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Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:37 PM
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So Since I can no stand the filth and rust anymore im finaly gonna start doing something about it. Mainly i need to get this thing ready for the cold winter that is coming here in the rockies since this is my daily driver. Sorry for the huge pictures

List of things to get done before the winter sets in
-Dynamat
-Window and door rubber
-Strip down of interior and rust prevention
-Dynamat sound dead, will also help with the winter time
-Recover door panels
-Elecrtric Heat
-New Tires
-Maybe New Front seats

Back seat and carpet removed


Did some wire wheeling to take off the big stuff


Passenger rear corner has a lot of rust and will need patching




Privious owner did some fiberglass rempair work that will be challenging to remove

Floor pans are almost totally rusted out

Driver side next to the door




For now this is the list of things I have planned for this weekend
-Dynamat the entire car except floor pans. Yes i know this will add wait but i dont care i can live with it for now
-New window and door rubber
-Stripping whats left of the paint and glue off the body
-Spray Rust bullet, interior and bumpers
-Optima hookup and stereo test!!!! Smile im excited for this part

Im excited to get this all done so its more comfortable to drive

color preview


I cant wait till i can get these bad boys into the back (they will be replacing the back seat)


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Post Post subject: Re: JumpinBruceB's Baja Restoration
Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:25 AM
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Looking good.
As for opinions on the body lift, how much you want to spend?
Cheap ones are around $300. I went this way and I'm not real impressed but I'm on a tight budget so I had to relent.
Some one on here said they build them from scratch but they are too far away and I don't have the shop to do so myself.
Hopefully they'll speak up if your interested in that route.
If you want more, look for a posting from me for Body Lift?
I'd point ya to it but me and my laptop are starting to get wet and I can't be online unless I'm outside.
Good luck....


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Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 06:45 PM
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I have a body lift. I don't recomend it. You'll have to caulk A LOT of spots to stop water from coming in, if you plan on buying a prefabbed roll cage, forget it it won't quite fit unless you make some custom brackets. Well I guess that's really about it but I might take mine out next time the body comes off, which will be to weld in a king-pin front suspension deal. I dunno. I think it was overpriced for the hassle its given me. Oh ya, gotta lift your seats too.


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Billy, you aint kidding about the caulking. I haven't gotten to that part yet. Been trying to get the body painted so I can move on to that stuff. I can see daylight popping through all the neat little crevises and holes from the mounting and where the kit didn't fit exactly.
AND yes, you might have to lift the seats. I did. No biggie to me. I built my own mounts that allow me to tilt them to get to the back seat area.

One other thing to think about is the steering geometery will be off. Yet another thing I'm playing with. Thanks to some guys here, it was recommended that I get the shaft with u-joints (for the SB) to make up for the increased angle. I'll also need to add an extra bearing at the bottom of the steering housing to support the outboard end of the steering shaft.

So Bruce, take some time and think about it. It's more than just throwing the kit on. Lots of things are effected. PLUS it was a pain in the arse getting all those bolts aligned by myself.

I DO LOVE the look of mine lifted though. It will allow me to run 30" tires in the rear w/o going crazy on the suspension.


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Oh yes how could I have forgotten? I retained all stock steering column pieces and just cut a new holl in the fir wall and covered the excess with a piece of scrap metal. While caulking, really make sure you get all those horizontal holes along the firewall where your feet will be. I'm pretty sure nothing ever came throgh those holes on mine til I bajaed it. It was stock when I got it, then I did the lift and it just 'poured in like a waterfall' according to my ex. The extra head room and tire clearance is very nice. I have a ridiculous amount of extra room up front and its stock height suspension and everything. I can fool people real easy into thinking my aja is much more then it really is, lol


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Well at this point after these few comments and a little bit more research i dont think im gonna do the lift (for now) after a few more suspension pieces i might but i see the 300 for the lift kit going to something much better. I will get pictures of my interior progress up soon its starting to look real good all stripped down. I should be spraying the rust bullet later this week. I am taking the baja to the shop this week to fix the shifter problem. I cant seem to figure out what the hell is wrong but i have total loss of first and third gears. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Post Post subject: Re: JumpinBruceB's Baja Restoration UPDATED 1/25/09
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I have not had the chance to really update and to be honest i have not really wanted to because of my lack of progress before this point. So the interior is 100% down to metal and ready for the Rust Bullet along with the fender mounting and under the hood. The body is almost sanded down and ready for paint just have some odds and ends to wrap up. Its supossed to be warm on wednesday and thursday so I am gonna hopefully spray the RB and color Smile I also pulled the wire harness and the new one is sitting in the garage waiting for paint to be done.

