Good day everyone. BeauMaster here, from up in beautiful Terrace, BC, Canada. A new VIP LABAP member but a long time admirer of Tony’s videos. I just finished watching Tony respond to my Jeep questions on YouTube today (May 8th). I was blown away by Tony’s response. Thanks again Tony!
I’m retired and the wife works full time (who needs the lottery) so time is not an issue for me. I’ve worked with my hands early on with my Dad; took up electrical trade, then instrumentation then electrical engineering. Love wood work, photography, fishing, hiking, travelling and building things.
I promised Tony I’d send some photos of my current project, a 2000 Jeep TJ Sport that I bought new in 2000. It recently turned over 300k kilometers (186k miles); had a few leaks and some rust holes. This is my daily driver but sees a lot of off-road as well year round.
I installed complete new 3" lift and control arms, added new diff gears for larger tires, installed air lockers front and rear, new SYE and drive shaft, new engine oil gaskets, new hand built NC brake lines and new drive bearings on everything … all outside in my driveway! But the biggest challenge was to repair rusted out main frame sections. So, I took up MIG welding to complete.
Now I can see the finish line ahead, or so my family and neighbours are hoping. The body is off the frame and is stripped down to the tub and hood only. See photos I took this afternoon.
Anyway, I’m glad to be on-board. Will set up a “What Am I Up To” session so anyone who is interested in this project can follow along and comment or make suggestions.
Here are the images, Cheers!
A few images of body
Up close views on some surface rust issues I was asking about
When I pulled the carpet out on driver’s side … I could see the driveway underneath. Floor pan was almost 40% gone. Installed new one.
My second rust issue was in the bottom back corner of door section … on both sides. Completely rotted out. I rebuilt with 18 gauge. The black you see is my favourite rust system “Rust Bullet”.
Frame as it sits right now. Everything has been cleaned of rust and treated with three coats of Rust Bullet gloss black. This stuff is tough if applied properly, even a wire wheel on disk grinder takes effort to get back to bare metal. It’s UV resistant and be painted over as well
Repaired and beefed up frame. I made all new brackets as well using 3/16" steel
Not to become too bored, I learned how to build my own replacement patch panels from 18 gauge sheet
That’s it for now. I hear a cold Corona calling me.
Can’t forget my most reliable Assistant … Beau