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Project "Free Jeep" a.k.a Project "FJ" - part #29
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(11/11/07) Today I was able to get out tot he garage and strip down a lot of the Jeep. I was happy that I was able to get most of the bolts out so easily. For those of you who have stripped down a Jeep before, you know how touch and go this is.
I have a few more bolts to get out the old fashion way... that is to drill and tap them out since I can't get them out with the star bit remover... I snapped 2 of them tonight. Star bolts just suck, plain and simple. I have them soaking in PB blaster right now, so hopeful I will be able to remove them without a whole lot of issue.
I am going to toss all the parts I removed up on CraigsList first to see if them sell. After that, if they don't, they will make it to eBay. I hope to recoup some of the gas money I spent on this!
I removed the inner wheel wells as well as the fender flares and I can't get over how clean the tub is. This is by far the best one that I have ever gotten. I hope the rest of the modifications go as easily as the removal process has gone.

cb (11/11/07)
(11.12.07) I had 2 hours to sneak out to the garage and continue to strip down the rig. I played around a little bit with the tailgate I picked up in the beginning of the project and removed the excess metal from it to try and fit the brackets to make sure the tailgate would open and close. For those of you who have not converted a YJ to have a CJ tailgate, you will need some bracketry.
I finally stopped doing the "easy" metal work and finally continued on removing the fender flares and what not. I was able to see that whoever put this particular tub together used an obscene amount of seam sealer in all the joints. I am not complaining, but DAMN that is a lot of sealer. Once I removed the inside of the driver side-wheel liner, I could see all the underside of the Jeep and I was very pleased that there wasn't any rust. A few pictures of the firewall to outline what I had done to remove the pedals and a few more odds and ends and I was off to get something to eat.

cb (11/12/07)
(11/14/07) I had an hour to kill, so I headed outside to try to get a few more odds and ends done on the Jeep. What I didn't mention is that last night I was out there for 2 hours and all I got accomplished was the removal of 3 of the roll bar studs that snapped off and 1 of seat mounts. I still have a rear seat mount to get out, but that is for another time.

I was able to remove the heater and all firewall related items. I removed the last of the rubber/plastic liners that were under the front body mounts, and finally was tapped a few of the holes I took bolts out of last night. All in all it was a better day out there today then yesterday. Sometimes you are the drill, sometimes you are the drill bit, snapping off in the hole and then having the screw extractor break in there as well!

cb (11/14/07)
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