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post #31 of 329 Old 01-08-2011, 09:13 PM
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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.

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Looks real nice Keith. I also like the overlay, but I like contrast to set off the pricipal color. Nice work. Looking for the rest of the pics.


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Looking great Keith!
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post #33 of 329 Old 01-08-2011, 11:24 PM
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post #34 of 329 Old 01-08-2011, 11:31 PM
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I love what you are doing and it is inspireing. For the radio have you looked at http://www.retrosoundusa.com? All modern in the old style.
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post #35 of 329 Old 01-09-2011, 06:01 AM
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Keith, thanks for the time to document another project. I often refer to your build on the JU site. It has helped me decide what to do on numerous occasions. You do some beautiful detailed work.
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Dash Lamps and Knobs

Had worked on the OEM dash lamps a while back by taking them apart and replacing a bulb in one of them that went out. Bought a replacement bulb from Radio Shack that was the same wattage as the OEM one so there is no difference in the lighting.



My Wiper/Washer lamp seems to be the only one that is wounded some. Housing is broken on the edge and a tab broke off while bending back to take apart. Still works though, and I'll see if I can get another used one later on.



I refuse to buy those aftermarket lamps, the ones Crown Auto makes, because of all the complaints about night lighting behind the dash at night and the wrong color output. Used is they way to go IMHO.

Cleaned up the fan switch and installed that along with a new pull/cable knobs.








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simply amazing! I *WISH* my dash could look close to that good!

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Grap Bar and Glove Box

Installed the original plain steel grab bar as the leather one didn't quite look right without a leather steering wheel being used. You guys are right, stick with what came with it!


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I like the color but that is a huge radio hole. Must of gotten the upgraded radio...
Not huge but standard cutout for a CJ panel as it has not been modified in any way.

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post #40 of 329 Old 01-09-2011, 09:28 AM
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Looking great Keith. I would like to keep mine original as well but need a creative "original" looking place to install switches for off road lights and locker switches (ARB). Don't want to hijack the thread but if you have any recommendations I would appreciate the input.

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Most of the AMC/Jeep Accessories like fog lights switches, ashtrays and lighters are mounted below the dash and there are plenty of threaded holes to add angle plates to mount switches to.

I saw a CJ somewhere that the owner made a nice angle plate for his ARB locker switches and then covered the plate with a piece of the OEM black plastic overlay like I just installed. You wouldn't know it but it looked stock and he had a factory panel lamp with a custom made logo between the two ARB switches.

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Looks great Keith!

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Quick question: My cables broken on that third knob down. Is that easy to replace or does it run behind the heater box?

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Keith, I like the thumb nut idea but was wondering if they would come loss from vibration. This is a project I will be doing in the spring and I know I will have issues with the studs holding the speedo. The PO broke one off already and I'm guessing he may have used the wrong threaded nuts or cross threaded them. Do you know the correct way to replace the studs? As said earlier thanks for taking the time to document this.
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Where did you find the original pull knobs? I've looked everywhere!

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Where did you find the original pull knobs? I've looked everywhere!
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