Repaint in Military Green OR Copper Orange - DONE
    • Full rollcage tied to the frame
    • CJ tailgate conversion
    • YJ half door conversion - DONE ~ Acquired TJ Half Doors
    • Flush LED rear lights - DONE
    • Front Flat Fenders - DONE ~ Acquired PS Flat Fenders
    • Full replacement TAN interior - DONE
    • 5pt Harness
    • Some nice 5pt seats front and rear. - DONE ~ Acquired 99 TJ Sahara Tan and Beige seats

    UNDERSIDE:

    • Completely strip the frame, removing everything - DONE
    • Full frame sandblast - DONE
    • POR15 the complete frame - DONE
    • Completely strip the engine down - DONE
      • Degrease and repaint - DONE
      • Install all new Gaskets - DONE
      • Degrease all components - DONE
      • Upgrade to 4.0 TB
      • Install Headers

    • LA 5.5" or possibly 7" suspension system - DONE ~ Acquired 4.5" SA RE kit
    • POSSIBLY swap out the axles for meatier ones..... If not, stick with the 30/35's for now and re-gear to 4.88
    • 35X14.5 MT's - DONE ~ Acquired 12.5 instead

    THE BLING:

    • Welded in Front bumper with Stinger - DONE ~ Custom Bumper by HPR -- Just missing the stinger
    • Welded in Rear bumper with Swing Away tire carrier - DONE ~ Custom Bumper by HPR
    • Side rails with steps - DONE ~ Acquired PS ricochet side rails
    • Winch - DONE ~ Acquired the Titan 10000lb winch from Duncan


    So far, i have it well underway stripping it down. A couple of PICS:













    Cheers,
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    Picked up some parts today


    RE 4.5" SA HD system:



    Poison Spyder Sliders and Flat Tube fenders with 3" extensions":


    35X12.5 Mickey Thompson BAJA MT's on Nice Rims:



    A nice Fresh pair of TJ Half Doors from Texas!!! :


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    looks like a good start... keep on with the pics of your progress...

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    x2, keep us posted with lots of pics
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    Made some more progress today... Having a fawk of a time with the windshield hinge bolts though.... Once i get that off, I can finish up with the heater core, the front grill/rad and the body should be ready to come off!!!






















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    lookin good, gonna be sweet when she's done! keep the pics commin.
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    UPDATE: I finally got the body off the frame... What a fawkin' job

    As you can see from the last two pics, i have a few leaks that i need to address



















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    those aren't leaks, she's just letting you know its not empty... are you sandblasting the frame?

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    Wouldn't the stains from leaking still be there when the fluids are totally leaked out ?
    x2 on the sandblasting

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    ^it's an old saying from WWII about the radial aircraft engines. "Oil leaks are good, that means it's not empty".

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    Look's like a good solid body and frame for a 97.
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    Oh yeah.... I'll be stripping this thing completely. Once i get the engine/tranny/TC, etc.. off, I am going to vapour barrier a room around the frame and start sandblasting it. Once done, i am sealing it up with POR15. Frame is rock solid and the body, other than perforations behind the passenger seat near the roll cage mount, is solid as well.

    With sandblasting...... Would a siphon system suffice? There's about a $100 price difference between a siphon and pressure sand blaster.

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    I'm sure a siphon one should work that's what is in a sandblast cabinet but it will be slow going.

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    pressure is better...
    FYI.. your TJ's color is Teal Blue not green... nasty color for sure!!!
    nice build up thread!
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    looks good man keep up the good work and pics
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    I'll trade your tan interior for my grey interior, I will also lend you a siphon feed sandblaster (snap-on) until you get so frustrated and buy the pressure one (1-2 days). What river do you live by?

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    Hey Maxwell. Thanks on the offer, however i'll do one better. I'll trade you my grey interior for your tan interior!!

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    what the hell is that...a frame?? lol, looks great! I'll be following this one.
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    Awesome!!!

    I envy you!!!...have fun and take your time!!!

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    Did you grab all that stuff from Bigbee ????? If you ever want the sell the poison spyder rockers message me.....

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