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Old July 16th, 2013, 08:03 AM   #281
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Very cool! Hope my son enjoys working on his jeeps as much as I did/do. Great learning experience for both dad and daughter, plus great quality time together. Keep it up.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 08:07 AM   #282
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We made some progress on Mira's XJ interior removal today. The headliner and much of the interior trim is removed, and ready for the replacement as-needed. We also plan on having the windshield replaced while it's out. Next, we'll be running the wiring for her Gentex temp/compass mirror, and also lighted sun visors (an upgrade for this Jeep).



Keeping track of the trim & screws for future reinstall.


Behold, the ugly, saggy headliner. Girl Power 1, Headliner 0.


And a post-work victory lap around the yard.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 08:35 AM   #284
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very cool project and neat to see her involved and having fun
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Old September 1st, 2013, 11:39 AM   #285
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Great family bonding project.
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Old October 12th, 2013, 08:36 PM   #286
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Contortionist Mira performs some under-dash work. Mira's base-model Jeep XJ now has under-dash courtesy lights, and we got some of the wiring run for the Gentex Temp/Compass mirror. We were not able to get her lighted visors working, as the plug for the harness differs between her 1997 model, and the 1999 donor model. That's OK, though...she'll still get (non-lit) vanity mirrors.

However, it's typically 2 steps forward, one step back. Now her gauges/stereo aren't working. We'll address that another day.




We also got the new later-model (1999) headliner, sound bar & speakers installed today. This replaced the old, sagging headliner.

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Old October 20th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #287
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Mira's Gentex Temp/Compass mirror is now installed & working, lighted vanity mirrors are now working, and the instrument cluster/stereo is working again. Productive weekend!

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Progress today...sort of.

We painted the inside roof over the driver area with Eastwood Rust Encapsulator paint, as there was a faint tinge of surface rust starting due to the thin OEM primer inside the cab. It probably wasn't necessary, but it gives us some peace of mind, and it was the time to do it.




We also replaced the steering wheel, and multi-function switch, but found after getting everything back together that the turn signals aren't working.




Cruisin' around the yard (which is when we realized that we now have no turn signals, and that the air bag light is also on). Two steps forward, one step back.
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Craig, maybe the clock spring was damaged when you swapped out steering wheels? I've never swapped one so just guessing here.
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Craig, maybe the clock spring was damaged when you swapped out steering wheels? I've never swapped one so just guessing here.
Thanks for the suggestion. I wondered about that, too, but we were VERY careful with the clock spring, and the horn does still work. The turn signal/multi-position switch has its own plug/harness, and works independently from the clock spring, too. It may be as easy as a blown fuse.

I'll have to take a closer look at things the next time we're at the shop. I should know more later this week, or next weekend at the latest.

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Turn signals and cruise is working again. The turn signals must have just been a connection issue. The old cruise switch (from a different vehicle) was the culprit for the non-working cruise; I switched the switch, and it all works great now.

I got the headliner reinstalled, and the new (all dark) dash swapped in today. All electrical is working with the exception of the driver door speaker (next to be fixed). The center console will be replaced with a dark one to match the dash, and dark carpet will be swapped in, too.

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Old November 13th, 2013, 08:19 PM   #292
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Due to excessive rust in the floor of Mira's Jeep, we will likely scrap the entire project (tongue in cheek). I pulled the seats, console & carpets tonight, and this is what I found. Woot!

We'll be bringing the XJ into the dealership shortly to get the air bag sensor relocated, as recall was not taken care of by the previous owner(s).



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Old November 13th, 2013, 08:40 PM   #293
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Wow. That's clean.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 03:15 PM   #294
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It was a productive weekend for Mira's Jeep. Although I didn't have my girls with me this weekend, I made some good solo progress.
  • Fixed driver door speaker wiring, and installed driver-side Infinity XJ tweeter (passenger side to be installed soon), then rocked out to the Foo Fighters, which sounded great!
  • Installed 4-flat trailer wiring.
  • Fixed broken driver door stop.
  • Removed the rear seat, and all seat belt bolts through the floor, and reinstalled after using anti-seize.
  • Got rear carpet ready to remove, with the exception of drilling out the riveted factory tie-down point (must be removed to get the carpet out).
  • Fought for a couple hours with one broken seat bolt (still never got it out). It's the only bolt that hasn't come out like butter. I was unsuccessful at getting a good enough weld with a nut on the broken bolt, so I'll hit it with an EZ-out next (ironic name...I have never had good luck with them).

The XJ is going in to the dealership next weekend for the airbag sensor recall, and potentially some other work. More to come...

