Part 3: Body Prep, Paint, And Almost Perfection
For those of you who are new to Four Wheeler, the Jeep you see here isn't one of those one-off prototype rigs destined for a big auto show. No, this is our project Teal-J, post-AEV Brute pickup conversion, which we covered in the August and September '07 issues.
It all started when a showroom-stock '97 Jeep TJ was purchased by Four Wheeler back in May 1996. At the time, the initiative was a joint effort between Chrysler's top brass and then-Feature Editor Ben Stewart to bolster interest amongst consumers for a vehicle that eventually became a 4x4 benchmark. Without a doubt, our editors, as well as Chrysler executives, never imagined that Teal would reach the near iconic status she enjoys today. And thanks to you, our loyal readers, we're still at it more than 10 years later.
Teal-J is all grown up now, and unarguably in her prime as a Brute pickup. As such, she gets more attention than ever before. We're not sure if that's due to a lack of familiarity with AEV's clever Brute kit, or just plain excellence in execution. Whichever the case, we can't take the rig anywhere without being engaged in conversation about her. In this episode, we'll delve into the sweet new paint job and equally impressive bodywork that was completed by DC Customs of Ukiah, California, prior to her grand reintroduction at Easter Jeep Safari '07. Next time we'll tackle our Brute's interior upgrades including some trick creature comforts and a sweet cargo tie-down system.