A quick update on my seat issue. I got confirmation from Mike at JeepHut that omix is going to replace the damaged seat I have. If your in the southeast, I highly recommend them for parts and service. I will get the other pictures from yesterday uploaded tonight.
Friday night, I worked to get the rear seat install finished, and I moved the seat from the passenger side to the drivers side, while waiting to get the replacement seat from Omix. I got the console bolted down in place once the wires to the radio were hooked up. Then on to the front bumper and forward lights. There is a picture of the aux light switches, I think I like the red dash lighting. Last picture is of the gauges, incandescent bulbs, but showing the led's I used for dash lights. Perfect intensity, not to dim or bright.
And now, that day I have been waiting for, for over 10 months. I got the old girl backed out of the garage and took her for a test drive. I measured a mile using my other car and calibrated the speedometer assembly. All I can say is if you are going to run aftermarket gauges, then VDO makes a great product. After that calibration, I took her for about a 10 mile trip, up to see the local 4x4 guy. He has been seeing pictures of parts of a jeep for months, but had never actually seen my jeep. The drive went great, had to slightly tighten a coolant hose, but all is well. Below are a couple of pics from when I got back. I am going to get exhaust put on this morning and will post more pics after that is done. FINALLY DRIVING AGAIN!
I went this morning and met up with a buddy with a tube bender. It was fun driving with short straight pipes, but rather loud . we got new aluminized tubing bent and mounted Thrush glass-pack mufflers. I wanted a good throaty sound, but not obnoxious. The compact design keeps the mufflers away from the electronic speedo sender also. Turn down's after the muffler simplified installation, and since this thing will spend most of it's time on road, I am not worried about dust from the exhaust. I got it washed and cleaned this afternoon. all that I lack is to receive the replacement seat and to replace the windshield, hopefully both this week! Below are the last pics I will post until those things happen. A couple of the exhaust and the rest show various views. It looks a ton better in the sun vs in the garage. Hope you guys like it, and thanks for the comments.
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Update for the last week. I went quail hunting with my dad, what has become an annual trip. We go for 2 days to Pat Dye's farm, Crooked Oaks. I highly recommend it if you like that sort of activity. We were surprised by another guest who stayed over that night as well. You can see him in the middle of the first picture. Really classy guy, and it was fun to hear he and Pat go back and forth on who's team was going to win this past weekend. I guess we know who was right. Friday, I drove the jeep to work and back, 140 miles round trip. It was COLD, 41 degrees with no top. Got the cracked windshield replaced at a local glass shop at lunch that day. It was amazing that the pro's had it in and out in under an hour. Last, I got my red LED 1194 replacement bulbs in for the dash. The picture doesn't do them quite the justice of in person, but it ties in the other red switch lights. Opinions? My seat should ship this week, says the manufacturer, 2 weeks after I was supposed to get it.
On another note, how long is anybody waiting after paint to cut and buff their paint out? I have head anywhere from 3-6 months to a year. I just don't want to do it to early.
Ok, I finally got me replacement seat from Jeep Hut on Thursday and got it in yesterday. Now that I have a complete jeep, I have been on a couple of around town rides. Man it's loads of fun. I am sure I will be upgrading/changing some things between now and spring, but here are the last few pics before winter. It's starting to get too cold to drive without a top
If anybody has a lead on a good CJ hard top and some YJ half doors, let me know. I'm in north AL.
Seats are made by omix, the super seat variety. I think part number is 13404.01 for black.
I won't get into much extreme trail riding, but the lights are cast aluminum so they should be pretty durable. I mounted them there because I couldn't really find a place I liked better. Any suggestions?
Haven't posted in a couple of months, mainly because of work, cold weather and holidays. We did get the jeep out and play in the snow a bit.
Went today and had the rear brakes, brake cables, wheel cylinders and lines replaced. The PO did a great job of not adjusting the right rear drum so I wasn't even getting any stopping force from that side. I now have a working e-brake, and better working rear brakes!
I did get a bit of a good surprise, the PO did install a set of summers brothers one piece axles, so my Amc 20 is in better shape than I thought.
Brought it home and washed and waxed it for the first time since paint. I'll post pics later tonight.
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I had noticed a couple of weeks ago that my power steering belt was making noise. Investigation led me to find that the PO had done a hack job on the main bracket, and that caused it to fail. It was barely hanging on. I researched and ended up buying the bracket setup shown below, about $48 with shipping. It doesn't mount to the exhaust like the stock one so I like that. So for any Chevy 350 swap guys, I highly recommend. Took me about a 1.5 hrs to remove and install the new bracket.