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Unread 04-16-2010, 09:44 AM   #91
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Thats a cool looking lay out...I would love to have a dash like that in my '79 CJ!!

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Unread 04-16-2010, 09:47 AM   #92
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that sir, will be a good looking dash.

will those extra gauges and switches clear the ductwork and pedal assembly?
The clearance for the ducts is definitely a concern. I don't mind modifying the duct and/or raising the gauges to clear but we'll see by how much. I'll need to get in there and do some more precise measuring prior to fab.
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Unread 04-16-2010, 10:49 AM   #93
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Uhhmmm..... seat heaters? I don't remember it getting that cold in Houston.

What seats are you going to use?
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Unread 04-16-2010, 10:49 AM   #94
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JSherb has a good write-up/hack for rerouting the defrost ducting HERE. I'm unsure of how I'll complete this or if I'll just delete the defrost entirely- I'm not planning on putting anything more than a bikini top on this Jeep. In any case, it would be nice to address this issue now rather than later if I do ever decide to put on a hard/soft top. I've also got the YJ tub defrost issues to deal with.
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Unread 04-16-2010, 10:53 AM   #95
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Uhhmmm..... seat heaters? I don't remember it getting that cold in Houston.

What seats are you going to use?
Hell yeah! Seat heater or ejector seat... not sure yet.

Actually, the seat heaters are a luxury that I've become accustomed to. Having a toasty arse goes a long way since I don't plan on putting a real top on this project. The addition of seat heaters will extend the tolerable (for my wife) driving season well into a Houston winter. That and it's the ONLY thing the wifey has asked for on this Jeep. I feel obligated to comply... that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Unread 04-21-2010, 09:32 AM   #96
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Your build is sweet great work! FYI there is a guy on here that does custom dash work. Take a look Home (Double D Fab)

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Unread 05-08-2010, 04:50 PM   #97
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I'M PAINTING TODAY! Whoooohoooooo!!! Wish me luck! I'm gonna need it.
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Unread 05-08-2010, 10:00 PM   #98
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I'M PAINTING TODAY! Whoooohoooooo!!! Wish me luck! I'm gonna need it.
Well? Where are the pics?
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Unread 05-08-2010, 10:14 PM   #99
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Im no expert but are there chips of metal missing from that piston?
Trex...CJunk noticed a piece of the piston crown missing from the left hand piston, as pictured above. The chunk that is missing is approximately at the 1:30 position on that first piston. I am not speaking about the valve clearance grooves.

I am curious it you have replaced that piston?
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Unread 05-08-2010, 10:20 PM   #100
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I just looked at the picture again and noticed the same indentation at the 4:00 position. It certainly looks like those grooves are symmetrical. I have not seen piston crowns where the edges are not solid 360 degrees.

I will also admit that I haven't overhauled a piston engine in about ten years.
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Unread 05-09-2010, 04:56 AM   #101
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TRex, may the paint gods be with you!!!!!!! Good weather to paint, just getting too hot for me... I have two small paint projects this morning and I will be through painting for awhile... I finished reshooting the the blue I was not happy with yesterday and very pleased now.. Will post this evening some new shots.... I hope you have great luck in painting and will be waiting for pictures........
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Unread 05-09-2010, 05:04 AM   #102
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I just noticed the wife interest in seat heaters... I know these guys up north think we are a bunch of whimps but once you get used to them, they are really nice on a cool/cold morning.. It was my wife who asked the same thing, will the Jeep have seat warmers like my Explorer???? If you need some information about them, I can relay..... I installed them as well....
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Unread 05-09-2010, 09:03 PM   #103
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Ned, Pics are on the way!

Calvin, I haven't purchased anything regarding seats/seat warmers yet so any info you can rely would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Trapshooter, I know what you mean. This piston design is new to me as well. Every piston is identical and in pristine condition though. Just a different design. Thanks for the heads-up though.
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Unread 05-09-2010, 09:33 PM   #104
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The stars finally aligned to paint the CJ. Friday afternoon, I realized I'd have almost an entire Saturday uninterrupted and decided to try to pull everything together so I could paint Saturday morning. That meant buying supplies for building a paint booth, getting the paint and shooting 2 coats of primer/sealer, 3 coats of base and 4 coats of clear.

My booth consisted of the following:
4, 11' x 14' blue tarps ($6 each @ Harbour Freight)
2, 17' x 24' 3mil drop cloth ($6 each @ Lowes)
5, 10' x 1/2" schedule 40 pvc pipe (.$87 each @ Lowes)
6, 20" box fans ($15 each @ Lowes)
2 rolls of Gorilla tape ($8 each @ lowes)
6 florescent shop lights ($9 each @ Lowes)
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grand total: about $215


I built the booth late, late Friday evening and got up early Saturday morning and dropped in on my paint supplier who set me up with PPG ShopLine primer/sealer, base, clear, hvlp primer gun, HVLP base/clear gun (Exposed, I was so close to pulling the trigger on the Iwata but couldn't bring myself to do it. Maybe next time), and all the necessary solvents, cleanup stuff, cups, mixers, etc.

I walked out of the paint shop around noon, came home and setup each piece to be painted and finally started the first coat at about 2pm. The last coat of clear was complete at 8pm and not a minute to soon. I was completely exhausted. Every muscle hurt and my right forearm had cramped-up so many times, I could hardly hold a beer.

All in all, it was a very, very rewarding experience.
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Unread 05-09-2010, 09:53 PM   #105
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Some home paint booths look really cool (Exposed)... my paint booth somehow came out looking like some sort of suburban meth lab.

*All these photos are prior to shooting clear. I'll get some good finished shots this week.*

Cramped quarters! Here's my supply table. I basically hermetically sealed myself into the booth so everything I needed was in there with me.


Here's an overview of the booth. The lighting worked-out perfectly. Nice and bright.


To the right (out of the photo), the grill, hood and windshield frame were scrunched-up next to the wall. There was still a good amount (not great) of space to walk and drag an air hose all the way around the body.


It's tough to photograph metallic paint. This is close. It's a Nissan color called Canteen Metallic.


Rear driver-side quarter panel. The anomalies are due to the camera or reflections. The panel looks great.


Another shot trying to capture the color of the paint. This pic was taken after the last coat of base. No clear had been applied yet. The metallic really popped after a few coats of clear.


I'll get some shots out in the sunlight this week. All in all, I'm pretty happy with the results. There are a few runs-- most of which are minor and will be covered anyway. One run is obvious to me but most likely will not be to many others.
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