I don't have a dry weight
on the remodled CJ, but I did add some fairly serious weight
with the cabinetry, fridge
, 12 volt system, new storage areas. On one trip it weighed just at 2100#s - fully loaded for a long weekend. Since then I've modified my load-out plans slightly - tend to travel with an empty water tank if I KNOW that I can fill up on or near arrival, keep more of the 'yard and camp toys' in the TV, wanting to keep gross weight
under 2000#s - the axle
rating. I'd like to get a dry weight someday, next time I'm dragging it around town to a shop I'll try to build it into the schedule. Probably up in the 1300# range, empty and dry - 300-400#s heavier than my hull plate says: 100 for the fridge
, 50 for the 12 volt, 150 in wood, 25 in fixtures and goodies.
The effect of taking the bulkhead out translated all the way to the rear. The driver's side rear corner of the roof opening, where there is a curb for the boot, seems pushed down, half an inch maybe. No cracking or distress being shown. It's been that way ever since I reinstalled the top and buttoned it all up, two years now. I don't know if any settlement had occured before I eliminated the bulkhead. It seems stable, albeit a little cockeyed at that corner. But it's not very noticeable, and I like not having that bulkhead more than I'm concerned about the slight tilt. Have thought about a 'crutch' or pipe column to 'jack-up' the corner against the countertop (maybe as a hand-rail for the door), but hope to avoid.
As for advice, just dig in and do what feels good. It'll be as much work as you are willing to put in it. I went overboard, took every piece of wire and wood out of it, and probably spent upwards of 300 hours start to end.
One step I missed, being a first timer too, was taking the body off the frame for full frame rework. I inspected it and felt it wasn't necessary - it didn't need real work. Later I realized that that was my only opportunity to really take the frame back to as good as condition as the rest, and should have done it. Should have at least sandblasted it and recoated it. I later 'flipped' my axle
and had a new rear bumper built and installed. Those would have been easier and cheaper if I had done them at the same time - with the body off.
Good luck and have fun. Feel free to post specific 'how do I?' questions, lots of help on this forum.