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Gnardoggie's Purple Renegade I

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by gnardoggie, Aug 9, 2022.

  1. Aug 9, 2022
    gnardoggie

    gnardoggie New Member

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    Howdy - here's my newly acquired CJ5. Hoping to use this as a log of my road to resto(mod)!


    What I know about the rig:

    • Late 1970 build with a 1971 title
    • 69k miles on the body, engine had 7k when swapped but I don't know when that happened
    • Possibly one of 250 purple Renegade I out there. I have only seen ONE other photo online of this config, so if you know if any more PLEASE SHARE!!!
    • 4.3L V6
    • T90 transmission
    • T20 T-case
    • 31" tires with possibly a mild lift but I'm not sure
    First goals are to get all the fluids swapped, new bulbs, fix leaks, adjust brakes, etc. Then work through phase 2:

    • Disc brake conversion
    • Refresh lift
    • Respray tub
    • possibly audio upgrades

    Anyways, here are the photos!

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  2. Aug 9, 2022
    gnardoggie

    gnardoggie New Member

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    After taking care of a few small items - swapped trans and t-case fluids and replaced some faulty bulbs, I've decided to jump in on salvaging the original paint since there don't seem to be many purple renegade I's out there.

    I decided to start by testing my efforts on the hood. Here's a clay bar + hand polish using Meguires Ultimate Compound:
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    This gave me some hope that there's progress to be made, so I went in with my polisher and the same compound for an advanced test:

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    Lastly, hitting it a bit further I was able to find the paint layer that actually matches the engine bay and dash!

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    Looks like it might be somewhat salvageable! I'm going to try to be patient and wait for me Rupes liquids to show up and see what a real effort will show. Pretty amazing I must say.
     
  3. Aug 9, 2022
    OzFin

    OzFin Vintage Jeep Guy

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    (y) What a difference!
     
  4. Aug 9, 2022
    colojeepguy

    colojeepguy Colorado Springs

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    When I was a kid, the Scoutmaster of our Scout troop had a purple Renegade. IDK if it was a I or II.
    You sure don't see many in that color!
     
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  5. Aug 9, 2022
    Rubicloak

    Rubicloak Member 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

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    Much much much much less than 250 "Plum Poly/Met" produced. Awesome find! Keep her in all of her original glory.
    Make sure the poorly glued on "Trim/Paint" tag does not get lost like 98% of all of them have. Glad to see it still on the firewall above the battery. Is SSO plate right below it as well?? I can't tell from the pic. **edited** nevermind. Looks to be missing as you can see the outline of where it was originally located below the trim tag
     
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  6. Aug 9, 2022
    Buzzard

    Buzzard New Member

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    Sweet score, that is an awesome jeep! Totally dig the purple!
     
  7. Aug 15, 2022
    gnardoggie

    gnardoggie New Member

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    Initial rough cut with some Rupes compound
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  8. Aug 15, 2022
    timsresort

    timsresort Member 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor

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    A friend of mine that passed in '18 had one. His widow sold everything, including another sweet '70 with a factory T18 behind the 225. Anyway, yours could be the twin to his. Any idea if yours came from Lake Tahoe?
     
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  9. Aug 16, 2022
    Jeepenstein

    Jeepenstein Me like Jeep..

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    good job on that paint.. That's an amazing difference..
     
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  10. Aug 16, 2022
    gnardoggie

    gnardoggie New Member

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    Not that I know of - what I do know is that the last two owners were here in WA - not sure about the history prior to that but the VIN indicates it is a CA jeep.

    Do you know if his had any identifying factors at all?
     
  11. Aug 16, 2022
    timsresort

    timsresort Member 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor

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    I really don't. I also don't have any photos. Just a thought since the plum ones are kind of scarce.
     
  12. Aug 18, 2022
    gnardoggie

    gnardoggie New Member

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    Latest and greatest:


    BEFORE (and the side I still have left to finish):

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    AFTER:



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  13. Aug 18, 2022
    Fireball

    Fireball Well-Known Member 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

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    Nice!
     
  14. Aug 18, 2022
    Timber Cruiser

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    Great job bringing that paint back to life! Love the patina.
     
  15. Aug 18, 2022
    Stakebed

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    Remarkable.
    The undone side looks more silver than poiple.
     
  16. Aug 18, 2022
    Lockman

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    That is remarkable !......Was the silver color some sort of Paint ?
     
  17. Aug 18, 2022
    homersdog

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    That is fantastic! Great to see the original paint shine!
     
  18. Aug 18, 2022
    gnardoggie

    gnardoggie New Member

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    No just years and years of oxidized purple.
     
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  19. Aug 18, 2022
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Very cool. Love the old-skool chromies too.
     
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  20. Aug 19, 2022
    jeepstar

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    Wowza! Thats an unbelievable difference!
     
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