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post #16 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 05:57 AM
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I love your adventure vehicle! I also noticed your Fla tag. Do you pay in the Ocala Nat Forest?

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post #17 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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Great work on the snake/fish ID boards. Are the pic just varnished over? And the art on the side made me laugh. Hellboy/Dresden Files fan?
You got it in one! Well done! The process for the boards is a little more involved. You sand them to around 400, and lightly oil them. Then you attach the images with a bit of spray adhesive. After that, self leveling casting acrylic is poured over the whole thing. It's a bit like those tables you see at restaurants with things embedded in them. The surface is basically impervious to the elements and easily cleaned. The underside I left raw so that I can re-apply cedar oil as needed.
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post #18 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
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I love your adventure vehicle! I also noticed your Fla tag. Do you pay in the Ocala Nat Forest?

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Haven't had a chance to get up that way since I've bought the jeep, but It's on our list of to-do's before we leave the state for the rockies.
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post #19 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 06:23 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, Time ID the mystery equipment. If these pics aren't helpful, then just tell me what you need to see, I'll take them. Here we have suspension (front right), Suspension Front, Transmission, and Wheels.
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post #20 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 08:11 AM
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Haven't had a chance to get up that way since I've bought the jeep, but It's on our list of to-do's before we leave the state for the rockies.
I envy you! Screw the ONF, head for the mountains!

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post #21 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 10:17 AM
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That is a cool Jeep. I've got a system for my camping gear that works for me, but it's not nearly as James Bond as yours. And being an old rockabilly guy, I like the graphics too. Keep it up!
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post #22 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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That is a cool Jeep. I've got a system for my camping gear that works for me, but it's not nearly as James Bond as yours. And being an old rockabilly guy, I like the graphics too. Keep it up!
Will Do. I installed the CB radio today and I'm working on some portable interior lighting this afternoon. All of the interior lighting circuits do not work or have been removed so I'm just using LED tap lights and velcro instead. Cheap, and portable. Pics later.
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post #23 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 01:27 PM
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Well, I can't help on the suspension, but it looks like you have a YJ tub and hard top on that 84 CJ. You can see the YJ vents on the hard top, and a pop-riveted patch over where the YJ's gas cap used to be.

Welcome!, and cool looking jeep.
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post #24 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Light placement and a cheap but useful mod.

Okay, if you are anything like me, you use a lot of tools at once. and drop them under the jeep. then swear when you bang your head trying to find them, them knock them off the tailgate while fiddling with something and swear again, because they always find the ONE puddle of mud. I found a quick, cheap, and sneaky solution. A magnetic Knife rack from Ikea. HERE You just mount it to the inside of your tailgate with four tech screws, and Voila! no more dropped handtools or faffing about trying to hold a bunch of screws. Easy, fast, and takes up almost zero room. It will hold everything up to a regular sized claw hammer without complaint. Total cost: 16.00

On to cabin lighting. I mentioned upthread that I've got no circuits left for cabin lighting thanks to the PO. Rather than run more wires, I opted for a solution that is portable and doesn't drain the battery. These nice little three LED taplights come in two types; they look the same so check your packaging. One type has a strong little magnet inside the center, that is pretty useful for attaching painlessly to dashboards, roll bars, or in my case the potable water cans and tool kits. They don't put out a ton of light, but they will run for days on three AAA batteries, and put out no heat. Even better, you can take them with you and stick them under the chassis or wherever. I attached three Via industrial velcro to the inside of the lifting hardtop window. When up they provide ample light for night time work, repair, searching for supplies, etc. If you are short like I am and can sleep in the CJ with the passenger seat folded forward, they don't make a half bad nightlight either. total cost: 45.00 including velcro and batteries for 9 lights.
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post #25 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 03:47 PM
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Okay, Time ID the mystery equipment. If these pics aren't helpful, then just tell me what you need to see, I'll take them. Here we have suspension (front right), Suspension Front, Transmission, and Wheels.
Trans is a 700r from a Chevy. Engine pic from first page looks like a small block Chevy need more pics on it. Cool jeep!
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post #26 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Trans is a 700r from a Chevy. Engine pic from first page looks like a small block Chevy need more pics on it. Cool jeep!
That seems sensible. I was told the engine was a 305 with around 100k on it.
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Here are a few night shots with the LEDs running. It is a bit brighter than the camera seems to be able to pick up. The LEDs cast a soft, diffuse glow over the entire interior. Not bright, but more than enough to see by. Adequate, I think for my needs, and not intrusive at all for camping.
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post #28 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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One more with all lights on and everything closed up. It lights up the cabin nicely without interfering with my night vision. Not a bad solution. Not elegant, but serviceable.
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post #29 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 06:27 PM
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Acid,

Your attention to cosmetic and accessory details is amazing.

That said, you'd be well-served by learning more about the mechanical details of your rig.

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post #30 of 86 Old 10-10-2013, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Acid,

Your attention to cosmetic and accessory details is amazing.

That said, you'd be well-served by learning more about the mechanical details of your rig.

Matt
Wholeheartedly agreed. I wish I had someone to go through it with me. I learn mostly by doing, so books are of limited value unless they are by photo. Any help I can get is welcome, but perusing 4x4 magazines is like parsing babylonian to me. I did post some pics upthread of the suspension etc. Thoughts?
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