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1999 XJ "Grandma Gold"

Old 07-29-2017, 03:14 AM
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Whenever working on my XJ I always run into something that prolongs my original time estimate. Today I went from a simple oil change to replacing my oil pressure sending unit. I didn't notice I broke the connection off until after it poured oil onto the driveway. I really should be more careful. Oh well, I can't blame the Jeep this time. Replacement was easy enough, just expensive ($70 for an oem sensor?!) and unplanned. I was looking forward to buying my first welder.

I plan on pulling the carpet this weekend to see what i'm dealing with. I took a peek underneath and only found a dime size hole on the driver side, so hopefully that's all that needs patching. I want to go ahead and knock it out now rather then wait a few years as the winters here are bad and the roads are very salty.
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Old 08-03-2017, 01:30 AM
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Yesterday I dived into the floor pans. Being in the salt belt, I wasn't sure what to expect. After doing my rear quarter cut and fold, and rockers being treated, I was scared that I would have a ton of rust.

Surprisingly most of the rust was surface rust.

A few pinhole sized rust spots after grinding down.

Most of the rust gone. I used a wire wheel attachment to a drill. I HATE those foil mats. It took a heat gun, brake cleaner, a big chisel, and about 2 hours to remove all four mats in the front. I left the hatch mat on.


I opted to use fiberglass to patch all the small holes I had. I saw Project4BangerDanger use it and it turned out great. Not a permanent solution obviously, but hopefully it holds for many years to come.


All done! It took about 2 quarts of bedliner. It turned out great in my opinion! In the future I plan on dynomatting but the budget won't allow that at the moment. After I steam clean the carpet i'll throw everything back together. I thought about ditching the carpet, but I don't want to burn my leg on the trans tunnel.
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:05 AM
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Looks good. Where in VA are you? I am in the Salem area of Va Beach. How much work was it to Monstaliner your GFs XJ? My 90 4 door needs paint, I'm thinking about going that route. I enjoy wandering the trails in Carova and some of them are kind of tight. I have a lot of drag marks down the sides of mine from branches. How does the Monstaliner hold up to that?
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:56 AM
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Originally Posted by bad_idea View Post
Looks good. Where in VA are you? I am in the Salem area of Va Beach. How much work was it to Monstaliner your GFs XJ? My 90 4 door needs paint, I'm thinking about going that route. I enjoy wandering the trails in Carova and some of them are kind of tight. I have a lot of drag marks down the sides of mine from branches. How does the Monstaliner hold up to that?
Hey man, we're about 10 minutes from Salem area. We're off Indian River and Kempsville! Monstalining it was pretty easy for the most part, definitely a lot of work. Masking and taping took a whole day just about. Scuff it with a scotch pad, and roll away. Recoat after 4 hours, did 2 coats with 2 gallons. It could use another coat, some tiny spots here and there due to bad masking have peeled but that's our fault, we kind of rushed it as it was going to rain the next day. The rest is rock solid and looks great. We mainly take hers out to Corolla Beach and occasional camping, however I believe it can withstand branches without a doubt.
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:48 PM
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I've been low on funds recently, so I haven't been able to get much done. However I had a few cut off wheels, and well, one thing ledto another...



I think I see Napier pocket flares in the future. I think I did pretty okay, put some door trim on the front fenders.

EDIT: So my wheels are plastidipped, I took it off one of the wheels to see if I want to go back to the original color or paint it glossy black? What do you guys think?


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Old 09-06-2017, 04:47 PM
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Take it off. Take it all off.



...... The Plastidip.
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Old 09-24-2017, 12:22 PM
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I've been trying to track down an interior squeak for a few weeks now, and a few weeks ago it occurred to me that it was me moving around in my seat. I decided to take a look at it today and found this:



It appears that during the accident, I must've broken the seat rail. There should be a section of metal for a bolt to slide through. So, against what everybody else says, I picked up a Harbor Freight 90A Welder. I know it's shunned upon, chinese junk, flux core, and it runs off AC! Well, it was only 79.99 with a coupon. I don't plan on doing anything structural with it. I plan on tackling the floor pans in my girlfriends jeep, and welding in some rocker panel patches. Maybe tack up some DIY bumper kits.

