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Old 03-07-2016, 08:59 PM
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Rear Window Fixed

The first true mechanical fix I tackled was to repair the windows. The right side worked okay, but both left windows were hit or miss or not at all.

I opened up both the front and back panels. No surprises on the front, but the rear door has a 1x2 long piece of wood in it! Clearly someone tried to shim it. Unfortunately, I cannot get it out. I will have to cut it in half to get it out.
I'm still waiting for my additional flex track to arrive so I can get this window done. I did the drivers window first.



When I had the door panels off, I also added some sound dampening material to help with vibrations an noise reduction.



I made sure to add it to the inside of the doors too
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Old 03-07-2016, 09:07 PM
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Sound Dampening

After adding sound dampening material to the doors, I got to work on the cargo area. I know the research says you don't have to cover all areas of the metal to get the full benefit, but once you get started, its hard to stop. It is hard not to cover everything for fear you will regret it later.

Needless to say, I covered it all anyway just to make sure.







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Old 03-07-2016, 09:09 PM
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Then I took the rear headliner out and added it too the roof.
I took the screws out of the bars up on the roof. This way when the screw are put back it should help form a waterproof seal and reduce the odds of a leak.





PS: Don't worry, I am not leaving the wing nuts on those wires. Just trying to protect the wires and keep them tied into the appropriate wire pairs.
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Old 03-07-2016, 09:14 PM
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The front was a little more of a challenge to get out.


Once the carpet was out there were a few tiny spots of surface rust. I used a wire brush and degreaser to clean the rust well. Then I treated it with special rust preventative paint.

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Old 03-07-2016, 09:16 PM
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Once everything was cleaned and prepped, I went to work putting down the front sound dampening material.




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Old 03-08-2016, 05:54 AM
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Looks good! Well on its way to the prissy forum section...lol. appears that you have a good game plan for this jeep. Keep the photos coming!
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Old 03-08-2016, 06:22 AM
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Kern, that looks awesome! Great job, you have a really good start on a really nice restoration. Looking fwd to more!
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Old 03-08-2016, 06:37 AM
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Thanks guys. Saying my Jeep is prissy STILL feels odd, but I will get over it once it's all done. Thanks again to everyone here on IFSJA for their assistance. I would not be able to do as much as I have without the support and guidance.

These pictures came fast because I spent all weekend on the Jeep. I have a package of more sound proofing arriving today so I will have this task complete. Then I can power wash the front carpets and try to dye them. If it doesn't work I will be ordering new carpets probably. I'm going to test one of the original floor mats first before hitting the carpets.

We will see...

Again, thanks for the support
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Old 03-08-2016, 10:36 AM
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Looks amazing man! If I had carpets in mine, is want em to be as clean as yours, haha! Also planning on probably doing ww's on my j-200!
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Old 03-08-2016, 03:47 PM
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More carpet cleaning today. I was home with a sick kid (an not feeling too well myself). Fortunately, a few Jeep projects took my mind off of the situation.

I used our hand held spot carpet cleaner to clean the back of the seats and also do a test on one of the old floor mats. I will uses these mats to do my first test on dying the carpets. If the floor mats do okay, then I will do the carpet too.

During the process:






Wow -- this is what came out of the seats (front seats and back of rear bench)
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Old 03-08-2016, 03:51 PM
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Carpet Cleaning Test

I took a chance to to demo the carpet cleaner on one of the old floor mats.
Honestly, wasn't sure it would make this much of a difference.

Take a look...

Before:


I sprayed the carpet solution in a stripe right down the middle trying to hit all of the major stains.


During the cleaning:


Final Results: Still not perfect, but a big improvement
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Old 03-08-2016, 04:01 PM
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Since we always post the before and after photos, we never show the dirty side of things (unless it is mud following a trail ride)...

A a result, I thought I would share how much dirt and grime came out.

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Old 03-08-2016, 04:05 PM
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Power Washing the Front Carpets

Also, worked on the front carpets a little too.
I used Folex on the back, but used a full gallon, so this time I used Simple Green. I don't know that I could tell that one was better than the other.
The simple green does have a stronger smell and foams a little more.
Either one should work for you.





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Old 03-08-2016, 06:27 PM
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The seats are dry and I think it turned out well. Here is the back of the bench seat which was the dirtiest of them all.

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Old 03-08-2016, 07:14 PM
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Noico Sound Proofing

The noico sound proofing arrived this afternoon from Amazon. At 1/6 thick it is not too thick, but it REALLY makes a big difference. Especially on the face of the tire wells which were loud to the "knock" test even with the dampener installed. This made a big improvement.

I installed it mostly where the original jute carpet backing was installed, the fire wall. and a little on each tire well. Once I pull the front headliner I will put it there too.

Here is a link: Noico Closed Cell Foam

(edit: I ended up ordering a second roll of the foam. It really goes well with the sound dampening material)

Here are the pics so far:












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Old 03-09-2016, 07:50 PM
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Steering Wheel

I ordered a new leather steering wheel cover (AX18 Sand) made by wheelskins.
Unfortunately the color is not 100% but it feels really good, so I still went with wheelskins for quality over some of the cheaper alternatives.

First I had to cut off the wheel cover. It looked nice, but not quite as polished.
Then I removed the OEM leather which was really warn and just not able to be salvaged.











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Looks awesome, you need to bring it to ECI and let the rest of us nuts check it out, great job getting it clean and shiny. Uwharrie isn't far from you, and it's not until June, so you have plenty of time to finish it up.
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Carpet Dye Day

I have done a bunch of reading on dying carpet with Rit Dye.
Thanks to a few post here on the forum, and on various blogs I decided to go for it. If I don't like it, I will simply buy a replacement carpet, but if it does okay, I prefer to stay original.

Here is how it turned out.

Carpet Dye Mixture:
1 Gallon Chemical Sprayer
1 bottle liquid Tan Rit Dye (DO NOT USE BOXED CRYSTAL FORMULA!!!)
1/2 cup liquid fabric softener
fill sprayer with VERY HOT water. Boil it if need be, but I used 130 degree tap water and it worked fine.

Here are the pictures:










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Old 03-13-2016, 08:22 AM
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Carpet Dye Fail

I posted this on my carpet power washing thread in more detail(http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=178593), but I am going to mark the carpet dye experiment as a FAIL, but with important lessons learned.

The dye process absolutely worked, but you must go with a very dark color to get it to look right. I used RIT Tan, and the colors concentrate is spots too much and as a result, it just makes the carpet look dirty. I knew going in this was simply an experiment. If it worked, great, if not I would just buy new carpet. I will be buying new carpet.

Here is a shot of all of the carpet pieces in one pile.

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Polishing the Bumpers and Grill

This weekend the girls (6 and 9) and I worked on polishing the bumpers and grill. First, I started with bark keepers friend and a magic eraser. I use this on my boat and it usually brings great results.





After rinsing well with water I thought it turned out great! (at the time anyway)
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