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Unread 03-25-2013, 03:04 PM   #1711
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I could have went out and shovled snow today, but that's not any fun. I could also have pushed snow with the snow plow on the Jeep. Unfortunately I took the plow off the Jeep and haven't gotten it on the DD CJ . I also sold the jeep.
I could have prepped the walls in the basement bathroom for paint, (this would be the wife's preferred choice).

So what did I do today, no, I didn't sit around eating Chocolates and watching Dr. Phil, Ellen, or Springer. That would be a waste of time.

So I installed the MSD 6a box in the Q-trac Trail Jeep. Didn't take any pictures until it was time to mount the box. I basically cut some wires, soldered them, and shrink wrapped them. The instructions are clear and straight foward.

I didn't want the box under the hood, there's enough under there already.

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Since this Jeep doesn't have a glove box, and I'm to cheap to by one I made one, So I could mount the box. I started with a piece of sheet metal (16g I think ) it was left over from another project.

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I already had the wires thru the firewall in a grommet .

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I took a couple measurements, marked the steel and cut it out. I then bent it over the work bench at a 90* angle . 5" on the bottom, 5 on the back. The next step was drilling mounting holes and deburing . Time to transfer the bottom holes for mounting, I used the 2 bottom factory holes for the cardboard box. I also added some expanded metal to the sides so there was a little storage room. Here's the box.

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Time for a test fit.

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One of the hardest parts was holding the 3/4" SS bolts in.

Time to pull it out, add a little paint, and reinstall everything. And, see if it works. I left the stealth HEI and all that wiring in place.

Now the MSD box is protected from the elements, and under hood heat.

More later.

Bill

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1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac trail Jeep.
1979 J20
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1983 CJ7 pretty weekend and sometimes to work Driver in the summer, My first rebuild, if the Q-trac and 5 are broke, this one is the one to take. its just as capable as the other 2, except nice paint.
1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ conversion.
2005 TJ Rubicon.
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4, Mrs. LUCDOG's DD.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 07:48 PM   #1712
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The glove compartment can get hotter than under the hood young pup, ask me how I know.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 08:13 PM   #1713
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The glove compartment can get hotter than under the hood young pup, ask me how I know.
Ok, how do you know, because I don't agree. I seen numerous guys with hood louvers added, because of under hood heat. I haven't heard Vicki complain yet that her feet were hot, and if it was, she would. Most of our Jeeping is during the summer, I've never felt too hot. I also running 190* thermostats . Also look at the picture, no top or sides on the glove box.
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1973 J 4000,
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1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac trail Jeep.
1979 J20
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1983 CJ7 pretty weekend and sometimes to work Driver in the summer, My first rebuild, if the Q-trac and 5 are broke, this one is the one to take. its just as capable as the other 2, except nice paint.
1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ conversion.
2005 TJ Rubicon.
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4, Mrs. LUCDOG's DD.
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Unread 03-29-2013, 08:37 AM   #1714
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Hey. Bill. Nice work. But your pens and paper clips are gonna fall out of your glove box!
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Unread 03-29-2013, 08:52 AM   #1715
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Bill,

Good work, my friend. If I wheeled my CJ as hard, and in the same environments, as you, I would have installed mine in the glove box, too.

Is that your coil mounted right next to the distributer?

Have you fired it up, yet?

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Unread 03-30-2013, 10:59 AM   #1716
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Hey. Bill. Nice work. But your pens and paper clips are gonna fall out of your glove box!
Vicki and I are paperclipless in the Jeep. Probably just a multi bit screwdriver, a pair of pliers in a pouch. And a air down kit.

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1973 J 4000,
1978 CJ7 DD.
1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac trail Jeep.
1979 J20
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1983 CJ7 pretty weekend and sometimes to work Driver in the summer, My first rebuild, if the Q-trac and 5 are broke, this one is the one to take. its just as capable as the other 2, except nice paint.
1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ conversion.
2005 TJ Rubicon.
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4, Mrs. LUCDOG's DD.
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Unread 03-30-2013, 11:07 AM   #1717
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Bill,

Good work, my friend. If I wheeled my CJ as hard, and in the same environments, as you, I would have installed mine in the glove box, too.

Is that your coil mounted right next to the distributer?

Have you fired it up, yet?

Matt
Yes I did fire it. Didn't have any problems, and runs great. For the coil mount I used the stock bracket and reworked it a little.

Thanks Matt!
I talked with Gmakra on the phone the other day, he told me the heat from the heater box seemed to cause him problems ( MSD box, and then FI computer) My glove box doesn't have sides or a top so we'll see.

Bill
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1957 WILLYS pickup, needs work.
1973 J 4000,
1978 CJ7 DD.
1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac trail Jeep.
1979 J20
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1983 CJ7 pretty weekend and sometimes to work Driver in the summer, My first rebuild, if the Q-trac and 5 are broke, this one is the one to take. its just as capable as the other 2, except nice paint.
1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ conversion.
2005 TJ Rubicon.
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4, Mrs. LUCDOG's DD.
Lots of parts not for sale, i'm a hoarder.
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Unread 04-02-2013, 11:16 AM   #1718
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Installed a fuel gauge today.
I put it in this location because of a previous hole in the dash. The gauge matches the sending unit (GM) in the fuel cell.

The reason I'm posting this is to mention the tool I bought for $10 at O'Reillys.

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I used it to check the sending unit/gauge for proper operation, prior to running wire to the cell. It worked great, and would suggest one.

