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Old August 7th, 2014, 14:13
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Land Rover Giverny Green (Pics)







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Old August 7th, 2014, 18:35
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Looks awesome yan, you take your xj to another level, few others get to see.... Nice work.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 18:44
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Thanks man. I'm still waiting for the replacement emblems to arrive. The Jeep and Cherokee emblems are graphite while the Classic emblems are silver, so I will have to look into getting them color-matched.
oh, and tomorrow I'm applying some 3M Scotchgard protective film on the inside part of my front bumper... the part facing the tire since that part's most susceptible to damage.

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Old August 7th, 2014, 19:46
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Re: Land Rover Giverny Green (Pics)

Looks good! Remember all that tape you used, that's the colour mines going to be.
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Old August 7th, 2014, 20:36
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the green tape?
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Old August 8th, 2014, 05:41
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How much did the paint job cost you? it came out great!
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Old August 8th, 2014, 07:57
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I don't want to get specific, but it was around 2ish. It was more than what I wanted to spend, but the Jeep needed allot of work. The door bottoms started to rust up quite a bit, the rear bumper was rusted, paint on the hood started to blister, the spoiler needed to be reinstalled, etc, etc.... Basically, I had a choice of letting my Jeep fall apart, or fix it while I still had time.

I could-have paid less if I stuck with the same color, but I absolutely despised the factory Forest Green. It showed every bit of dirt, and it looked like garbage under the bright sun. This color just glows all day long, and it should disguise dirt quite nicely since it's considerably lighter.
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Old August 10th, 2014, 07:29
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$2k for custom paint, especially where you are located, is a screaming deal.

I'm debating what to do with mine next... doors and roof are going again. Fix or winter beater ro save a different vehicle (likely a UZJ100) from winter usage.

Btw, looks great.
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Old August 11th, 2014, 16:08
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Choice! Did they just tape off the window rubbers?
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Old August 12th, 2014, 04:20
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I'm debating what to do with mine next... doors and roof are going again. Fix or winter beater ro save a different vehicle (likely a UZJ100) from winter usage.
I had the same debate run through my mind before I committed to the paintjob; however, the alternatives on my list sucked in their own special way. Either the upfront costs were too high, or the maintenance, or both.

Not only that, but I sunk a fair amount of money into my Jeep over the years. This year alone, I did my brakes, catback and bought new firestone LE2 tires. I couldn't walk away from that, and I wouldn't be able to resell my Jeep for a fair amount in its current (exterior) shape. I'm not the kind of person to let things slide either, so the as-is/winter-beater scenario didn't play well in my mind.... plus I don't drive enough or have the space to warrant 2 vehicles.

I think, in the end, the final bit that convinced me to spend the money was the rarity of owning a Cherokee (especially a clean one). Check trader.ca; there aren't too many XJs for sale. My Cherokee's more rare than BMWs in my town, and we don't have BMW dealership here.... not for 300kms. I like having something that stands out from the rest.


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Choice! Did they just tape off the window rubbers?
He taped it off although the windshield trim looked to be peeled back some because the new paint goes well under it. BTW, all the door seals were removed before paint. I think the guy did a great job. He has 20 years experience as a bodyman, and he used to manage a local bodyshop for a while (although, he's mainly a mechanic now).
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Old August 12th, 2014, 07:00
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Yeah, I'm totally upside down on mine as well. I put a couple grand into it before our big road trip, lot of deferred maintenance that needed doing and new stainless exhaust, etc.

I really enjoy the machine when it is not pissing me off. I do enjoy that it is "rare" now as well. With the 32s, armour and snorkel it sure gets lots of looks.

Not sure what I'm going to do. After all the towing and convincing myself I needed a bigger, more powerful machine the last three weeks I am back to just enjoying it for what it is since I'm not towing a "house" behind it any more.

I figure with the gear on my Jeep (air lockers, built axles, etc., etc.) it is worth ~$8k but to try to get that in the open market is almost impossible. I'd have to "give it away" for a lot less if I really needed to sell it. I don't even want to think about what I've paid over the years to get it to where it is now.

Maybe I'll just keep polishing. As long as I keep from towing in the mountains it works fine.
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Old August 12th, 2014, 09:15
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Re: Land Rover Giverny Green (Pics)

Btw, did you do anything special when you cut the holes for the hood vents? Drainage pans?

I have had a set of those vents lying around for a few years... Should install them to get rid of some more clutter.
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Old August 12th, 2014, 17:46
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Re: Land Rover Giverny Green (Pics)

It's a tough call to be sure; in my case, my door bottoms/lips were beyond my expertise to repair. I tried to fix them before with a good sanding/ generous application of chassis saver(rust encapsulator), but that didn't last for long. They needed to be sandblasted of every speck of rust. Also, in my case, the bill to repair my doors and rear hatch came out to about 1k. At that point, it just made more sense to bite the bullet and go all in on a complete paintjob.

I'm unsure of the particular problem spots on your Jeep, but if it's door related than I suggest you find a sandblaster and try to, at least, paint them yourself before the problem spreads to the outside.

At the end of the day; however, it depends how much you like your Jeep, and the value you get from using it.


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Btw, did you do anything special when you cut the holes for the hood vents? Drainage pans?

I have had a set of those vents lying around for a few years... Should install them to get rid of some more clutter.
My vents came with the drip pans, so they sandwich the hood between them and the vents. You probably know about these links but I'll post them anyways:
http://www.oman4x4.com/hoodventinstall.htm
http://www.go.jeep-xj.info/HowtoBonnetVents.htm
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Old August 12th, 2014, 20:09
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My vents came with the drip pans, so they sandwich the hood between them and the vents. You probably know about these links but I'll post them anyways:
http://www.oman4x4.com/hoodventinstall.htm
http://www.go.jeep-xj.info/HowtoBonnetVents.htm
I didn't know about the drip pans (or the first link). Looks like something I'll have to scrounge around for.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 14:43
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Re: Land Rover Giverny Green (Pics)

It looks like i have my work cut out for me. The chrome Cherokee emblem is a fake; the real ones come with an outrageous price tag, so I picked up some
2014 Cherokee emblems instead. Those suckers aren’t very high and they’re super long; I don’t think they pair well with the classic emblems even if I were
to get them color-matched. More so, the newer Jeep emblems are much thicker than the old ones; I don’t know how they’ll wrap the front header panel.

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