Looking back I guess I never provided insight and direction for my build, other than I love the WT look and needed 4 doors to haul the kids. Sorry for the long post in advance.
Back in June I picked up my 1970 waggy in AZ, it was kinda of a mission left San Diego at midnight drove 8 hrs into AZ, loaded it up on the trailer and was back home by 6pm. When I got to AZ I got in it started right up and ran, albeit a little smokey from the old gas, but when I got it home nothing, wouldn't even crank. I started looking around that the wiring was a mess, it had so many splices and wire nuts it was not worth the time to try and troubleshoot. I hadn't even owned it a day and I found myself ripping out all the old wiring and purchasing a new harness from BJs.
Fast forward to the beginning off this week, I got to drive it for the first time. Around the block sitting on the transmission tunnel, instrument wires hanging out of the dash, no brake lights, turn signals, tailgate wide open (haven't transferred the hardware to the new tailgate). Either way I had a huge smile on my face.
Just to catch up here is what I have done to date:
- Aluminium Radiator (PO install a radiator that was taller than stock, and took a hammer to hood to make room for it)
- Removed engine mounted fan and replaced with an 3000 CFM electric fan, temperature controlled
- Removed the rats nest of wiring and replaced with a new wiring Harness (almost complete)
- Installed new steering column & wheel, all of the bearings where hanging out the bottom of the original
- LED headlights and parking lights, wired to a relay box (Box has extra spots open for more accessory)
- Front and Rear Benches were toast, removed all the old upholstery and sent the down to Tijuana to get rebuilt & reupholstered with 10oz duck canvas, witch I later waterproofed with Otterwax
- 150AMP one wire alternator
- New Starter
- Ripped out what was left of the headliner and grinded away all of the rust and installed sound deadening material on the roof
- Wheels and tires (30" KO2)
- Tailgate from a 87 GW
Here what I have purchased but have yet to install:
- Hood to replace the dented one
- T/A Performance intake and 4bbl carb for the Dauntless 350
- Upgrading to 3 point belts
- SS tailgate window lifter channel
- Various Kaiser FSJ parts (tailgate window cranks, rear view mirror, taillight & reverse light housings)
I'm sure there is some stuff that I have forgot, but here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure
Stripped down interior
As it sits today