2005: After putting the new engine
in, I began the process of trying to adapt
the jeep's existing wiring harness to
engine. I was going to need several new
circuit, but the existing fuse box would not
handle them. Plus, it wasn't exactly in the
best shape. I decided the only thing to do
was to start from scratch.
I began by pulling and
cutting every single wire from the seats
forward. I pulled out the old fuse box as
well as all the gauge wire behind dash. Now
I began almost a month long process of
I yanked out the old
air-conditioning stuff that was under the
passenger side dash, and the result was a
decently large area that I would use for the
new water-proof fuse-box box. I purchased a
fuse box from a guy on ebay, but knowing my
driving habits, I knew it would get wet. I
TIG welded a square box, in which I would
bolt the fuse-box, relays, and the fan's
The fuse box I located is
actually used in a Crown Vic police package, so it
contains relays as well as fuses. You can see how the
top bolts on, completely sealing the interior off from
the nasty creek water.
probably soldered at least 100 connections total,
and had to do most twice, just to make it look nice.
I installed identical
switches for all the lights, etc. I would later
learn that they are definitely NOT water-proof!
July 2005: Finalizing all wiring..
I RTVed all the wiring inlets as well as all the bolt
holes. This seems to work well, as long as the box isn't completely submerged
for any amount of time.