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Unread 01-08-2011, 04:21 PM   #16
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Did you use anything other than the speakers to hold the mesh to the dash? I would be worried about them rattling against the dash cutouts while the radio was on.
Nope, if cut to the dimensions given, they fit tight against the studs and the pressure from the front of the speaker holds them in place without having them move around. I did the same thing about 15 years ago and they never rattled around. Used a set of Radio Shack speakers that they use to make but they are no longer available anymore.

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Unread 01-08-2011, 04:43 PM   #17
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Next, I installed the speedometer using the same type Brass Thumb Nuts but they are 10-24 threads.

I had the speedometer apart last year to paint the needles with a fresh coat of florescent orange and refurbish anything that was needed. Replaced the insulating sleeve on the jumper bar between the coolant temp and fuel gauge with a piece of heat shrink tubing.




Also replaced some of the melted blue colored clear dome gauge lighting covers from a donor speedometer housing because I used the wrong type of bulb years ago. Correct bulb is a short length #53 bulb.




Installed Speedometer.


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Unread 01-08-2011, 05:54 PM   #18
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Just wanted to subscribe. I cannot tell you how much I love following this build. Another poster said it best: "I'm running out of adjectives!" :-)
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Unread 01-08-2011, 06:03 PM   #19
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Plastic Overlay

Debated whether to install the black plastic gauge overlay only because I always liked the look of the dash without it. But, since my Jeep CJ came with it from the factory due to the Renegade package, I decided to put one back on just to have the correct OEM dash look.




It gets installed before anything else goes in as all other gauges, dash knobs and lights are mounted aftwards.

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Unread 01-08-2011, 06:07 PM   #20
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So, when are you coming to do my dash?

Looks awesome. I love the look of an original CJ.
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Unread 01-08-2011, 06:28 PM   #21
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Looks great, would love to replace mine with a dual-speaker dash, I only have the one speaker beside the glovebox. I had considered just cutting out a spot for a set of aftermarket, but I just love that "grille" look of the OEM design. I do have a question though, I have the VIN sticker on the dash where the left speaker grille is, did you have a sticker on yours? Is it required to be there? I have a glass tub, so no VIN tag under the hood, and I will be replacing my frame this next year from rotten areas, so I will not have the VIN there anymore. I have seen somewhere on here where someone is making "reproduction" stickers, so are you going to put anything like that back on if yours had them?
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Unread 01-08-2011, 06:46 PM   #22
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Dual speaker dash grills never had the VIN sticker placed on the dash. It was moved to the windshield wiper motor mounting plate using impossible and illegal to find rosette style pop rivets to hold the tag in place. There is, or was, a VIN sticker mounted to the inside of the drivers side tub wall for my model year but that is long gone now since that original tub has been scrapped to the recycling yard.

If I could buy a reproduction VIN sticker for the tub, then I would put one back on.
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Looks great, Keith! As usual, your work is second to none!

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Voltmeter and Oil Pressure Gauge

Next we installed the voltmeter and oil pressure gauges using original hardware. Would have liked to have taken these two gauges apart but they proved to be to difficult to separate the glass bezel from the gauge housing without fear of breaking them. You can't get originals anymore unless they are NOS or used and their was nothing wrong with mine except the faded florescent orange on the needles. So back in they went after a little cleanup.



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Unread 01-08-2011, 07:33 PM   #25
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Wow, your entire restoration is top-notch!

Thanks for taking the time to document and share this w/ us!


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I'm calling it a night.

Thanks for the kind comments guys and I'll post some more pictures tomorrow of the dash lamps, knobs, pull cables and glove box install. Also needs everyone's opinion on what grab bar to use as I have the original steel bar that I sandblasted and powder coated or a leather Laredo version that I bought from someone a couple of years ago that is in decent shape.
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Looks great! My CJ was originally this color but the PO f*ed it up an spray painted it. First $1,000 dollars I get is goin to a paint job. But here's a question, I have the same dash panel overlay, if I take it off I don't know how to put it back on? Canni just stick it back On maybe? Any ideas?
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Unread 01-08-2011, 09:11 PM   #29
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Keith, simply outstanding! I have always been jealous of the CJ's with the factory clock and tach...I am glad you put the plastic overlay to stay original...as for the grab bar, stay original as well...
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I'm calling it a night.

Thanks for the kind comments guys and I'll post some more pictures tomorrow of the dash lamps, knobs, pull cables and glove box install. Also needs everyone's opinion on what grab bar to use as I have the original steel bar that I sandblasted and powder coated or a leather Laredo version that I bought from someone a couple of years ago that is in decent shape.
I'd go with the power coated one. The reason being, if the laredo bar would be the only leather in the jeep. the power coated one will (if black) match the black overlay. You also stated earlier, quote"
since my Jeep CJ came with it from the factory due to the Renegade package, I decided to put one back on just to have the correct OEM dash look". end of quote. Kind of answers your question.

looks good Keith, Bill
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