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Old October 5th, 2007, 08:11 AM   #21
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I'm still 'crippled' with the use of 1.5 hands, but I managed to work on the RJM headlight harness yesterday:


Only problem is that it was designed to plug into an early Bronco or other Ford product by using the existing headlamp connectors. The stock Jeep headlight plugs won't fit. I stripped the old headlight plugs out of the existing harness, and I've got a set of Ford plugs and connectors on the way. The white and the gray/blk wires are the existing Jeep headlight wires. I'll just crimp one onto the existing Jeep wiring, and then it should work fine.


I'm going to run a set of battery cables over to the driver's side inner fender. I'll use a couple stud mounts for power distribution. That way I can wire in additional lighting relays and a winch without cluttering up the passenger side fender area. There's not going to be much room left on that side once I get the ARB compressor mounted and wired/plumbed:


Speaking of ARB...Those guys are great at ARB-USA. Since it's been almost ten years since I had the lockers installed, and I purchased the compressor last year...The original switches for the lockers were the old style push buttons, and wouldn't plug into the supplied wiring harness for the newer compressor:


I Called ARB on Monday, they sent me two new rocker style ones...Gratis....Got them US mail on Thursday.


Sweet customer service!

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Old October 5th, 2007, 06:37 PM   #22
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Got outside for a few hours and after debating the various options decided to just bolt the damn compressor to the inner fender. Here's what she looks like:




I ended up calling ARB USA tech support again because the directions weren't specific as to which way to put the solenoid on. They're stamped with a '1' and '2' each side. The '1' goes toward the compressor. In the second pic you can make out the '1' on the back side of each solenoid.

The compressor does vibrate the fender a bit when it's running, I might get a piece of 1/4" rubber to isolate the metal base from the inner fender. Haven't tried the actual lockers yet, perhaps tomorrow I put the jack under the axles and give it a shot of air...
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Old October 5th, 2007, 07:31 PM   #23
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Great work! Looking forward to seeing the final product!
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Old October 6th, 2007, 10:47 AM   #24
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you need an updated avatar! :)
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Old October 6th, 2007, 07:15 PM   #25
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Thanks! No new avatar until this biotch gets a license plate and is on the street....

I worked the ARB harness into the tub and finished up the RJM alternator charging kit:


And no...They aren't going to stay looped over the column. Got to Hack Fab up a switch plate.





I'm getting the wiring organized right now. I'm going to need to fabricate up a couple battery cables as the stuff I got from Murray's isn't gonna cut it.

I got my son to come over and we put the old hood back on:




Just a temporary situation until I can pick up a good used one. It'll help protect things when I'm towing it to the exhaust shop and the driveshaft shop.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 07:49 AM   #26
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Couple new developments:

Check out the custom side terminal studs my son machined for me:


The ones that were available on the aftermarket were just a bit too short. I'll be hooking up the ARB, Fuse Panel (check the Maxi fuse attached to the battery box in place of the original fusible link), and ECM power wires to them.

Also check out the way overkill 2/0 cables and how I ran power to the other side of the CJ:






I attached the headlight brightener harness to the terminal studs and I'll also use it for the winch and any additional auxiliary lighting relays.

The really 'sick' part is that the pics don't show the 'Hack Fabrication' lettering that was printed on the cables by the company I purchased them from.

Just a bit of 'Hack Humor'....

I also repaired the horn button on my sport steering wheel...Ya'll know the plastic lens that gets cracked/broken? Well I located a company in NY that sells watch crystals in various sizes, they aren't the fit of the original, but with a bit of Pliobond adhesive and some Permatex black....Just like new:



Next stop...Exhaust shop.
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 07:39 AM   #27
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Default Exhaust and Some 'Bling'

Project has hit another wall. I did manage to get it tow'd over to Keith's Muffler for the exhaust system:










It's 2.5" head pipes into a 3" pipe, running through a 3" Turbo muffler. Then out the back with a 3" tailpipe. Only complaint was the location of the O2 sensor on the driver's side. It's a bit low. I'll probably get it re-done when I pull the body next year for paint. Otherwise, good job and decent price for a 'custom' exhaust fab.

Added a bit of 'bling' to the driver's side plug wires:


I couldn't get the passenger side to work because the MSD wires I got were a few inches too short. The 'critical' side was the d/s because the wires were laying on the headers. I'll fix the p/s later...

