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Unread 08-21-2012, 08:13 AM   #31
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So I've been really busy at work (and some play!), but I was able to work on the Jeep for a while last night. The PO really did a piss poor job with maintaining it, and it's going to make my job that much harder! Anyways, yesterday, I removed the steering wheel and the dash (as part of my quest to remove the tub!). Pictures below as usual.



What it looked like after I popped the cover off.



Using a Steering Wheeler Puller, I was able to get the steering wheel off with absolutely zero problems. I discovered the steering column was a little rusted and parts will need to be replaced.



Next came the dash. Fortunately, most of the wires were not plugged in anyways, so it wasn't that hard of an ordeal to remove. I will have to replace all the dials and switches as they are all rusted. And the wires look to be in very bad shape. So those will have to be replaced too.



What it looks like as of right now. My tarp will finally come in tomorrow, so I plan to start removing the exterior of the front Wednesday night. Tonight, I think I'm going to try my hand at dropping the transmission, which has me a little nervous since I've never done anything like this before. But there's a time to learn everything! So far, I have not run into any troublesome bolts, nuts, or screws, but I know that's going to change! Hopefully, I'll get some spare time this weekend to get the torch and welder up and running. This is shaping up to be a very fun and rewarding hobby so far! I'm not going to lie though, I've felt a little overwhelmed at times, but it's passed. I'm sticking on track!



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Unread 08-21-2012, 08:30 AM   #32
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What it looks like as of right now. My tarp will finally come in tomorrow, so I plan to start removing...

... Hopefully, I'll get some spare time this weekend to get the torch and welder up and running. This is shaping up to be a very fun and rewarding hobby so far! I'm not going to lie though, I've felt a little overwhelmed at times, but it's passed. I'm sticking on track!

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Unread 10-10-2012, 10:42 PM   #33
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Great progress so far! Back to the wiring...I would look at the new harness too. I spent a week with my 86cj7 to unlimited frustration! A new harness is on the way for me!
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Unread 10-11-2012, 10:31 AM   #34
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good luck its good to see someone from these parts do a restore. I am getting ready to pull a 78 and an 81 apart and will be watching here.
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Unread 10-12-2012, 07:34 AM   #35
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Can we assume that the tub will be painted maroon after you get it off?
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Unread 01-24-2013, 08:25 PM   #36
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Whoop! Aggies taking over the forum. Class of '01 here. If you need anything give me a shout. I live an hour from you. PM me with any questions or needs you may have. And maroon is a perfect color for a jeep!
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Unread 01-28-2013, 09:31 AM   #37
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Ok guys and gals,

After a LENGTHY layaway, I was able to start back up on this project. My plan is to have it drive-able by Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, I used the digital camera so I'll have to post a few pics tomorrow (left it at home). But in a nutshell, I was able to get the hood off yesterday, which is one step closer to getting the tub off. I really struggled with getting the shifter off of the transmission as one of the PO's welded them together, making it IMPOSSIBLE to get the stick off. However, I am one step closer to getting the transmission off. Right now, I'm in a dilemma on when to drop the transmission. I have 2 floorjacks and some extra lumber lying around, so I thought about making a homemade tranny jack (I've seen some pics on how to do it). But my buddy has an actual tranny jack and is willing to let me borrow up, but it's down in Houston. Depending on how much daylight is available when I get home this week, I might just wait until this weekend to drop it.

I've modified my priorities as of now:

1)Transmission
2)Tub/body redone
3)Brakes/brake system
4)Exhaust
5)Starter/spark plugs/engine maintenance.
6)Gas tank
7)Interior
8)Audio



As I said, I'm a newbie at this and have a history of starting and quitting projects. But I'm hellbent on getting this thing up and running by the end of May, which I think is possible. Once it's running and looks decent, I'll be satisfied...for now. Eventually, when I get a little more out of debt and stable, I'm going to completely restore it. As in, stripping all the way to the frame. But for now, the frame is in good enough condition to make do with. I just want to be able to drive it again!

On a side note, the 220V outlet I was planning on using as a welding outlet is not functioning. So I think I'm going to call an electrician to get it up and running so I can use the welder.

