Well, It has been some time since I last posted. Apparently the Just Empty Every Pocket saying is holding true, and things are tight so I will be doing things as I can afford them. Anyway, the Body work is complete and the Paint is done! It took a while to get it just right for paint, but the price was right! I built an 16′ x 17′ addition on a buddy’s garage in trade for the body work and painting. It turned out INCREDIBLE. I ended up deciding on “Dune” for the color. This is the same color available on 2014 jeeps. It looks really yellow in the booth due to the lighting, the second photo is sunlight and you can see its more tan.
My buddy Deacon Kallish is working on the tub for me. He is a perfectionist so I have no doubt it will turn out crazy good. I want to help so I can learn but our schedules, well mine really is crazy so he has gotten started already. There were some dents and dings, and lots of extra holes that have been welded up. Its amazing how once you get everything sanded down a body that did not look like it needed much, has way more imperfections than it seemed.
I have read about how people say there is no bondo or filler on this body. Well, unless it is brand new from the factory I don’t believe it. Let me rephrase that, If your vehicle body looks perfect I don’t believe it. Anytime you rebuild a vehicle there is going to be some filler, it may not be much but some, its part of the process of making a paint job look great. You can see from some pics it appears to be pretty thick, however once sanded flat it is really very thin.
Well the new, new to me anyway, body arrived via PawPrints Transportation. I found them on Uship.com. If you have ever seen the show “Shipping Wars” this is one of the ways they find loads. It was a pretty easy transaction all together. I originally was given a 800$ quote to ship the tub from Antelope California to my house in Lake County, Illinois. I created a shipment on Uship.com set my maximum price and a few days, and a few bids later I accepted one for $300.00 All in all a pretty good way to ship large parts, as typically a company will want to pick up extra things to fill their load and offer lower cost to do so. Anyway here are the pics I was sent of the tub. The OE decided he wanted some 5×9′s in the back, and while I applaud his efforts to build the box into the tub, pretty crappy job with LOTS of silicone. Oh did I forget to mention the firewall was dented, and all out of kilter? Anyway, that just allows me to show off my metal forming skills. The best news is ABSOLUTELY NO RUST! Aside from the dented firewall, speaker boxes, and a few extra holes in the firewall?, not a bad start, shoudl have this baby ready to mount in no time.