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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    A little bit of an update.

    Friday I bought 6 rims that my go to mechanic had on one of his junked grand cherokees (yes he has his own little jy).


    Only to find out that they are from a 99 WJ with the 5x5 bolt pattern.

    So they will go back on Monday.

    I got the owners manual That I found for a song on flee bay and started on the splice job for me over head console. all the part for the over head console are from the same 98 XJ the person that got to it first cut some of the wire for the console so I get to use the art of splicing on them!

    Either Monday or Tuesday I will go back to the jy to grab the head liner and look out for a rim or two.

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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    Over the weekend i was able to do a bit more on the jeep.

    Removed and replaced the 97 headliner with a 98 headliner.

    Installed the 98 overhead console wiring harness

    Installed a MNO mount and antt for my 2 meter ham radio.

    started on installing the head liner.

    added to the growing pile o'parts and supply s for the work need on the head.

    -6 quarts castrol gtx 10w 30 oil
    -microgard oil filter Came free with the oil!
    -6 champion "copper plus" spark plugs
    -BWD select wire set

    The only things I need now for the tune up are a belt, cap and rotor.

    started the gathering of part needed for conversion to rear disk brakes

    -8 (new) ZJ wheel studs

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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    Quote Originally Posted by thesupercroc View Post
    Removed and replaced the 97 headliner with a 98 headliner.

    That work out all right for you ??

    ... as Im thinking about doing the same swap.
    I hate watching simplicity and reliability being ruined by bureaucracy and technology.

    Quote Originally Posted by MattybPDX
    If my jeep is going to be a grocery getter it's at least going to be a friggin awesome one.

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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    and for you all that say pics or it did not happen. photo dump time.














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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    Quote Originally Posted by Carves View Post
    That work out all right for you ??

    ... as Im thinking about doing the same swap.
    So far it works out really well I still need to get my speaks back in and the rear tail gate light fall out of the head liner but I think that is a problem with my head liner.

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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    I got my Head liner project mostly done today!

    View from the side



    and rear


    I also up graded the bulbs to leds

    Old bulb



    Led panel



    adapter



    and bad pic of were they are installed


    So I gained 2 more lights for the rear seat, more space for switches , and a compass.

    After I get the ambient air temp senor it will al so have a thermometer!

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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    I got the last of the parts I needed for my tune and head job.

    + serpentine belt
    + distributor cap
    + distributor rotor

    now all need is the money for the valve work and time to get around to it.
    I think maybe some time in the week of the 17th of dec.

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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    More new from the deep end!

    today bought a few tools!

    And a set of 4 rims like this.
    and set of 20 matching lugnuts fairly boring I know but........

    I the date for starting on my tune / head project!
    Monday Dec 16 so be on the look out that night for pic of the progress!

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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    Well not much to say for wrenching time on the jeep yet.

    But I did start to get parts ordered for my head light and headlight harness upgrade!

    From Amazon,

    AutoPal Euro Clear H6054 7x6 Inch 200mm Headlights Pair H4 Bulbs
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007JOHHWY/ref=pe_175190_21431760_3p_M3T1_SC_dp_1"]Amazon.com: AutoPal Euro Clear H6054 7x6 Inch 200mm Headlights Pair H4 Bulbs Non-Sealed H6014/H6052/H6054: Automotive@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51%2Bkg5eLF1L.@@AMEPARAM@@51%2Bkg5eLF1L[/ame]


    For the harness after looking at the reviews on Amazon for the putco harness I decided that it might work out better if I just made my own.

    For the harness I will be using this website a guide http://jeep-xj.info/HowtoHeadlightLoom.htm

    I have on order the fuze holders and H4 plugs.

    on the list of stuff to pick up still is,

    10 gauge wire both red and black

    16 gauge wire for the relay hookups

    2 40 amp relays (1 high beams 1 for low)

    On hand I have the split loom stuff and the misc terminals and connectors.

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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    My plans all way seem to fall a part at the last second or at least that the way it feels some days. how doe this relate to my Jeep you might ask well let me tell you.

    I have planed to start on the cylinder head project Monday 12/17/12 after work I would meet up with my minion aka little brother (a very good mechanic) at a heated shop to start of the project. Sounds great right? well this plan has a couple of flaws 1, my brother is not much of a morning person 2, little sleep before work and a crapy night at work make for a long night.

    So now you are thinking oh great here he goes rambling on about nothing. Yep you got it.



    But good news !

    I tasked my Minion to get the plugs, plug wires, cap and rotor changed.
    After that was done guess what?.... The CEL went out ! I was not able to check the plugs my self but the rotor had major carbon deposits on it.

    so that helps a little it still run a bit rough at times so I will still be taking the head off and getting the valves redone ( if needed and not a scored piston)
    this just just put it off a bit.

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    Lightbulb Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post and pic abound!

    Greetings!

    I finally have some more to post !

    I got most of the parts needed for my H4 head light conversion.


    Here is the web site I got most of my info from and lead onn were ot get part. How to Headlight Loom


    The parts I have so far.



    Left to right top to bottom

    -H4 conversion head light bulbs (only 1 shown) (as featured on the XJ talk pod cast episode 59)
    The head light came with the bulbs for now it will keep the bulbs that are in them and if need be get better ones later.






    10 Gauge wire red and black for the power and ground leads. 14 Gauge wire white for relay hook ups.



    Waterproof silicon for to help water proof wire and stuff.



    2 10 gauge blade type fuze holders (water resistant can be made "waterproof" with a bit of silicon)



    H4 headlight plugs. They came with leads attached and terminals so you use your own wire which is what I am going to do.





    The only part I'm waiting on is the relays. I found these on ebay that are on order now I will be using 2 relays one for high beams one for low beam.



    ebay link yo



    Not show are the fuzes and spilt conduit.


    Questions? comments? Elephants?

    Sent them my way and thanks for looking!

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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    Cool that your making your own harness, i took the easy way out and bought one.

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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Wheeler View Post
    Cool that your making your own harness, i took the easy way out and bought one.
    To tell you the truth I was going to do the same but the reviews for the putco harnesses on amazon did not look all that good and I was not able to find the LMC truck harness.

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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    Quote Originally Posted by thesupercroc View Post
    To tell you the truth I was going to do the same but the reviews for the putco harnesses on amazon did not look all that good and I was not able to find the LMC truck harness.
    Usually better to make your own anyways, you know what's in it and can make it suit your application.

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    Default Re: Croc's super build. Warning super long first post

    Progress has been made! The jeep want from this .


    To this!



    The head is now at the machine Shop to get valves redone.

    Here the "coolant" that was in the radiator.



    The only real problem I had is this



    The rear drivers side bolt for the AC pump snapped!

    Went from plain to awesome.




    to this



    That last mod should gain me at least 30 HP right?

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