My "new" dream Scrambler

AK-RWC

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It’s taken me awhile to come to terms with this, but I had a baffle loose in my left side Flowmaster 50 that was driving me crazy, and I wanted it a tad quieter anyway, so I took it in to have them replaced with a set of Dynomax mufflers. While there, someone decided to gaze at my 401. This was the result:

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The shop fessed up to it and after getting some quotes, cut me a check. Now on to sourcing parts and dealing with the repair. I have a ‘76-‘81? hood, but it has that divot in the left side, and there’s a slight bow from placing it against the windshield frame, but I think that’s repairable. I’m also trying to convince another friend to let me swap it with his postal hood since his postal is ugly anyway.

I got what I thought would be a good OEM windshield frame, but after sandblasting I was disappointed to see how much pitting and repair it would need to make me comfortable, so I ordered one up from Crown.
 

Randyzzz

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Oh no! At least they took responsibility. Good luck with the w/s frame. I’d hold out for an original if at all possible.
 

Hoover

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also trying to convince another friend to let me swap it with his postal hood since his postal is ugly anyway.
Man, having the hood flip up on me is a fear of mine- constantly double checking the side latches and even installed a hood lock as an extra precaution. Although I hated to hear about AND see it, I laughed out loud when you mentioned your buddies ugly postal :rotfl:

Hope you source some quality replacement parts quick!

Hoover
 

Graveltravels

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55-60 degrees and sunshine? Why yes, I believe I will pull the hard-top and drive it every day for a week! Given that we broke the record for snowfall last season, we've had an incredibly mild break-up. I have nothing substantive in this post other than 327 miles on the new engine!


A quick trip to Home Depot yielded another 2x4, four hooks, four eye-bolts, 8 fender washers, and four ratchet straps. I wanted to use some 2x2s that I already had to have it rest on the rails, but there wasn't a way to make that happen and clear the front cage or rollbar.



This things amazing. Sorry I'm digging so far back, I'm reading my way thru right now, and I had to comment on the flat fender in the last pic here. Wanna send it to Alberta for me? lol!! And off topic too, but the ZJ is almost as bad ass as your scrambler is!
 

AK-RWC

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. . . I had to comment on the flat fender in the last pic here. Wanna send it to Alberta for me? lol!!
That was actually my neighbor's. It was a pretty bad-@$$ little flattie. His dad built it up for wheeling in California, and he inherited it a few years before I moved to the neighborhood. His dad was more the mechanic though, and my neighbor only took it wheeling once or twice in the time that he lived here. It had a Chevy V6 and 44s f/r (I think with lockers) on 35"s. He also had a stock 2A in his garage that he bought in a somewhat restored condition, but I never saw him drive it.
 

AK-RWC

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I finally got around to ordering the hard-door seal kit, and the new left-side handle. When I ordered parts in 2008, I ordered the handles but realized later the “left” one was actually re-labeled from a different manufacturer, and underneath the “right side” label p/n was the actual left side p/n. So, Amazon and Dorman to the rescue.
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(CJ-7 modeling.) But, not so fast. After assembling the latch mechanism, I couldn’t figure out why I was still getting a binding, and realized Amazon sent me YET ANOTHER RIGHT SIDE DOOR HANDLE!!!

So now I’m sitting on three right side chrome handles, and no left sides. GRRR.
 

jak inc

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IIRC The numbers are reversed in the mopar database at the dealer too. Order the right and its actually the left. I believe the TJ handles are the same as CJ's just reversed in pull direction.
 

AK-RWC

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IIRC The numbers are reversed in the mopar database at the dealer too. Order the right and its actually the left. I believe the TJ handles are the same as CJ's just reversed in pull direction.
Wait; seriously???
 

AK-RWC

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Working with what I’ve got, over the last couple days, I 100% completed the passenger door and went ahead and drove around with the driver door missing the outer handle.


Oh; and my Crown windshield frame FINALLY came in. Crown is at least using the same thickness as OEM, but there are still differences (aside from the rib) that will upset purists. This is still better than my OEM option, so it’s the choice. I’ll have pics eventually, but it’s at my paint guy for now.
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Door:
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The door cards sat for the last 12 years with the crappy glue they came with splayed open, so at the advice of a professional, I glued and clamped them with the 3M weatherstrip adhesive for 2 hours. That worked perfectly. I then used a thin layer of the same adhesive to re-glue the plastic inner covers that I reproduced in grad school 19 years ago, and the door(s?) look like new. The driver’s door handle should be here Monday, but it’s not worth a pic.

What’s truly amazing to me is that I haven’t really had a functioning passenger door handle on this Jeep. Ever. When I bought the CJ-7-that-became-this-Scrambler, in 1997, the passenger door handle had a bent cam and didn’t work. I fixed it circa 2001 when I put these YJ door shells on, but the cam bent again after just a few uses. It worked less than a month. And then I just never felt like fixing it because I was already so used to opening the passenger door from inside. So here I am, 23 YEARS later, with an essentially new passenger door. It’s kinda weird.
 

spankrjs

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Did you check that your wipers would work with the Crown frame before painting it? My wipers will not work properly with the Crown windshield frame :(
 
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