Started pre-wiring some of the gauges I had, rest should be in tomorrow...
Mounted one of the red bus bars on the inside of the firewall, up as high as I could so its not obvious. Im using this as a source for 12v switched with fuse; for Volt-Oil Press (mech)-Water-Tranny and Fuel gauges.
Im adding a black bus bar on the firewall just above the battery and will use this for all my grounds, using the existing hole/grommet for the QT vac lines....It will then be grounded to the battery and the tub...and covered as well.
Plan is to put Volt and Oil Press in OE locations. Use Auto-Meter 3 gauge mount:
...affixed to the dash, centered on the OE radio. This will house Water-Fuel-Tranny gauges. I am just gong to leave the OE Water-Fuel gauges hooked up so Ill actually have 2ea.
Tach, Auto-Meter 3 3/8" will be mounted in the dash to the left of the steering column and wired seperately from the rest. I dont have a speaker cut out there and essentially thats the only spot where it will fit.
Clock, Auto-Meter 2 5/8" will be mounted above the OE Volt-Oil Press. My reasoning here is that even though I need to drill a hole in the dash fo it, if at any point I or anybody else doesnt want it there a new overlay will cover the hole and because I will be able to have all my gauges consolicated down to one focal point.
I dont necessarily count the tach as a gauge I need to constantly monitor while driving, more of a tuning instrument.
OK, installed all the gauges this morning. Still need to run the feeds to the sending units for the Oil - Water - Tranny and Fuel gauges once everything get dropped back in.....
I realize some of you purists may not dig the set up, but Im good with it. I had intended to put the tach and clock in the OE locations, but the tach is too big. First thought was to just swap tach and clock locations, but thought the clock would look better centered on the dash....ala' Infinity style.
I have a covered bus bar mounted to the engine side of the firewall where my grounds are consolidated. All my wires (grounds/sender feeds) run through some loom and will be sorted out once the moter gets back in.....
Looking forward to the engine portion of your build.
......knocking out a few of these side jobs while its down. Headlight relays are next up as I slowly aquire hard parts for the motor.
Hope to have most of my parts by the end of the month, then just going to drop everything off at the machine shop.
IIRC, for an additional $400 they will assemble it and break it in on their stand. Need to ask if they can dyno too..? This way, after I pick it up, it goes straight from the bed of my truck into the CJ....
So since the motor was out I wanted to clean up the engine bay and repaint it. My plan was to POR15 it, which turned out to be a nightmare..... I cleaned and prepped according to their instructions, used their primer-etcher and applied the POR15, per the instructions..... It just wouldn't take. It was like painting glass. After 3 coats I pretty much decided it wasn't working out, stripped it all off, sanded, wire wheeled, re-primed with rattle can and re-painted with rattle can.
Maybe I had a bad can, but I was pretty disappointed. Anyway, the job got done and works for me. This will never be a show Jeep, but it's good enough. I'll try to get some pics up this week.
In the meantime, I've been re-looming the wire harness, installed new body and trans mounts, ordered new Hella headlights and a 6014 to H4 harness with relays. I got the lights/harness from Summit. Lights are due in later this week, but I got the harness in and messed with it a bit. It's pretty much plug and play, I did modify it slightly by extending one of the plugs so I could fit it to my liking. Again, lights are due in this week and I'll try to get some pics up of it all mocked up.
On to the motor..... I want to thank Matt, Shawn, Fuzz and others for their input. After much consideration here's what I ended up ordering:
Wiseco forged pistons
Sealed Power Moly rings
Re-using OE rods
Turning crank .010
Assembly will be balanced
Crane Cams 260H cam-lifters-springs
Summit roller tip rockers
Melling double roller timing gear set
Bulltear oil pump gears-mid plate
ARP bolts for main caps, rods, heads and rocker studs
MSD HEI w/6AL
Eddy Performer intake
Holley 670 TA
Heads will get worked
Keeping OE manifolds
Dropping off the OE rad to be rodded, pressure tested and cleaned up.
A few other goodies going on as well include:
Daystar motor mounts
B&M deep pan for tranny
Lokar tranny dipstick
Borgeson steering shaft