Happy New Year (observed)! Yes, I have some actual *progress* to report on the JeepMonster! It’s not a lot, but at this point I’ll take anything.
AutoMeter sent me an email back in November, saying they were having a sale through the end of December on everything they offered. That’s right, *everything*. Depending on how much you bought, you could end up getting as much as $250 back!
Well, time passed way too quickly (I was busy with other projects, and family, and birthdays, and other holidays), and all of a sudden it was December 30. I knew I wasn’t going to have time on New Year’s Eve to order anything, so I hunkered down over my keyboard, stared at the screen, pondered some notes I wrote a long time ago about what I want (and need; they’re not necessarily the same thing), and placed an order. It didn’t quite garner me the full $250 rebate, but it will be enough for $150, so I’m happy with that. I didn’t see the point of trying to figure out another $200 in spending to get another $100 back.
So here’s what I ordered. These all come from AutoMeter’s Jeep(R)-licensed line. Naturally, that adds to the cost of each item, but I *am* building a Jeep, after all, and I don’t want any confusion on that point. 😉
- Water Temperature
- Oil Pressure
- Engine Oil Temperature
- Transmission Temperature
- Transfer-Case Temperature (2 – one for the Spicer 18 case and one for the SCS “Magic Box”)
- Axle Temperature (3 – one for each axle)
I’m also going to get the following gauges. AutoMeter doesn’t make them in the Jeep line, so I’m getting compatible-looking units from other companies.
- Engine Hours (Teltek; has a non-resettable display to show total hours and a resettable one for time since last [oil change, overhaul, repair, whatever])
- Air Pressure (Viair; will let me monitor my onboard air supply from the dash)
- Outside Air Temperature (Teltek? Not sure yet)
- Compass (?) (There might be a built-in compass in the GPS I will have)
- Clock (?) (There will probably be a built-in clock in the sound system head unit I will have)
And then there’s all the other stuff that I want / need on, in, or near the dashboard:
- Headlight switch (includes cabin light rheostat)
- Three ARB switches
- Turn signal, cruise control, and high-beam indicators
- Sound System head unit & two speakers
- Four A/C vents
- Dual-battery management system master switch (?)
- 12-volt power port(s); USB charging and (maybe) data port(s)
- HVAC controls
- Auxiliary light switches (rock lights; work lights; driving lights, etc.) and associated indicators
- On/off/auto switch for electric engine fan
- Seat heater switches
- Onboard air switch
- GPS unit
With all this stuff, I think it might look more like an airplane cockpit than a Jeep, but hey, it’s my project so I can do what I want, right? 🙂
I regret there aren’t any fancy photos this time, but it’s hard to take pictures of something that doesn’t exist. Maybe next time.