Lot's Of Things...
#11
Allow me to add,
The quality of replacement parts, like slave cylinders, are pretty bad.
In the Jeep world, I've seen 50% defective.
Mechanical fuel pumps too, most are trash. Sure they're cheap, 20 bucks for a fuel pump?
But it isn't cheap if I factor in my time. I went through 3 in about a year before I found a NOS USA made Carter for around 70 bucks.

And thermal fan clutches. Most are horrible. 
They're so bad, I bought 3 NOS Mopar (made by AC/Delco but Mopar branded) for my 4.0 powered Jeep just to keep on hand.

Knowing I will always have my Jeep, I've been stockpiling parts for a few years now.

Now, I added a Mustang to the mix.
So I'm learning all I can.

Also, I've fallen for the 351C! I love it's willingness to rev and the sweet sounds coming from the pipes. There will be no crate motor after all!
Whatever I do will be Cleveland related.
It's the first Cleveland I've ever had. I kinda expected it to be comparable to the 350 Chebbie, but it's not. It seems bigger than it's cubes.

I'll apologize in advance because I tend to piss and moan about quality.
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#12
I've had fairly good luck with replacement parts from NAPA.  When they carry more than one line for a given part, I avoid the lower cost stuff as it's most often what Oreilly and other parts stores sell.  Their higher priced items are often from OEM suppliers.  For example, suspension parts, NAPA's lower cost stuff is MOOG which Oreilly and other parts stores sell, their higher end stuff is Reybestos (DANA Spicer), which is an OEM supplier.  If you look at MOOG and Reybestos parts side by side, it is clear how much better the Reybestos parts are.  As far as fuel pumps and fan clutches, for some reason Carter mechanical and electric replacement fuel pumps are not very good any more.  Replacement fan clutches have never been as good as originals, that is nothing new.
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#13
I'd like to tackle the instrument lights.
Or rather, the DIM gauge lights.
They all work but even at max brightness, are pretty dim.

Is it difficult to remove the speedo/tach?
How about the 3 center mounted gauges?

Is there an  LED upgrade kit anyone has used and recommends?

Until the shop is finished, she's living in the trailer so tinkering is kind of a pain.
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#14
Try National Parts Depot.  I have seen LED kits for earlier Mustangs in their catalog.  There is also CJ Pony Parts.  CJ Pony Parts has a store in Nevada so that might be good for you.  National Parts Depot and CJ Pony Parts are the two largest Mustang reproduction parts retailers I know of.  I always use National Parts Depot for repro parts because they have excellent customer service.
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#15
There is also Scott Drake here in Las Vegas. (Henderson)

I have tested Jeep parts for them. They are entering the off-road world. 
They gave me a hand made custom Jeep radiator and I tested it for a year and they let me keep it for a review.
It's called Drake Off-Road.
I've been to the head guy's house!

I'll have to stop over there. 

My Mach in it's new habitat.

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I took her for a drive today.
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#16
You might be able to buy from Scott Drake because of your relationship.  But, for the rest of us, Scott Drake does not sell direct to public.

I cannot speak for the off road parts.  But, for Mustang parts, Scott Drake's quality has diminished significantly over the last 10 years or so.  I don't know why.  Parts usually look great, but do not fit or work.  Most that have purchased Mustang repro parts for a while are aware of this.  Most recently, an OEM copy fuel sender that would not work and then a set of their cast aluminum valve covers that look great but fitment is a huge issue.  From bolt holes not lining up to valve springs hitting the side of the covers.  I tweaked on them to get them to fit and was so disgusted I won't use them.  I could no longer return them so Summit Racing gave me 30% off of any other valve cover set.

I like your shop.  But, gee wiz, who wired it.
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#17
Nice car and nice Jeep!  Got any more pics of the YJ to share? Is that yet another Jeep wearing the other off-road tires (out of frame on the right)?  I have an '80 CJ-7 on 33" Swampers with tons of mods and what looks like to be the same color - love the YJs, too.

I ordered my LEDs from Mustang Project, and picked up both of these sets:

Dash Gauge kit: http://www.mustangproject.com/ProductDis...9d79a0e19f
Aux gauges: http://www.mustangproject.com/ProductDis...b189275df5

As you might've already learned, pop off the diffusers on the instrument cluster and 3-gauge pack for the best results.  If you want to keep the green glow, just get the green LEDs (the diffusers are blue, and the yellow incandescent bulbs made the green glow).  Also be mindful of the polarity when installing the LEDs, since polarity matters.  Here's an electrical diagram to help with that:

   

While I was at it, I swapped out the factory clock for an RCCM tachometer, and the factory ammeter for a Bosch voltmeter, which both have their own wiring independent of the factory harness, and exchanged the old clear plastic lenses for new that I'd picked up from Ohio Mustang Supply.  I'm loving the difference - nice, bright dash lights, a working electrical gauge (worry-free from a fire or dead battery), and a functional tach (both the radio and center console each have clocks).

Before - with the factory speedo/clock cluster:
   

Rest assured, you will be taking 2/3 of your dash apart to do this:
   

I was too lazy to make a 'VOLTS' label for this... and I'm too lazy to take it all back apart just for that:
   

They look 1000% with the new lenses, and the RCCM conversion tach looks pretty much factory as well:
   

Yes, those are my shoes... I'm wearing them right now as a matter of fact.
   

The Bosch voltmeter is the only one I've found with a downward sweeping needle, pretty much all of the others are upward sweepers:
   

That's a Retrosound Model 2 stereo, BTW.  It looks like a stock AM radio when it's off, and features AM/FM/USB/MP3/iPod/Bluetooth (streaming audio and hands-free calls), along with CD/Aux RCA inputs, 4-channel stereo output with separate front, rear, and subwoofer RCA outputs.

