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Unread 11-16-2010, 08:11 AM   #1
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Re-assembly question

I'm getting to the stage where I can start to put the Jeep back together and have the tub and all of the brake/clutch assembly and steering column back in. I was getting excited and put the grill back on to try and see if I could get it to turn over. Here is the problem. I put the ignition switch back on the steering column and hooked up the two black deals that clip together. (1 is about 3 inches long and he other is about 2 inches long) Really wish I would have taken a picture of it.
My main question is, why do I not have ANY sort of electrical connection? It won't even attempt to turn over at all. I know I have missed something but can't remember what I took off of there. The fuse boxes are all back together and everything is tight so??? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Unread 11-16-2010, 08:18 AM   #2
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On the column there are 2 plugins. One is WHITE that deals with most of the power and has 2 different plugs that plug into it and the other longer one is black which is for your blinkers and lights etc... Make sure the dash harness is plugged into the engine harness where it would meet at the firewall as well. Hopefully this helps?
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Unread 11-16-2010, 08:29 AM   #3
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The white one is the ignition switch right? I'm pretty sure that I have the dash harness plugged in. Is that the one that holds all of the fuses on the cab side and then on the other side of the firewall (engine side) is the engine harness?
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Unread 11-16-2010, 08:37 AM   #4
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yeah thats them. You have all your wires on your starting solenoid? How about to the starter? Have the battery hooked up? (not stabbing at you but we've all done it getting ahead of ourselves )
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Unread 11-16-2010, 08:48 AM   #5
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Yeah I've triple checked the battery posts and all wires? I do not have the fenders on yet and the solenoid is not grounded but I don't have power anywhere! The horn won't even make a sound. Does there need to be a ground in the engine compartment for the power to work? I keep thinking I'm completely missing a plug or a wire somewhere but I will try to get a couple of pics later on but this is driving me crazy.
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Unread 11-16-2010, 08:56 AM   #6
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Well I have the ground from that battery going to my block. Then a ground strap from the block to the frame and to the tub. Take a volt meter out and poke the end into the engine side of the harness and see if there is 12v at the power wires. You have your Bible (Haynes Manuel) handy? Their are wiring harnesses at the back of it that show you which colors are which. The Red are usually a switched 12v and the Orange are for the lights on the dash side.
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Unread 11-16-2010, 09:02 AM   #7
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You know, I never even looked at my Haynes manual! I will check that out tonight and take some pics if that doesn't help.
Thanks for the info. Sometimes the anticipation of getting it running again is more than a man can take.
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Unread 11-17-2010, 09:52 AM   #8
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Solenoid

Just an FYI for anyone that doesn"t know (like me) Your solenoid HAS to be grounded in order for your Jeep to turnover! This little fact drove me crazy for 2 days of trying to figure out what I had hooked up wrong or didn't have hooked up at all!!
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Unread 11-17-2010, 10:39 AM   #9
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I had loosely put the solenoid on the fender since I wasn't done working on the fender and it wouldn't turn over. When I tightened it down it clicked but did nothing. My power wire ended up being bad
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