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Old 09-22-2020, 11:26 PM
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Ooooooohhh yeah!!!! That is awesome!!!! Nice sleuthing !! Glad it was not something exspensive!!
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Old 09-23-2020, 07:00 AM
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I see the radio section of the dash has been cut out just like mine. I suppose it makes for easy installation of a newer single DIN radio head. I removed a stock AM/FM/CB radio several years ago from a Wag I found in the Pick and Pull. It was a nightmare getting it removed. The glove box had to come out first. Even then, the vent ducting behind the radio wouldn't provide enough clearance to remove the radio. After a mighty fight, I won. But now, I cannot install it into my wag because its dash has been cut up by the previous owner. Here's a link to my AM/FM/CB Radio

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Old 09-23-2020, 08:11 AM
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I see the radio section of the dash has been cut out just like mine. I suppose it makes for easy installation of a newer single DIN radio head. I removed a stock AM/FM/CB radio several years ago from a Wag I found in the Pick and Pull. It was a nightmare getting it removed. The glove box had to come out first. Even then, the vent ducting behind the radio wouldn't provide enough clearance to remove the radio. After a mighty fight, I won. But now, I cannot install it into my wag because its dash has been cut up by the previous owner. Here's a link to my AM/FM/CB Radio


It had a single DIN radio that had seen better days. I found a clock block off plate and might put the switch panel back in where the ash tray is suppose to go. It was missing the glove box all together. Easy access. I removed an AM/FM stock radio out of one at a wrecking yard also.... Huge PITA with glove box in.



What are you going to do with the

cb?
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Old 09-23-2020, 10:21 PM
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I'm getting the gauges ready to go back in.


I'm also filling in the rust pits with spot filler on my glove box door.



A friend just bought this cool old bike. I figure there are a few bike fans on the forum.
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Old 09-24-2020, 06:58 AM
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I like the gauges, is it Dakota digital ?

the engine turned panels are cool.

looks like you got glove box lid ready to prime/paint

really cool BMW motorcycle too.

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Old 09-24-2020, 07:25 AM
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I see the radio section of the dash has been cut out just like mine. I suppose it makes for easy installation of a newer single DIN radio head. I removed a stock AM/FM/CB radio several years ago from a Wag I found in the Pick and Pull. It was a nightmare getting it removed. The glove box had to come out first. Even then, the vent ducting behind the radio wouldn't provide enough clearance to remove the radio. After a mighty fight, I won. But now, I cannot install it into my wag because its dash has been cut up by the previous owner. Here's a link to my AM/FM/CB Radio




Driftwood, have you looked into the Din repair kits?
https://www.retromanufacturing.com/p...ant=9357328643
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Old 09-24-2020, 07:32 AM
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WOW
I watched the video
that is a nice kit
and only 59.00

good heads up bkilby
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Old 09-25-2020, 08:15 PM
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Driftwood, have you looked into the Din repair kits?
https://www.retromanufacturing.com/p...ant=9357328643




That is a pretty cool option. Would it work with a factory radio or one of their retro radios only?




I have a really cool update!


The Beast runs again! It's almost weird because it is so quiet and very smooth. It has great cold oil pressure and really good vacuum.


Now that it runs It's time to button the wiring up and get the gauges installed.



Here are a couple pics from tonight.





Just condensation. no smoke!









I'm super happy. I took a video, I'll probably post it on FB on the jeep pages there.
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Old 09-25-2020, 08:25 PM
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GOOD NEWS !!!!
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Old 10-03-2020, 07:41 PM
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It seems like it's going to be a few days of dealing with wiring.


Today I installed the powermaster 1 wire alternator. (mostly to support the sniper).







It's time to figure out the sniper and Dakota gauges. Does anyone have this set up? If so any pointers?



I have the 10 pin harness on the sniper, so it might be easy. I'm just not sure what to do about all of the existing wires behind the dash.


Because I reinstalled the front winch bumper I need to get the winch operating. The old solenoids are pretty crusty.






I bought a solenoid kit similar to the Allbright, I hope it works!



I'll be road testing it soon. Then it will be time to do the floors.
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Old 10-04-2020, 03:25 PM
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OMG, that bumper, That winch. Sooooo cool.
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Old 10-09-2020, 09:39 PM
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The Dakota Gauges are working. I need to add the sensors and hook them to the board. Water temp, oil pressure, and speedometer. It will be independent from the sniper stuff. It makes it easier to hook up that way.













I got the albright style switch mounted the winch now I have to replace the winch control plug, it's the old 4 wire set up. It reminds me of my dads old boat trailer set up. I'll hit napa in my travels tomorrow and see what the have.




One of these days soon?? I might just get to take it for a run around the block.
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Old 10-10-2020, 08:09 AM
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road trip coming soon !!!

or block trip,....!!!

hey we all have been there, the first few trial runs can be interesting,....

I always have my buddy's phone number, ...who tows for a living,....very handy....

good luck.

gauges look good.

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Old 10-17-2020, 10:07 AM
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road trip coming soon !!!

or block trip,....!!!

hey we all have been there, the first few trial runs can be interesting,....

I always have my buddy's phone number, ...who tows for a living,....very handy....

good luck.

gauges look good.

dave in NC










Thanks dave. As far as breaking down.... I have AAA HaHa....



For now it will be just around the block and in the neighborhood.



I have to install a cat on my exhaust then go through smog. $300.00 in DMV fees later it will be legal to drive for a couple of years.



The next major undertaking will be the floor pans, and front passenger fender. I wanted to get it running and driving before I tackled the pans.


Cool thing I found out based on the interior and a few other clues is that it began life as a chief. I sort of suspected that but couldn't see any evidence of the huge decals that are on the 81 Chief models.
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Old 10-17-2020, 11:48 AM
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I just changed spots the 79 and 81. The 79 hasn't been started in a few weeks to a month. So it took a bit of coaxing.... fuel down the carb etc, so it wouldn't kill the weak battery to start. It's way, way louder than the 81, so I'm glad the neighbors went to work before I did this.



The 81 fired right up first turn of the key, runs great. I need to adjust the clutch. and probably replace worn linkage parts. There is about 3inches before the clutch engages. This is the first time I've moved it more than a foot or two. It always feels good to drive a vehicle out out the driveway that got there on a tow truck, or by pushing it in.



I will need to replace the starter. It doesn't engage the flywheel every time. Like after I killed it waiting for the clutch to engage.



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Old 10-21-2020, 09:24 AM
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nice looking driveway

...with two FSJ CHEROKEES in it !!!

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Old 10-21-2020, 03:56 PM
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... It always feels good to drive a vehicle out out the driveway that got there on a tow truck, or by pushing it in.
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Soo true. so very true! I envy your driveway.
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Old 10-24-2020, 07:38 PM
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nice looking driveway

...with two FSJ CHEROKEES in it !!!

dave in NC




Thanks Dave! I need a shop! My 89 is stuffed in that little garage also.
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Old 10-24-2020, 07:51 PM
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Soo true. so very true! I envy your driveway.






I hope to be driving one of them soon. I've been chipping away at the brown one. I had to replace some of the factory harness. Luckily it fed the column harness so it was easy.


I now have a turn signal switch that is not broken, F&R blinkers, both brake lights, a horn and a working blower motor.



I need to replace the starter so it will crank every time. Install the catalytic converter, double check all wires in the engine compartment. Add it to my insurance and go for a test run. At least to a gas station in the neighborhood.
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