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Old 06-23-2009, 01:57 PM
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Since I've been busy working on the XJ's repairs after the tree fell on it, I thought I'd post some progress pictures.

Before the tree fell:



After the tree fell:



Got a hood from a '90 at the junkyard.



Got the fenders bondo'd up and did some trimming while I was at it:



I like to have several unfinished projects going at once, so I decided to start painting. I did the front and driver's side fender so far in Olive Drab with the grill in a flat black. I'm liking the look so far.



*Update 6/26*
Well, got 'er all painted up and just pulled the maskings off. I'm liking it. I'm going to keep my stock rims for a while until I outgrow them. The question is, do I paint them black, or OD to match the body. Any suggestions?



These are Gen-Right hood vents I'm going to put on. In this pic I'm testing for a mounting location. I think I'm going to paint them OD to match the hood. You can tell I need to recoat the hood as well and sand out the imperfections of the rattlecan paint job.

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Old 06-23-2009, 02:29 PM
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Yeah OD green is a sweet color, might do mine soon too.
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Looks good so far.
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At least when the tree fell it didn't do to much damage. Nice Jeep
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I did that same thing with my grill last week. Flat black looks great on it. I don't think rigs deserve to have chrome on them. Just imo.
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I was debating doing the grill in black or OD, I'm glad I went with black.
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Should almost be done painting tomorrow. I'll post up some pics.
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looks good so far and yeah the flat black was the clear winner for the grill. did the tree bust anything in the motor bay
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I was expecting to see a tree sitting in the drivers and passangers seat.

Good thing the damage was easily fixed. Looks great.
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Originally Posted by liftedjeepxj View Post
I was expecting to see a tree sitting in the drivers and passangers seat.

Good thing the damage was easily fixed. Looks great.
The tree almost landed on the cab but shifted direction at the last second and landed square across the hood.

Waiting for my air compressor to fill back up right now, hope to make a lot of progress today.
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Got the painting done. Updated pic at bottom of first post.
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Originally Posted by a1racer View Post
looks good so far and yeah the flat black was the clear winner for the grill. did the tree bust anything in the motor bay
The damages under the hood were amazingly minor. The valve cover was scratched/dented ever so slightly and not to the point of needing to be replaced. The pcv elbow at the front of the valve cover busted. One of the vacuum hoses was knocked loose. I just noticed there's a hairline crack at the back of the air filter cover. I think my joints and shocks took some serious mileage off of them from the sheer brute force but those are all minor things compared to how bad it could have been.
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yea could have done alot more.
It's looking good.....wana paint mine?
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Originally Posted by rjxj View Post
yea could have done alot more.
It's looking good.....wana paint mine?
Sure, as long as you drop it off at my house, prep it, mask it, and stock it full of refreshing beverages.
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So how did you paint it? Spray gun or rattle can? Nice look. I do like it...

Last summer we painted our Ranger with the gun, paint form local ranch supply store at $10/quart, and we used 2 quarts...


We'll use flat black on the underside when I finish the D30 swap (at this rate, IF I ever get around to it...)
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