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The Thrill Is Gone?

After 15 years of sitting in the sun and rain, the clear coat on the hood had finally disappeared causing the Jeep's paint to fade, turn a dull white, then turn a dull brown, until eventually it just flaked off.  In those exposed areas, it was beginning to rust. 

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This started a long process of saving money for a new paint job.  And because of the time it took to save the money, the list of things I wanted and needed to fix kept on growing.  Which, in turn, took longer to save up the additional money that was needed... a viscous cycle!  :-)

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Finally, it came time to haul in the Jeep!  It actually started the weekend before my shop time reservation.  I figured it would save me labor costs by removing everything I could by myself... and everything I didn't want to risk getting painted.  The shell of the Jeep was driven to the shop and thus began the longest two weeks of my life!

View of left rear corner - ready for paint!   Interior protection.jpg (48439 bytes)   Grillehood_-_ready_for_paint.jpg (45477 bytes)

Happy Happy Joy Joy...

When the day finally came where I could pick up my Jeep, I was ecstatic!  I spent the whole weekend carefully installing the new parts I had got for the Jeep (see the other Projects on the list) as well as those parts I had removed before taking the Jeep to the shop.  Lots of work, but also lots of fun!

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Warning!  Click here to see important information on replacing the windshield frame!

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By the way, the paint job worked wonders for giving the CJ's hood a new look!

Faded hood before...      Not so faded hood...

Before...                           ...After