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Old December 14th, 2013, 05:14 PM   #295
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Several updates...

The XJ is back from the dealership, where they did the following:
  • Airbag control module relocation (Recall)
  • Fuel tank sending unit replacement (Recall)
  • Replaced rear main seal & front crank case seal. The Cherokee no longer leaves "tracks" in the garage.

I also bought 2 new transmission cooling lines (not knowing that there are 3, one of which I need to still get) to replace leaky ones. We'll do that shortly.

I also picked up a set of overpriced (but rust-free) doors just to get the interior door panels to replace, in particular, Mira's passenger one. I'm reselling the doors (driver door is VERY nice, but passenger is dented), but keeping the interior panels. They're hard to find for manual windows/locks, so despite being overpriced, they were located only 20 minutes from my house, so I can't complain.

Here's Mira's old inner door panel, which has been bedazzled with random sheet metal screws to hold the door pull on the door.


Here's her new replacement door panel:



I also rented a Bissell commercial carpet cleaner, and spent several hours (almost five?!?) shampooing Mira's old carpet pieces (which will be sold), and her new darker carpets, seats, and headliner. It's not perfect, but here's her replacement carpet after shampooing. Eventually, I'd like to look at a set of WeatherTech floor mats for the Jeep.





The POR-15 paint application you haven't heard about...

Mira's replacement carpet had some rust marks/flakes that transferred from the floor of the donor vehicle, and I don't want it starting rust in her clean, rust-free XJ. I considered Dynamat or Eastwood Thermocoustic Barrier, but don't have the money for either right now (spendy). So, I used a 4-oz. can of POR-15 paint to cover the rust marks prior to reinstalling in Mira's Jeep. It may be overkill and/or OCD, but that's how I roll.

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Old December 28th, 2013, 04:01 PM   #296
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Mira changed her own XJ spark plugs today.

A previous owner had installed Champion platinum plugs (which I heard don't work very well in Jeep 4.0s), and the gap varied from 0.048-0.055". They were supposed to be 0.035".

The new, properly-gapped NGK "standard" plugs made the 4.0L run much more smoothly, but we still have a slight backfire when revving the engine. We'll have to get it into a shop in the spring to get that checked out.



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Still think it needs hood struts. I like mine. No prop rod to get in the way.
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Old February 4th, 2014, 07:37 PM   #298
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The biggest news...letting the cat out of the bag...

After careful consideration, we have decided to keep Mira's XJ 2WD for now. Call it a "Prerunner". Call it a "Mall Crawler" (I'm sure it'll live up to its name). The bottom line is that we already have a solid driveline in this XJ, and she won't be driving it too horribly far once she gets her license, as her mom & step-dad just bought a house that is basically across from the high school. We can always convert it to 4WD down the road, should we want to do so.

We're also on somewhat of a deadline now (however, this did not factor into the 2WD decision). A friend is setting up a Jeeping weekend in Grayling, Michigan in June, and we're going to try to get Mira's XJ ready to go by then. It'll be a lot of 2-track trails, with a little more difficult stuff (relatively speaking) sprinkled in.

So on to the actual updates (somewhat anti-climatic, given the polar vortex we have been so fortunate to be experiencing here in Michigan). My free time has also been split with rounding up key parts for my Jeep FC170 project.

Mira's interior door panels, inner quarter panel trim pieces, and inner rear hatch panel are removed, and ready for a coating of Eastwood Internal Frame Coating once we get a little warmer weather (holding our breath).

My girls earned some extra money a couple weeks ago doing a "power part-out" on this inexpensive '92 XJ 2-door. It was in & out of the garage in about a 24-hour timeframe. We kept a handful of parts for Mira's XJ, most notably a set of 3-month-old rotors and calipers that had been installed on the XJ shortly before it was parked due to rusty floors and frame. Mira needed front brakes, so this worked out perfectly, and cost us nothing after parting out the Jeep.





What's up next?
  • Apply a coating of Eastwood Internal Frame Coating once we get a little warmer weather.
  • Reinstall the replacement carpet/interior.
  • We have some new Moog upper control arm bushings ready to install, along with low-mileage drag link & tie rod, and upper control arms that I pulled from my (former) '05 LJ when I swapped in 1-tons and long-arm suspension. We also have some new adjustable lower control arms from TeraFlex, who sponsored Mira with these. We plan to knock out all of this front suspension and front brake work soon, and put a coat of paint on the dead float 2WD front axle in the process.
  • Finish up our JCR Offroad (another of Mira's sponsors) DIY front & rear bumpers.

We have a lot to do by June, but I think we can knock it out.
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