On this project we started with a 95 Jeep Grand Cherokee with over 200,000 miles on it. We are planning a rugged, off road theme with an eye on football tail-gaiting.
We are repainting it a flat black and then spraying it with Line-x on the bottom section where the plastic panels used to be. We are adding fender flares, welded steel bumpers, 3.5 inch lift and 33 inch tires. A full roof rack with a full size spare mounted will finish off the exterior.
The interior will include a front audio system with a pioneer video and gps system, a hertz audio 12" high energy sub and a hertz audio 6.5" component set. The rear section will have a full AV system with gaming console, flat panel TV and many other goodies.
You can see from the picture of above we started by pulling the plastic panels from the outside and were greeted with a pile of rust. It could have been worse but I'm not sure how.
Our vision is to do something understated and rugged so we decided on flat black as our base. This presented a challenge because flat black isn't easy and there aren't a lot of guys with experience spraying flat black. Luckily we hooked up with our friends at Precision Collision in Anderson and they took care of business. Here is a closeup from the back:
After the paint was finished we took the Jeep down to Jeremiah at Eskew Automotive. He took care of
the mechanical work and got the jeep running right.
The taillights were pulled and we replaced all the bulbs and completely reconditioned and tinted the lights.
Here we have the lift kit on and the taillights back on.
You can see some of the equipment underneath and the fiberglass sub enclosure is peaking out from the back. Below the jeep is a replacement molded carpet and 4 lights. More to come on that.
Switching to the front audio system we are putting in a set of Hertz Audio High Energy 6.5" components. We built a custom panel for the doors and cut a Colts horseshoe in it and wrapped in black suede. The horseshoe cutout has more to go but it is getting close. The work in process pictures show the panel built with fiberglass, sanded and ready to be wrapped.
The panel looks good wrapped in black suede and the speakers test fit. Here is a picture on our high tech photo shoot background.
We took the rear seat out and replaced it with the base for the front and rear system. On either side we are building in an amp rack. In the middle are two Vmax batteries which should run the entire system for a good 6 hours. The slot ported enclosure is setup for a Hertz Audio High Energy 12" subwoofer.
The rear audio is moving along. Here is the fiberglass sub enclosure test fit on the side. It is designed for a Hertz High Energy 12" sub. This will be a ported enclosure with just under 2 cubic feet. We need to pick up some peanuts to measure the volume exactly. Once we have the exact volume we will model the output on WinISD and determine the port size.
Here you can see Les building a cardboard template. I think he milked this for half the day. I'm going to get him a churn and we might be selling butter soon. :)
Switching back to the exterior we completed several small, detailed tasks. We finished repainting the mirrors, door handles
and roof rails.
The driving lights came in but the light covers they came with just won't work for us. We took some sandpaper to the stock covers
and then repainted them and added some Colts horseshoes. You can also see some of the logo graphics we are working on.
We got the roof rack up with the lights installed and wired up with the custom covers on them.
The new leather is on the seats and it looks good. We did a quilted suede insert in the middle and a Colts blue contrasting stitch.
We also made more headway on the rear system. Here you can a picture of the drivers sided fiberglass. This is where the cooler and Wii game console will live.
The seats are in along with the new carpet and the front is looking better than new.
After several late nights this week we made a ton of progress on fabrication and finishing. The front door panels are in with the Hertz High Energy components and a custom colts horseshoe made with polycarbonate and lit up with blue led's.
In the back of the Jeep we have the trim piece for the TV built along with the speaker pods on each side. The speaker pods will be getting another set of Hertz High Energy Components.
We also got the Mac mini and Wii hooked up and tested. This "testing" took a little longer than I hoped as everyone in the shop decided they needed to test it out for themselves.