I think of that Johnny Cash song when I try to piece it all together but its really starting to get going now. It started life and is titled as a 1979 but its a Frankenstein of parts now. I find it easier to say whats original vs what isn't. Starting with the Grill, Hood, Motor, Trans & Transfer Case, Rear Diff and I think that's about it. I mean Its allot of little parts I guess but the rest is different. Doors, Dash, Windshield Frame, Tailgate & roll bar are 81, Frame is 86 Tub is 95, Fenders are repro, I have learned a ton and made a million mistakes but that's part of it. I have been tinkering off and on on this thing for about 5 years now and its almost back together now. I know it looked decent when I first got it but that red primer hid a ton of rust and every redneck body repair known to man down to the window screen and duck tape bondo repairs.
It's getting there installed the bed liner to the Interior, installed the gauges wiring harness seats seat belts windshield and all the wipers. Interior is almost done. I have one door panel to install yet. Oh all the new rubber door moldings and hard door window seals. Today I installed the steering gear box and then test fit the winch mount. I guess that's enough for today.
Well I have had this project since 2008 and it finally is about 99% and was able to fire it up and take it for a test drive around the subdivision last night. Its been 5 years since I heard that beast fire and was so nice to hear it run again. I had a few small leaks and those fittings were tightened and I think that's under control now. Still has a few electrical gremlins in the lights and gauges to work through. One issue that I thought would go away and didn't was a bad clunking from the drive-line. I thought it was noise from bad gears in the front differential but apparently its the chain jumping in the quadratrac transfer case.
I have a spare and the chain seems much tighter so I just ordered a new gasket set and will swap it out next weekend.
Then its ready to hit the road again. I'll try and get those new pictures up soon.
Here are some after I installed the new battery and took it in to get it inspected. (IT Passed!!!!) What a feeling to drive this again after 5 years in the garage in a 1000 pieces. It was fun but glad its just about done and time to enjoy it for the rest of the fall season. Now its time to restore the hard top and fix that fiberglass crack before winter.
Nice job, looks great. Bet your glad to be driving this again after that long! I must have missed this thread before. I see you put a smittybilt rear bumper and tire carrier on it. Yours looks a bit different than mine so I'm curious what all you did to make it fit. Which model was it? Mine was the #SRC 76651D and I had to modify my rear crossmember to make it work, since they only offer these for wranglers and not for Jeeps. My mods are in my build thread around page 4. And then I recently welded the ends shut so it wasn't a mud scoop.
Yeah I had to modify it to work by boxing the back of the bumper with 1/4 plate and then drilling and tapping the mounts to fit my cross member. I also had to cut and relocate the tabs in as the wrangler frame was wider but it turned out pretty nice. I used duplicolor truck bed liner in the rattle cans which almost perfectly matched the textured powder paint that was on it.