***WARNING: Proceed at your own risk. It's my first time ever welding anything. I did it with the cheap flux wire it came with, and one hand while holding a crappy face mask. ***




Good thing this will be underneath the seat where nobody will ever have to lay eyes on this monstrosity. The welds are definitely holding. A grinder and some paint is my new best friend. I plan on buying a REAL welding helmet, and picking up some Lincoln wire. If I ever get more into welding, i'll pick up a Hobart 140. Or i'll just stop by bad-idea's house
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:05 PM
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Come on by. IF I'm ever in town for more than 20 minutes. I was home for a week and a half earlier this month. Was going to call you up, but was so blasted busy with the honey do list.

We all started with the HF welder. Thats why we all recommend to avoid it. I do recommend their auto darkening shield, it is decent. I also recommend the lincoln flux core wire you can get from lowe's or home depot with the HF machine, makes a real difference. That machine will do decent with 1/8" or thinner. Get some scrap and practice.
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Come on by. IF I'm ever in town for more than 20 minutes. I was home for a week and a half earlier this month. Was going to call you up, but was so blasted busy with the honey do list.

We all started with the HF welder. Thats why we all recommend to avoid it. I do recommend their auto darkening shield, it is decent. I also recommend the lincoln flux core wire you can get from lowe's or home depot with the HF machine, makes a real difference. That machine will do decent with 1/8" or thinner. Get some scrap and practice.
Understand completely, on top of college, looking for a new job, making time for family and the girlfriend, I barely have time off to work on the jeep. I recently put my two weeks in and am searching for something new. I have money saved up to last me a few months, but no more money for the jeep.
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Took a job as a delivery driver a few weeks ago, so i'm slowly starting to save up some money again. Well, trying to.

Found a sick deal on Craigslist on Friday, a tube bumper for $50. I only had to drive an hour back and forth to pick it up. This guy had 10+ people lined up to look at the jeep, however I was off and they were at work, so I took advantage... Decided to give it to the girlfriend as a gift for her jeep. Not pictured is a skid plate and tow hooks.

As far as I can tell, it's homemade. I can't find any model # or logo on it. It uses the conventional 3 bumper mounts plus one further back. I'd feel safer if I bought additional tie ins for it. It has a spot for a winch but not sure if it'll be strong enough, I might have to get it plated.


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Old 10-22-2017, 04:31 PM
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This is my second bad experience with a "color matched" can for my Desert Sand PTD paint, aside from paying somebody to professionally paint it I am going to take my losses and deal with it until I Monstaliner it next year.



What needs to be done:
Inspect pulleys and diagnose chirping noise-I sprayed WD40 on the water pump and it quiets down so I suspect that or the harmonic balancer below it. Might as well replace the tensioner pulley while I'm at it.

New thermostat housing-It leaks and the coolant sensor is ziptied, might as well replace the whole thing.

Valve Cover Gasket-Tires of smelling burnt oil everu drive and the engine bay is caked in oil around the valve cover.

Driver side wheel bearing- makes a slight chirp when going under 15mph.

I have slip on rocker panel covers, I really want to weld in some C channel and 2x6 tube eventually. Not sure if the little HF would be up to 3/16" to the thin sheet metal.

Readjust my rear wheel drums, i think it's slightly out of adjustment because I get a squeal when braking sometimes and it's annoying. Stops perfect though.

1" coil spacer and shackle relocation boxes with an extended shackle, id love to be at 4" of lift to squeeze some 33s under in the future.

Rear storage-I removed my back seats and want to add a flat piece of plywood with maybe a drawer system.

That's all off the top of my head...for now.

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Old 10-23-2017, 05:37 PM
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I like the bumper. $50 wouldn't even buy the material, let alone the labor to build. Nice score.
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I like the bumper. $50 wouldn't even buy the material, let alone the labor to build. Nice score.
Thanks. I thought the guy I was texting made a typo when he said $50 for the bumper, maybe he meant $150, but nope. I'm about to pick up a set of Rusty's Flex Flares off a part-out for $40 tomorrow. Not sure if I will run these or my girlfriend's. She has been wanting flares and I want the Napier pocket flares, so hopefully this will be the last purchase for her then I can start working on mine more.

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Keep her happy then you can always get more for yours! I found it interesting to see you guys painted hers Orange from black. Looks cool I just love the black when all cleaned up and shiny. Hopefully that herculiner holds up to any abuse.
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:32 PM
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Thank you! Sometimes she misses the shiny but it was pretty much faded. It would be shiny after we washed it then it looked dull.
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