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post #3496 of 3576 Old 09-02-2014, 09:53 PM
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Not nearly classy as some of the other stuff posted here recently, but...

I found out that Arizona doesn't require side mirrors, unless the the body of the vehicle blocks the driver's view to the rear, which in my always-doorless-always-topless TJ is obviously not an issue. That said, I still want to be able to check those blind spots, so... I'm sure it's been done before but...

$3 for a stick-on parabolic "blind spot" mirror, some plumber's strapping I had in the toolbox, and about 5 minutes of whittling on the mirror's back with a utility knife and I had me a great driver's blind spot checker. The strapping is passed through the back of the mirror and is bolted into the Torx bolts above and below the mirror, so no need to trust the flimsy adhesive that came with the mirror...

Bye-bye huge, ugly, speed-brake TJ mirrors...





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post #3497 of 3576 Old 09-03-2014, 05:58 AM
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Made some door hanger brackets (total cost $2.50 for washers and lags)

I got some 1" angle iron (for free) and welded them into a box, cut everything up, my brother-in-law had some old wrist pins laying around so we welded them together, cut them in in half and welded a washer to the top for the hinge pins.
Welded everything together

and came up with this





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post #3498 of 3576 Old 09-03-2014, 06:05 AM
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Made some door hanger brackets (total cost $2.50 for washers and lags)

I got some 1" angle iron (for free) and welded them into a box, cut everything up, my brother-in-law had some old wrist pins laying around so we welded them together, cut them in in half and welded a washer to the top for the hinge pins.
Welded everything together

and came up with this





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so are you going to mount latches to the wall too? then you could make a cubby for cool stuff behind Door#1 or Door#2 haha

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post #3499 of 3576 Old 09-03-2014, 07:07 AM
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so are you going to mount latches to the wall too? then you could make a cubby for cool stuff behind Door#1 or Door#2 haha
A latch is possible just to keep the kids from swinging the doors around and beating them up... but no hidden compartments

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post #3500 of 3576 Old 09-04-2014, 07:54 PM
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Passenger side dash and center overhead

I'm a pilot but don't get to fly very often any more, so...

2 Aircraft voltmeters to monitor and control dual battery system.

2-1/4 inch round aircraft instruments include
  • 24 hour 8-Day aircraft wind-up clock (My son Chris says he can hear it ticking but I can't!)
  • Altimeter (Nearly maxed it out at 9,943 feet on Tioga Pass enroute to Yosemite!)
  • Vertical Speed Indicator (Only really good for that ONE “Thelma and Louise” cliff jump!)
  • Accelerometer (Resettable “Bump” meter)

Aircraft switches run:
  • Compressor
  • Winch
  • Jumper system (Warn, front and rear)
  • Aircraft 2 way radio
  • Whelen 100W Siren and PA
  • CB
  • CO Detector
  • USB Charger
  • PA microphone
  • Power Posts

Top, center mounted panel mounted under windshield header just above rear view mirror. The box they are mounted in is a $5.00 hobby box from Radio Shack.
  • Aircraft Chronometer with dual time zones, "flight" time and elapsed time
  • Aircraft Outside Air temp switchable F/C (Was in the Mojave Desert on 4th of July when photo taken 109 degrees!)
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I'm a pilot but don't get to fly very often any more, so...
Where's the whiskey compass?!?
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post #3502 of 3576 Old 09-04-2014, 08:36 PM
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Where's the whiskey compass?!?
There is an aircraft compass to the left of the chronometer, out of the picture!

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post #3503 of 3576 Old 09-06-2014, 01:55 AM
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I'm a pilot but don't get to fly very often any more, so... 2 Aircraft voltmeters to monitor and control dual battery system. 2-1/4 inch round aircraft instruments include[*]24 hour 8-Day clock[*]Altimeter (Have been to 9,943 feet on Tioga Pass enroute to Yosemite!)[*]Vertical Speed Indicator (Only really good for that ONE “Thelma and Louise” cliff jump!)[*]Accelerometer (“Bump” meter) Aircraft switches run:[*]Compressor[*]Winch[*]Jumper system (Warn, front and rear)[*]Aircraft 2 way radio[*]Whelen 100W Siren and PA[*]CB[*]CO Detector[*]USB Charger[*]PA microphone[*]Power Posts Top, center mounted panel mounted under windshield header just above rear view mirror. The box they are mounted in is a $5.00 hobby box from Radio Shack.[*]Aircraft Chronometer with dual time zones, "flight" time and elapsed time[*]Aircraft Outside Air temp switchable F/C (Was in the Mojave Desert on 4th of July when photo taken 109 degrees!)
Actually one of the coolest things I've seen. Can you post a picture of the whole interior
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post #3504 of 3576 Old 09-06-2014, 11:12 AM
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Here you go!

