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Old 05-18-2021, 10:18 PM
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It does look super nice!!!
Thanks Marc.


It drives a lot better with new rubber. A t-18 4 speed and 3:31 gears turn the 33's so much easier than 36's. I'm super happy about that.

The wheels look shiny, but they are actually flat black.



Almost time to get that bumper and winch back on. I'm picking up some good used warn winch parts to give it a bit of a refresh. and have some spare parts.



This jeep has a bit of piss when you hit the gas pedal! 4 speed helps! I love that it's a factory manual trans Jeep.



Still needs the floor pan work. Which should begin pretty soon.



I'll keep chipping away at it, driving it helps the motivation for sure.
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Old 05-30-2021, 05:29 PM
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I've been putting the finishing touches on the front suspension. A new steering stabilizer and sway bar bushing and end links. And the new passenger shackle. It had the wrong size sleeve in it. I also drilled new holes in the fssr brackets to push the front spring fixed point back and up a touch. Pic before the shackle replacement





I need to center my steering wheel also. I'll get the front bumper back on after my steering box gets replaced. I also picked up a box of used warn winch parts 3 extra motors and solenoids packs.





I started buttoning up the dash also. I put the digital clock back in and the rear window switch. Thinking about a basic am/fm/cd radio.



I Drilled a couple holes for the dakota dash adjustment buttons.






I'm trying to figure out the dome lights also. I'm not sure why that is such a pain. I think I'm missing something easy. Like where they are powered from to begin with.
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Old 05-30-2021, 08:59 PM
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My guess would be the door switches. They are the grounding point.
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Old 05-31-2021, 10:56 AM
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My guess would be the door switches. They are the grounding point.





This is the feed for the door switches. It's part of the harness and splits right there. One going to the drivers pillar switch the other to the passenger pillar switch. I can't locate a plug that is triggered w/ power when the pillar switch is open.



What does that plug look like? because it will feed power to the b-pillar that has the dome wiring, allowing the domes to work. I think I'm looking for a brown wire? It's confusing because I think of orange for lights, and I feel like blue is also used for lights.



Because the headlight switch also activates the domes, I'll start there.

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Old 05-31-2021, 11:28 AM
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My '88, the domes have 12V at all times from a hot lead. The other lead feeds to the "A" pillar switches. When the door is opened, they spring out and complete the circuit by grounding through the body.

Suspect the same system in use in '81. See if the "B" pillar leads are hot.
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Old 05-31-2021, 02:56 PM
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My 79 is like that too. 12v all the time, then when you open the door, switch grounds and turns lights on.
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Old 05-31-2021, 11:19 PM
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My '88, the domes have 12V at all times from a hot lead. The other lead feeds to the "A" pillar switches. When the door is opened, they spring out and complete the circuit by grounding through the body.

Suspect the same system in use in '81. See if the "B" pillar leads are hot.




This is the wiring at the B- pillar





I've been looking through the first pics I took trying to find one of the wires that were on the floor board- I think?


My 84 had a flat wire harness heading back and the dome feed was just part of that harness.( so that's what's in my head)



This Jeep does not have that harness, so at some point it changed. More power options on the 84 probably.



I didn't make it out to my 80 either to look at it this weekend and compare. I do think the domes still work on that.
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:06 AM
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Yeah, pretty sure all the wiring was on the floor, just the leads up the B to the dome.
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:34 AM
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I LIKE THE STEERING STABILIZER.
love the Cherokee.

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Old 06-02-2021, 12:17 AM
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Yeah, pretty sure all the wiring was on the floor, just the leads up the B to the dome.




That's what I remember, Anything I removed, I kept. I just needed to know what colors. And what it looked like. I was just a pair of Dark Brown / Black vs what I thought I was looking for.



Now I just need to locate it.



goldhammer. Thank you for input. You are more help than you know!


SOLSAKS. Thanks. It's getting there.
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Old 08-06-2021, 07:35 PM
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It's been a busy summer work wise. I havent done much to the jeep. Still needs to be welded on and such. Today I hopped into it and made a IAC adjustment on the sniper and drove it around for a bit. It's running pretty good. It was a good day to do that. Not many folks out walking in the middle of the streets like normal around here.
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Old 08-06-2021, 07:35 PM
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It's been a busy summer work wise. I havent done much to the jeep. Still needs to be welded on and such. Today I hopped into it and made a IAC adjustment on the sniper and drove it around for a bit. It's running pretty good. It was a good day to do that. Not many folks out walking in the middle of the streets like normal around here.
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Old 09-21-2021, 10:00 PM
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Back at it

I've started working on the Cherokee again. I installed the front bumper and winch.








Next I am removing the 6" springs in favor of a BDS 4" kit. Front is finished.




Tonight I removed the fuel tank to access the front spring nut.


I got the rear axle dropped and the drivers rear spring out. and called it quits tonight.






I'm replacing the stock tank with a unit I scored on craigslist


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Old 09-21-2021, 10:44 PM
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I was going to put in a J truck spare tire area aux tank. Would have had to angle one corner to do it, and it fell by the way side. At least it will probably be easier to fuel up.

Replaced rear gear set once after it scattered on the way to work one morning. Replaced the L/R axle shaft. Had an old crack and finally let go. The guy I had do the gears at one time was the transmission and gear guy for May Trucking down in Brooks
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Old 09-22-2021, 09:21 AM
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This has become my favorite picture on this thread. That grill, with that bumper, with those tires, with that lift, with those shocks, with that color... droooooool
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OH NO!!! Transfer case fell out!!!
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Old 09-23-2021, 12:16 AM
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Art. I'm fortunate that you offer up this info. Tons get done to Jeeps over the years and is forgotten or remain unknown after being bought and sold. I'm glad you are willing to share.




Thanks Rang! Also the t- case belongs to the 5.3 motor and trans in the crowded garage.


I got the new springs/ shocks in on the rear tonight. It went pretty good!





Sitting back on all 4 tires.


This pulled my attention away from FSJ's for a while. 1958 chevy LWB. Got it running and stopping with new disc swap just to find out she's got a cracked 235 6 cyl block. That is something I'm on the hunt for now.


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Old 09-23-2021, 11:26 AM
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...This pulled my attention away from FSJ's for a while. 1958 chevy LWB. Got it running and stopping with new disc swap just to find out she's got a cracked 235 6 cyl block. That is something I'm on the hunt for now.
Hmmm... I wonder if there is someone around that would have a 5.3 motor and trans, maybe even a T case laying around taking up space that you could drop in there...
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Old 09-24-2021, 06:59 AM
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I love the 58. Sixes are pretty common around here. I have a few laying around. Hope you can find one in the NW.
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I had a 58 Apache that I pulled out of a farmer's field outside Boise ID, got it running and used the heck out of it. Intended to restore it but just kept using it. That 235 did just fine.

There was a guy in Boise that had a really well worked 235 (cam, dual carbs, header, etc). Sounded awesome and would lay a nice double line of rubber when he got on it. Surprised a lot of folks!

I miss that old beat up truck. The guy that bought it couldn't hand me the cash and get it on his trailer fast enough. I was sick..
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Old 09-25-2021, 09:43 PM
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Hmmm... I wonder if there is someone around that would have a 5.3 motor and trans, maybe even a T case laying around taking up space that you could drop in there...




I'm going to hold out for a 235.
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