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    "Pegasus" 1999 Jeep WJ 4.7L
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    Fort Mohave, AZ, US

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  1. So, we've encountered several setbacks cutting the new panels for the ceiling. For one thing, the old saying "They don't build them like they used to" comes to mind. As it turns out, there aren't as many "even angles" in this thing as you'd expect. LOTS of trick cuts to get panels to fit. Fortunately, you do somehow get used to it after a while. Drilling holes into the steel "Ribcage" to fasten the panels turned out to be a chore as well, several drill bits later, I've had to upgrade to a set of bits for hardened steel. On top of that, the holes themselves actually have to be tapped, as the screws can't shape the steel on their own. This, plus an industrial strength adhesive tacking the panels to the ribcage, makes for a tight fit with pretty much no vibration or rattling. This will be a very pleasant change, as the initial panels in the rear driver side, above the bed and kitchen, were not held in by hardware (the previous owner worked on the ceiling, and neglected to reinstall the hardware at some point... as I found out when I tore down the old masonite boards). The beadboard doesn't flex very well, so we are looking at possibly "kerfing" the panels towards the front where the boards are visible. Fortunately in this storage space not much is lost. The panels are painted and will have to be cleaned, please pardon the dirt here. As you can guess, this is a mighty dirty job! Currently trying to find an appropriate trim to cover the seams. The trim screws will also be painted to match. For most of this project, the rear A/C cowl has been hanging freely. I've hit my head on it several times. Now It's fastened up and no longer an issue. The new LED light fixtures are also nice and bright. Pardon our dust! This panel above the door was our first attempt at Kerfing. The result was a panel which was still a bit too rigid, but could indeed bend further before it finally started to split.
  2. With the engine and mechanical refits successful, we finally have momentum to update a bit of the interior. Talking to several other Travco owners, we've discovered that the ceiling "carpet" is definitely not original. Aside from sagging, it's extremely difficult to keep clean. Naturally we decided to tear it down! What we uncovered was an extremely heat soaked... masonite? Paper board? Which had white "crinkle" style texture to it underneath (similar to what many modern motor homes use today). Whoever had installed the faux carpet ceiling covers had simply used a spray adhesive to hold it in place. Six panels made up the living area, kitchen, and sleeping areas. The strange thing, the first three boards I uncovered were properly fastened into place, and the the three rear-most panels weren't being held up by... anything. We had always attributed the rattles this thing put out while driving to being old, but the panels were being suspended by failing glue and gravity for all this time! Having removed the heat damaged panels, you get a good look at the rig's "ribcage" of steel supports and trusses which gives the fiberglass shell it's rigidity. Another thing this has led to is the inspection of both the 12v and house electrical. It looks to be in good shape, and in fact, appears to have been replaced at some point in the motorhome's life. This is probably for the better as I've seen a few Travcos burn in the last few months due to the original electrical becoming faulty. (The storage cabinets above the sleeping area fold down into two additional bunks. We've never used this feature, but in theory would allow this beast to house 4 people and two kids. The fold down sections are being supported since their cabling was removed in order to rip out the old ceiling) After making a few tweaks to the wiring, it's nearly ready for it's new ceiling layer! We decided to go for a wood beadboard, painted in a light offwhite (which I cannot remember the name of for the life of me) Coming up, the Kitchen area will get a new counter top, A nicer-than-plain-wood backdrop, and a majority of the bathroom will have to be disassembled to repair a busted water main. It's good to be finally making visible progress on this machine.
  3. And now for something completely different: https://youtu.be/eTPCNcuOEkw I decided to spend a little extra and get something really nice and form fitting in form of Coverking seat covers! Pretty great fit, finish and quality so far. We'll see how the hold up.
  4. Thanks! The fresh coat of paint on the rockers took her from tired looking, back to sharp and ready for action. Speaking of which.... she is pretty much ready for action! All that's left is this and that, minor weekend jobs. Although, I am eyeing a new roof rack among other things...
  5. Well, the beautiful weather has really got me in gear! Last week I installed Sliders from Affordable Offroad: Which is something I should've gotten done a LONG time ago. I ended up spending a couple of hours straightening the rocker panels out, sanding them down, and re-coating them makes everything look pretty dang sharp. Really, this is something that should've been completed late phase 2 or early phase 3, before the rig took rocker damage. Fortunately, it was minor enough to not hinder the installation much. Which leads to today, a beautiful Saturday with not a cloud in the sky, barely a breeze, and a high of 70f, I set out to tackle the relocation of my driver's side brake line into it's proper place, OUTSIDE of the Iron Y, instead of through it, as I had done previously. Once I had this completed, I broke out my trusty coil compressors, and removed the front coils to investigate the installation of coil retainers. Now, the IronMan4x4Fab retainers come with no instructions, but based on the hardware provided, I suspect the intended process would include holes into each coil perch in order to accommodate the mounting hardware. I've had these in my garage for about a year, which gave me plenty of time to think about that.... Why not just use rivnuts and not (potentially) ruin the integrity of my coil perches? So that's what I did. The factory hole in the perch would do perfectly on the lower perches, but the uppers did require some slight widening. No problem. Made installation a breeze, and the coils are tight and secured now. And with that, the Jeep is pretty much ready to wheel again! I did discover that my upper radiator hose is starting to weep, so that's gonna have to be replaced soon.
