Tuffy Underseat storage drawer
If your like me you wonder what to do with half the stuff you need to carry in your Jeep. I drive a 00 TJ every day to work. So I would carry a milk crate in the back of my TJ. I would throw the same things in everyday and of course I would then empty the same things when I went out and played. I would carry a flashlight, jumper cables, rain coat, Spec book for road and bridge construction, pens, paper and some other little things. During the summer my content would change, but my routine for loading and unloading everyday continued. I finally got feed up and decided lets give Tuffy a chance. I really enjoy their glove box so Im sure the rear underseat storage drawer had to be a snap to install.
I gathered my tools called out by their instructions and decided it was time to install. Now instead of doing a detailed install using their instructions I did a write-up on how I actually did the install. What I thought would be an easy install became a nightmare. The working space under the box was really tight and assuming a lot from what I thought the instructions said drove me nuts. Nothing like taking things off just to reinstall just because you misread the instructions. I did a bit of swearing and swore I would never do an install again and when/If the Jeep sold the box was going with.
Have no fear I changed a few things and I hope my little bit of insight helps you when you decide to purchase this well built item. Its well worth the effort
Apply Durabak to a Jeep Tub
Once the metal work and Bondo was complete, I decided it was time to apply the Durabak bed liner. The reason I applied the Durabak before painting was I figured it would be easier to touch up the Durabak than the paint. I also figured the Durabak would stick better to bare metal rather than paint that hadn't had a chance to cure yet. The reason I wanted to use the Durabak was obviously for it's skid resistant and tough finish, but also because it would hide the work I'd done to the tub and give a more finished look. Doing body work on a Jeep is fairly easy, but both sides of the work are often exposed. I had a number of patches welded into various body panels and it was looking great on the outside, but not as great on the inside of the tub.
Bed Liner for Jeep Tubs
Well after taking your Jeep off-road a few times, you'll most likely find cleaning and trying to get the carpet to dry sucks. I tried to keep the carpet for a while and gave up, it just never dried out, and always smelled like mildew/creek water. I gave up and took all the carpet out, and decided to use truck bed liner on the whole thing.
Build Your Own Rear Seat
Without a back seat, I would sometimes take passengers for a ride with them perched on the wheel wells in the back with nothing to hang on to and no safety restraints. I am the first to admit that my homemade rear seat may not live up to current safety standards, but then again much of the CJ-3B does not. I tried hard to secure the seatbelts to the seat and the seat to the Jeep, to provide a safer and more comfortable place for passengers to ride, but I did not attach the seat belts to the floor of the Jeep because that would mean drilling at least 3 more large holes in my already holey Jeep. Since my CJ-3B is for weekend pleasure rides and couldn't possibly compete on the highway with modern vehicles, I think this rear seat is safer as well as more comfortable for passengers, than no seat at all. It is not intended to provide protection in an emergency situation or collision.
Cherokee Window Regulator Repair
A common occurrence on XJ's, this write-up will help you repair your window regulator when the internal gear breaks and you're unable to roll up the window.
Colored gauge overlay kit
The instructions that 4x4mods.com includes with their gauge overlay kits are probably the best I'&ve ever seen. They'&re detailed, they'&ve got full color photos... They'&re so good that I hadn'&t planned to do a write-up on the kit because there really wasn'&t much I could go over than they didn'&t already cover. However, we get so many comments and questions about the yellow faces on our TJ, I figured I'&d go ahead and do a write-up on them.
Exit your jeep from inside!!
Well, i got to thinking today and figured out a simple way to make it possible to exit a jeep from the inside from the back. It was really easier than i thought.
Fabricating A Transmission Tunnel Cover
Fabricating a shift linkage bracket and tunnel cover was an entire weekend of careful cutting, bending, welding, and drilling. The work was worth it, I got the clean look I wanted and I maximized floor space
Floor Vent Redirection
One of my complaints about the '87-'95 YJ is that there are no chest-level vents for the climate control system, just floor and defroster vents. This has been remedied on the TJ. As I began my third Nebraska winter driving my '95 YJ, I finally got sick of always having cold hands due to the poor heat flow, so I decided to redirect part of the air flow from the floor vents to point up toward the seats.
Heater Blower Motor Upgrade
The Chevy Blazer heater motor upgrade for Jeep CJs and Wranglers has been bouncing around the Net for as long as I can remember. It is remarkably easy and it greatly increases the air flow through the heating system. When my heater core began leaking like a sieve, I figured it was a good time to do the upgrade.
This upgrade works for '78-'86 CJs as well as '87-'90 Wranglers. Some of the CJs built in 1977 used the old style heater housing with the heater motor behind the dash. I haven't heard of anyone doing this upgrade with the old style heater housing or with a Wrangler built after 1990. Any 1977 CJ with a heater motor sticking out of the fire wall will be able to do this upgrade.
Heater Blower Upgrade
This upgrade will give you a higher volume of air from your defroster and heater. Since this is a larger blower motor, it will spin your fan faster, giving you more air out of the heater box. This is well worth the little bit of money and above average labor that it takes to do it.
This upgrade works for '78-'86 CJ's as well as the '87-'90 YJ's. Some of the CJ's built in 1977 used the old style heater housing with the heater motor behind the dash. I haven't heard of anyone doing this upgrade with the old style heater housing or with a Wrangler built after 1990. Any 1977 CJ with a heater motor sticking out of the fire wall will be able to do this upgrade.
Herculining my TJ
I was long overdue on getting to this project. Herculining my TJ turned out to big a bigger project than I initially thought. While it is not hard at all to do it is very time consuming. Let me list a couple pluses of Herculining your tub.
1. You remove that wet, stinking carpet
2. Durable finish - it is a truck bed liner
3. Helps prevent rust
4. Looks good
5. Do it yourself project
The first one convinced me to tackle this project. The others were just bonuses. I found the 1 gallon kit of black Herculiner at K-mart for $80.00 and I got the 1qt of Xylene and the blue safe release tape from Home Depot's paint section. I also planned on installing my CB before reassembling my interior. Figure it would be much easier to run the wiring which is was. So I went a bit farther and removed the plastic wheel well on the drivers side. I thought it would be a great idea to Herc the inside of my wheel wells also so that led to the flares coming off.
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