Paint and body: Trim work continues, and is slowly turning matte black. Thanks rust-oleum auto! The first coat of green has cured well, and when I get a chance I'll buy another two quarts, sand, and do it all once more. When that is finished I'll re-spray the stripes and consider it finished. I like the satin finish and it seems quite durable.
Changes: Due to the "thieving bastard" effect in my neighborhood I've removed the hood mounted high lift and stored it in the back instead. This left me a few holes that the PO had drilled in the hood for something. I suspect it was lights, but who knows? At any rate, I dislike random holes in my hood, and decided that they could be put to good service as tie down points. I got some stainless u bolts, hardware and rubber thread covers and washers at the local ace and mounted them up with minimal fuss. Mostly it was an easy 1-1 plug and play. While I was at it I replaced the crappy hard plastic windscreen tie-downs with stainless as well. Might as well match, and it is certainly stronger given that I added nice washers on both sides. Lastly, there were holes in the fenders as well- again, probably from some sort of gear the PO took with him, so I used those as heavy anchor points. I utilized adjustable rope/ wire clamps here. This makes for a handy and easy hammock tie up if nothing else; though I suspect they will be handy for tying up bucks and boars during hunting season. I cut some custom rubber gaskets from a sheet of rubber I got at Ace.
Mechanics: It seems that the PO bypassed a lot of the normal operations of the ventilation system, so I'm tearing out what isn't strictly necessary and replacing it with parts that don't take up as much room. Fresh air intake cables and flaps are corroded and mostly dead, so I just jammed em open instead. I like the breeze, and the heater is certainly capable of keeping me warm when I want it. I'll have pics of the solutions here, when I figure it all out. The cowl to windscreen gasket is rotten, so I'll replace that on monday. no more leaks!
Electronics: Well the lighting dimmer took a crap yesterday so I'll be replacing THAT on monday as well. Luckily it's a cheap part, so no worries there. I also fabbed up a large switchplate to centralize all my lights, gear and other functions. I'll install that when I do the dash makeover. I also moved the aftermarket Tach from the rollcage clip to the dash. Pics below!
So, here is where the Switch plate will eventually live. As you can see, the PO installed a lot of stuff rather randomly and practiced drilling holes in the dash. The topmost toggle currently controls the fog lights, and the rock light LEDS are slaved to that. Those will go away and onto their own separate switches. Down and to the left is a rocker that used to control windshield squirters, but that whole assembly is long gone, so it is useless and needs to be eliminated. The small toggle at the bottom currently controls the overdrive and will be relocated to the panel. The OEM wiper will be relocated and the lighted label eliminated. I may use that to power a small LED light to illuminate the who panel though. The little bracket holding the CB mic will also be eliminated and replaced with something proper once the plate is on. The exterior box shows where the outer edges should roughly sit. The interior box with the x will all be cut away to leaving the space open for easy access to wires. Everything will be bolted into place with six large bolts and nuts when it is finished. The OEM cable controls will remain where they are, get aligned properly and probably get new gaskets.
FYI, the holes in the hood where the jack was mounted are factory. The two sets of holes on the sides had rectangular loops installed that the windshield would rest on when it was folded down. The center set of holes was for a footman loop that was used to secure the windshield in place once folded down so it wouldn't bounce going over bumps.
'84 CJ-7: Yota axles (spartan locked front, e-locked rear) 4" BDS, 1" Daystar & 3/8" shackle lifts, 35" X-Terrains on steelies, YJ Tub & family roll bar, heater blower upgrade, 4.2L w/MC2100 & Team Rush, Warn 8274. Rebuilt 4.2/4.0 hybrid, AX15 and twin sticks/clocking ring waiting to go in.
The advertised position for a topless, dirty jeep girl has been filled......by my wife. Thanks to all that applied.
<------------and yes, that is her. :-D
Welp, I decided to bite the bullet and mount the panel. Looks good, but I'm not doing something right in the switches. I keep blowing the fuse. oh well, at least it's only the fog lamps. I can still drive properly.
Very Nice! Love the color and the build in general. Are you using a relay for the lights? Could be too much power through the switch. Those switches are usually rated at 10amps.
Take a look at 12voltguy.com he has some good ideas and some hard to source parts (for me anyway).
I can post some pics of how I did my panel if you like, I used a self contained fuse block and built a harness from there. This way your on the bench doing the hard part, not on your back. When done, in your case it would be 11 wires to hook up, 1 main from batt, 1 neg/ground from batt and 9 outputs, one from each switch.