Thursday, June 30, 2016

Top - Doors


  • Make: Bestop
  • Model: 5303801
  • Color: Black Crush
Roll Bar Cover
  • Make: Bestop
  • Model: 8000701
  • Color: Black Crush


The bumper comes with a glossy black powder coat and the shackle mounts are fairly sharp at the edges.  I decided to ease those edges with a file and touch up a couple of irregularities from the factory.  I then painted them with Duplicor low gloss engine enamel.  Looks great.  Also scotch brighted the shackles... I like the look.

Bought new button head stainless bolts, lock washers and nuts to mount the bumper.

The shackles rattle and could end up chipping the paint.  Solution: spend $20 on special isolator washers or make some out of Gorilla exterior duct tape.  Just fold over some tape, trace out a 1 3/8" O.D. and 15/16" I.D. circle and cut out.  Works perfect.

Found a guy on ebay selling these diamond plate frame covers.  Used Scotch BrIte to dull the finish to match the shackles and tool box.  Also stacked up 3 rubber garden hose washers and siliconed them to the bottom for support.

Here it is installed.

The cross member is not strong enough to support a full rear bumper.  Found these frame tie in brackets on ebay.  Very nicely done for $40 including the hardware.
Unfortunately, the bolts were only 3".  The CJ7 frame is wider... off to Tractor Supply.

The OEM exhaust hanger tank would no longer fit, so I fabricated a new one out of 2 x 4 angle. Tapped the tie in bracket for a 1/2"-20 stainless bolt positioned over the existing tang slot in the frame.

Here it is all bolted up and painted.  

A view from the rear.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Lift - Wheels - Tires

  • None
  • Make: American Racing
  • Style: AR1725885B
  • Size 15 x 8
  • Bolt Pattern 5 on 5.5
  • Backspace: 3.75"
  • Offset: -19mm
  • Bore: 4.25"
  • Alloy
  • Satin Black

  • Make: Kuhmo
  • Model: Road Venture AT51
  • Size: 31 x 10.50 R 109R

Center Caps
  • Make: Topline
  • Model: C102S
  • Color: Polished Stainless
  • Size: 4.25"
  • Make: Topline
  • Model: C104S
  • Color: Polished Stainless
  • Size: 4.25"

Lug Set
  • Make: DPAccessories
  • Model: LCS3A2HC2CH04024
  • Color: Chrome
  • Size: 1/2"-20 Conical (24 each)
  • Height: 1.35"
  • Spline: 6/Tuner
  • Key: 3/4" (OEM) and 13/16"

Color Scheme

We had originally picked a burnt orange pearl, but Adam convinced us to go with more of a traditional Jeep color.  These photos are of another project that he did.  Every time I went over there, I must confess, I drooled over it.  Anyway, Mary and I are loving the new choice and look forward to watching the transformation!

Inspiration Photo

Inspiration Photo

  • Body/Grille
    • Honda Carbon Bronze
    • Brand Code: 913624
    • DEM Code: YR562P-A, YR562P-G
    • Mixing Scheme: OMNI AU (MBC)
  • Trim: (hinges, cage, wipers, bezels, brackets, mirrors, etc.)
    • Duplicolor Low Gloss Black Engine Enamel #1634
  • Bumper/Running Board
    • Duplicolor Black Truck Bed Coating #TR50
  • Wheels
    • Satin Black
  • Tub Liner/Undercoat
    • Raptor
  • Engine Compartment
    • Raptor
  • Dash
    • Honda Carbon Bronze 
Finally In The Spray Booth!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Progress Pics

October 2, 2016
Sold the top and doors to Adam for another client of his.

Work begins… colors decided.
Took the seats, dash, console, and fender flares home to work on them...


Engine 258 - 4.2 - IL6

T5 Transmission

Seat Slider Cleaned

Heater Cables Painted

Seat Risers Painted