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Unread 10-08-2010, 06:04 PM   #601
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I dont mean to jack the thread, but where did you find the RPM Gauge?

Everything looks beautiful
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Morris4x4 has the one I bought. Of course I added the white face. Use forum9 in the promo code for 10% off.

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Unread 10-08-2010, 06:24 PM   #602
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Thanks.

Morris4x4 has the one I bought. Of course I added the white face. Use forum9 in the promo code for 10% off.

Did you cut that location in the dash?
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Unread 10-08-2010, 06:31 PM   #603
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Did you cut that location in the dash?
I didn't only because I did not have the correct sized hole saw. I had the guys at the local Hotrod shop do it for me. We have been trading services back and forth lately which has been working out great for the both of us. They already had the bit and it took all of 45 seconds.
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Unread 10-08-2010, 06:46 PM   #604
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Grill Assembly

I got most of the grill assembled. Here are all the parts laid out in the living room.


Got my 3 core radiator installed. I didn't realize there was that much surface rust on the fins until I saw the pictures with the flash. I should have washed it better and maybe added a coat of paint but I'm not really worried about it.


Same thing with my Contour cooling fans. I thought I had cleaned them better than that but I guess not. The flash really brings out the dirt. I'll get it cleaned up and touch up the rusty metal spots around the motors with some paint at some point in the near future.


Front side of grill with radiator installed. I was thinking of adding a screen to the front of the radiator to help with protection from rocks. I still might do that at some point but that can be a separate write up later.


Got all the headlight parts and bezels installed. I love the black headlight bezels. I'll have to admit that for some reason I thought the bezel covered up more of the opening when I was painting the parts. Seeing how much of the recessed opening is visible I would have taken more time to make sure my stripe lines in that area were cleaner and straighter. It's not too bad but I would have done better knowing what I know now. Too late to do anything about it now, live and learn.


The front marker lights were the last to go on. I made some modifications to those which I will detail in the next post. I'll have to pull the headlights back off when it comes time to wire them.
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Unread 10-09-2010, 11:45 AM   #605
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Front Marker Lights

As you know, well at least if you don't you should, the front marker lights ground through their own case. This is normally done via the two mounting screws to the metal of the grill. Since mine has so many nice layers of paint I wasn't confident the two screws were going to get enough contact for a good ground and I wasn't keen on the idea of grinding off any of my shiny paint. So I decided to add a dedicated ground wire to both of the light housings. I took an old one and started making some practice welds to get the welder dialed in and to make sure the terminal end wasn't going to just melt off. So I welded on an old piece of scrap wire and terminal to make sure it was going to work alright.


The welding appeared to work well so I started with a small holed terminal and soldered it on to the wire.


Here I have one welded on and the other resting in place.


Here they are both welded on and I just need to add a piece of heat shrink to the one on the right.


Here is a picture of the front sides so you can see the penetration of the welds.


Here I've got my Fluke meters checking the resistance or Ohms between the wire and the light's case. The lower the better and theoretically 0 is perfect. I think this is close enough.


I touched up my reflective tape that got burned up by the welder.


Since the welder burned off the light zinc coating on the marker light housing I figured I needed to get some paint on them otherwise the welds would want to rust quicker.


I just used the first can of black Rustoleum I found on the shelf to add color and help keep the rust away. The ground wires will be tied into the headlight grounds.
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Unread 10-09-2010, 12:25 PM   #606
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Looks good, Mike. I'm looking forward to the point where I can sit down and work on my Jeep. You sure have earned it!! You welded, or soldered, the ground to the housing??
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Unread 10-09-2010, 02:51 PM   #607
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Should of just built your own frame and not put the time into trying to safe that peace of junk metal time is money and that is where you have to make a choice how much is your time worth
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Unread 10-09-2010, 07:17 PM   #608
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Humm, kind of an odd response considering I did the frame work well over two years ago. I'm not sure how building my own frame would have been faster than fixing the one I had. The rest of the frame was in solid shape and the repairs I made with the MORE frame reinforcements are considerably more robust than the stock setup. The body is the part that really consumed most of my time.
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Unread 10-09-2010, 07:25 PM   #609
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That's dedication. Not one, but two Multimeters in use at the same time.

Hope nothing happens to your photobucket account for a few years until I get my jeep built. I'd sure be disappointed if one day the dreaded "picture deleted" box shows up. You have a lot of great ideas I plan to use.
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That's dedication. Not one, but two Multimeters in use at the same time.

Hope nothing happens to your photobucket account for a few years until I get my jeep built. I'd sure be disappointed if one day the dreaded "picture deleted" box shows up. You have a lot of great ideas I plan to use.
not just to multimeters but two FLUKE'S
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Unread 10-09-2010, 07:50 PM   #611
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What? Doesn't everyone have a Fluke 77 to back up their 78?
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Unread 10-09-2010, 07:55 PM   #612
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Coiz your time is well spent on the things you do. You do a high quality job on every thing that you work on as the jeep, garden,beer and those are just your hobbies. So those that think trying to safe that peace of junk metal does not know you..
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Unread 10-10-2010, 02:55 AM   #613
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wow, that is some very amazing work you've done. i love how much into detail you go with everything... i just read through this whole thread, it's 5am. it was worth it! i can't wait to see the rest of your work! keep it up!
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Unread 10-10-2010, 09:45 AM   #614
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Mike I didn't even know what FLUKE METER was till reading your post. But now that I do...

Great idea on the ground wires. Like Dave said, I'll be doing that too! The grille assembly looks great too. Looking forward to seeing it all together.
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Unread 10-10-2010, 11:50 AM   #615
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95% of the wiring is done. I just need to work out a frame ground and wire the switch to my cooling fans. I might be able to start the engine today. Headed to the parts store to find some radiator hoses, coolant and 5 gallons of gasoline. Once I make sure everything is fine I will tape up the harnesses and add the convoluted tubing. I might have to pull out the video camera for this.
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