1984 SL Restoration

spankrjs

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So, the Scrambler was dropped off Saturday night, plus a whole mess of other stuff to hopefully finish it. Tommy took this Jeep apart almost 10 years ago, so I am sure it won't be a simple process. I am sure some stuff is missing/damaged/missing hardware, so this won't be super fast.

Way too soon to make "to do lists". Anyway, let's see what I have.

Big mess in the garage:

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Pair of red door skins:

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Rusty exhaust and driver seat frame:

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Heater box parts, and an extra:

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Chrome rear bumper, rocker trim:

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Pair of complete doors, for reference/screw sizing:

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Boxes of stuff:

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More stuff:

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One of the worst Laredo seats:

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Parts monkey approved:

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spankrjs

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Biloxi
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MS
A few more painted parts, plus antennae mounting instructions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Started organizing. Window junk:

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Grill and front fender stuff:

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Underhood stuff:

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Shifters/pedal stuff:

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Door weather stripping/dash overlay:

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Under Scrambler storage, plus behind the dash wiring harness:

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No real rhyme or reason, started cleaning parts. HVAC stuff:

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Went to NAPA and bought a Scrambler load of deferred maintenance items:

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Initial cleaning of some parts:

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spankrjs

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Prepped/primed/painted some parts for future use, while the weather was nice:

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Took the heater box apart to change out the leaking core:

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Initial cleaning of some more parts:

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Initial cleaning of the OEM fender flares:

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I will take a bunch of pictures and post them up, BUT this is definitely NOT a "how to rebuild a Scrambler" thread.

This is probably the biggest PIA project i have taken on - finishing someone else's rebuild, that started/stalled over 10 years ago. My Red Scrambler was easy, since I took it apart and put it back together over a continuous 9 months, no real mystery. The green "Yard Scrambler" was easy, since I tore down what was left of it and rebuilt it. Josh's tan Scrambler was not too bad, most of it was together. My Tan Scrambler was not too bad, mainly just the Chevy engine/transmission/wiring to figure out. The red "Yard Scrambler" was easy, just get it running. My Spring Special/Green Scrambler were easy since I did those in bite size chunks.

That being said, it won't be terrible. My game plan:

1) Reuse almost all of the original parts. Clean them up, paint if needed. Will take a bit longer than just bolting on a bunch of "Crown Crap", but worth it. Some OEM parts won't be "brand new perfect", but they will all be good. If something can't be reused, it will be replaced.

2) Try to get the Scrambler back together BEFORE tackling any mechanical stuff. This includes:

a) heater/fresh air box (clean/rebuild/new heater core)
b) under dash pedals/brake booster support/steering shaft (remove, paint, rebuild if necessary, reinstall)
c) reinstall all the wiring
d) rebuild the dash
e) fender flares (easy)
f) bumpers (easy)
g) lights and turn signals (easy)
h) rebuild the hard doors (need a driver side vent window, I think we used this one on green Yard Scrambler LOL)
i) all the other stuff (wipers/fuel fill/seat belts/driver seat/etc)

3) After the Scrambler is reassembled, then all the mechanical stuff:

a) coolant system, flush and all new hoses, water pump, t-stat, etc.
b) engine oil, plus axles, T5 and Dana 300, flush and refill
c) rebuild front and rear brakes, new master cylinder
d) grease everything
e) new power steering lines, maybe box and pump IF leaking
f) new plugs, cap and rotor, plug wires, coil, rebuild carb, adjust timing, etc
g) vacuum lines and under hood wiring (most of the original BBD feedback stuff is there, I think)
f) all the other stuff I am forgetting (clutch linkage, shifters, etc)


For now, I am cleaning a bunch of parts, painting some things when the weather is nice. For the next few days, I will reassemble all the easy stuff, bolt it back on, Will have to make a list of missing hardware as I go, then go shopping, to minimize trips/wasting of time.

So, it will be chaotic for the first week or two, Eventually, it will become more orderly, I think LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Jeep Addict

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Baton Rouge
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La
If it makes you feel any better I'm pretty sure you reinstalled 99% of what was put back on before I brought it to you. :thumbsup:

But all joking aside thank you for taking on this challenge! I would never have put it back together. I don't have the time and it was just easier to push it to the side. It was my first Scrambler and has certainly taught me what to look for before getting in way over my head.

Remember, when you get frustruated from it to take a few deep breaths and kiss the parts monkey! :bacon:
 

spankrjs

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A bit more work, plugging away. A couple of hours here and there will eventually start to add up, I hope :fingerscrossed:

Painted the bare metal spots on the heater box rear metal plate, and hit the bare metal on the fan motor flange. Also pray bombed the filler neck, after stripping off the undercoating;

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Bolted on the front bumper:

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Installed the rear flares, parts monkey approved:

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Hope to hit it hard this weekend :fingerscrossed:
 

SKT

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APO
State
AE
Woo Hoo - looking forward to following along! Your attention to detail and well documented threads are always informative! Certainly the right person for this job!
 

spankrjs

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Biloxi
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MS
Woo Hoo - looking forward to following along! Your attention to detail and well documented threads are always informative! Certainly the right person for this job!
I hope so :fingerscrossed:

This won't be as detailed as some of my other threads, definitely not a step by step, but I will post lot's of pictures/information to keep it interesting :thumbsup:
 

Belizeit

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River Ridge
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La
I think the parts monkey is even sticking out over more pictures, look at him sitting on the jeep in that last picture
 

spankrjs

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MS
More work completed this weekend.

Headlights, turn signals, font flare installed:

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Taillights and fuel fill and neck installed:

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I was missing one headlight retaining ring. I had an old OEM one where the little solder joint had broken. A bit of tape and "Redneck Ray":

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Going backwards. Pulling steering wheel off to remove column and all the pedal stuff. Steering wheel removal not necessary, but I need to get into the column eventually:

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OEM bed mat is awesome for storage!!!!!!!!

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Removing brake booster and bracket and steering shaft:

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Needs to be cleaned/prepped/painted:

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Rattle cans I am using:

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"Redneck Ray" paint booth, aka Harbor Freight trailer:

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spankrjs

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Ready for Paint hanging stick:

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Prep for paint stuff. Gas can and chainsaw(s) for when I get pissed:

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Some painted stuff:

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Hardware list:

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Reason for blankets all over the new paint, too easy to put tools on!!

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Hardware list, 5 minutes later LOL:

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Parts/Supply run:

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Installed battery hold down clamp, super hard LOL:

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spankrjs

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Biloxi
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MS
AC block off plate:

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Upper fresh air box thing, after cleaning/freeing up stuck mechanisms:

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Cowl grill, and windshield squirter, don't forget that!!

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New heater core/resealing box/after thorough cleaning and freeing up mechanism cable:

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Assembled. Ended up having to "tweak" the hell out of the heater core tubes. This heater core was in stock at NAPA. I think someone ordered it and brought it back because it would not fit right. Hope my "tweaking" didn't crack it. Picture is "pre-tweak":

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Foam seal here, wish I could find this stuff in black at the hardware stores:

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Heater box installed, parts monkey approved:

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One last easy thing, plugged the holes in the bed side where the spare tire stop goes with some hardware. Once I get the part, easy bolt on:

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Some good progress. Glad to have the heater box out of the way. I should install the pedal bracket/pedals/booster bracket/booster/steering column soon. Will be happy once that is done. Then, behind dash wiring, assemble dash, shifters and boots and floor plate, and..............

That's it for now :wave:
 
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