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Old 03-21-2014, 07:30 AM   #181
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I was wanting to think a blower motor out of an s10, not sure what year though, was the stronger one people swap in. But anyways, looking good. Very neat project you have going on here.

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Old 03-21-2014, 08:55 AM   #182
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Yea, it was the blazer iirc. I dont know the specifics though.

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Old 03-21-2014, 10:22 PM   #183
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:06 PM   #184
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Now that it's been mentioned I do remember someone using a s10/blazer blower. I'll have to dig for that.
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:37 AM   #185
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So I got the heater box back in it's spot.



I have been salvaging some of the hardware. Here are the body bolts I might have to replace one but the majority of them did pretty well soaked in vinegar and repainted.



Now this is where I called it a night. Where does this all go again?!?!

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Old 03-27-2014, 08:42 PM   #186
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I have to say.. Very cool!!! and very clean welds, Great work on it, I really admire good craftsmanship and imagination, Really great job brother!
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:31 AM   #187
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:03 PM   #188
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More Progress

So I am getting a bit of momentum with the Jeep lately. I put the rest of the heater box and ventilation back in. The dash frame, wiring harness dash pad and some of the other dash back into place. I also wired up the new radio and some new speakers.

I made some spacers for the new speakers because the YJ just has an odd set up and the last ones I had in there the speaker hit the metal dash/grill and eventually destroyed them. I used some hard fuel line that I had left over from re-pluming the fuel lines.







Lastly I have some electrical issues that I'd love some help with. If you have had similar issues and the fix please let me know. Here is the link Electrical Issues..... HELP!!!
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:16 PM   #189
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What did you end up doing on the blower
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:19 PM   #190
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What did you end up doing on the blower
The blower on the heater box is the factory one. I was considering changing out the blower on the A/C unit but I haven't gotten to that part yet. The A/C blower is still pretty stinking loud. I was thinking of going with a different set up to quiet things down.
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:02 AM   #191
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Awesome build! Read through it all tonight. Can't wait for the end product!
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:23 PM   #192
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What an amazing project! I love the stretch concept and your execution is great as well!
I may have missed it in the build, but brand thermal and sound deadening material did you use?
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:59 PM   #193
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Awesome build! I really admire your vision. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:25 PM   #194
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More Delays :(

So I thought the month of May would be the home stretch. It clearly wasn't. Not a single post here to update. So I'll update now. I have discovered the major setback is the cage I had built doesn't fit correctly. It pushes the windshield frame forward too much and doesn't allow for proper door alignment or hard top installation. This has pretty much put the project to a grinding halt. No body work or anything can be done until the cage fits properly. Ive grown numb to the disappointment of the constant problems. Ho hum.

The wire harness is in and the Jeep runs. This is helpful since moving it as well as getting it on the trailer and off has been a challenge before this step. I sorted out the grounding issue that was causing me problems. The support bars that go between the firewall and the grill provide ground for the lights and when not installed were causing all sorts of weird things to happen. Those are installed again and now I am just waiting for some shop space to open up so I can get my cage modified for the proper angle of the windshield. Ive got my fingers crossed that this won't take too long. It will also need to be repower coated So add some more time to that. There were also some issues with some other parts that were coated and not properly adhering. So back they go as well. Finely because a update posting isn't nearly as exciting without pictures here you go!

Where the cage mounts to the windshield frame an the gap that doesn't allow for proper fitment.






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Old 06-02-2014, 01:36 PM   #195
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What an amazing project! I love the stretch concept and your execution is great as well!
I may have missed it in the build, but brand thermal and sound deadening material did you use?
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Awesome build! I really admire your vision. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Thanks for the words of encouragement it's defiantly nice to hear some positive feedback when all seems to be running at a snails pace. Also some of my interactions with local shops look at me like I'm crazy for doing this project. I generally avoid describing my project unless it's absolutely necessary. There is a good decal that should describe this project.



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Old 06-02-2014, 01:41 PM   #196
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hahaha - and I am freaking out about trying to fix my rusty frame spots. keep grinding brother!
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:51 PM   #197
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Its looking great have you decided on a color for it yet?? Fords new color Dark Side would be cool looking an a different color for a custom built jeep. Frame issues are the only thing holding up from finishing mine.
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:06 PM   #198
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I was thinking about a bright silver to contrast the powder coating on the cage and side armor. No final decision yet though.
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:22 AM   #199
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Just to give an update. The roll cage didn't fit so it had to go back to the fabricators shop. It had to be cut and reworked because it didn't allow the windshield to lay at the proper angle for the hard top and doors to align properly. Huge disappointment and set back. He has had it for a long while and now closed his shop and doesn't answer his phone. So it's looking like more delays for that part of the project. I was waiting to take it to get the paint done so I could align the doors and get everything straight before it got a new paint job. I could not wait any longer for that and have taken it in for body and paint work as is. I have asked them to remove the hinges for final alignment after I get the cage figured out. It would be nice if people would actually do the work you hire them to do and take pride in their craft. This guy took measurements off his wife's yj that had a soft top. So somewhere along the way stuff got jacked up.
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:37 AM   #200
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The Might As Well Disease

So I have come down with "The Might As Well Disease." It's actually driving me nuts. All throughout this project I keep ruining into issues that lead me to "Might As Well". So I have the Jeep more put together than it has been in the past so I guess that's progress but now I am screwing with the engine. Nothing terribly wrong with it but I do seem to have a small leak on the front seal. So I might as well change the water pump and thermostat while I am here. Then the valve cover gasket, timing cover gasket and that pesky front seal.

