Other Monsters


It’s been more than a year since I brought the JeepMonster home from the builder’s shop. In that time, the only thing I’ve managed to do is buy a (partial) set of gauges:


I wrote about these earlier this year, along with the other gauges I want to have. But I thought I’d repeat myself a little bit, if only for some continuity.

In the meantime, I thought you’d like to see some of the other 6×6 rigs that I’ve used for inspiration. Enjoy.×6-jeep-jk-built-by-kenny-at-2017-easter-jeep-safari-in-moab/#photo-01


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CJ 6x6




This isn’t an exhaustive photo set, by any means. If I don’t get back to work on the ‘Monster itself relatively soon, I may post another photo compilation for your enjoyment.

But at least you know that I haven’t disappeared. πŸ™‚



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Gauging the Results

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.

AutoMeterΒ 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. πŸ˜‰

  • Speedometer
  • Tachometer
  • Voltmeter
  • Fuel
  • 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? πŸ™‚

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.

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