I am not sure what local resources are available where you live, but there are many sites on the Internet. I can walk in and buy it from no less than 5 different businesses here in Boise.
I've been following your build for a few weeks now...and had no idea you were in the treasure valley! It's been great seeing your project take shape..I can't wait to see how it looks finished...hopefully on the road near Caldwell!
I have to give a big thank you to Joe, Jarrod, Jason, Brian, Scott, Steve, Trav, Dad, Jim, KT, Matt, Cade, and many more who help and support me in so many ways. And most of all my wonderful wife for all she does to help keep my life moving forward in positive ways. Without all of you none of my days would be worth living. You help me keep focused on things other than my overwhelming pain and inability to do what I used to do. At least I can still dream and keep a healthy mindset and spirit. I would go crazy if I had nothing to look forward to.
I know that I will never be able to use this Jeep or the equipment I have collected over the past 10 years and put into it. But that's ok. It helps me keep my creative side alive. That's about all I have now. And without that, I would be a very unhappy person. Everyday is a battle and most days are so dark. It takes all my strength to continue on.
Thanks guys. And happy 6th anniversary Sweetheart.
I have to give a big thank you to Joe, Trav, Dad, and my wonderful wife for all they do to help keep my life moving forward in positive ways. Without them none of my days would be worth living. They help me keep focused on things other than my overwhelming pain and inability to do what I used to do. At least I can still dream and keep a healthy mindset and spirit. I would go crazy if I had nothing to look forward to.
I know that I will never be able to use this Jeep or the equipment I have collected over the past 10 years and put into it. But that's ok. It helps me keep my creative side alive. That's about all I have now. And without them, I would be a very unhappy person. Everyday is a battle and most days are so dark. It takes all my strength to continue on.
Thanks guys. And happy 6th anniversary Sweetheart.
You know, thank you for posting this. It's funny, I was just thinking about some of your ealier posts about your issues and was wondering about how you would use it. But I didn't want to ask. I didn't want to bring up any dark feelings. But with this post, you have shown me (for that's worth) that you still have a level head. It's hard to realize what are limitations are, it's even harder for us to come to terms with them. Most people in this world are not strong enough mentally to be able to handle them. I have a lot of respect people like you. Stay strong, never lose hope, and never give up.
Thanks friend. I appreciate your honest support. Since my original post, I thought about how many more friends have helped me with so much. Even driving me to my Dr appts when I couldn't handle the pain. And all the late night phone calls supporting me and just listening/being there when the darkness falls.
It's a strange thing to go from being a GIS Department Manager/Project Manager/Marketer and being in charge of multi-million dollar projects and many wonderful people, and flying all over the country to being forced to stay in bed and spending all day alone writhing in massive pain in silence.
OK, normally I get a little bucky when I see a vintage Gladiator with any departure from the Tornado 230 and a totally stock rebuild, but man, oh, man! You have taken the phrase "Go big or go home" to a whole new level. Your skill set is amazingly impressive. I sure hope I get to see your rig in person sometime. You have a very impressive rebuilt modern Gladiator. Wow.
My custom wiring harness is going well. Although it is moving slowly, it's something that I can do while laying in bed, once the initial lengths, unions and T's are defined.
I am taking great care to ensure that a very clean electrical system is accomplished. One primary goal I have is to make it hidden where possible. There is nothing I hate more than sloppy wiring. To me, it ruins the look of an engine bay and interior to see wires running all over.
All wire colors and gauges being used are to code with high quality automotive and marine grade connectors. Both soldering and high grade combo crimp/heat shrink connectors are being used as appropriate. Once the harness is complete, it will be installed to verify that it fits as designed. Once it passes the test, it is removed so it can be taped up and wrapped in thermal protective sheathing in areas that will run near high heat sources. It will also be covered in split loom.
However, prior to wrapping, each wire color, gauge, length and purpose will be drawn out to a digital color diagram. I do this for easier troubleshooting if there is ever a problem. My memory isn't what it used to be, so this is a real time saver. Plus, if I ever want to make another custom FSJ harness, I won't have to go through all these steps. This Jeep has a lot of technology in it and it requires quite a bit of extra attention. There are no factory harnesses like it to buy. Besides, if there were, they would cost 10 times what this costs. I have about 10 vehicles worth of wiring in my stock pile.