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Old 09-28-2013, 08:42 PM   #61
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The next weekend I did a lot of wiring. I removed all the emissions stuff except for the egr. So I had lots of unnecessary wiring. I pulled out most of it and Nuttered it. I went ahead and upgraded the ignition system while I was under the hood with the ford type ignition system and a larger distributor. Once I reset the timing and tuned the carb it ran like a top. I also had to set up the gas pedal linkage which took some time but I don't like it so will probably redo it if I don't have anything else to do. (like that will ever happen) Unfortunately I do not have any pictures of any of this so I'll need to get that sometime.
Here is a picture of it just looking good. It still needs some paint but it runs great.
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:56 PM   #62
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I managed to get it ready to drive just in time. Got my Poison Spider front bumper in time to install it. I quick sprayed some flat black paint on it to keep it until I find someone to powdercoat it for me.
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I went and got a plate for it the day I drove to NY. I would have gotten the plate a day earlier but it was a holiday so I installed a stereo, which was a great idea, because I love music. It's test drive was 300 miles. I wasn't sure if I had all the bugs worked out so I had an extra coil an array of different fluids some extra gas in case my gauge didn't read right and all my tools. Fortunately I didn't need any of it and it drove great.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:10 PM   #63
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Last weekend I fixed the heater and installed a choke so it now has heat and starts in the colder weather. I still need to get it inspected but I am still waiting for my rear bumper. Estimated delivery is wenesday so I should have a bumper on it next weekend.

I picked up a front axle with the correct gearing and got that all apart and ready for paint.
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I also found a hard top and hard doors in decent shape for a good price so I put them on yesterday.
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It is a CJ7 top but it works. The rear hatch is a little rotted out so I'll need to do something about that sometime. Definitely quieter and warmer. With no mirrors on the doors, I bought some CJ style mirrors and modified them to match(not sure why they are so different out of the box).
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:14 PM   #64
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Today I was doing a little flexing while measuring for shocks.
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I'm thinking of painting the hood, doors, front cowl, and hard top the same color but a blue hard top would be to much. I'm thinking of a gunmetal gray.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:02 PM   #65
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I changed my mind again on the color. I am just going to finish it out in the black bed liner. I like the color and it is cheaper than getting a lot of body work done to fix it for automotive paints.

The rear bumper I order came so I mounted that yesterday. There are two extra strength straps that I haven't put on yet but will, when I drop my gas tank again (annoying, intermittent and elusive fuel leak) and the upper tub mount I haven't put on yet. Here are some pictures of the bumper and the jeep since I washed it.

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Old 10-19-2013, 07:18 AM   #66
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Last weekend I Monstalined the rest of the jeep. I installed my working windshield hinges, the new windshield frame and currently it now has a new windshield. The windshield wiper linkage is on order which should improve the windshield wiper activity. This weekend I want to try to get it inspected. Got my shocks last week and have all but one installed.



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Old 10-19-2013, 08:17 AM   #67
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Nice rig! It's got a good stance.
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Nice rig! It's got a good stance.
Thanks, and yes I agree. I think it is the perfect height for me, not too high to be a pain to get in and out of but high enough to look good and have better clearance.
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Very well done sir!! All that for 'just' a $2200 weekend project?!? LMFAO. Worth every penny and scraped knuckle and chiropractor visit😊
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Very well done sir!! All that for 'just' a $2200 weekend project?!? LMFAO. Worth every penny and scraped knuckle and chiropractor visit��
Thank you, and yes I have no regrets even though it did take me 5 months of weekends pretty much dusk till dawn. Still need a dash and new gauges yet but that isn't a pressing need. Paint on the top and doors may come next and a matching rim and spare.

Yesterday I got it inspected. It is nice to drive it now without worrying about a late inspection ticket.

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Old 11-10-2013, 04:05 PM   #71
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Still working on the the jeep. Today I put on the correctly geared front axle. Just need to fab up the cable operated front axle disconnect. I bought plenty of stuff lately though. Bought another rear hatch for the hard top that is in great shape with zero rust. Bought a high lift jack, licence plate relocator, center console, a CB, Savvy offroad rear LED lights, and a winch. I defiantly have my work cut out for me. One of the next things is to hook up the ac compressor as an on board air compressor. I also need to hit the junkyard to find a matching rim and a tire to get a matching spare. I also am moving in a month so we'll see what happens.
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Nice job you've done there. Looking forward to when you decide to do something bigger than a "weekend" project. LOL
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:03 PM   #73
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Nice job you've done there. Looking forward to when you decide to do something bigger than a "weekend" project. LOL
Thanks,
Yeah, it has definitely turned into quite a weekend project. I can never leave anything alone so this Jeep will probably be in progress as long as I own it.

