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Old 03-14-2017, 10:20 AM   #801 (permalink)
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So after about a 3.5 month hiatus...she's back in the shop to CRANK for EJS.



This list looks something like:
- Mount, plumb and wire new Trans Cooler
- Plumb old trans cooler into Hydro
- Redo Wiring, Remount some items (PDC, Junction Box)
- Install Fast Fill Neck and Fender Filler for Fuel Cell
- PM Check (Grease, Tighten Bolts, General Once over everything)
- Throw another coat of paint on interior panels (with hardener this time)
- General Clean and paint touch up
- Misc. Small stuff

The Daily Driver XJ build took longer than I wanted to get back to a roller, but it is what it is.

First up was solving the non-running issue. Well, it turned out to be a blown fuse in the PDC, which then got followed by a misplaced fuse in the junction block

So, It got it running again, BUT decided I wanted to "re-do" some wiring.

We'll, that turned into a full blown deal:



It wasn't that I was unhappy with my wiring, I was unhappy with the location of the Junction Block, the PDC, and at the time the PCM.

So, the Junction Black and PDC are getting moved to the cowl, for MUCH easier access should I blow a fuse (instead of removing interior panels )

I originally wanted to remount the PCM, I thought the fuel issue might be the PCM having gotten overheated sitting just above the Trans. Howvere, there wasn't to room in the cowl to mount it very well. So, I went ahead and added some nutserts to its original mounting location (instead of needing to get in between the block and the firewall) and bolted it back up.

I'm currently waiting on Waytek Wire order of more Weatherpack fittings to finish it up. I'll be removing the giant OEM White C100 connector, shortening a BIT of wiring, and connecting/looming it all back together.

So that's the wiring side (with some more to come).

Another thing was the Trans Cooler. My trans was still reading a little hotter than I liked, soooo time to go overkill and get a cooler that would be sufficient for Ultra4

So, I ordered a Derale 13870, it's getting mounted up under the rear, below the fuel cell and Action Packer. The old trans cooler/fan will be connected to my Hydro system, so I'll have dual coolers in that system, one being the tube/fin with an on/off capable fan.

Just placed an order to Jegs for some fuel cell stuff. The top Aero style cap is being a little bit of a PITA, and won't work when I get a Baja Bin mounted.

So, on the way to install is a 45 JAZ 2.5" Fast Fill Neck with Flapper Valve, and a 2.5" 12 bolt Fender Mounting Kit.

This will make it much nicer to refuel, instead of standing on top of the rear tire with the gas can or pump nozzle.

I've got less than a month until it needs to be loaded on to the trailer.

In reality all I *needed* to do was replace that fuse...but there of course was a BIT more I wanted to do

Once this is all complete, the buggy should be good for a WHILE.
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Old 03-16-2017, 08:46 AM   #802 (permalink)
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Well, still progressing...

Got the Trans Fan Mounted the other night, and then started on the plumbing only to get one hose mocked up. Realized that I was a few feet short on the second one...ugh.

I got a box FULL of Weatherpack stuff (enough to last me the next 5 years ), so I've turned back to the wiring.

I used to hate wiring, but the feeling of now being able to easily trace wires, and more so getting to get rid of more wires, bulky connectors, etc. feels great

Though, to be honest, at this point it would have been quicker to take the OEM stuff, and start from scratch

All of my fuel cell filler stuff was supposed to be here Friday, but the fender mout kit from Summit changed from shipping yesterday, to an ETA of 5/23

So, looks like I need to order if from Speedway to get here in time. I'll at least get the fill neck and such installed so I can get the fuel cell back in.

This weekend plans are to:

Buggy:
- Finish ALL wiring, remounting, and get labels made and attached (this will by far be the biggest time suck).
- Get the fuel cell fast fill neck installed
- Get the trans cooler lines cut, fitting on, firesleeved, and connected
- Reseal Speedo (most of my leaking seems to be coming from there)
- Top off t-cases

Truck/Trailer:
- Install power steering filter
- Install Trans filter housing base plate and filter housing
- Pressure Wash and Stain trailer deck
- Go through trailer hubs

IF I can ACTUALLY get all that done by the end of this coming weekend, it will only put me about 25% behind my written schedule
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Beautiful rig man great build
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Lets see the new carnage...
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Yes, lets see just how badly you jacked up 15 years worth of tube and body work.
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