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Old 04-21-2011, 08:54 PM
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Re: New Project:

Got my key programmed today. $113 owch, oh well its done and I can drive it more than 3 seconds at a time now. Stupid sentry key system.





And just for grins, Jeep 2500 headlight vs WJ.
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:06 AM
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Did you only buy 1 headlight? Do you plan on replacing the driver's light or repairing it?
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Wow dude...you're serious! Amazing work (and patience!)

If you need a WJ 3rd brake light, or a Diff cover for an XJ 8.25, I'm your man...

Good luck!!!!
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Re: New Project:

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Did you only buy 1 headlight? Do you plan on replacing the driver's light or repairing it?
Both headlights were busted when the vehicle came to me.

I have had that drivers side headlight sitting in my garage forever(like 5 years now), so it has a pretty nasty layer of dust and paint overspray from all the vehicles I have painted in that time(maybe 6 or so). The headlight would clean up and look perfect with a little bit of sanding with 2000 grit sandpaper and some polish. I've buffed plastics before and you can get some pretty amazing results.

So I was going to buff and clean up that one, but I goofed and bought a new drivers side(for a limited) that had the black inside, not the chrome inside, so now I have mismatched headlights. So I will just spend another $63 and get a correct matching new drivers side headlight.


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Wow dude...you're serious! Amazing work (and patience!)

If you need a WJ 3rd brake light, or a Diff cover for an XJ 8.25, I'm your man...

Good luck!!!!
Thanks. And no, I don't think I really need either of those.
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Re: New Project:

@#!$!@#$

So the key got programmed yesterday, this morning I went to move it around and the vehicle wouldn't stay running, shut off after 3 seconds just like it were an unprogrammed key.

Called up the locksmith, he came back by and cut a new transponder key, programmed it and it worked just fine, tested the old key out and it worked just fine too.

So I got no idea, I just hope it's fixed. If not this is going to be a painful learning experience.

To top it off I'm starting to get sick so I might loose the next few days to illness, yarg!
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Re: New Project:

I have a set of 2001 limited headlights I am selling if your interested.
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Re: New Project:

I appreciate the offer, but I already have one new one and $63 for another new one locally is hard to beat.
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Re: New Project:

Does this thing have a clear title or a salvage title? When you mentioned the previous Jeeps that you have sold, were they in need of as much repair as this current one? To each his own, but this seems like an awful lot of work to try and sell for a profit when you already have $3500 invested in it. With things like CARFAX, readily available, people shy away from wrecked vehicles like the plague. Why buy a repaired vehicle for $4k, or $5K, when there are plenty of unwrecked ones for the same price? I'll give you props for your repair skills, but it just seems like a waste of time to me.
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@TheGeek:

1) To any average person or any person not in a financial position to take on a project like this it would seem like a waste of time. I can bet Sir Sam agrees with me on this but it brings great personal satisfaction to know the feeling of creating or helping to create something.

2) I can see your point on it though. It's an interesting project, but unless you're in the business of doing this than I could see it as a waste of time.

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1) Congratulations on the work so far, it's really coming together. Good luck!
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Re: New Project:

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Does this thing have a clear title or a salvage title? When you mentioned the previous Jeeps that you have sold, were they in need of as much repair as this current one? To each his own, but this seems like an awful lot of work to try and sell for a profit when you already have $3500 invested in it. With things like CARFAX, readily available, people shy away from wrecked vehicles like the plague. Why buy a repaired vehicle for $4k, or $5K, when there are plenty of unwrecked ones for the same price? I'll give you props for your repair skills, but it just seems like a waste of time to me.
Clean title.

You think this is a lot of repair work? Man I should dig up some photos of some of the others I've done.

Ya its hard work and the profit margins are getting slimmer and slimmer these day. Anyone want to hire an entry level Mechanical Engineer with specialization in IC engines and diesel engine calibration?

Old off:


New donor ready to have unused guts removed:


Old off of vehicle, needing to be cleaned up a bit with the grinder:


You need to grind down the nubs from spot weld cutting:


I then use a weld through primer to coat both mating surfaces:





Clamp it in place:


A spot welder works wonders for stuff like this:



Then some small tacks where you can't get the spot welder in(if you do this right you will have no swiss cheese where you can get the spot welder too, and will have plug holes to use to weld onto the existing metal, just takes a little bit of planning)


And then you testfit everything together and wow, look at that, it lines up nicely!


Then I hit the area with a little bit of primer to seal it up good(after cleaning the heat affect areas well and with a self etching primer):



and then a bit of rattle can matching paint:



Then you keep putting back together:



If you do it right all your gaps will come out really nice:


And then shoot some paint(hopefully in a less dusty environment than I have):



And then keep putting it back together:


So from this:



And then clean it up and take pictures for sale:




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1) Congratulations on the work so far, it's really coming together. Good luck!
Hopefully I can actually make some more progress soon, I've been out sick for the past week and I've lost a lot of time because of that, need to start busting my butt. Once I get the roof cosmetic work done I can start assembly and then spray new paint. Really, it ought to go together quickly once I get through the bear of the aesthetics.(for anyone who has ever done body you can appreciate how much prep time goes into making a repair like that glass smooth)
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:24 PM
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Re: New Project:

some updates, got my ECU flashed to remove the SKIS system from it, so now it only needs a mechanical key to start the vehicle, thats fine with me. Cost less to get the SKIS system deleted than to key a single key programmed by a locksmith. Oh well.


Also Got some paint sprayed, windshield guy should be coming back over tomorrow to install new windshield so I needed to get the roof done for him. Got the base coat on and I think I'm done with it, gonna let it dry a bit longer and then mix up the clear and shoot it.

Went with diamont base and limco clear(both by BASF). The limco base we couldn't get a good matching silver to the old, stepped up to the diamont, at a fair amount more cost, and got a great matching paint. The diamont ran about $98 for the quart, the limco would have been about 35 for the base, though in not as good of a match.



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Re: New Project:

Done with this part. Looks like I mixed up the perfect amount of clear to spray. Looks pretty good, got a little bit of a run and some dust, but I suspect I'll be buffing it down a bit anyways. Looking good so far.


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