Today I got my Poison Spider fairlead mount in the mail plus some cool stickers.
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I'm gonna have to clean up and paint the under side of my hood to hold all the stickers I have collected from this build. That also includes painting the rest of the engine bay and cleaning up the engine to make it presentable(untill I find the next big puddle )
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I installed a heater core in my other vehicle this morning so I don't freeze when the snow starts to fly. After that, I was then lying under the Jeep again. I made use of some gasket maker and then filled my front axle with oil. I still need to install the breather tube which appears to have been broken off or rusted off. I then drilled out 5 out of 8 bolts for the rear hatch. One I will need to cut a little access whole and put another plate to thread a bolt into. This evening I put on the rust free rear hatch and put on the winch. The winch looks pretty good, I think. I need to get a larger battery, dual battery tray, and a accurate voltage gauge. I got some dark, blurry pictures of the winch installed. I'll try to get some better ones in the day.

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The front axle feels pretty good. I'll need to check tire pressures to see if it still pulls the same as the old one but I don't seem to be getting vibration like I was getting before. Need to do some more driving on it to really tell. The tank is about empty so I'll try to drop it tomorrow to try and fix the fuel leak and finish up the extra strength straps for the rear bumper.
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Today I dropped the fuel tank and fixed the leaks plus cleaned up the fuel sender unit and got that working better. Also put the extra strength straps for the rear bumper on. Didn't end up getting any pictures before dark though. Relocated my licence plate but haven't hooked up the plate light yet. Will need to run some wiring for the CB antenna and center console so will try to wire that up then.

till next weekend.
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Awesome build/rebuild thread. Thank you for continuing to update us on your progress.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:48 PM   #77
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Great build subb'd. What I'm working towards but over a much longer time span.
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Great job...Thanks for the updates....
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Thanks for the compliments guys. It has been a blast and I will probably never really finish the jeep. I can't leave anything alone.

I have been promising some pictures and today I went out with my camera and took some pictures, decided to take it down the road a little for the fun of it and ended up driving the ridge of Blue mountain on the Game Land trails. They are open for travel for hunting season and I took full advantage. Nothing hardcore, just scenic dirt track wheeling. Here are some pictures I took.

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At one of the switchbacks going down.
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You may have noticed in the pictures that my front passenger side tire got progressivly low and by the time I made it back down it wasn't something I wanted to drive on so I threw on my dumb little spare. I really need to get a full size spare. It didn't take me long I was was on my way again. (it is so nice when you have all the tools on hand)
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The picture of the full size tire on the rack. It looks a lot better than the little spare I have been carrying.
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It was a blast.
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My LED tail lights came in. The order was missing a lens but that is being remedied. Billeted aluminum machined housings with LED lens and side marker.
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Got my Saavy offroad LED tail lights installed in the freezing cold weather and snow.

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Was yesterday and today but I drilled out the last broken off bolt on the jeep, installed a larger heater motor, put in some good used wiper linkage (my wipers actually work correct now), changed the oil, drilled the drain holes in the replaced drivers side floor, installed a tuffy center console, worked on installing the upper pivot for the swing out tire carrier, and installed some Savvy offroad led tail lights. Pretty successful weekend I'd say. I then took it driving in the snow and had some hairy moments going over the mountains in 2 wheel drive but it was a blast. The car behind me gave me more room when I had to use the whole road to get the jeep going the the right direction again. Found a car wash for a dry place to lay and pulled the vacuum actuator cover off the front axle and engaged 4 wheel drive for the drive home. Really made a difference in climbing the mountains. That is one thing I still need to do, mount a front axle disconnect on the dash.
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Those tails look good. They run a pretty penny though don't they? I have always wanted to swap over but can't justify $ for new tail lights when mine work. Haha. They do look good though.
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Those tails look good. They run a pretty penny though don't they? I have always wanted to swap over but can't justify $ for new tail lights when mine work. Haha. They do look good though.
The price is a bit steep for a cosmetic part but they look sharp and are made in the US.
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The price is a bit steep for a cosmetic part but they look sharp and are made in the US.
I absolutely agree. Maybe someday.
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I like the grey color on your Yj. That tire looked like is should wobble and squeak like one of those busted shopping cart wheels. (Making the noises In my head. ) glad it got you home.
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My bad. I looked at the snow photos and it looked grey. Nothing wrong with black either!

Makin me miss my Yj.
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My bad. I looked at the snow photos and it looked grey. Nothing wrong with black either! Makin me miss my Yj.
Thanks and yes it is black.
I was a little concerned with running that tire but I had the front axle disconnect disconnected so I knew it wouldn't overwork my diff. It drove like normal but I am still looking for a 32 inch tire to replace it with. It is a blast. Not sure if I'll ever get tired of working on it.

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