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MJ is Dead's 87: Operation Basecamp


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Hey. the name's Travis. Most of you know me as MJ is dead, which is of course a reference to the late, kid touching, king of pop. My MJ is NOT dead. Nearing 100 posts, I figured it was time to throw up a build thread, since spring has finally come, and I've actually started to tinker.

 

so here she is: the 87 4.0 aw4 30/35 LWB MJ of doom

 

On the day I bought it. I know someone has a "grandpa MJ" they love, but I think mine takes the cake in the grandpa factor

Yes, the front bumper is a 2x10 wrapped in carpet. The PO used it as a pushcar for his drags

 

After I ripped the topper off

 

Decided to make the topper into a Canvas topper. I have aleays loved the look of canvas toppers, and I have major functionality purposes planned for this one. On a nice day, decided to gut it

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The plan is to use the structure of the original aluminum topper as a foundation for my canvas one, which I plan to integrate a roof basket and light bar into as well.

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All painted up, and ready to go

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Thats all for now, paycheck ran out before I could buy canvas, new hydraulic struts, aluminum squarestock, aluminum strap, and about 20 feet of velcro.

 

Stay tuned!

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I plan to have the sides roll up like a tonneau cover, and have some sort of set up to make them into an awning when tailgating or fishing or...whatever. I also plan to integrate a roof basket and supports for hilift, shovel and fuel packs.

 

Also, I plan to take my bench seat and relocate it into the bed, along with seat belts etc, for people hauling goodness

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That's one cool idea! I like the idea except I am always scared of people wanting something more than I do without paying for it. :wall:

 

If only everyone was nice we could all have nice things!!!

 

 

Yeah...I've got an idea on how to lock it somewhat, I can lock it in back, but am having trouble figuring out how to lock it up front. Its canvas, so anyone with a boxcutter could have their way with my stuff, but its a little more secure

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Took a slight break from the Cargo Top today (I like the name you gave it enough to decide that is its new name:D)

Decided to do some interior work. I have the little mini console around my t casehandle, and the brushes are shot

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I needed to replace them and had scratched my head for weeks, when i remembered how i had used an old mousepad to fix the cupholder thingies in my old tacoma, so to the dollar store i went.

 

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I ripped the brushes out, and it turns out you can fit something in their place no problem, cut out a template, and cut slits in the rubber all the way down

 

Figured as long as the console was out, id respray the god-awful blue with some nice silver

Used a little extra mousepad and some 3m tape to make a nice little catch all

 

Also decided to repaint the faded red stripe on the handle, just mixed up a little more silver, and applied it with a touchup brush

 

 

Finished project!

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On the day I bought it. I know someone has a "grandpa MJ" they love, but I think mine takes the cake in the grandpa factor

Yes, the front bumper is a 2x10 wrapped in carpet. The PO used it as a pushcar for his drags

 

 

You win Travis. :bowdown:

 

There really is no known way to 'out Grandpa Jeep' a longbed MJ with a blue, bench seat, column shift interior, aluminum bed topper, and a wooden front bumper covered in carpet for crying out loud. :clapping:

 

 

Might I suggest adding a Kraco radio from 1985, a K-mart center console (or better yet, a home made plywood one), and a plaid bench seat cover?

Might as well go for the grandpa gold. :yes:

 

BTW, awesome idea using the topper frame for a canvas cover. :thumbsup:

 

That's one of those perfect idea's that everyone else (me included) somehow missed. :doh:

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Funny you should mention that jim, it had a plaid cover on it when I bought it. And it has a pioneer tape deck from the 80's....and some old dinosaur paper coned pioneer door speakers, which they removed the factory grills and bolted over the door panel :wall:

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Funny you should mention that jim, it had a plaid cover on it when I bought it. And it has a pioneer tape deck from the 80's....and some old dinosaur paper coned pioneer door speakers, which they removed the factory grills and bolted over the door panel :wall:

 

 

Ha :clapping:

 

Did the seat cover have that magazine pocket in the front?

Might as well have had a bathrobe & slippers tucked behind the seat. :yes:

 

 

There's no way this MJ didn't have an aftermarket center console.

Someone must've grabbed it before you got it. :doh:

 

 

 

Other than the column shift & bench seat, I've un-Grandpa'd most of the Grandpa stuff on mine (tho the rear mudflaps are still there),

 

so it's becoming more of the clean cut metrosexual type 'Grand Dad' now.

(maybe I should swap the skinny mismatched tires/wheels back on, and pull the radio fuse out before it's too late).

 

:cheers:

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  • 2 weeks later...

Sorry no updates lately. Its mountain biking season here, and most of my spare change has gone into my 5 bikes. Including the new Trek :D as well as a bike I'm in the process of building into a "Jeep Bike"

 

However i did score some goodies in our city-wide cleanup last weekend.

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not sure what they're out of, but with a little fabrication, my MJ can become a little less grandpa-ish

 

Also scored a set of nerfbars destined to replace my 2x4 bumper, and a potential basket for the cargo top. My weekends are officially gone. OH and I got a set of the illegal lawn darts!!! :clapping:

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Bikes are way easy to fix, so many people toss them out cuz they think they're broke. There really isn't much that can go wrong with a bike, and most things can be fixed for under 40 bucks. But people tossing out bikes is a good thing for me. I have 5 now. And the jeep bike is almost done. :D

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Couple of quick, retarded mods.

 

I don't smoke, so i put a little Electric sticker over the Cigarette symbol :brows:

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And while checking some stuff out for future seat clearance, I FOUND MY SLIDING REAR WINDOW CLIP!!!!! :banana:

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Put a dab of windshield urethane on her and popped her in place :cheers:

Seats and bumper this weekend, and I'll try to get back to the cargo topper if everything goes smoothly

 

 

Its a jeep, it never does

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