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New cover came from our shop and is made from 1/4 thick polycarbonate stock.

Drilled the holes for the time adjustment knob and locating pins so the new cover sits in the original locating holes on the clock face. This type of job is not for the novice person to do but it can be done if measurements are made precisely so everything fits together. Drilling the holes for the locating pins is the most difficult as they must be exactly 2.75 inches apart and I made my own pins out of an old U-joint needle bearing that was cut in half. Then the cover must be drilled undersized for the pins to be pressed in. First cover I made, the pins were slightly off so I had to make another cover that hit the mark the second time around. Good thing I made 6 covers as spares just in case I needed them.








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Are you going with a new wiring harness?

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Are you going with a new wiring harness?
Nope, nothing wrong with the one I have as it is an unmolested original. I will be adding dedicated ground wires though.

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The wiring is the part I'm waiting for. Good pics are appreciated, I'll be studying them in detail.
Beautiful job so far!

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I ran into the same issue with the Crown lights. One of there employees is a regular on here and asked for pictures and a description of the problem. Never heard back on a solution, but would really love them to replace my floor board lighting with an updated set. Definately want to hit them with some paint if you get those ones.
Just wanted to update after I saw this, the Crown lamps that are in/going out now as of December are corrected and should be like originals. The housings are now opaque white and the output color was adjusted so these should be as good as factory. I've seen them in person and they look great!

Keith, beautiful work on your dash!
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New cover came from our shop and is made from 1/4 thick polycarbonate stock.
That is absolutely beautiful.
Any chance you'll make more for resale? I'd be interested, and I could see these being very popular among resoration guys. I wonder how rapidly they could be made with CNC on the pin holes?

Seriously... you do NICE work.

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Any shop with a water jet machine can pop them out quickly and cheaply. I could provide the exact measurements for the replacement cover piece if needed.

I installed the clock and tachometer but haven't posted pictures yet as I am now in Milwaukee WI on business. Will post when I get back and then I will start on the radio installation and modification to add a mini stereo jack (1/8") for an auxiliary cord to play an MP3, IPod or whatever to the radio using the factory volume control knob to adjust sound level.

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Just wanted to update after I saw this, the Crown lamps that are in/going out now as of December are corrected and should be like originals. The housings are now opaque white and the output color was adjusted so these should be as good as factory. I've seen them in person and they look great!
Have you bought any of the new dash lamps? I would like to buy a set of the new and improved ones but I would be afraid that I would receive old inventory off the shelf from one of the vendors out there.

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Have you bought any of the new dash lamps? I would like to buy a set of the new and improved ones but I would be afraid that I would receive old inventory off the shelf from one of the vendors out there.
Yeah, my wiper lamp is out, and have thought about getting a new one. Maybe I'll wait a few months to order - let the old inventory get used up

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I'll let you all know what the ones from Morris 4x4 look like. I just ordered the set of 6 last night.

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MOD to OEM radio

Needed to cut hole slightly larger than OEM



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Ouch!

I'm sorry but I cringe every time I see a perfectly good CJ dash that gets cut for a DIN (Duetsch Industrial Normalization) radio cutout. It makes me cry sometimes seeing that but sometimes there is no choice in this world we live in today. Out with the old, in with the new I guess.

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I hear ya, Keith. I am going the other direction. I am going to have Dan with Double D fab make a custom dash similar to this picture and I will have it painted red with the rest of the Jeep and install a matched set of autometer gauges. I will install the stereo in a tuffy center console. I like the look of the classic dash, but the aftermarket gauges suck, the bezels do not seem to match for all of the gauges, etc. and I would like mechanical gauges for oil and water.

However, I understand what your goal is and also cringe when somebody hacks a perfectly good dash (I actually have done it) or, even worse, butchers a straight, rust free tub for rock crawling purposes... OUCH.

Thanks for the explanation for DIN. I just learned something! :-)
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Ouch!

I'm sorry but I cringe every time I see a perfectly good CJ dash that gets cut for a DIN (Duetsch Industrial Normalization) radio cutout. It makes me cry sometimes seeing that but sometimes there is no choice in this world we live in today. Out with the old, in with the new I guess.
Keith, I knew this would get to you.

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Keith, I knew this would get to you.
I'm still crying over my beer I'm drinking.

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