Anyways, I'll update with a few pictures tomorrow with what I've done. I have to admit that I'm a little nervous/excited because this is by far the biggest auto undertaking I've ever done, and I don't have a lot of guidance.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 09:34 AM   #38
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Aggiejon, it will be painted maroon! I have a buddy with a spray gun and the necessary space, so once I get it ripped apart, I'll load it on a trailer and get that sucker painted. I'm replacing at least one of the fenders, but everything else just needs some TLC. The tub will definitely need some spot welding, but besides that, I'm thinking about sanding it down a bit and just painting over the previous coat. Unless y'all think it's worth it to sandblast it...I'm open to ideas!
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Unread 01-28-2013, 09:50 AM   #39
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Aggiejon, it will be painted maroon! I have a buddy with a spray gun and the necessary space, so once I get it ripped apart, I'll load it on a trailer and get that sucker painted. I'm replacing at least one of the fenders, but everything else just needs some TLC. The tub will definitely need some spot welding, but besides that, I'm thinking about sanding it down a bit and just painting over the previous coat. Unless y'all think it's worth it to sandblast it...I'm open to ideas!
Personally, if it is factory paint in good condition, sand it, prep it, and paint it. If its been repainted, or you have lots of work to do on it, may be worth having it sandblasted.

I would suggest, and my free advice is worth exactly twice what you paid for it, would be to

a) get it mechanically sound by way of repairing systems such as brakes/tranny/engine and drive it.

b) if you are going to pull the tub, work on the frame while the sheet metal is off and easy to work on. Would hate to pull the tub twice. A trip with the rolling chassis to the coin op carwash and clean up rust with a wire brush on a grinder. Check the welds and the usual suspects where those frames like to rot. Fix those if you need to.

Just remember, it can be an overwhelming and at times discouraging project just enjoy it and keep plenty of beer around. And remember to think about it this way...how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

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Unread 01-28-2013, 10:02 AM   #40
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It's been painted about 2-3 times by the looks of it. PO really neglected it (before my B-I-L bought). How expensive would sandblasting be? Would it be worth buying a pressure washer with a sandblasting kit on it to do it? I figured if I can get the tub off, it would be about 10x easier to replace the brakes/exhaust system. It needs to come off anyhow for repairs. One of the body mounts is jacked up too. Might have to cut it off...

I'm really worried about the electrical system and dashboard too. Would it be worth just dismantling all existing wiring and replacing it with one of those EZ kits?
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Unread 01-28-2013, 10:27 AM   #41
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I'd say take it and have it blasted. Sandblasting takes a lot of air, makes a huge mess, and can warp and ruin the metal if not done right. Make sure they prime it after they blast it so it doesn't start to rust after blasting.

Wiring can be a challenge. I reworked mine with a painless harness when I redid mine. Was convenient. However, I removed or did not have option for many systems offered (kits are built for jeeps with every possible factory option) and ended up tossing lots of wire.

Further, I completed an EFI swap on mine this summer and basically tore out every wire under the hood. I also designed and cut a custom dash and rewired it. So essentially I bought a wiring harness and ended up reworking most of it. Personally, if I were to do it over, I would just take the fuse block and replace the wires and run them through the jeep. Watch eBay or Craigslist for a project gone amuck and pick up a deal.

If I could give only one piece of electrical advice (wiring is my weak suit) make sure every ground is good. Connect the ground with a wide loop connector to shiny steel then Paint over it. Will make everything work better and save you a ton of headaches.
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Unread 01-28-2013, 01:43 PM   #42
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I kind of want to go back to the original stock bar...any advice on why to keep the current stock bar?

Also, any recommendation on Jeep parts online or stores in Houston?
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Unread 01-28-2013, 01:50 PM   #43
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The stock rollbars come up all the time on craigslist. bar for a CJ7 or a sport bar for a 87-91 YJ are all the same. later 80s model bars have the bungs for three point shoulder seatbelts. My 79 does not have provisions for shoulder belts. I just hacked up a rollbar from an 84 to add to my 79 bar to make a provision for rear seat shoulder belts for the kiddos. Finally gave up on finding a family bar from a 92-95 YJ that comes able to be fixed up front and rear with shoulder belts. So out comes the welder...
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Unread 01-28-2013, 03:48 PM   #44
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Others on here know far more then I but I dont think the bar in your first set of pix is an original rollbar for your Jeep. Looks like an older CJ5 bar to me. Just my 2/100$
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Unread 01-29-2013, 08:47 AM   #45
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You are correct, Boise. It is not the original rollbar. I found one on craigslist that I'm in negotiations for. I'm waiting on pics. I do want to take it back to the original rollbar.
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