I ended up breaking the puller bolt on the crank pulley. Ugh that killed my entire evening. Such a time suck when you break a bolt. I need to stop myself before I end up with an engine in more parts than it currently is. Stroker kit? Super charger? I am afraid if I continue with the crazy mods I won't have a Jeep left, Just a grill and other parts. My buddy has a 5.3 Vortec he suggested I use. I really like the I6 and how reliable it is. Besides most everyone does a V8 swap, more cost, headache and unoriginal. I did briefly consider a diesel from a Liberty. At least it would still be from another Jeep.

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Old 09-04-2014, 01:01 PM   #201
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So I have come down with "The Might As Well Disease." It's actually driving me nuts. All throughout this project I keep ruining into issues that lead me to "Might As Well". So I have the Jeep more put together than it has been in the past so I guess that's progress but now I am screwing with the engine. Nothing terribly wrong with it but I do seem to have a small leak on the front seal. So I might as well change the water pump and thermostat while I am here. Then the valve cover gasket, timing cover gasket and that pesky front seal.

I ended up breaking the puller bolt on the crank pulley. Ugh that killed my entire evening. Such a time suck when you break a bolt. I need to stop myself before I end up with an engine in more parts than it currently is. Stroker kit? Super charger? I am afraid if I continue with the crazy mods I won't have a Jeep left, Just a grill and other parts. My buddy has a 5.3 Vortec he suggested I use. I really like the I6 and how reliable it is. Besides most everyone does a V8 swap, more cost, headache and unoriginal. I did briefly consider a diesel from a Liberty. At least it would still be from another Jeep.

That's the main reason I went with a 5.2 out of a Grand Cherokee. That too was a result of the "Might as Well" syndrome. You are not alone my friend.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:22 PM   #202
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The 5.2 is nice. I just wish I was done with the might as well stuff and onto the lets get it done list.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:35 PM   #203
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5.3 vortec are crazy reliable too and prob better gas mileage
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Old 09-04-2014, 08:47 PM   #204
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5.3 vortec are crazy reliable too and prob better gas mileage
Yes. I have one in my truck. No problems from it yet with 100k. I don't think it's leaving my buddy's place anytime soon. Perhaps that will be a back burner project. Right now I just want to drive it. It's been so long
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Old 09-14-2014, 12:25 AM   #205
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I did briefly consider a diesel from a Liberty. At least it would still be from another Jeep.
Funny you mentioned considering a 2.8L VM-Motori diesel. That is one expensive and overly complicated engine to work on/maintain. I just removed one from my '05 KJ with 120,200 miles on it and am in the process of installing a 3.7L V6 gasser from an '06 KJ in its place. No more pesky timing belts and VM-Motori specialty tools for me. The power of the 2.8L was great as were the MPG's in the Liberty and that will be missed but I could have rebuilt the 4.0L in my '91 YJ over 10 times for the cost of the parts to repair and maintain the 2.8L CRD. Not worth it to me.
I love my 4.0L and have no plans to ever do away with it but if I were ever going to swap the 4.0L for something else, it would be the extremely simple and reliable Isuzu 4BD1T diesel for my YJ.

If only I could fit a 4.0L in the KJ...
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Old 09-15-2014, 01:51 PM   #206
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Funny you mentioned considering a 2.8L VM-Motori diesel. That is one expensive and overly complicated engine to work on/maintain. I just removed one from my '05 KJ with 120,200 miles on it and am in the process of installing a 3.7L V6 gasser from an '06 KJ in its place. No more pesky timing belts and VM-Motori specialty tools for me. The power of the 2.8L was great as were the MPG's in the Liberty and that will be missed but I could have rebuilt the 4.0L in my '91 YJ over 10 times for the cost of the parts to repair and maintain the 2.8L CRD. Not worth it to me.
I love my 4.0L and have no plans to ever do away with it but if I were ever going to swap the 4.0L for something else, it would be the extremely simple and reliable Isuzu 4BD1T diesel for my YJ.

If only I could fit a 4.0L in the KJ...
I had not heard that they were a problem. I just knew they briefly put them into the KJ. Someone around here was looking for one to build because they said it was a reliable motor. Oh well

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