  6. Soooooo, yeah. Rough Country's QD Sway Bar links are something often times reviewed as being cheap, especially since they seem to expire without much abuse. I have, however had a relatively good run with my set. The upper joint of the links are still good, so it really comes down to the hardware making noise. Instead of spending $100+ to buy new ones, I decided to fork out a couple of bucks towards new hardware to resurrect these links for a while longer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3lXFoCob_o
  7. Well, the rig has returned to us after several weeks of refit at a local mechanic shop. To say that she is running well... is an understatement. She received: A full tuneup, new belts, hoses, wires, plugs etc. re-cored radiator... since nobody makes these rads anymore! rebuilt fuel system, with proper "helper" electric fuel pump and regulator & custom hard fuel lines. The ORIGINAL in-dash A/C system has been brought back to life with a new compressor and hoses. Now running r134a and staying very, very cool. new turn signal switch front end re-lube new transmission and oil pan seals new valve cover seals new exhaust manifold seals & some work to reduce a tick/ leak on the passenger bank ... and now the cosmetic work begins. A water main break somewhere in the back calls for our attention, meanwhile we have acquired all of the beadboard paneling for the ceiling. We also decided to tile over the plain wood in the kitchen area, giving it a cleaner look while still looking "in place" In the meantime, I'm also doing research for vintage or "vintage styled" 12v lights. the six 12v "main lights" across the cabin are ridiculously small, and worn out anyways. The problems I face are simple, it seems like not many 12v fixtures deviate from plain white and clear, with a more "modern" look about them. I found a few companies who make vintage reproductions, but primarily of the late 80's fake-woodgrain florescent fixtures that everybody used at the time. Once the main is repaired, the ceiling retrofitted, we'll be ready to rip up the carpet and replace it. It will be replaced with some sort of laminate or hardwood, depending on what ends up being durable and easy to clean. It's good to have this project back on track again.
  8. And now, a review of the Mishimoto Thermostat I installed three years ago. Needs improvement, unfortunately.
  9. You remember that time about 4 years ago when I messed with LED headlight bulbs? I did it again, with better results.
  10. I very much like the idea myself. As long as the leg is adjustable!
  11. Sorry 'bout that, Scott. I was typing that whilst drinking my morning coffee and missed an "I." Didn't mean for that to sound snarky. ... "Before I gave you a definitive opinion," is what it was supposed to say. Now that I have seen the build video, here's my couple of opinions. I feel like I'd constantly hit myself on hinge mounted steps, though I do understand the practicality. I agree with you, I believe that the propane tank would pose a hazard in a narrow traverse. I also agree with Kris. There's a lot going on externally- especially in the lighting department. I like the awning, (and the RTT) but such things do definitely take a toll on weight and topheaviness of a vehicle. I know in my own case it wouldn't really be practical in my stage of life as a single, 5'11" guy who can just drop a twin mattress down inside the Jeep and sleep in relative comfort. I'm jealous of the drawer system, and the fridge. Especially the fridge. I too appreciate that things hold functionality it appears.
  12. I actually Ran into these guys in Sedona when I was doing the Shakedown for my re-worked suspension. I didn't get out and talk, but hey, I did get a wave and a thumbs up. These rigs get used, so I suspect that the parts came to be put on piece by piece in a more "Necessity is the mother of invention" type way. But also trying to keep it lookin' cool up front. I've always lived by the philosophy that "If there is a reasonable explanation for it, then it makes sense." In other words, I'd need to see a build video explaining the different additions and why they came to be before I gave you a definitive opinion.
  13. Today the Jeep received an addition which is both useful and functional! I purchased a Remote start system from Syracuse Synergy, a small company which specializes in setting up remote start systems which are about as close to plug and play as you can get! Pre-flashed for the platform and ready to rock, It comes with the remote start "brain" and bypass module already hooked together. All you have to do is wire it in, and program it to your key! A pretty reasonable price, too. They (well, he, I believe William is a one man operation) also give you any support you may require, via e-mail, Facebook, or even Text message. That being said, I reckon it's pretty fool proof. Here's the system I ordered from them. They also offer a more "basic" system which does not utilize a 2 way remote. http://syracusesynergy.com/product/rs2waywj/
  14. Well, we've all come this far, it'd be a shame to stop now! In my case, Alot of the things I test on the Jeep are a little less conventional in scope, like the Oil Cooler, Headunit, or dual-core radiator. I like being able to report back to a group and receive consensus on those mods. I keep this build page (and a "copy" build page on OverlandBound's forum constantly updated because I receive good feedback from both pages. I like ORP, I've met you guys (you are my friends) and I'd like to do more trails in the future. It's just a long road from where we were to being ready to roll again. Almost there.
  15. It actually comes with Play store right on the bugger when you buy it! It does come with a .apk installer as well. One of the major issues that the earlier units had with play was that alot of them used a strange Hybrid Android/WinCE abomination. It made it so that most apps couldn't recognize the unit as Android (because it technically wasn't). In this case, All of Joying's current models run pure Android, and the functions which required WinCE to run have been rewritten into apps, which I can say are so far pretty well thought out and function pretty well. As for the sleep debacle, I found out it's actually a limitation of the motherboard itself, and the way the CPU behaves when Android move into it's "sleep" behavior. Joying has other new units they are working on which do support sleep... or "Quick Boot" at they are calling it. Full cold boot of the unit takes about 30-45 seconds, so it's not too bad waiting. Once my next modification to the Jeep is complete, that won't even be a huge issue.
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