post #1 of Old 07-01-2012, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Knifeboy Jeep Build Thread

Started today with first cutting the grass around the Jeep so that I can have plenty of room to work on it. Yesterday I removed the top and everything that was in the back of the Jeep. Today I started with removing the steering wheel, taking the dash off so that I could get to the wiring and disconnect/cut it all out of there. Then I removed the main part of the wiring harness and unbolted the steering column. I then disconnected the brake lines from the master cylinder and then found out just how bad it was, the fluid just stayed in it. Even when pressing on the brake pedal it only spit out fluid randomly. Good thing I'd planned on replacing it along with all the brake lines and hoses. Heres a few pics of the state it is in now.







I had to soak the joint with liquid wrench in hopes of being able to finish getting the steering column separated so that I can pull it out


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A new build

How about a shot of the whole Jeep before it gets stripped down?

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A new build

How about a shot of the whole Jeep before it gets stripped down?
I have pics of it in my other thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/i-...r-cj7-1387208/
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Looks like you have your work cut out for you, I'm sub'd so I'll be watching as this one unfolds
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I'll post up more pics when I get a chance to work on it.

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Was running through a few ideas the past week for dash layout and think I finally settled on what I think will work for me. Its rough so bare with me and it might change just slightly on the switches but the gauge layout and audio layout I think I'm happy with. Its not to scale either so don't shoot me, lol. What do yall think?
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Here's mine that I cut the other day...
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Here's mine that I cut the other day...
What thickness of steel did you use? Also how much did it cost you to get it cut or did you do it yourself?

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16 gauge and I did it myself on my CNC table

It is set up for the stock gauged/speedo cluster, plush 8 dash switches for auxiliary items such as electric fuel pump, lights, radio/CB,etc with a switch and indicator light each. Made the speaker holes for each speaker look symmetrical on the dash and at 5-1/4" diameter. The lower part that hangs down is for on board air. I will put the switch, indicator light, and pressure gauge there. On the other side are two aux power jacks and 3 more switches for something someday. The two rectangles are for a Storage cubby (top one) and a DIN opening on the lower one (install a cobra18 cb). It is important to note that I do not have a heater/defroster, or a/c, so some of this may or may not work for you.
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16 gauge and I did it myself on my CNC table

It is set up for the stock gauged/speedo cluster, plush 8 dash switches for auxiliary items such as electric fuel pump, lights, radio/CB,etc with a switch and indicator light each. Made the speaker holes for each speaker look symmetrical on the dash and at 5-1/4" diameter. The lower part that hangs down is for on board air. I will put the switch, indicator light, and pressure gauge there. On the other side are two aux power jacks and 3 more switches for something someday. The two rectangles are for a Storage cubby (top one) and a DIN opening on the lower one (install a cobra18 cb). It is important to note that I do not have a heater/defroster, or a/c, so some of this may or may not work for you.
Sure wish I had a CNC table at my disposal, lol. How much did the plate steel cost you? And how much would you charge me to have you cut out a custom dash? I can design one on AutoCAD and send it to you.

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I finally decided to sit down with AutoCAD and spend about 30mins (maybe less) doing a slightly better design that is to scale. The only thing I havent included into the design is grab handle and the radius on the top corners of the glove box. What do yall think?


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I'm keeping the factory speedo and also using factory tach, oil, and volt. The first toggle on the left will be a momentary single pole single throw switch for engine start, second will be key on, third will be for the offroad lights. The glovebox and right speaker positions may move after I do a little more measuring up to the Jeep. And the left speaker and both switches on the left may switch as well after I do a little more measuring. I'm hoping to use 6.5" speakers since most marine stereos come with that size speakers. The design aint final and will probably change. I'll post up a final design later on.

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Tweaked design to accommodate for tub clearances. Still need to measure it up against the tub to make sure it will work. After I did the first one, I got to looking at the tub before I went to bed where the dash goes and noticed the curves in the corners. I'll have to make up a cardboard template and check it out against the body. Might swap the radio and right speaker depending on if it will work with the grab bar which as you can see I still need to put the holes for it on the dash.


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I know its been a while since I did any updates but I ain't been able to do much on it in a while until recently. Got some of my Kentrol stainless steel hinges painted with bedliner, got the brake pedal, gas pedal, and parking brake pedal removed from the Jeep as well as removed the windshield. Still need to work on cleaning up the area of the body where everything will be bolted back up so that I can paint them with bedliner to save me time later on when I finish up with the bedliner paint job, lol. Have a bunch of things coming in and already got some of it delivered to me today. Christmas is coming early for me. More pics to come as things come in. Still have more I need to buy and source, lol. Currently the dash is being cut out. Today I got my YJ windshield frame (rest of the kit hasn't come in yet but will be here in a few days), poly high back seats, and Painless 12 circuit wiring harness. Heres a few pics for now.




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FedEx Clause came again today!! Check out everything I got. Only thing not pictured is my brand new gas tank which is currently sitting in the Jeep tub waiting to be installed!! Went with military OD green seat belts as a way to show off the Jeeps roots of being made originally for the military.







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