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Unread 10-01-2012, 09:29 PM   #361
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Body is on!!!! I had to cut off the heat shield on the driver side of the transmission tunnel because it was making contact with the back of the left valve cover. Other than that it went on nice and easy with the help of three friends.

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Unread 10-01-2012, 11:55 PM   #362
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For some reason I can see your pictures any more??...Is it just me?
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Unread 10-02-2012, 09:21 AM   #363
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I think its the site, I was unable to see any pictures on the forum yesterday.
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Unread 10-02-2012, 09:46 AM   #364
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I think its the site, I was unable to see any pictures on the forum yesterday.
Me too, I tried posting some wheeling pics yesterday and got nothing.
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Unread 10-02-2012, 01:04 PM   #365
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I got the body bolted down and luckily I started at the back because the right rear body mount that almost directly over the gas tank posed a challenge and I only had to remove the rearmost mounts to correct it. The mount I'm talking about is on the right side in the second row of mounts from the rear cross member. I lifted the tub and slipped a block of wood to support it higher off the frame. This allowed me to remove the body mount which gave me a lot of space to get the bolt, sleeve and washers situated. Then I dropped the mount on top and lowered the tub while lining up the bolt with the hole. It took a few tries because i was doing it by myself but it went in with only a few scratches on my gas tank.

Here's the Tuffy box that is getting installed in-place of the rear seat. Should I just clean it and install it as is or paint it to match?
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Unread 10-02-2012, 05:29 PM   #366
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That one body mount on the pass side by the tank is a royal PITA.

Everything is looking great! The double openings on the box will come in handy.
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Unread 10-02-2012, 11:48 PM   #367
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Thanks Coiz, now I can start putting this puzzle back together.
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Unread 10-05-2012, 05:59 PM   #368
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The Tuffy box is installed along with the e-brake assembly. I started cleaning out all of the bolt holes and making a hardware list for fastenal. I figure I can save a bunch of money on the hardware this time around by buying in bulk instead of making individual trips to Lowe's every time I need something. I am replacing all of the Torx bolts.

My thermostat switches came in too. I installed one on this project's 401 and my 79' will get the other. It's grounded at 195* and opens back up at 175*. I'm running a 160* t-stat in both 401's so it should be good. I can't wait to replace my probe in the radiator setup.

The switches are maradyne #mfa109, I found them on Amazon for $16.95 each with free shipping. Everywhere else was $25 -$32 each plus shipping. They are 3/8 npt and fit right into the intake in the right front coolant port.
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Unread 10-07-2012, 03:20 PM   #369
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I got the brake booster and pedal assembly mounted today. I used a piece of black rubber carpet runner to cover and seal the hole in the firewall where the booster push rod passes through.

The booster sat too high and the top of the housing would definitely contact the hood, so I flipped the bracket and installed it.

A 'bonus' from my Metalcloak bumper purchase is that it came with a ton of extra hardware that I can use in other areas of this project, which will cut down on my total hardware purchases. Speaking of hardware, I plan on stopping at Fastenal tomorrow for some grade 8 stuff.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 03:55 PM   #370
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Fastenal is now my new favorite store! Why did I waste so much money on hardware shopping at Lowes and HD during the early stages of this build? For comparison. I bought 100 quantity bulk packs of various grade 8 hardware for $25, then I had to go to Lowe's to grab a quantity of 8 3/8 grade 8 bolts and washers for my seat frames (that Fastenal was out of) and spent over $8.

I bought all of the grade 8 hardware I need to install the cage, hinges, fenders and hood.

I installed the lower door brackets, hood hinges, door strikers and tailgate hinges (although I think I put them upside down).
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Unread 10-08-2012, 05:34 PM   #371
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Looks good. Your tailgate hinges are upside down.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 05:41 PM   #372
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Thanks, I'll flip them over! Congrats on your show award!
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Unread 10-12-2012, 03:10 PM   #373
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I'm pretty sure I don't have the correct driver side inner seat frame bracket. it doesn't line up at all so I'll be looking for one soon.

Also, It could be that my eyes are playing tricks on me but my grill looks too low compared to the tub. Take a look at the front end and let me know what you think. There originally was a 1 inch aluminum disk/spacer under the grill mount when I tore it down but it doesn't go back in per the BL instructions. I have to assume that it is correct because I used only the parts that came in the BL kit.
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Unread 10-12-2012, 04:35 PM   #374
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Love the updates motiv8ya.

That hood to grill line does look steep but it may just be an illusion. If you follow the cowl body line all the way up to the grill, mine and yours by holding a piece of paper up to your picture, both line up right at the bottom of the small oval harness opening. Either way, you'll know pretty quick when you hold a fender up to the firewall.

You are right that the interior driver's seat mount is not the correct piece. If you can find the correct one don't forget there is also a lateral support bar that goes from the outside upper rear bolt to the inside lower rear bolt.

One more comment, on the brake master cylinder pointing downwards, make sure you keep the reservoirs topped off. If you think of almost any stock set up, the master cylinder is pointing up and the fluid pick ups are in the backs of the bowls. As you brake, the fluid tries to transfer forward and away from the inlets. Now that yours is pointed down you need to take that into account for normal driving as well as the potentially steep downhills you may encounter while off roading. If you have a newer MC with the plastic reservoirs then it is probably not as critical.
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Unread 10-12-2012, 06:17 PM   #375
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Love the updates motiv8ya.

That hood to grill line does look steep but it may just be an illusion. If you follow the cowl body line all the way up to the grill, mine and yours by holding a piece of paper up to your picture, both line up right at the bottom of the small oval harness opening. Either way, you'll know pretty quick when you hold a fender up to the firewall.

You are right that the interior driver's seat mount is not the correct piece. If you can find the correct one don't forget there is also a lateral support bar that goes from the outside upper rear bolt to the inside lower rear bolt.

One more comment, on the brake master cylinder pointing downwards, make sure you keep the reservoirs topped off. If you think of almost any stock set up, the master cylinder is pointing up and the fluid pick ups are in the backs of the bowls. As you brake, the fluid tries to transfer forward and away from the inlets. Now that yours is pointed down you need to take that into account for normal driving as well as the potentially steep downhills you may encounter while off roading. If you have a newer MC with the plastic reservoirs then it is probably not as critical.
Great info, thanks! The brake booster may need to be flipped back then. It didn't 'look' like it would clear the hood when I eyeballed it, but then again I didn't test fit the hood before I flipped the bracket.

I made another trip to Fastenal for a bulk pack of grade 8 nuts. The manager is real cool there and I left with my hardware and this 'returned' storage box... For under $6. Love that place! Took my Lab (Carmine) along for the ride.

I got the windshield hinges on. The only torx bolts that will remain on this Jeep are the small screws that secure the tailgate cable brackets. I'm just about out of small parts that are painted and ready to bolt on.

I need to source a dash and tube fenders. I also need to finish stripping and painting the cage, tailgate and hood (hoping to have them blasted rather than make another mess in my garage).
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