Love to see how this goes, great to see a CJ come back from the brink...
-HavenSOV Bertha: '91 XJ 4.5 RC, JCR stg 2 Sliders, JCR TC Skid, JCR Stg 3 Rear Bumper, 4.0 HO, Cragar V5's, 31 Dakota M/T, Custom Staff Caring Tubes, Wally World Driving Lights. Kermit: '93, stock right now but will soon have all parts from Bertha. South West Michigan Jeepers
This weekend I made some progress on the Jeep. I replaced the transmission mount.While I was at it I painted the skid plate and the gas tank skid plate. I also welded in some patch panels for the floor. This weekend I am going to be rewiring it and then painting in the next few weeks.
Well I was finally able to get back to the Jeep this weekend after some set backs (lost my job, then my mom passed within a month of being diagnosed with cancer) I got the new dash bolted in. and all of the wiring except the rear done. Which leads me to my problem. I got everything hooked up and hooked the battery charger to the positive and negative battery cables (per painless' instructions) go to crank it and nothing. when I turn my key it goes to start, but doesn't return. to run, which leads me to believe that the ignition might be bad, but it won't fire when I jump the solenoid either. There are wires for a neutral safety switch that I did not hook up because the jeep does not have one and it ran before I tore the old harness out. I also do not have any of the gauge wires hooked up because my jeep came with manual gauges (oil and temp) and it is not in the cards to buy new gauges atm. Am I missing something? do I need that neutral safety switch for the painless kit to send power to the starting system? I will be calling painless in the morning (it's a pain that they aren't open on the weekend ) I was just hoping that maybe one of yall could give me some insight. The plan was to sand blast and prime next weekend and paint the weekend after. now that is getting pushed back at least another week because I need the jeep running to get it out of the barn and into the paint booth. Well on with the pictures.
New dash with steering column reinstalled
Pictures of the wiring process
Possible location of safety switch?
Gave my Jeep a black eye(broke the light pulling the old harness off)
Nice Jeep. FYI, there's no such thing as a neutral safety switch on a manual transmission. Only on automatics to prevent you from starting them in gear. The switches you've pointed out on your transmission are for the backup lights and the other is a timing retard switch (emissions-related) that retards timing when it's in 3rd gear.
What's with the user name Ebola? Fan of the hemorrhagic fever? Or named in honor of the river in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
I got her to crank today. It ended up being my battery charger wasn't putting out any power, that will teach me to leave my test light and multi-meter. I did end up having to buy a new ignition switch because the old one was brittle and broke when I was disconnecting the old harness. Next up is paint.
And the nickname was given to me by my friends after my biology teacher asked where I was (I had been absent for a week, I had a nasty flu) and my friend said I had Ebola, it stuck and the rest they say is history.
I picked up a set of new(to me) fenders today. They only have a little surface rust and no dents. The fenders that came on my jeep were more bondo than metal and dented all up. I was over in Clearwater and stopped in at Jeff's Jeep Yard and asked if they had any used CJ fenders and they did. Now I just need to find a good cheap sand blaster and someone who can weld weld my patch panels I made in. I have a welder, but I stink at it and this is something I don't want to practice on. On with the pics!
I'm thinking my harness has a jumper acros the Neutral switch connector.
Looking good though - have you ever thought of getting fiberglass fenders and such instead of the steel? I bought mine with fg tub and fenders. Anything I do to it, I replace with stainless or fg. I'd love a stainless frame, but that'd be too much $ for the metal to build one...
1978 CJ5 5.0HO/T177/D300, '86 D30/D44 WT axles, 'glass body, 31x10.5 BFG A/T, TDK galv'd frame - DD and weekend toy
Made some progress this weekend. I started getting ready to pull the body off of the frame. All of the nuts for the body bolts have broken free and are just spinning, so I tacked the nuts to the body on the bolts in the middle of the body. The ones in the front and ones in the rear I have to buy a holesaw to get to them from the top. I also removed the top plate from my transmission so I can pull the body, I am using the lift to pick the body up off of the frame, but it does not have enough lift height to clear the shifter. The lest thing to go yesterday was the heater box, the original unit was trashed, but I found a replacement at Jeff's Jeep Yard in Clearwater. While I was doing that, my dad was busy designing and building a body cart so I can roll the tub out to sand blast and then over to the paint booth. I was hoping to have the body off this weekend, but as usual nothing with "Jeep" involved goes according to plan, so my planned completion date has been pushed back another week. On to the pictures.
The cart, we started with a cart from Tractor Supply Company that has a 1500lbs capacity and then my dad built the frames