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Old 01-04-2008, 12:24 PM
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71 Wagoneer Project Part III (with pics)

It's been a bit, but the new baby is getting on a better sleep schedule so work on the jeep has picked back up a bit.

The last thread left off with the body being put back on. I've done a lot since then, but we'll try to just hit the highlights.

The front valence back on with the custom alluminum radiator and all the hoses going back on (hoses were my life for about two weeks).


After a trade with Hammer, here's how the old girl looks with her new grill.


I rebuilt everything in the tailgate including revamping the hinges. Once it was back on I started prepping for the Hippoliner.


Here's the Hippoliner in (I had it color matched to the interior color that I wanted).


I ran the liner over the whole floor and over all the door sills to keep everything sealed, easily cleanable, and free from rust. Here's a detail of the rear door.


Here's the rear seat back in and all the seatbelts going in. When I had the seats covered I bought enough extra material to do all the door panels and quarter panels so they'll all match (I'll get to those later).


Next it was time to give the dash some lovin. I have to say, painting the dash in the truck is a PITA. The picture is very kind to me, you don't see all the drips and such I'll have to fix later...


Filled and smoothed a glove box door to cover the Vintage Air air conditioner unit in the dash.


Now I'm rewiring and trying to get enough buttoned up to start running the engine.



So much done... So much still to do. There's a car show here in April, I'm hoping it will be driving by then.

If anyone has any questions, I'll answer them, but I'm out of town this weekend, so look the first of next week for any replies.

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Old 01-04-2008, 12:30 PM
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jeeps like this make me hate mine. I didn't want the pics to stop. Looks friggin awesome, such nice work. Did you do the hippoliner yourself? Where did you get it from? Is the sound protection on it as good as carpeting?

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Old 01-04-2008, 12:42 PM
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jeeps like this make me hate mine. I didn't want the pics to stop. Looks friggin awesome, such nice work. Did you do the hippoliner yourself? Where did you get it from? Is the sound protection on it as good as carpeting?

Josh

Hippoliner was from my friends paint store. I picked it because at the time it was the only one that could be color matched to whatever color you want. I put it on with textured rollers. The texture isn't as consistent as with a sprayer, but it was alot easier to do in my driveway and you don't have to tape as much off (no overspray).

Jeep doesn't run yet, so can't tell you about noise. People say it doesn't deaden as well as carpet. I'll trade a little noise for the cleanability (noise will drown out the kids and the floor can easily be wiped up when the kids spill stuff).

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Old 01-04-2008, 12:48 PM
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Vintage air

Vintage Air - Which Evaporator housing did you use?

I've got GEN-1, the dehumidified defrost AC & Heat in my Scrambler and love it.
Are you doin away with the factory heater?

Fit good behind speaker?

Pics of that install.
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:50 PM
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Man if mine looked that good I wouldn't worry about all the other things that are wrong with it. But it does look really good nice work!
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:57 PM
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Vintage Air - Which Evaporator housing did you use?

I've got GEN-1, the dehumidified defrost AC & Heat in my Scrambler and love it.
Are you doin away with the factory heater?

Fit good behind speaker?

Pics of that install.

Further along I was going to make a thread for the archives of the whole install. The only one I have right now is this pic of it mocked up in the dash (it's the Gen IV AC & Heat). I wanted the floor heater vents to be centered out of the unit, so it has to mount where the glove box was (that's why I made a smoothed door that is now just going to be an access panel for stuff in the dash). I plan to make a new glove box behind the speaker grill over on the passenger side.


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Old 01-04-2008, 01:04 PM
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Big one

OH my you got the very largest one Vintage makes.

I got the Gen I which is smaller, mounted it behind passenger side of dash.

The motor is so powerful that it cooks the drivers feet from over there, that's a CJ install however. Most times I use the feet/ dash vents split.

The Gen 1 keeps the Scrambler cool even with a Full soft top.
That Gen IV should really freeze you out.

Dehumidifed defrost is my favorite thing, no more wipin fog off inside of windows.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:13 PM
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thats impressive good job
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:15 PM
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OH my you got the very largest one Vintage makes.

