Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby Nikkormat » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:16 pm

Sweet! When's it time for a Mellow Yellow trail ride?
Now this ol' Jeep needs a coat a' paint
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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby Charles Kline » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:33 am

The obligatory Check List. No particular order and subject to additions. lol

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Postby Charles Kline » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:26 am

Making progress!

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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby az chip » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:38 pm

My list is in my head.
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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby Charles Kline » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:17 am

I started test fitting a factory aux transmission cooler but was surprised how far out it stuck. I think I just wasn't used to it. Then I started to worry that maybe it would look goofy being so visible trough the wide openings of the muscle grill.

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Not super visible from a distance with the blacked out core support (it was dusk though)
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Just for the heck of it I opened up the screen shots from Twister because I was curious if you could see the cooler in any of the shots and sure enough.

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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby az chip » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:02 am

So it needs to be there to be authentic?
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Postby Charles Kline » Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:27 am

Even if it is visible, so was the one in the movie.

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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby Charles Kline » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:55 am

Cleaned up and repainted the heater core box.

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My heater box had a break in it, probably from a socket on a PO's spark plug replacement, my spare one from the parts car had a bigger break in the same place so I just put a piece of foil HVAC tape on the inside until I can find a good replacement (didn't feel like getting into fiberglass repair right now, this is taking TOO long as it is!)
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Also put new foam on the diverter. It could stand being a bit thicker, I'll probably replace it with something better in the future.

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After getting the heater core in I got the Y pipe bolted in and got it fired up! Started up fairly easily (thankfully!) I still need to get the drive shaft back in and clean up the wiring (new split loom) but I am so looking forward to the test drive!

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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby Charles Kline » Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:42 pm

I know, heater cores are boring. How about engine videos?

First fire up attempt.



turned the dist a few degrees counter clockwise and it fired right up.


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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby az chip » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:11 pm

I love heater core pictures and engine videos! I like that sound of the engine as well! Did you see Redone's write up on timing?
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Postby Charles Kline » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:56 am

Thanks, yeah I did see his great write up. The Honcho still has the original AMC labeled ignition module.

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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby az chip » Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:59 pm

Well, You can hide a GM HEI in there.
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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby Nikkormat » Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:30 pm

Nothing like an AMC with open exhaust! Congratulations Charles!
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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby Charles Kline » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:31 am

Thanks Gabe.

Finished up the new split loom, and got the hood back on and aligned.

With that done I put the front wheels back on. I forgot how tall the dang thing is.

Drive shafts and parking brake cable is about all that's left besides grill and brush guard.

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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby jpswapmohn » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:14 pm

Those newer heater core boxes are a pain to clean up and paint. Yours looks better than mine turned out. I have acquired an old metal one that is waiting for some love before replacing. I just don't like the "rough" look of the fiber version when painted.
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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby Charles Kline » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:23 pm

Thank you.

It definitely needs a gel coat and some sanding to make it look real nice.

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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby HowardT64 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:20 am

Beautiful :) Wish I could convert my dash to the old style...metal. Is it even possible?
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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby Charles Kline » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:01 am

I've thought about doing it on my 87, it would take a complete dash swap.
As a minimum I want to see if I can move the radio closer to the center, it's always seemed a bit too far away from the driver.

Swapping to the old dash would also allow you to run the better, older style fuel level sender.

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Re: Mellow Yellow (Twister Jeep) and DOROTHY I

Postby Charles Kline » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:13 am

I came out to the truck the other day to find a big oil puddle on the plywood I had sitting under the front and thought what the hell. Turned out to be dripping out of the terminal of the old oil pressure sender that I had moved off the old engine (kind with the bolt post) I was able to stop the dripping by tightening the nut on the stud.

Looks like a lot of the replacements have a clip terminal similar to the coil and not the threaded stud. I was able to find one with the right stud and get it coming.


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