My Vintage Air Gen IV air conditioning system will be here this week. I only ordered the main unit, horizontal black anodized 3 knob control panel, black firewall bulkhead and the hose fittings. I already have a new condenser and sealed AC pump from the 6.0. That saves quite a bit. The hoses won't be much at all. Right now though, I am just hooking up the heater/defrost part of it.
I continue to be highly impressed everytime I see these pictures. This is truly a build worthy of publication in a magazine. Your commitment to this project, research and design in every detail is, simply put, amazing and I would bet any one of the major 4x4 magazines would love to do a feature story on it when completed.
I'm certainly no expert regarding restorations/builds of this nature but your attention to detail, quality of parts and components would, I'm sure, impress those who know far more than me about these matters.
Perhaps as important in many ways is the pride you must have regarding the friendships involved in getting this project done. Your friendships with those who have assisted you throughout this project have to mean a great deal to you. The pride in the finished truck, the memories and the knowledge that your friends think a great deal of you is perhaps as important to you as the finished product.
Bullpoop and heifer dust...the essence of life.
Joe was back at it today finishing up the body work and prep on the doors. Beautiful job as usual. He takes great pride in his work. This weekend he is planning to finish the last step of prep and paint.
He also got the cool dome light finished:
The front fenders are really only the last parts the will require body work. Everything else is straight and will just require basic prep and paint.
Joe spent most of Sunday working very hard to finish the bodywork on doors. It was a bit tricky, but he knocked it out of the park. I couldn't ask for anything better. He ran out of daylight, so no paint. But they are completely ready to spray.
Here are a few photos of my Vintage Air Magnum IV heat/air conditioning system install. This unit is designed for larger SUV's, so in this pickup cab it will melt the ice right off my bones and freeze sweat into little ice crystals in seconds. I chose the Magnum, because it won't have to work at maximum power all the time to make the interior just right. This, along with dark tinted glass, Lizard Skin SC and CI, Dynamat Extreme and an a fully insulated carpet kit, should make owning this vintage Willys Jeep Gladiator something special.
The evaporator housing fits beautifully behind the dash and the shape sits perfectly against the firewall/trans tunnel. The original glovebox won't fit without some modifications or placing the housing lower or further toward the passenger side. But since I have a large center console and many other storage areas available on this truck, I am going to leave the glovebox off. This will leave plenty of room for the hoses and electrical stuff. Plus, I am going to keep the glovebox door in place, so it can be opened for excellent access to just about everything behind the dash. Another really nice thing about these units is that everything mounts behind the dash; unlike the original heater system, which was very bulky and took up a ridiculous amount of space in the engine bay. Now that area can be used for mounting dual batteries or any number of things.
Another really nice thing about this unit is the 3 knob switch panel. It is compact and fits perfectly where the ash tray mounted. I don't smoke, so a simple panel will take its place.
Then my stereo will go next to that. And my CB will fit on the right side. Very convenient and clean.
Wow man, the paint that's gonna be hidden by panels looks better than the paint on my whole truck, I think it was carnuck ( I'd verify but looking it up might take awhile, this thread has become epic) that this build rivals if not surpasses a lot of the stuff we all see in the 4x4 rags, and I hope to see it in one soon.
Joe spent the day finishing up more paint. The hood, outer grill, doors, battery boxes, steering box and lots of other miscellaneous parts.
Sorry I haven't been online much lately. I have been in such a downward spiral of pain that I can't sleep at night and during the day I am forced to stay in bed most of the time. These cycles are endless and absolutely ruthless. I try so hard to overcome them for as long as I can, but my nerve damage and bone pain are too much.
The hood is ready for insulation on the bottom side. Then the mechanical components and support rods can go back on. They are painted semigloss black. The door hinges are also done.
I also had him paint my ammo can/battery boxes. They are now ready for mounting and drilling holes for battery cables.
The Dynamat is going on nicely and it sure makes a HUGE difference. It is very light and easy to work with too.
Now the back wall of the cab will be fitted with 1/2" MDF. It will be painted/sealed and secured in place. Then some of my new black carpet will be cut to fit and glued on. This MDF backing will be the primary support for the custom center console that will hold the stereo amp, ECM, relays, auxiliary fuse panels and more.
Thanks for all your kind words. I am glad it's coming out as good as I had hoped. It keeps my mind on positive things.
My CB is on its way. I decided to go with a Uniden Bearcat 880 this time. It is simple and nice looking with some very nice options for a great price. I won't be able to put it in my dash as originally planned, but that's ok. It will fit just fine in my custom center console.
Joe has been painting away and he is almost done. He is doing a fantastic job too.
But, I am in another terrible incapacitating pain cycle that has me up at night and bed ridden most of my days. It always comes back around whenever I try to be more active. My nerve damage is something terrible.
I will do my best to go through my photos and get some posted.
Ahh take you're time. I'm sure noone was going to let this fall to the depths, but I just wanted to make sure it didn't. Do what ya need to do to maybe get some relief...as much as I don't want to say it, we can wait
I found some AC vents that come in the new Jeep Commanders. They are only $15 each and come in 5 different colors. I like the style, because they close off completely, rotate and point any direction. They will fit the style of my interior perfectly.