almost done sanding

Im gonna just brush on the rust bullet in here

interior looks good and is ready for paint


put the adjuster in there because we just couldnt get the shifter right

and one of my favorite parts is the engine has been painted and ready to put in. The lower tins and heater boxes have been painted the same green as well

Things to do
-paint
-windows
-Sound dead and seal the floor
-recover door panels
-Put the new wire harness in
- MAYBE headliner
-heat

So my goal is to drive this thing to work next monday so I have been working around the clock to get things done. I still have a bunch of stuff to get done but I think i can probably get it all finished by next monday so wish me luck!

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Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 08:35 PM
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WOW! You've got a full-blown project on your hands, dontcha? Keep up the good work, man! Good call on the body lift- sounds like the average ones create more problems than they help. They don't buy you any additional ground clearance anyway. Seems like fender/wheel clearance and appearance are the main benefits.

Next Monday? Keep us posted if you have time- it'll be interesting to watch your progress!

Good luck!


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be glad you don't have a cage inside, makes it much easier to paint. just did that to mine, and and I had to come back with a brush around where the cage kept me from spraying, good luck.

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Yes it really did go from just fix the problem i had to "well while im here i might as well..." So im really excited I just bought a welder so it should be interesting to patch some holes (if all else fails my neighbor can take care of the welding for now) Its FINALLY starting to come along after the last 5 months of kicking around. I will be sure to keep you guys posted as i work. Smile

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you're getting quite a bit done on this baja. lookin' sharp!

Keep us posted!


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No real progress the last two days because of the extremely cold temps but tomorrow is supposed to be warm so I will be patching all the holes and finishing the last of the prep work and if there is enough time and warmth i will spray the rust bullet

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Ok Sorry it has taken so long to post an update. The car is 99% ready for paint but I have no paint. I ordered a kit from paintforcars.com and some primer and clear the wednesday before last and it still has not shipped and needless to say im really mad about this. And the "office" doesnt know when the "warehouse" is going to ship it out but here i am almost two weeks later and no tracking number or paint. But its sanded and all the holes are patched up. Dont mind my rookie welds I used my buddies stick welder. Im not worried about it looking good because they are all getting covered and its better then it was. So here come the pictures....

These are the tubes for the harness straps

Here is what was under the fiberglass on the packeage deck

I cut it all out and welded on a new peice. Sorry no pic thought i had one

Here is all the holes i patched up. "Speaker holes" under the dash, the two unknown holes in the back, heater channel holes, and a rust spot that was in the driver front well



And that is all the progress for now i was gonna spray the rust bullet but i dont want to hang the booth and leave it up while i wait for the paint. They said i could get a refund if i did not want to wait. They have kits on tcpglobal.com but i dont really wanna reorder because i like the color i picked but you guys check it out and tell me what i should do.


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OK so paintforcars.com called me and I guess they had shipped my order to someone else and now it has been rerouted to me. It should arrive tomorrow and it is supposed to be warm over the weekend so i will get right down to it. I am gonna go register and get insurance on it on friday.

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So it has been a while since my last update but a lot has been done since I have. I will let the pictures do the talking for now...

This is the rust bullet. It looked really great and made the rust almost disapear



Primer

fixed some holes

Paint




Its not the best paint job in the world but for my first spray ever and it being an offroad car I dont mind. So It is now to the point that I can start putting everything back together and boy do i have a lot of parts layin around both new and old. I also decided to go with the one peice windows which should look really nice.

Things to do over the weekend.
-Get windows tinted (im staying with a light color so i can still see)
-Get windows set in
-Sound dead and lots of it
-Tidy up a bunch of small stuff and get some things painted green
-Doing my own headliner which will be interesting but im up for a challenge
-Door panel recover
-Maybe get it wired on sunday but im not sure if thats gonna happen

Let me know what you think!


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