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Old February 9th, 2018, 08:05
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Thanks for all the detail on the sound deadening. I need to do some floor repair at some point in the next few months, and adding some quality sound deadening is on the list for the same time. I'll be interested to see the decibel difference between yours and a stock interior
Yeah I'll be curious to see.

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Thinking I have a leaking Evap which is why my AC is not working properly. Dreading taking the dash apart to fix this. Been thinking about the foam seals. If I missed it I apologize but could you supply a link to what you used?
https://www.foambymail.com/XPE2/cros...-foam-2lb.html

1" thick in Charcoal color.

For the firewall, it's great.

For the HVAC stuff, it caused some pain in getting the heater core in, and then the dash. I'd say something more spongy than this (it compacts, but not as easily as the stock stuff) would be better. I had to trim the thickness on two of the gaskets to get it in, and the dash to sit right.
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Old February 9th, 2018, 11:50
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https://www.foambymail.com/XPE2/cros...-foam-2lb.html

1" thick in Charcoal color.

For the firewall, it's great.

For the HVAC stuff, it caused some pain in getting the heater core in, and then the dash. I'd say something more spongy than this (it compacts, but not as easily as the stock stuff) would be better. I had to trim the thickness on two of the gaskets to get it in, and the dash to sit right.
Thanks for the link and the insight. I want to say the foam for the heater box from Jeep runs about $60. I notice they come in different thicknesses. Do you think 3/4" might be a better choice just for the heater box gaskets? Figure even with shipping the 3/4 is about $33.
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Old February 9th, 2018, 13:54
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Thanks for the link and the insight. I want to say the foam for the heater box from Jeep runs about $60. I notice they come in different thicknesses. Do you think 3/4" might be a better choice just for the heater box gaskets? Figure even with shipping the 3/4 is about $33.
Kinda 50/50 there.

I would have probably tried 3/4".

The $60 kit from Jeep might be worth it, but I've *heard* of slight fitment issues.

It took me some time to get mine traced, retraced, cut out with cardboard, cut, then trimmed to where they were.
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Old February 9th, 2018, 14:42
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Again thank you for the insight. Being winter just trying to lay some ground work for upcoming projects in the Spring. Between your pictures and my parts catalog I have an idea of the part #'s of all the seals. Now just try to decide which way to go.
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Old February 19th, 2018, 08:24
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Again thank you for the insight. Being winter just trying to lay some ground work for upcoming projects in the Spring. Between your pictures and my parts catalog I have an idea of the part #'s of all the seals. Now just try to decide which way to go.
Yeah, either way works. I like the stuff I bought better for the firewall, but would have chosen differently for the interior, not that it didn't end up working just fine.
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Old February 19th, 2018, 08:48
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Well, I've been making some progress, getting the engine done over and taken care of.

Got a few hundred $ worth of stuff from Rock Auto and Advance, and got to work.

Things done this weekend:

- Engine bay cleaned up
- New Waterpump and Tube
- New Tstat Housing and T-stat
- New Heater Hoses
- New Valve Cover Gasket and Grommets
- New Exhaust Manifold and Intake/Exhaust Manifold Gasket
- Throttle Body gasket
- New Air Filter
- New Belt
- POR-15 and Paint in Areas
- New Alternator
- Battery Cable Upgrade Install

Still to do:

- Flush radiator
- Install Radiator and new hoses
- Install New Fan Shroud
- Install New Fuel Injector O-Rings

Engine bay pretty well stripped and ready for cleaning. Everything that comes out, gets scrubbed and clean. That includes mechanical and electric fans, air box, battery box, etc. etc.



Intake Manifold needing a clean:



I pushed it outside, and hooked up the pressure washer. I have hot water in my shop, plumbed from the house.

If you think a regular pressure washer is good at getting dirt off, a pressure washer with how water...is a whole lot better.

I sprayed it down pretty good once, and let everything dry. I came back a couple days later and briefly scrubbed with soap in a brush where I could reach. It wasn't perfect, and I could spend a lot more time cleaning, but I decided getting it back together was a bit more important.

Got a new exhaust manifold:



Pressure washed it, wiped it down with mineral spirits, then applied VHT High Temp Paint:



Got the manifold bolts cleaned up and some paint thrown on them.



Most of the way back in and there:



Rockers looked nice and clean when I pulled the cover:



Not too far off now!
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Old February 19th, 2018, 08:55
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As mentioned, I got a new alternator installed.

There wasn't anything wrong with the old one, but I wanted something better than stock.

So, in my perusing around, I came across an alternator somewhat commonly swapping in, for far cheaper than normal on Amazon.

ACDelco 334-1446, Durango 5.9L - 160 Amps

Was able to score it for ~$115 on Amazon.

Install wasn't too bad. It's bigger than stock, so the bracket needs to be ground some.

Got the bracket modified, and threw some paint back on it.

Here's the only picture I got of it installed:



You can see some POR-15 in the picture as well. Below the battery box is an area the always seems to be a magnet for rust. I wire wheeled it and put on some POR-15. One spot might need to be cut out and redone at a later time.
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Old February 19th, 2018, 09:10
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So, the other thing I got taken care of, was a battery cable upgrade.

I bartered some LED stuff with XJWonders (MeanLemons Battery Cables), for a 2AWG set.

It took me a few hours to get it all in place, as I'm a bit attentive to making routing as clean as possible without the cable touching things, firmly secured, etc.

My "review"

Pros:

- Great Crimps
- Great cable
- Comes with everything needed (mostly)

Cons:

- Was shipped two negative battery terminals
- In some areas, I would have made the cable different
- The cable lug end meant for the alternator, didn't fit my stock stud or the new Alternators stud.

