Just a few updates from this weekend.
Saturday continued the daunting task of hybridizing the two engine managment and chassis wiring harnesses. A friend and I sat for a few hours in a frigid garage staring at pages upon pages of schematics between the two vehicles and determining which wires were to be retained, replaced, or spliced together. I swear after a few hours I could hear what I thought was bacon frying in a pan, but must have just been our brains sizzling and overheating in our skulls
We also got the body bolted to the frame for good, albeit with some work left on that front as well. Ok, follow me here, past the fenders, there are 3 body mounts along the outside of the framerails on each side, then there are a pair mounted inside the frame just beneath the rear seats, across the crossmember, then finally there are two more at the very end of the tub at the corners. We have all the first 6 done and in, with the exception of the middle one on the passenger side, which needs to be welded in along with a new support structure. This is a direct result of having a vehicle live in the midwest for twenty-something years and endure salt filled winters. The capture nut spun, and subsequently I had to hack into the tub to free it. The pair on the inside of the frame, under the rear seat, are done and mounted to my new 'crossmember', which is in fact a reenforced and reappropriated factory front bumper
The last pair is not in at all, because they mount to the last crossmember, the one which 'capps off' the end of the frame, and I've been too lazy and to preoccupied with other tasks to build yet. So, all in all, we have 7/10 holding the tub down. Good enough for me, and good enough to be able to push it around and climb in and out without breaking anything.
I also took it upon myself to toss on a spare YJ grille which I had laying around. This is actually the factory grille that came on the vehicle, but I bought another one years ago and slowly painted it in the American flag motif, then swapped them out. I just had this one laying around collecting dust, and with the looming prospect of this motor running soon I need a way to support the radiator.
Sunday morning before the Bears game I rolled the rig out of the garage into the sunlight for the first time in a while, and it kind of struck me how much this is coming together, and how far I've come though all of this. I didn't stand and admire too long, as it was a balmy 18* outside
Basically I spent about two hours cleaning and organizing furiously. When you work late into the night and have to be up early, there is a tendency to leave tools out of place, and generally the place gets filthy with cigarette butts and empty bottles and cans.
Pics, for the visually oriented amongst us
As an aside: with the grille back on, the body bolted down, and the powertrain nearly complete, it got me thinking....... maybe I should leave the stock square headlight YJ grille
I don't know. I feel as though this is a bit of a vehicular identity crisis
One one hand, round headlights are so iconic. It's Jeep's "thing" per-say. CJs are awesome vehicles, and it would be paying respect to heritage. I've literally changed almost every single other part of this car, and everyone has been more than 100% supportive, but God forbid
I change the grille, blasphemy!
Also, they undeniably look great; timeless.
But on the other hand, perhaps I should accept the 'redheaded stepchild' appearance of the YJ. Shunned for breaking tradition, maybe I should own that moniker; be proud of it, embrace it. There are roughly 70 years worth of 'round eyes' running around out there in the world, but only 9 years of us 'squares'.... is that something I could be proud of?
Sigh..... I don't know anymore. Let's hear what you all have to say, as I always take into account the voices and opinions of my community. As always, thanks for reading and following along, more updates to come as progress marches on.