A few years ago I knew nothing about electronics. So to alleviate my frustration, I picked up the hobby of refurbishing and repairing old 1980s arcade video games (you know, Pacman, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, etc.). One thing I learned over the years about 30 year old electronics is they fail. Wires break, connectors crack, and shorts happen....I'm used to that aggravation.
While I was lying there under the Yeti's dash last night inspecting the soup of electrical wires, I accidentally "snapped" off one of the instrument panel indicator lamps. They were so brittle and old that it took no pressure to snap the rest of them off. So I ordered a new set of lamps. Half of the knobs I have are missing, so I ordered a new control cable kit for the heater, temp, and air. If there's one thing I love about this project is that you can buy just about anything new for a CJ-7.
While I have the dash ripped apart, I might as well do the Blazer blower motor upgrade so I'll have a real "working" defrost and heater (although it doesn't stay too cold in Texas for long).
I've been hating on my dash's instruments since I bought the Yeti and have been wanting to replace them with "better" gauges. I've never liked combo-gauges (speedo, water temp, fuel) anyway. Half of my gauges don't work (fuel, water temp, oil pressure). Instead of leaving well enough alone and just fixing what I have, I've decided that I'm going to build a custom dash layout with new Auto Meter gauges. I had planned on adding a clock and tachometer to this beast anyway, might as well just do it now and get it over with. I'm planning on replicating the indicator lamps from around the factory speedometer (bright, 4x4, etc.) with LEDs. Other than a straight jacket, you guys got any other ideas I should add to this dash while I'm in there?
I love a good challenge. Stay tuned kids, this drama is just getting ready to get kicked into four wheel low!
(I need therapy...)