As requested, pics aren't great though...

On the top are 2 flat switch panels which are programmable and as thin as a credit card. (one hides behind the visor and operates my "illegal" lights). The flat switch panels were made by Wired HDH (out of business now sadly). Also an aircraft compass and the chrono/OAT box.

The bottom shows the passenger dash panel. After removing the airbag (i know, i know!) I planned out and had fabricated the dash panel which was CAD cut from stainless. I painted it and it looked nice for a while but I think I am going to have it powder coated.

I added a modified dash bezel which mounts just like it does on the drivers side (for RHD versions). The aircraft instruments are all standard 2-1/4 inch. Each is mounted in a 30 degree angled bezel which make them easily readable from the drivers seat.

The dual battery system is made by Hellroaring Technologies (http://www.hellroaring.com) in Montana and works great! There are 3 settings (switch to the left of the 2 voltmeters) ONE is running and charging main battery only, TWO is running from main only but charging both main and backup, THREE is running and charging both (for when using the winch, jumping another vehicle, or ALL of my lights at once!)

If I run the main battery down, I just switch to position THREE and can then start the Jeep. This has saved my butt SO many times!

Above is the compressor tank gauge. Also, a Fusion Marine stereo (UV and water resistant) with internal iPod dock (http://www.imarineusa.com/fusionms-i...emforipod.aspx) , a Cobra CB and the Whelen siren/PA controller. The red button on the passenger dash is an auxiliary siren control. One mic is for the CB, the other for the 100W PA, it is loud!

I am thinking about switching out the Fusion Marine stereo and Garmin GPS for the new Insane Audio made-for-the-Jeep-TJ radio with integrated GPS and bluetooth (http://www.insanejeepaudio.com/IA_Features.html). The only thing is, it's over $1,000.00!! But it sure is nice!
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post #3505 of 3576 Old 09-06-2014, 12:42 PM
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After moving my stereo to the center console, I used the stereo blank to install a switch panel made from red oak and used "gunstock" stain. I based my measurements off of the old stereo's bracket.

I used 12voltguy.com and otrattw.com switches.
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post #3506 of 3576 Old 09-08-2014, 09:13 AM
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I'm a pilot but don't get to fly very often any more, so...

2 Aircraft voltmeters to monitor and control dual battery system.

2-1/4 inch round aircraft instruments include
  • 24 hour 8-Day clock
  • Altimeter (Have been to 9,943 feet on Tioga Pass enroute to Yosemite!)
  • Vertical Speed Indicator (Only really good for that ONE “Thelma and Louise” cliff jump!)
  • Accelerometer (“Bump” meter)

Aircraft switches run:
  • Compressor
  • Winch
  • Jumper system (Warn, front and rear)
  • Aircraft 2 way radio
  • Whelen 100W Siren and PA
  • CB
  • CO Detector
  • USB Charger
  • PA microphone
  • Power Posts

Top, center mounted panel mounted under windshield header just above rear view mirror. The box they are mounted in is a $5.00 hobby box from Radio Shack.
  • Aircraft Chronometer with dual time zones, "flight" time and elapsed time
  • Aircraft Outside Air temp switchable F/C (Was in the Mojave Desert on 4th of July when photo taken 109 degrees!)
Thats a really slick setup

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post #3507 of 3576 Old 09-08-2014, 08:13 PM
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Made some adjustable hood latches for less than $5. Just used some turnbuckles for tightening cables.

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post #3508 of 3576 Old 09-26-2014, 02:30 PM
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Made some adjustable hood latches for less than $5. Just used some turnbuckles for tightening cables.

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How long are the turnbuckles? Did you use hooks or eyes to connect to the pins?
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How long are the turnbuckles? Did you use hooks or eyes to connect to the pins?
Honestly I'm not sure on the length, I just grabbed the shortest ones they had. I had to trim the screws a bit to be able to tighten them enough. I used the eye style. I brought a pin in to ensure I got the right size eye.
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post #3510 of 3576 Old 09-28-2014, 02:47 PM
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Made a new Transfer Case shifter after my Front drive shaft took out my T-Case and all related shifter parts.
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