Hope that helps! I didn't mean to hijack your thread.
Eric

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Here's a link to my '71 Mach 1 Facebook album: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a...e22ae6a183
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#18
(04-23-2018, 05:20 AM)1969_Mach1 Wrote: You might be able to buy from Scott Drake because of your relationship.  But, for the rest of us, Scott Drake does not sell direct to public.

I cannot speak for the off road parts.  But, for Mustang parts, Scott Drake's quality has diminished significantly over the last 10 years or so.  I don't know why.  Parts usually look great, but do not fit or work.  Most that have purchased Mustang repro parts for a while are aware of this.  Most recently, an OEM copy fuel sender that would not work and then a set of their cast aluminum valve covers that look great but fitment is a huge issue.  From bolt holes not lining up to valve springs hitting the side of the covers.  I tweaked on them to get them to fit and was so disgusted I won't use them.  I could no longer return them so Summit Racing gave me 30% off of any other valve cover set.

I like your shop.  But, gee wiz, who wired it.





Thanks for the heads up about low quality parts. I don't mind paying for good parts.
In the Jeep world, cheap parts are just that, cheap.
I'd rather pay more and not be disappointed and quite often, better quality turns out to be cheaper in the long run.

I bought the house from an old man, for the garages!
It has one 2 1/2 car where our daily drivers are and one 6 car where I have my F350 and 4 Jeeps and the tools.

A couple months ago, I got new appliances. Before they were installed, I called an electrician to fix things! He'll be back for the new shop and garage.   Laughing
  
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#19
(04-23-2018, 06:24 AM)Mister 4x4 Wrote: Nice car and nice Jeep!  Got any more pics of the YJ to share? Is that yet another Jeep wearing the other off-road tires (out of frame on the right)?  I have an '80 CJ-7 on 33" Swampers with tons of mods and what looks like to be the same color - love the YJs, too.

I ordered my LEDs from Mustang Project, and picked up both of these sets:

Dash Gauge kit: http://www.mustangproject.com/ProductDis...9d79a0e19f
Aux gauges: http://www.mustangproject.com/ProductDis...b189275df5

As you might've already learned, pop off the diffusers on the instrument cluster and 3-gauge pack for the best results.  If you want to keep the green glow, just get the green LEDs (the diffusers are blue, and the yellow incandescent bulbs made the green glow).  Also be mindful of the polarity when installing the LEDs, since polarity matters.  Here's an electrical diagram to help with that:



While I was at it, I swapped out the factory clock for an RCCM tachometer, and the factory ammeter for a Bosch voltmeter, which both have their own wiring independent of the factory harness, and exchanged the old clear plastic lenses for new that I'd picked up from Ohio Mustang Supply.  I'm loving the difference - nice, bright dash lights, a working electrical gauge (worry-free from a fire or dead battery), and a functional tach (both the radio and center console each have clocks).

Before - with the factory speedo/clock cluster:


Rest assured, you will be taking 2/3 of your dash apart to do this:


I was too lazy to make a 'VOLTS' label for this... and I'm too lazy to take it all back apart just for that:


They look 1000% with the new lenses, and the RCCM conversion tach looks pretty much factory as well:


Yes, those are my shoes... I'm wearing them right now as a matter of fact.


The Bosch voltmeter is the only one I've found with a downward sweeping needle, pretty much all of the others are upward sweepers:


That's a Retrosound Model 2 stereo, BTW.  It looks like a stock AM radio when it's off, and features AM/FM/USB/MP3/iPod/Bluetooth (streaming audio and hands-free calls), along with CD/Aux RCA inputs, 4-channel stereo output with separate front, rear, and subwoofer RCA outputs.

Hope that helps! I didn't mean to hijack your thread.



Nice radio. I might need to look into one like that.

Jeeps...

We each have a YJ, so there's 4!

Mine is a low mile 92' 4.0 Sahara automatic. I found it dusty and buried in the back of a shop in L.A.
They took $4000 for it. 
We're off road all the time with the open deserts and mountains nearby.

It has super-soft Old Man Emu springs and shocks, 4:10's, performance exhaust, tilt, delay and all the other Sahara goodies.
It's factory low-gloss Sage Green.

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I picked this up for my kid & fixed it up for his 16th birthday. It was a heavy rollover but I got it for $400 bucks.

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It took 8 months and turned out good. The guy tried to buy it back!


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The dunes at 2:00am
They're near Death Valley so too hot for daytime.

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Headed to Death Valley, winter, of course.

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No one thinks of Las Vegas as a 4x4 paradise, but it is.
Those mountains are full of trails and deep forests with streams, elk, ect.
I moved here from Colorado and don't miss it!


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I recently bought this RV. It has a loft bedroom above the garage.
I'll take this (along with the enclosed trailer) when I haul the Mustang somewhere far.



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My Jeep killed a Lexus RX 350 last spring. It was totaled. She (very hot!) blew a stop sign. BAM!

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The Jeep is all fixed. It didn't have much damage. 
Don't tangle with a Jeep!



This was a little "get acquainted" post.
Rambling and hi-jacking in my threads is always OK with me if it's OK with everyone else.    Laughing

Your gauges look great!
I like the volt meter. The stock amp gauge doesn't seem to do a whole lot.
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#20
Photo 
Nice!

Here's my '80 CJ-7.  My pal had a '92 Wrangler Islander that made me want a Jeep, so I bought this:

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And over the years, it grew into this:

   

Right now, unfortunately, it's in a storage unit until I get the other side of the garage cleaned out so it can live next to the Mustang.
Eric

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Here's a link to my '71 Mach 1 Facebook album: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a...e22ae6a183
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