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post #511 of 800 Old 07-17-2013, 07:38 PM
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It was a great feeling when I got most of the parts on the jeep. It opened up a ton of space but now I keep bumping into the rear view mirrors. What's the story with your other jeep? Daily driver? V8? Etc?


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post #512 of 800 Old 07-17-2013, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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It was a great feeling when I got most of the parts on the jeep. It opened up a ton of space but now I keep bumping into the rear view mirrors. What's the story with your other jeep? Daily driver? V8? Etc?
Daily Driver, 79' CJ7 with a 401/th400/dana20 twinstick. Currie 9's front and rear with 4.10's and detriots. Hydroboost brakes and power steering, etc.
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I picked up another windshield frame that already had some good glass for $25. Aside from the 6 stripped and broken torx bolts stuck in it, its in much better shape than my other one and will require less work and $$$$. Some pb blaster and an easy out made quick work of the torx bolts. Now I gotta strip it and paint it.

I also picked up two complete dashes and stripped them down to resell the parts. One has the entire dash wiring harness and fuse block. I needed a glovebox door and grab handle.

I primed the hood today and will pick up more paint tonight to try and have that finished and installed by tomorrow night.
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That sucks, looks like I'll be stripping and cleaning again. I used the same combo of primer and paint everywhere else with no issues. All I can think of is the humidity due to 3 days of rain here in the desert.
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Should I use this old headlight switch plug or just wire the painless kit directly to the headlight switch? First option is all butt splices and mixes old wires with new, the second cuts the # of crimps in half and uses the new wiring only.
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Well, I guess I had a bad can of primer or something because I stripped the hood down to bare metal where it peeled and 'test' painted that same section with only a wipe down with a paper towel. The paint stuck and dried nicely to the bare metal. The overspray that landed on the remaining primed section peeled again. I'm gonna strip the whole thing again and give it another shot with a different primer. Just weird because I used the same primer on the tub, cage, tailgate and fenders without any problems.
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post #517 of 800 Old 07-22-2013, 09:16 AM
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I used my original harness but this pic should help. It's one of Jon Strenks


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post #518 of 800 Old 07-22-2013, 09:20 AM
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I am assuming the wires for the headlight switch are labeled from painless?

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post #519 of 800 Old 07-22-2013, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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I am assuming the wires for the headlight switch are labeled from painless?
Thanks, that's one of the pictures I found in a headlight switch thread on my search. The universal painless wires are labelled however they are different in color and number from what is in the original plug. Painless manual shows connections using a GM headlight switch (looks like the terminals are different in quantity and orientation), not the Jeep switch. I have an original jeep headlight switch plug with the 5 wires sticking out but I have 6 wires from the new harness to hookup. I'm not sure if the individual front and rear parking light wires (painless color = brown) are to be splice together onto one of the terminals or if they connect separately. I'll send an email to painless. Thanks again.
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All that's left to wire is a few gauges on the dash. I made a fill panel for the factory speedo hole to mount the smaller aftermarket speedo and a few lights in. I put the left and right turn signal indicators, a high beam indicator and my idiot light (tbi) in there. I'm trying to keep the wiring under the dash as clean as possible.
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Looking real nice!
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Looking real nice!
Thanks Jim! I'm hoping to have this project done by the end of October. I've got two weeks vacation coming in August and I want to put in as much time as I can to make it to the end.
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Hood is on, I need to grab some more hardware to mount the vent I made for it. I will have to adjust the left front fender up a little because the gap between it and the lower hood line is 1/4" more than the right side. Also, I need to touch up two spots inside the hood where the original coat of paint failed to adhere.

The dash is all wired except for the wiper motor switch and 12v aux port. I ordered some aluminum knobs for the dash, I'm not a fan of these plastic replacement heater cables because they flex and move around. I mounted the TBI diagnostic plug in the glovebox area for easy access and wired my neutral safety switch to a rocker switch. I'm gonna make a small plate to mount a few more switches where the radio hole is. Some will be dummy switches and some will have a function (dome light, overhead fan). I painted the glovebox door and will mount that tomorrow also.

I seem to have come up short for the wire to my blower motor. I have an extra black/white wire under hood labeled 'A/C Compressor' but not sure if that connects to it for power.

I hope the 6 cans of paint I bought today are the last ones I need!

Here's a quick list of tasks to be done (not in any specific order):

1. Buy and run main ground cables (body/engine/frame)
2. Paint and install windshield frame
3. Clean and assemble the wiper motor and linkage
4. Exhaust
5. Fuel lines
6. Replace Injectors and mount TBI
7. Order custom chip from Howell
8. Make air intake system and find a 'snail' for tbi
9. Driveshafts
10. Buy and install seat belts
11. Buy and install battery
12. Buy and install wires for HEI
13. Confirm TDC compression stroke
14. Rear bumper / tire carrier
15. Overhead fan
16. Engine break-in

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Keep chipping away at that list and before you know it you'll be ready to go for a test drive. Lookin real good

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