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Unread 04-18-2013, 05:36 PM   #436
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I was pleasantly surprised when I found this master cylinder hiding on my shelf, I was planning on running out today to buy one. I forgot it came with the booster kit, cross that one off the to-do list.

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Unread 04-20-2013, 02:13 PM   #437
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I finished the steering swap today. I used a pump and brackets from an 89' waggy (with 360), the H1 steering box, a stock replacement pressure line (for an 83' cj7 w 6 cyl), 4 feet of 3/8 transmission rubber line and a serviceable 3/8 aluminum filter. I have a small fluid cooler that I can also plumb in if need be but I think it'll be fine.

I need to start on my dash so I can install the steering column and check for any clearance issues with the steering lines.

The only thing I plan on adding to the dash is two small gauge holes above the existing stock fuel and volts holes. So I will have the main center cluster, plus a tach, a clock, volts, vacuum, coolant and oil pressure.
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Unread 04-20-2013, 07:51 PM   #438
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My buddy just sent this to me, thought it was funny!
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Unread 04-20-2013, 09:39 PM   #439
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I degreased the steering column and wheel and it came out pretty nice. I couldn't tell that the wheel was all black because it was so dirty. I also figured out how to pull the steering wheel off and tore it down the rest of the way. The column and joints are nice and tight and the ignition cylinder works so it will all get painted and reinstalled.
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Unread 04-21-2013, 04:03 PM   #440
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I got the steering column all back together today. During disassembly I lost a spring that shot out from it's retaining cup and couldn't find it so I cut the end off an old angle grinder brush and repurposed the small spring from it. Perfect fit. I originally painted the inside of the steering wheel with black textured paint but I repainted it to match the body. I left the center button black. Now all I need is 8 new black allen head bolts and another can of black hammered paint to touch it up. Off to Lowe's to get a 2 1/8th hole saw.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 03:55 PM   #441
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I drilled the two extra gauge holes in the dash today. I measured several times before I cut and one still came out a little lower than the other. It's not perfect but it'll work for me. Now I can paint it and install the dash, then the steering column.

I went with a buddy to check out a 99' TJ that he wants and he brought his dogs along. It's already 95* here and his Pitbull found the shop floor to be a great way to cool off.
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Unread 04-23-2013, 02:29 PM   #442
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Installed the dash and steering column today, it's really starting to take shape. The two extra gauge holes interfere with the upper defroster duct so I removed it. I'll figure out a way to cut a hole in it and plastic weld a sleeve through it to slip around the gauge that's going there....or I just won't reinstall it like I did on my 79'. The steering column seems to sit a little high in the dash cutout, I may need to adjust it down a bit. Here's a few shots....
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Unread 04-28-2013, 09:25 PM   #443
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I picked up some gauges today. I got Equus white face 2" Volts, Oil pressure, Air/Fuel mixture and Vacuum for the center of the dash. Instead of using the factory tach and clock, I bought a 2 5/8th's Water temp gauge and will use the matching Tach if I can find it locally.

I made a small plate to hold three grommets through an original hole in the firewall that the water temp sensor, vacuum line and oil pressure line will pass through.

I also sold a pair of fenders and headlight buckets to offset some if the cost.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 02:16 PM   #444
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I'll be in Vegas the first week in July.

You going to have it ready by then to take me for a ride?
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At the rate I'm going with this thing I don't see that being a problem, as long as you mean July 1, 2013
I'll be out there the first week in June. I know it is a month before you said but you have to push those goals, right?

Everything is looking great as usual.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 07:01 PM   #445
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I'll be out there the first week in June. I know it is a month before you said but you have to push those goals, right?

Everything is looking great as usual.
Thanks Coiz, I'm just pushing forward to get as much done as possible before the summer heat sets in. Let me know when you get in town. The project won't be running but my 79' will be.

So, everyone always wants to know why I never wash my jeep.... Because every time I do, something goes wrong on it. For example, I washed my 79' yesterday for the first time in a very very long time. Today I wake up to 6 loose hub flange bolts on my drivers front tire AND I get stuck up at the parts store because of a bad alternator and dead battery as a result. The dirt on my Jeep is a protective coating!

I took this opportunity to upgrade my alternator to a rebuilt 95 amp unit for an 89' Grand Wagoneer. All I needed to do was drill out the upper mounting hole to 7/16ths and it bolted right up. I need to pick up a new battery tonight for it.

I spent the rest of the day working on my buddies 99' TJ. I installed spacers and cut/rewelded a plate into the after market rear bumper so his new 33's can fit on the stock carrier. For a rookie welder it came out nice.

It sucked to be stuck but it made for a full day of working on jeeps so it wasn't too bad!!!
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Unread 04-30-2013, 04:19 PM   #446
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I had the Optima red top battery tested and it had a dead cell = core. In the past few years between my CJ's and an XJ, I have replaced two red tops and a yellow top optima with regular batteries and have not had the repeat problems. In my opinion, Optimas aren't worth the money and they don't last out in this heat, at least for me anyways.

Dropped my new battery in the 79' and replaced the old alternator electrical connector and wiring with new stuff I made up. Man, this works well! Turned on the electric fuel pump and fired up the engine and it immediately charges up to 14v, both contour fans kick on together on high and it dips to 13v then bumps right back up to 14v. I like when stuff works like it's supposed to. It definitely wasn't functioning like this before, the fans would kick on and it would drop to 12v or below if I had the headlights on.

I also installed some fuel lines on the 83' so it didn't feel left out. I found the Equus Tach online for $50 at walmart, everywhere else lists it for $75 or more. I may use their speedo also to avoid using the stock CJ cluster.
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Unread 05-05-2013, 09:18 PM   #447
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I got the mechanical oil pressure gauge installed today and spun the pump to check my pressure readings. High 50's and the gauge doesn't leak. I was hesitant to use the plastic tube that came with the gauge due to them drying out, kinking or breaking easily. It took me several tries with different ID vacuum lines but eventually I sleeved the plastic tube with the rubber line and passed it through the firewall with a grommet to protect it. I ran it down the right grill support rod and then down to the fitting on the side of the block. It came out nice and clean. It keeps the line a good distance away from the hot engine parts too.
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Unread 05-06-2013, 04:14 PM   #448
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My tach came in today and it is about 3 5/8ths in diameter so I have to open up the hole in the dash quite a bit. One of those woulda, shoulda coulda things that I should've done while the dash was out and unpainted. I tried to use the hole saw and drill today but it's gonna get ugly doing it that way. I don't want to pull the dash back out so I'll have to get creative on this one. Any ideas? Dremel? Small cut off wheel? Die grinder?
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Unread 05-06-2013, 04:51 PM   #449
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My tach came in today and it is about 3 5/8ths in diameter so I have to open up the hole in the dash quite a bit. One of those woulda, shoulda coulda things that I should've done while the dash was out and unpainted. I tried to use the hole saw and drill today but it's gonna get ugly doing it that way. I don't want to pull the dash back out so I'll have to get creative on this one. Any ideas? Dremel? Small cut off wheel? Die grinder?
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Or you could clamp a piece of wood as a backing and drill thru the metal the wood will keep you centered on the hole.
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