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« Reply #180 on: November 22, 2018, 08:56:18 AM »

I do work in Springfield, Which while still not close, is much closer than Fredericksburg...

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« Reply #181 on: November 25, 2018, 02:52:11 PM »

Got it down to VA. Threw the new flares on, sanded and primed driverís footwell, and yanked the HVAC module to replace it.

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« Reply #182 on: November 27, 2018, 09:22:22 AM »

Front driveshaft is back in, driver's window is fixed.  Found a nice surprise waiting for me beneath the belly skid...



Bunch of bits and pieces on the way:

- Front turn signals lenses
- Front turn signal buckets
- New trans mount
- HVAC controller

Hunting for a new center dashboard piece, PN 15FK59LAZA.  Mine is cracked, weathered, missing a vent due to broken vent mounts, among other things.  John (Zuke), I may be making a beach trip this coming weekend and could potentially stop by Thursday afternoon.  I'll let you know if that materializes.  

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« Reply #183 on: December 01, 2018, 02:55:28 AM »

Good to-do's finished today...

- trans mount is in
- belly skid cleaned and reinstalled
- thoroughly wire wheeled, sanded, rust reformer'd the frame rails where the belly skid mounts
- front signals are in
- new HVAC module/controller is installed, but not working.  Need to troubleshoot further, but found some broken vacuum lines in the dash. May pass this one off to a shop since the A/C will need to undoubtedly be recharged as well.  Regardless, the module itself would've needed to be replaced anyways
- front bumper is officially on.  Decided to go with the stubby bumper setup instead of a bull bar for now but am going to hang onto one in case I change my mind later.  I'm digging the stubby one for the time being...



Also ordered:
- went ahead and ordered a used matching set of steering column cover trim.  $30 shipped on ebay, they match, just easier than trekking down to Fredericksburg (thanks anyways John!)
- front side marker light connectors, already picked up bulbs at Napa today
- picking up a new signal multifunction switch for the steering column. After doing the signal lights I was messing with the lights and the hazard switch seems to have failed...won't stay in the off position, so the hazards are stuck on.  The new switch is $70 at Autozone, grabbing it tomorrow. 

Baby steps!

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« Reply #184 on: December 01, 2018, 02:22:31 PM »

Had a few minutes this morning after running some errands and got all my lights working again.  Multifunction module was the culprit after all, and it's no surprise after pulling it apart...





Nasty business under there.  Plugged in the Duralast replacement and kicked the lights on and....no turn signals or hazards.  Couldn't figure it out.  Pulled it back out, checked all the pins to make sure they were fine, and was about to run it back to Autozone under the assumption that it was a faulty part.  Thankfully realized I was just being a moron and hadn't moved the signal relay over.  Working fine now.  Just waiting on parts at this point. 

Any suggestions on where you can find the most budget-friendly windshield?  Safelite's online tool is quoting $240 installed but that seems like too much.  I don't want to do it myself, but I also don't want to overpay since I am well aware that this is likely just about the cheapest piece of glass across all contemporary vehicles today...

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« Reply #185 on: December 01, 2018, 03:18:49 PM »

I've used Best Auto Glass in Lorton VA for years, https://bestautoglass.com/, Mainly because they are close to where I work, So I can take the vehicle to them and it's cheaper that way. Last time they did a TJ window for me was about 4 years ago, It was under $150...

I would check with similar local to you shops, and see what it would be if you just take the windshield frame into them, It'll give you a chance to take the glass out and clean/touch it up before they put the glass in and I'll bet the price would be much less than Safe-T-Lite. But honestly, Safe-T-Lite is pretty competitive in the come to you glass market..


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« Reply #186 on: December 03, 2018, 02:32:26 PM »

Heavy steel rear bumper installed, courtesy of Mr. Jeef

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« Reply #187 on: December 06, 2018, 06:36:51 PM »

Little bits done today...wire wheeled, sanded, and primed the passenger footwell, replaced some floor drain plugs, and serviced the front diff. I tried to go 50% on this the other day and regretted it. Tried to install my d30 diff guard without removing the whole diff cover, and naturally disrupted whatever gasket was along the bottom 5 cover bolts. Today I remembered that I had never actually serviced that front after buying it, so emptied/cleaned/filled with new fluid. New gasket material = dry as a bone down there now.

Title on Monday!

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« Reply #188 on: December 10, 2018, 09:26:54 AM »

Officially tagged this morning!  A couple pre-inspection needs...

- windshield
- emergency brake adjustment/tuning
- some HVAC repairs...still not working correctly and I'm thinking there are some vacuum leaks hidden away causing problems

Also never straightened out the key issues.  Right now the ignition key is different from the door locks, center console lock, and glove compartment lock.  Heading to Jeep this afternoon to get new factory keys made, then need to reset and re-key the ignition lock cylinder.

Uhhhh otherwise this thing is mostly good to go.  Happy that I should now be able to park it out in the neighborhood lot without any fear of towing due to missing tags. 

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« Reply #189 on: December 10, 2018, 06:55:46 PM »

Picked up a factory key from Farrish and it WORKS! All three doors open and the glove compartments lock.  Great news and a big relief, just need to rekey the ignition lock cylinder once I pick it up tomorrow.

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« Reply #190 on: December 11, 2018, 11:53:51 AM »

Snuck away from my desk for a few minutes to finish up wiring.  Jeep it LIT


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« Reply #191 on: December 11, 2018, 05:06:13 PM »

Finally went for a real actual test drive and put a few miles on it.  Oil pressure good, temp good and held even at 210ish or just under, voltage good.  Nothing crazy!

For the most part, it drove OK for something that's been sitting for 10 years.  I'm still getting some metallic-y brake noises here and there from the front, and very occasionally some clutch-y/brake material smells.  The brakes felt perfectly fine and certainly worked, so I'm thinking this is just from some residual material left on the pads and rotors from when I installed them 6 months ago.  They've been sitting for ages so maybe they just need to bed in for a few more miles.  It was stopping straight and not pulling any one direction so I don't think it's dragging, but I'm definitely open to suggestions on this one.  Just waiting for the smell to wear off in the meantime...

Otherwise it drove solid.  It's had a TPS code for a while that I had never reset, so I reset it and it didn't come back on this drive.  Does have an airbag warning light on but I'm almost positive that's from a pulled fuse.  Gonna have to check on that.  Needs an alignment realllllllll bad.

Edit--does this thing had a "shift-up" light in the top right corner of the dash?  I've never seen that before
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« Reply #192 on: December 11, 2018, 05:18:42 PM »

Edit--does this thing had a "shift-up" light in the top right corner of the dash?  I've never seen that before

My 87 MJ has that light. It was annoying.

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« Reply #193 on: December 11, 2018, 06:41:30 PM »

Edit--does this thing had a "shift-up" light in the top right corner of the dash?  I've never seen that before

My 87 MJ has that light. It was annoying.

Agreed. It was on my 86 XJ. Hated that thing. And it was way too big.

Food to hear about the successful test drive. Getting there for sure.

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« Reply #194 on: December 12, 2018, 09:52:56 AM »

My '98 has the shift-up light on the dash too.

Don't be surprised if the clock spring is bad in the steering column and is triggering your airbag.  I may have a good one in the steering column John gave me.  It is the non-cruise control version (I needed one with cruise control).  If you want to give it a whirl to see if it fixes yours, it's yours with the remaining parts of the column.

As for the smells, If it was me, I'd just drive it a little more and make sure the wheel cylinders and anything else is not leaking.  Sometimes a good hose off then driving will get rid of the smells.

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