I'll add some pictures:

Connected to the alternator, I added a rubber wire boot (I've got a bunch of spare electrical stuff). The stock plastic cover wouldn't fit on the 2AWG. I had to drill out the lug to fit on the alternator stud.



Final routing. Not the "most" ideal as I'd have it laid out, but it will work just fine.



I drilled and mounted the fuse holder along the fenderwell.



I used some MLV underneath it for a couple reasons:

- The plastic plugs on the bottom of the stud terminals kept falling off, this this will prevent an unwanted grounding of the terminals on the fender.

- As the fender is not fully flat, it allows some cushion and vibration dampening to the fuse holder box.

Line to the Alternator (red), and line to the starter (inside wire sheath). I affixed the starter cable inside some new plastic sheathing, and then mounted it with a rubber lined clamp to an existing hole there. I zip tied the alternator cable to that plastic sheathing, as well the the A/C line (with some hose spiced around the A/C line as a barrier/protection from rubbing).





On my buggy, all lines like these were sheathed in Fire Sleeve. I was going to do that on these as well since I a bunch extra, but didn't end up doing it. I might in the future, as electrical and electrical caused fires...are no joke.

Cover trimmed and reinstalled:



Some of the main cable changed I would have made, were cables that went from the battery, to the PDC, and from the Fuse to the PDC. I would have made these much shorter jumpers, as you can see in the last picture they're kind of "twirled".

However, I do realize this added length allows for some flexibility in mounting locations.

I was going to cut the wires and make them shorter, but realized all my lugs were sizes other than 2AWG, and I didn't feel like running to the store to get some.

Also, not pictured is the new block ground, from the engine to the fire wall.

The thicker 2AWG wire definitely makes routing a bit harder, since it doesn't bend as easy, thus tight turns aren't possible.

That being said, it's what I had planned on making, and it's a well built kit.
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Old February 22nd, 2018, 10:55
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I've about got the engine wrapped up...it's been in the single digits, or below zero lately.

Though I can heat my shop, it also start to hurt the wallet doing it every night.

I noticed my steering pump return line was crimped, so that has been pulled and in the process of replacing. I'll be doing a full flush before connecting the line back up.

I went to try and flush the fuel system since it's been sitting so long. Went to jumper the fuel pump via the relay...nadda.

Did some looking through, and decided to see if the pump was getting power. it was, so it looks like a new pump is in order.

The pump was actually replaces by my friend I got the Jeep from. It had sat long enough that the pump died. Appears to have happened again.

Since I plan on keeping this Jeep, I'll get a full Bosch Assembly and drop it in.

Other than that all I need to do it throw in the radiator, fill it up, and in theory it should be back to running.

Once I know it runs, I'll get the rest of the interior and body slammed back in and on
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I've about got the engine wrapped up...it's been in the single digits, or below zero lately.

Though I can heat my shop, it also start to hurt the wallet doing it every night.

I noticed my steering pump return line was crimped, so that has been pulled and in the process of replacing. I'll be doing a full flush before connecting the line back up.

I went to try and flush the fuel system since it's been sitting so long. Went to jumper the fuel pump via the relay...nadda.

Did some looking through, and decided to see if the pump was getting power. it was, so it looks like a new pump is in order.

The pump was actually replaces by my friend I got the Jeep from. It had sat long enough that the pump died. Appears to have happened again.

Since I plan on keeping this Jeep, I'll get a full Bosch Assembly and drop it in.

Other than that all I need to do it throw in the radiator, fill it up, and in theory it should be back to running.

Once I know it runs, I'll get the rest of the interior and body slammed back in and on
How big is your shop?

I have a two car garage and when its pretty cold I fire up two of these on high and it heats the garage in about 20-30 minutes. I got them at Costco for much less than the Amazon price. Then again I'm not heating from near 0 temps. I'm heating from the 30s-40s.


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Old February 22nd, 2018, 20:28
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How big is your shop?

I have a two car garage and when its pretty cold I fire up two of these on high and it heats the garage in about 20-30 minutes. I got them at Costco for much less than the Amazon price. Then again I'm not heating from near 0 temps. I'm heating from the 30s-40s.


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M8NLKT1...4111&camp=1789
My shop is 25' x 35', 11' at the eaves. Nothing massive, but nothing all that small either.

I've actually got a natural gas plumbed heater in the shop, complete with thermostat and everything. It'll heat the shop up to 70 if I want it.

It's not *that* expensive to run, but can double the heating bill if kept on for long periods of time (i.e. keeping the shop above freezing for the month).

It's somewhere it the mid-single digits right now, and I just had it at 40* while Sam (zluster) was over. It'll make it more comfortable to work by far, just takes time to get it up to a temp worth working in.
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Is this thing done yet? October is right around the corner.
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Is this thing done yet? October is right around the corner.
"Done" to what level?

New fuel pump, an exhaust system setup, radiator put in...and it "should" run.

From there...not sure when I'll really get to the build items.

Need a couple things on the buggy done, and then the house needs a bit of things I've put off.

Building the axles is going to be an "at night" kinda thing most likely.

It does feel nice to get parts off the shelf...
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Sounds to me like you need to have a BBQ
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Sounds to me like you need to have a BBQ
Ironically, the big project coming up is a paver patio with pergola...for a BBQ for friends staying with us for a couple weeks.

If the XJ isn't done in the next week-ish...its getting pushed outside so the buggy can come in. EJS is only a month away, and I'd like to be well prep'd for it.

The exhaust wont be bad. New muffler, add in a flex pipe, add in a disconnect flange, and lengthen some O2 sensor connector wiring. The fuel pump can be done in a couple hours. If I had everything here, I could have it all done this weekend.

In reality, it will probably just be a lot of late nights and long days between now and the 24th of March.
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