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Old 11-02-2011, 03:45 PM
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Olympic white / Nutmeg is my favorite combo (well besides Red that Jeep used.

For seatbelts, just do like CJ's and use black seatbelts.

I may, I was thinking go beige and put some beige highlights in the seats when I have them reupholstered. I really wanted everything to be as close to original as possible.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:53 PM
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I may, I was thinking go beige and put some beige highlights in the seats when I have them reupholstered. I really wanted everything to be as close to original as possible.

Have U seen the Laredo reproduction seat covers?
George custom makes them.
Has the correct stripe with stitching !

I have NOS Nutmeg partial carpet set & tailgate.
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:05 PM
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Have U seen the Laredo reproduction seat covers?
George custom makes them.
Has the correct stripe with stitching !

I have NOS Nutmeg partial carpet set & tailgate.

I have not seen those, I will seek them out.

Thanks, I planned on getting a full carpet set from BJ with extra pieces for seats.

Let me know if you run across a decal set. Tonka talked about reproducing a set.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:56 PM
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With the holidays coming upon us our work weekends are limited but we were able to get a few things done.

We finished with the epoxy primer inside and out and began apply some body filler in a few areas on the outside but mainly we are working to get the inside finished. We reinforced the underside floor boards earlier where there was some rust through. We are now patching the inside floor boards. We are using a metal body filler. There were some small holes but it is mainly bad pitting. We are using regular body filler on some small pitting areas, elsewhere.





We are staying with the factory exhaust manifolds so we prepped and painted those. We are using Tech Line Coating, a high temp manifold paint for the manifolds and y-pipe. It is a ceramic spray on product. I hope it works out well. We will spray the exhaust pipes with a VHT high temp spray paint.



The finished product. They will have to be cured by running the motor. You can also cure in an over but I don't have access to one for 750deg setting.


I hope this product works out. I will give future updates on all of the products I used. The tranny should be here this week and hopefully, we can get it and the motor installed over the long weekend.
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:02 PM
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Well, we have reached another milestone!

Tranny back from the shop. World Transmission, owned by my buddy Chip, went through it and the transfer case. They found no major issues and just refreshened them. He did install a new 2000 stall converter. He believes with the motor work we did this would be a excellent choice.

Jared and I painted it up and got it ready for the install.

Before


after




I researched and on older stock AMC vehicles they painted the tranny and engine the same color. 1981 is quite old but since we went with an old original AMC color we would follow suit. We painted the transfer case with Eastwood Alumiblast. It turned out nice. With the tranny and motor done, we could now get the drive train reinstalled in the frame.
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:12 PM
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:18 PM
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Engine and transmission now installed. We have a basic rolling chassis now.

Jared and my nephew John helped. We installed the motor first so it would be a little easier.


Oops...didn't upload the tranny install shot. It took a little work but bolted up fine. Everything aligned perfectly. I wondered which of the motor mount holes to use on the horn since it had two rows. I consulted the board and two guys agreed the front holes and one showed pictures of the rear holes. I guess right and used the front holes.

I wish I knew of this mythical tool called a flywheel turner. The most frustrating part was getting the torque converter bolted to the flex plate. Inching the flex plate around was tedious. I made a mistake by getting two bolts in and tight and then the other two would not align. I spun it a few more rounds and just started two bolts and it still would not let me get the other two in. The final try, I pushed the converter back towards the tranny so I could barely start a bolt. Then inched it around and they all final went in. I then had to continue around until I could tighten them all. Done.

We took it outside today and gave Chief Laredo his first wash.




this is a before


There isn't much to be done on the chassis...which means I HAVE to keep working on the body.
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:10 PM
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Old 12-04-2011, 05:30 PM
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:28 AM
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Thanks guys for the positive feedback!

We are moving along with the project. The body will be the next biggest step to complete. I am currently stocking items for the interior and getting that part of the project organzied. If things go well we could be finished by summer.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:15 AM
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:49 PM
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:49 AM
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We have now completed the inside painting. We did the same as the other areas we painted; epoxy primer, primer, primer, sealer, base, base, pearl, pearl, clear, clear clear.

It turned out good. I switch from a conventional to HVLP gun and my pearl layer came out much better. I am not sure I am going to pearl the outside myself but I feel much better about it.

Epoxy, primer and sealer complete



Base complete


Pearl/Clear complete


before


after


I think we are going to go ahead and put the body back on the frame to begin working on the inside and prepping the outside for paint. We have the chassis basically complete. We will spend the next week getting the small things done on the chassis and then marry it back to the body.
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:16 AM
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Old 12-17-2011, 04:36 PM
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:26 AM
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Thanks.

We are basically a year into it and I am thinking we may be finished by summer.

Once we get the body back on the frame the real work will begin. We are going to paint the interior trim, dash, etc. Go through and re work all of the wiring, have seats re-upholsered, install stereo, etc.

I am reading up on building a console. I think it is something we can do, these things need cup holders!
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:35 PM
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We were able to get a lot done lately.

I found a package from BJ's when I got home the other day...Carpet Kit!! Of course we had to lay it out to see how it would look.



I seems like a good quality kit. Complete with the mat backing and even some wool pieces to lay down first. I bought extra to do the bottom of the seats. I may even add some to the bottom of the door panels. It looks good against the pearl paint.

We also began the task of redoing the headliner. I just bought material locally since I was trying to match seat belts. I could not get nutmeg belts so I got tan and will do the headliner in tan and add some tan to the seats.

We cleaned the board first using a wire brush. Then made a few repairs.


Then we sprayed glue on both material and board, waited until tacky and smoothed it out with light touch. We worked only half the board at a time.


It came out OK. I see some dimples. I could not clean the board any better. The cardboard material had small divots in it and I thought they would show. I may redo and had heard you could just use the reverse side of the board. I may try that if I cannot live with the job.

Jared and I cleaned up all of our wiring in the roof and made sure all connections were soldiered well and in good order.


We also added our dynamat knock off from Eastwood and then installed our wiring.


We painted up our trim pieces and also painted the rear arm rests to test how the paint would work on the vinyl.


Then we installed our headliner. It came out good. The previous crease can still be seen a little but overall it came out good.


Next step will be to put the body back on the frame. Adding anything else is just going to increase the weight and make the job harder. We only need to fill the diffs, tranny and TC and install the driveshafts. Should get all the done by next weekend.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:48 PM
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Great work..

Great job if I had the space... the time... the skill... the money...

Nice project with your son please keep us up to date...
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:10 PM
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I'm loving your build, you guys are doing great! And I'm enjoying your photo album. I have lots of questions..

- What contraption did you use to lay the body over on it's side? Is it just balanced on the dollys?

- When you built your body jig, how much of a rise is there between the front body supports and the back body supports?

- What color is that for the carpet? What factory colors did they call the original interior? Did they (BJs) include the side wall panels with a finished edge for the rear compartment?

- Which distributor is that? Are you going to run the factory ignition box, or a MSD box?

- Is the guy going to be able to come thru with his offer to duplicate the factory stripes? What's involved in that?

- Is your Eldebrock manifold a EGR model?

I have lots more questions, those are the ones that come to mind right now.

Again, your build is fantastic.....thanks for posting.
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