I got the Gen I which is smaller, mounted it behind passenger side of dash.

The motor is so powerful that it cooks the drivers feet from over there, that's a CJ install however. Most times I use the feet/ dash vents split.

The Gen 1 keeps the Scrambler cool even with a Full soft top.
That Gen IV should really freeze you out.

Dehumidifed defrost is my favorite thing, no more wipin fog off inside of windows.

Here in Redding the temps in the summer can hit 124 degrees and they'll often hover in the 110 range for a couple weeks. I want this to comfortably carry the wife and kids so a big AC was in order.

Note, to install you have to modify the dash. I had to cut about 3/4" off the lower lip of the dash and obviously lose the glove box. Stock heater box is gone and blocked off (can kind of see in the engine compartment photos).

Good to hear yours is keeping up, there's a lot of cu. feet of air in these things to move so it was a small worry of mine.

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Old 01-04-2008, 01:44 PM
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AC

I'm looking to do my Gladiator with AC as the temps in East TX are 100 and 100% humidity. Plus I don't like to sweat.

I know its a pain working upside down behind dash, I removed/installed
more times than I want to think about. At least the FSJ is bigger behind dash than a CJ. Be sure and support the unit in more places than Vintage air provided NUT-Serts in the plastic. I had supported in two places on back and one in front and shelf on underneath. Housing cracked and had to buy a plastic welder.
When I re-did mounting spots I made L shaped bracket and installed some NUT-SERTS on the top, real pain with all the vent ducts, AC lines and heater hoses.
I guess the bumpy roads shook it around too much.
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Been looking for an origional Clardy underdash unit and found a couple parts units. Can't find the drivers side duct work.

There's a place that you can send off to and its all new when they get done.

I thought about the vintage air again, but keeping the Glad stockish.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:53 PM
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Jeebus you did a nice job! The Wag looks great!!!
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:13 PM
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:14 PM
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very nice job - keep it up!!!!!!
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:35 PM
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Drooling here....!!!
Can't wait to see the finished project.
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Old 01-05-2008, 08:45 AM
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Looks AWSOME........... Keep us posted PLEASE.....
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:54 AM
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that is one amazing restore job that you have done so far. it looks fabulous!
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Old 01-05-2008, 01:03 PM
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yessir, so far so good... that looks GREAT!

What did you do to the tailgate hinges? Is that in another of the write-ups?

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Old 01-06-2008, 07:57 PM
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yessir, so far so good... that looks GREAT!

What did you do to the tailgate hinges? Is that in another of the write-ups?

Thanks

No, the tailgate work was fairly undocumented as it happened erratically over 5 or 6 months.

The hinges on this year had little hoop spring retainers that are under the floor of the bed of the jeep. They had rusted through/ broken so the springs had sprung up and gave little assist in closing the tailgate. They also made removing the hinges almost impossible, but following is the abbreviated list of what I did.

Try to remove all bolts (about half broke)
Sawzall to the right and left of each hinge making flaps in the floor
Bend flaps up to remove hinges
Form flaps back into place and weld/smooth with new larger access holes from the rear
Remove broken bolts/repair buggered threads/ etc.
Make new spring retainer tabs and weld to top of hinge.
Order new pins for hinges and then decide not to use them as old ones did not want to come out and seemed to be holding up OK.
Rust Mort, Paint, Reinstall
Make new shims to actually have body lines line up

Thanks for all the kind words!

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Old 01-07-2008, 10:10 AM
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Nice work Todd!
Been waiting for your latest update on this thing.
I like the look of the liner in there. It came out nicely and really matches the colors well!
I know it's a royal PITA, but putting stuff like that on the ceiling can make a difference as well. The headliners work, but adding this stuff and the foil-bubble-foil type insulation will make a HUGE difference in how much heat comes through the roof.

Keep up the great work Todd.
Waiting until Part IV....
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Old 01-07-2008, 10:36 AM
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Nice work, and that tan colored liner will be nice. IMHO, the black tends to show all the dirt way to easy, and never looks nice again.
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