is there anything on the jeep that is repainted, but removable? ....perhaps that would work for you as well (like with your cowl vent cover?)
That's a good suggestion. The cowl vent cover was repainted and is removeable, so it could work. The glove box might be a possibility, but someone did brush paint the dashboard and it looks terrible. I'm not sure if they molested the glove box or not.
Here are some of the worst rust holes:
Tonight I made some small but good progress:
1) I removed a ball of electrical tape, cleaned gunk of some wires, rebuilt some gauge light lamp holders, and got the gauge lights working. Still need to get more lamps. I also got the volt meter working. During all this I had to make a good ground to get the lamps working, and I experienced one of those weird ground issues: I could get the gauge lamps working by grounding them correctly, then remove the ground, and they were still on. But if I turned them off and then back on, nothing. I had to have a good gound to kick them on. They were gounding through a second source, but it was weak: strong enough to keep them on, but not strong enough to start them.
2) Since I had the soldering iron out and hot, I removed the old ignition coil power connector (ie: pigtail or horseshoe) and installed the new one, soldering the wires in place. This is one of the optional components for the Team Rush upgrade, so I figured I'd knock it out since my old connector was broken. Here is the before and after:
3) I spent more time troubleshooting the factory temp and gas gauges. I'm not getting a signal from the gas tank sender. This is not surprising. I'm also not getting 12 volts to the speedometer housing, or it's grounding poorly, but even after attaching the test probe directly to the negative terminal of the battery, I still am not getting any test light on the speedo rear. Maybe need to review the troubleshooting document and possibly check fuses.
In other news, the wife rode in the CJ for the first time and seemed to enjoy the short trip. She remaked that we were up high. I suspect the height is a bit taller than her 2WD Ford F150.
Finally, I am questioning more and more the 258's power output. I'm hoping that the Team Rush will give it some more energy. I would also like to get a tach installed so I can see how fast it's turning. I have a general idea based on the sound but I'd like to get something concrete.
Does anyone have a Tuffy II console for sale?