Waiting for the custom 'Extreme' radiator to arrive via FedEx this Friday. Also I've decided to go with the hydroboost brake system. Just need to have Van at vanco give me a call...He was having a pre-Christmas sale with $100 off. Which will help me also get the dang power steering plumbed, as his kits include all the hoses and fittings for the install.

I haven't gotten the courage up to put gasoline in the tank and pressure test the fuel system. I was really hoping that the weather would get into the 40's so I could roll the heep out into the driveway and do it. I don't want to 'light up' my house for the holidays...At least that way.
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 08:05 AM   #28
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I love the detail in this project, Hack! Nice work...I enjoy following the thread.

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Old December 3rd, 2007, 08:36 AM   #29
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WOW... looking good!
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 09:18 AM   #30
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got an extra top or doors i need some ???
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 03:07 PM   #31
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Nope....Might have some in a year or so when I replace my existing BesTop Supertop with a new one....
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 06:46 PM   #32
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love the rig hope mine grows up 2 look like this some day
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 07:20 PM   #33
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looks awesome. should be back down in the area for 3-4 weeks pretty soon. give a shout if you ever need a hand
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 08:09 PM   #34
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Old December 3rd, 2007, 08:19 PM   #35
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Nice work and good write-up! Keep the updates coming.
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Old December 4th, 2007, 07:08 AM   #36
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If you're even considering half the stuff I've done...Let's go get a couple and let me talk you out of it

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Thanks! Stop by anytime (either bring or call ahead... doesn't have a long shelf life at my shack). If the temps get into the 40's, I'll be pushing the heep out of the garage to check the fuel system. Bonfire anyone?

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Thanks, I'll update as I go. Only wish I'd owned a digital camera back in 1996 when I got this heep. I haven't scanned all the pics I took on my 35mm into the computer yet. Although there weren't that many.

Next two things are the radiator (I'm hoping for this Friday-we'll see) and the hydroboost. I spoke with Van at Vanco yesterday. He's got my order (and my cc #), so perhaps by the end of this month I can get that installed. I need to plumb the PS before I install the radiator.

Unfortunately, I'm two months behind were I wanted to be this year. Mostly due to a daughter that decided she wanted to go to school in PA, and the 'mishap' at SLSD:

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Old March 6th, 2008, 05:48 PM   #37
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Okay, I finally got a break from snowblowing the neighborhood, and the outside temp is where I can warm up the garage a bit. I spent yesterday chasing all over the tri-county area looking for 'that part', and found it in Troy. Anyway, I bent up some prototype power steering tubes:






The problem I'm facing is that the adapter fittings for the flare to -AN don't 'fit' under the lower radiator tank. That's why I need to Hack Fab up some custom ones.

I FedEx'd them off to Gene's Automotive (Tubes N' Hoses) in MO. He'll machine bend up a duplicate set in stainless steel, and braze the -AN fittings on the ends.

All this so I can plumb in the hydroboost set up from Vanco....And, no I don't have the originals. And no, the aftermarket replacements wouldn't work either. Hence...Hack Fab to the rescue.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 05:11 PM   #38
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I got the finished tubes back from Gene's Tubes N' Hoses in Missouri. He bent up a set out of stainless steel, silver soldered the -AN ends on:




I'll Hack Fab up a bracket to support them along the frame rail when I tear the CJ down for paint.

Now I'm dealing with the brake issue. I just ordered the fittings to run braided line from the master cylinder to the prop valve. They should be here in a couple of days. Then, it's start measuring and making up the lines.

More later...

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Old March 27th, 2008, 08:33 AM   #39
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Gotta get this big hunk of iron mounted today:




I'm finding that it's a bit 'tight' down by the prop valve:


So I'll probably take the clutch linkage out before I start wrenching the fittings into the valve.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 04:31 PM   #40
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Well, I managed to get the hydroboost installed on the firewall:


The -AN adapter fittings on the prop/combo valve were not too difficult to install. Just took some creative gymnastics. I had to order the -3AN DOT approved lines, so it'll probably be next week before they come from Missouri. I did get one of the power steering lines fab'd:


But I've got to wait for the shop to get some more SS braided line in. Hopefully tomorrow.
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