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Re: 1978 Jeep CJ-7 in Aluminum

Post by certifiablejeep on December 23rd 2008, 9:13 am

It is ridiculously cold out there these days... not to mention all the snow and ice that is falling.

Anyway, I got some pics to show... here is the Jeep after primer and the first 2 coats. The first one was some what sprayed on in the joints and then rolled. I then sanded most of that off as the silver really shows blemishes.

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I sprayed the joints because I wanted to make sure there was adequate coverage in all the hard to reach places. That was the only spraying that was done so far (except for the primer).

I have a long way to go, but it doesn't look half bad. I have to roll another coat today hopefully and then I can wet
sand that down with 800 hopefully! Again, it is freezing out in the garage and it is no fun to have your hands that cold, but if I can get this done, I can mount it up on the Jeep and really get this project rolling!

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Re: 1978 Jeep CJ-7 in Aluminum

Post by certifiablejeep on December 30th 2008, 11:02 am

Been a busy few days...

Tub going on the Jeep
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Tub on, shiny!
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Getting the rear parts on, lights, license plate, lenses, fuel filler, tailgate
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Now here is where it gets a little strange... it isn't horrible, but the tailgate is a different color then the body. Now, I painted the tailgate a year ago probably at this point. I don't think I used primer, and it was a different batch of paint... same color though. I mixed and did the things I was supposed to do, but I guess there is something to be said for doing everything at the same time... that aside, I am happy with the clear on top of the paint, makes it look shiny!

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Post by certifiablejeep on January 7th 2009, 10:11 am

It is coming along, slowly but surely.

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Post by Fastmover on January 7th 2009, 12:23 pm

You are going to have a better-than-new Jeep when you are done.
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Post by certifiablejeep on January 7th 2009, 12:39 pm

And I will have a larger then average hole in my wallet.

And for what I spent on it, I could have probably bought a new one... BUT, no new one will end up ever looking like this...

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Post by Fastmover on January 7th 2009, 3:29 pm

certifiablejeep wrote:And I will have a larger then average hole in my wallet.

And for what I spent on it, I could have probably bought a new one... BUT, no new one will end up ever looking like this...

Thanks,
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I hear you on that. The good thing is that you will have the pride of doing it yourself.
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Post by certifiablejeep on January 18th 2009, 9:21 am

UPDATE:

I got a lot of the little things done... starting on the wiring now... all the underdash stuff that you can't see is done and a lot of hours invsted in this thing are finally coming around... can't wait to get another 30 hours to work on it!

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Post by certifiablejeep on January 29th 2009, 1:59 pm

OK, some more updates

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Hope it comes faster and faster... it is RUNNING, but not DRIVING yet. Lots of the gauges still don't work.

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Post by megaglow_z on January 29th 2009, 9:33 pm

look at that...you have a brand new jeep!
Looks VERY clean man....me likes!
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Post by ehall on February 2nd 2009, 10:06 pm

that looks really nice and clean

what did you use to paint the 4.0 block?
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Post by certifiablejeep on February 3rd 2009, 9:10 am

It actually is a 4.2, I didn't do the 4.0 head conversion. The paint is described on this page of the engine rebuild I did a few years back... it is called AMC Blue and it is made by Seymour paints.

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Re: 1978 Jeep CJ-7 in Aluminum

Post by tbirdsps on February 27th 2009, 4:36 pm

I'm not so sure I believe that you rolled it except for the fact that in the beginning it was clearly obvious that you did. Very Happy

You've done a beautiful job.

Because I've procrastinated so long I think the roof of my Cougar wagon would look great in that color contrasting with the darker blue of the body.
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Post by certifiablejeep on February 27th 2009, 4:45 pm

I get that a lot... piece of advice for anyone out there... first, paint all the panels at the same time, 2nd, if you ARE going to use clear, make sure the paint is VERY VERY dry... if not, you get a slight zebra effect...

It is getting closer to being done, but I have a crack in the block, so that part has to be sorted out...

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Post by tbirdsps on February 27th 2009, 4:52 pm

Looks new to me!

Sorry to hear that your engine is cracked.
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Post by retired plumber on February 27th 2009, 6:48 pm

looks new to me also but then that was the end result that you wanted wasen't it. I give it thumbs up Now, fix the engine and drive it.
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Post by Jesse-James on February 27th 2009, 7:30 pm

Beautiful rig! thumbs up
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Re: 1978 Jeep CJ-7 in Aluminum

Post by certifiablejeep on March 10th 2009, 3:30 pm

Engine is out... torn down... and the block is at the machine shop...

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It did run, I promise...

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it just didn't run for very long with a crack in the side of the block... another couple weeks and we will be good to go... hopefully.
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Re: 1978 Jeep CJ-7 in Aluminum

Post by dakwag on June 28th 2009, 11:48 am

I just picked up a YJ for cheap and I am starting to roll on the same silver. It's looking very good so far and I am starting to get the hang of it.

Question to certifiablejeep: did you roll the grill slots or spray. You mentioned that you spayed some hard to reach spots - did you use the equivilent color in a rattle can or use a spray gun? Looks good!

Any idea how this paint would work on my painted plastic TJ Sahara flares?
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Post by certifiablejeep on June 28th 2009, 11:54 am

I sprayed the back side and the inside pieces, I rolled the face.
It came out OK, looks a lot better from a few feet away.

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Post by dakwag on June 28th 2009, 8:16 pm

The silver on my test pieces looked great this morning so I set them out in the driveway to catch the sun. when I came home after noon The shine was too much for my liking. Can the metallic aluminum be toned down with a gray for a more gun metal look? Do you know of anyone having success with mixing colors?
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Post by RoboGeek on June 28th 2009, 8:38 pm

you should be able to add black and dark blue to get what you want. Once you have it, mix a lot and save it in mason jars - it won't be fun trying to color match later on if needed

http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=150

if none of those colors are what you want, you should be able to blend them to what you desire
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Post by dakwag on June 28th 2009, 8:51 pm

I love the anodized look of the aluminum, I wonder if I can just buy tint. I rolled on some of the smoke gray and it looks good but maybe a bit too much like shinny primmer.
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Post by RoboGeek on June 28th 2009, 9:04 pm

as far as I know there are no tints for rustoleum - but you may be able to find some elsewhere. House of Kolor is where I normally buy paint and supplies from - they may be able to help you with tinting. But thats getting a bit beyond the el cheapo $50 paint job and closer to the costs of a real paint job
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Post by dakwag on June 29th 2009, 11:38 am

OK, I did a 50/50 mix of aluminum and smoke gray and the wet coat looked about right. I'll check the dried sample later when I get home from work.
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Re: 1978 Jeep CJ-7 in Aluminum

Post by 63Falconconvert on June 29th 2009, 1:49 pm

Your Jeep looks fantastic....congrates on a beautiful job. Are you using it as a daily driver or to play in the mud with.
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