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1973 J 4000,
1978 CJ7 DD.
1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac trail Jeep.
1979 J20
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1983 CJ7 pretty weekend and sometimes to work Driver in the summer, My first rebuild, if the Q-trac and 5 are broke, this one is the one to take. its just as capable as the other 2, except nice paint.
1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ conversion.
2005 TJ Rubicon.
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4, Mrs. LUCDOG's DD.
Lots of parts not for sale, i'm a hoarder.
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Unread 04-02-2013, 08:49 PM   #1719
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That's a pretty nifty tool! And it would solve the problem I have of my test leads getting tangled up with everything that gets tossed on the table.
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Unread 04-03-2013, 07:48 PM   #1720
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If you saw the thread on the couple of jeep parts I found, I've added to the stuff. Not Jeep parts, but parts that haul the Jeep.
My car/Jeep trailer only has 24" centers. These will be going under where the tires sit.

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1973 J 4000,
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1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac trail Jeep.
1979 J20
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1983 CJ7 pretty weekend and sometimes to work Driver in the summer, My first rebuild, if the Q-trac and 5 are broke, this one is the one to take. its just as capable as the other 2, except nice paint.
1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ conversion.
2005 TJ Rubicon.
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4, Mrs. LUCDOG's DD.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 04:51 PM   #1721
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Dannnng! There's a couple dollars worth of steel right there! Keep digging, Bill.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 04:52 PM   #1722
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Dannnng! There's a couple dollars worth of steel right there! Keep digging, Bill.
She's home, only going over there if I have to.
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1957 WILLYS pickup, needs work.
1973 J 4000,
1978 CJ7 DD.
1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac trail Jeep.
1979 J20
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1983 CJ7 pretty weekend and sometimes to work Driver in the summer, My first rebuild, if the Q-trac and 5 are broke, this one is the one to take. its just as capable as the other 2, except nice paint.
1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ conversion.
2005 TJ Rubicon.
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4, Mrs. LUCDOG's DD.
Lots of parts not for sale, i'm a hoarder.
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Unread 04-05-2013, 09:56 PM   #1723
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No CJ work today, spent a little time o. The J truck.

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WITH FOG LIGHTS!
Non working driving lights.

I can't believe how good it runs, the carb doesn't leak, didnt have to adjust anything. It even has points and a condenser. I threw out my dwell meter a couple years ago. The last Arkansas inspection was 1996, the tags expired in '98.

I let it run for 20 minutes today, temps stayed at 185* oil pressure at idle 20+. I put a used fuel cell in the bed and ran a hard line to the fuel pump. So I'm at $275. + $70 for the lines and 2 an fittings for the cell.
Drove it 20', far enough with no brakes.

Bill
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1957 WILLYS pickup, needs work.
1973 J 4000,
1978 CJ7 DD.
1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac trail Jeep.
1979 J20
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1983 CJ7 pretty weekend and sometimes to work Driver in the summer, My first rebuild, if the Q-trac and 5 are broke, this one is the one to take. its just as capable as the other 2, except nice paint.
1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ conversion.
2005 TJ Rubicon.
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4, Mrs. LUCDOG's DD.
Lots of parts not for sale, i'm a hoarder.
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Unread 04-08-2013, 03:18 PM   #1724
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Yesterday our friend Skerr reported a problem with his son's ( Clay) Jeep. It seems even after installing a brace from the steering box to the frame the box was still moving.

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So I decided to check my box, I already had a brace installed.( made it myself Skerr copyed it) Wow lots of movement. ( ill insert the video in a little bit. )


As seen the bracket is moving on the frame. The rear most bolt was loose and the hole in the frame Is Enlarged. And the spot welded nut inside the frame was broken loose.

here's what I did to remedy the situation.

I made a template of the piece I wanted to use from a piece of aluminum trim stock.

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The next step was to put a 90 on the 1/4" x 1.5" flat stock.

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Cool pics didnt have a camera operator either.

Cutting to length.


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After a test fit I found I needed to do a little relief cut and a small bevel. Here's a test fit.

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Now it's time to take the rear bolt out, I had to drill a 3/4" hole in the frame to keep the nut from turning, I used a screwdriver in the hole , to hold the nut.

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More in the next post.
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1957 WILLYS pickup, needs work.
1973 J 4000,
1978 CJ7 DD.
1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac trail Jeep.
1979 J20
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1983 CJ7 pretty weekend and sometimes to work Driver in the summer, My first rebuild, if the Q-trac and 5 are broke, this one is the one to take. its just as capable as the other 2, except nice paint.
1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ conversion.
2005 TJ Rubicon.
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4, Mrs. LUCDOG's DD.
Lots of parts not for sale, i'm a hoarder.
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Unread 04-08-2013, 03:31 PM   #1725
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I used a step drill bit and a die grinder with a Tungsten carbide rotary file to make the hole in the side of the frame. This Accomplished 2 things, to take the old nut out, and install a bolt. I also used the rotary file to enlarge the bracket and frame hole to install a 1/2" G5 bolt.

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I then drilled the proper holes in the "L" brace. I needed 3 , 1/2" hole for the bolt, and 2-3/8" for the anchor point on the frame

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I then temp installed the flat stock to mark holes in the winch mount angle, drilled and tapped those holes to 3/8"x16 TPI. The socket I use with taps, I got at O'Reillys , these work great when tapping holes.

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And the finished product.

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If you reading this and wonder where the heck the vids are, come back in 10 minutes.

I have Virtually no movement of the steering box. Here's the after video.

I know the bushings at the shackle and mount are worn out.
Bill
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1957 WILLYS pickup, needs work.
1973 J 4000,
1978 CJ7 DD.
1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac trail Jeep.
1979 J20
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1983 CJ7 pretty weekend and sometimes to work Driver in the summer, My first rebuild, if the Q-trac and 5 are broke, this one is the one to take. its just as capable as the other 2, except nice paint.
1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ conversion.
2005 TJ Rubicon.
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4, Mrs. LUCDOG's DD.
Lots of parts not for sale, i'm a hoarder.
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