We're slowly getting winter-ready. 

Let’s get this out of the way. No, the lights are not going in the grill. I don’t care if it’s the best place for them, it looks SO Bad. Still unsure what I’m going to do with them, which is why 8 months later they’re still sitting in a box labeled “rally lighting”. I know I can fit ‘em behind the turnsignal lense, but oh man. That’s going to be a lot of work.

Speaking of “things I’m unsure what to do with”, I built this switch panel to control the lights. But... There’s nowhere to put it in my cabin. My best idea so far is to fabricate a custom transmission tunnel cover, and find a way to get the switch and fuse panel where my cup holders are currently. Or Maaaaaybe do something below my knees, right in front of the seat a la fire extinguisher mounts.

I know what you’re thinking, but no I actually did do some wrenching today. Feast your eyes on ze new undertray! LRB put together a fantastic kit, and included all the hardware. Which is great, because God knows I was missing about half the bolts.

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Radiator is now fully boxed in, and 1/8" aluminum should provide a little bit of offroad protection too.

With this install, I’m almost done with the cooling phase of my build. All that’s left now is a coolant reroute, and install a better fan.

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There’s a panel to cover the oil drain plug, but my valve sticks out a hair to far. I could use some washers, but I’d rather just have easy access anyways.

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oil change courtesy of the dregs from about 10 bottles.

Next time I’ll be doing the valve cover gasket. Let’s see if we can get this engine to 400k.

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