Replacing a Saggy Headliner

XJ Build

Delaying the Inevitable When it comes to my cars, I like to bunch up my repairs / mods into batches where I’ll focus on one small sub-category of tasks before moving onto the next. Read more...

Installing a Gentex 177 Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror

XJ Build

It’s hard to explain, but driving a car at night that has an auto dimming rear view mirror is a real treat. It’s one of those things that you’ll never notice when it’s working, but as soon as you don’t have it you’ll notice its absence immediately. Read more...

Unibody Rust Repair Part 10: The Finishing Touches

XJ Build

The epoxy primer I used on the underside of my repairs is some pretty good stuff, but I wanted just a hair more protection down there. And after all can you really say you did a rust repair job on your Jeep if bedliner wasn’t involved? Read more...

Unibody Rust Repair Part 9: Closing Up The Floor

XJ Build

The least exciting portion of this project by far was closing up the two holes left in the floor directly below where the rear seat goes. I initally cut these holes in the floor way back at the beginning of the project because I needed to remove the original frame rails. Read more...

Unibody Rust Repair Part 8: Welding on Frame Stiffeners

XJ Build

One of my biggest concerns about my custom fabricated frame rails was the vertical welds joining the frame sections. Vertical welds like those are a big no no when it comes to frames because they’re especially prone to failing. Read more...

Unibody Rust Repair Part 7: A New Fuel Neck Housing And Making Cut N Fold Panels

XJ Build

The Fuel Neck Housing I’ve been ignoring the gaping hole around where the fuel neck passes through the interior to travel down towards the gas tank. I had a feeling it’d be easy to fix so I never put much thought into it. Read more...

Unibody Rust Repair Part 6: Turning A Patch Panel Into A New Cargo Floor Pan

XJ Build

Building Out The Cargo Floor I didn’t want to try to salvage the original cargo area floor from my Jeep. It had rusted through in several spots, and I kinda chopped it up into several pieces because I only removed bits of it as a time when I was fabricating the new frame rails. Read more...

Unibody Rust Repair Part 5: Designing A Custom Gas Tank Cradle

XJ Build

Directly below the floor of the XJ in the cargo area sits the gas tank. Tucked tight between the frame rails it rests a mere 1/2" from the floor. The mount for the gas tank is also what braces the floor in the cargo area. Read more...

Unibody Rust Repair Part 4: Hooking Up The Suspension

XJ Build

With the frame squared away I needed something that I could mount up the suspension to. The only thing holding in the rear axle at this point was the rear driveshaft and the front mounts of the leaf springs. Read more...

Unibody Rust Repair Part 3: Déjà Vu Replacing the Driver Frame Rail

XJ Build

The driver side frame rail was in far worse shape than the passenger side on my XJ. I opted to replace the passenger side first since there’s a little less going on on that side. Read more...

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