Been having some fun with the Jeep this year. I park on the street and don't lock it, because it has a soft top anyway. Someone decided to take out my stereo, break the center console lock, even though it wasn't locked either. And then not steal the stereo, just left it on the seat. Its just an old cassette, but why take it out?!
Got the stereo put back, then I was driving to work Thursday, when my Jeep engine broke. Don't know the history of this motor, but the odometer had 233,000 when I bought it last summer. I had just tuned it up and it was running well, not even using much oil.
Now, to be fair, a couple of weeks ago we went to the dunes for the 2nd time, drove it hard in the sand, you need to rev the 4's a little bit more than the 6's to get up a dune....and then one of my boys mistook the Jeep for a boat, "forgot to check the depth finder" and drowned it in a pond. Fortunately we had two other Jeeps on that trip. We pulled it out and worked on it for about 4 hours to get it running. Major tune-up (plugs, wires, cap, rotor, air filter), sprayed WD 40 in the cylinders to displace water, changed the oil a couple of times, used a stabilizer in the oil (Sea Foam) before and after the oil change.
Here are some pictures of my 4 cylinder jeep motor/boat anchor/grenade. I will need at minimum, a new engine block to fix this.
The connecting rod and piston in the number one cylinder is broken and the broken rod flopping around on the crank managed to punch a very big hole in the side of the block. You can see up into the cylinder through the side. Thatís about as bad as it getsÖ!
So Iím looking for a complete engine or a short block. Iím not adverse to doing an engine swap. I hear the all-aluminum 5.3L Impala V-8 has the same GM 60 bolt pattern as my block. I would need to fabricate a mount for the starter and probably lots of other things, motor mounts, a place for the Impala computer, new flywheel, exhaust routing, higher capacity radiator, bigger fuel pump, wiring, etc, etc Öbut it might be fun!
Someone asked how the accessory belt looked on my engine, here is a couple of pictures about that...also, found an engine in a town about 70 miles south of me. 140,000 miles on it, guy said it ran well, but he switched to a 350 chev and didn't want this anymore. For $500 I got the engine, trans, tcase. I thought that was a pretty good deal. Enough parts left over to start another project!
I couldn't believe it started on the first try. I took pictures of every vacuum and electrical connection beforehand. The only big mistake was cutting the power steering hose thinking I could splice. The parts store told me you couldn't splice high pressure hydraulics, so I bought another hose for $25. I was walking around and noticed a gas leak from the tank that I hadn't seen before. It only leaked with the engine on, so I'm dropping the tank. Some rusty bolts to deal with still, so I haven't discovered yet where the leak is coming from.
Thanks, to update this thread, my gas tank leak turned out to be a broken rubber gasket on top that formed the seal for the fuel pump. I ended up busting the straps and another bolt also because the threads were so rusty. It even had rubber caps on the threads for the gas tank straps, but they rusted anyway.
Also, I wanted to mention that one of the most difficult parts of this swap was getting the air out of the coolant system. I tried a lot of different "tricks" but the thing that worked best was to get the Jeep into a nose down angle, I did this by parking it basically with the front wheels in the gutter, and jackstands under the rear axle on the sidewalk in front of my house. Neighbors love me. I then removed the the temperature sensor that goes to the gauge. It is located on the drivers side of the engine, at the rear, on top of the head. Then I filled the radiator until fluid starting coming out of the temp sensor hole, replaced the sensor and radiator cap. Thinking back, the top of my radiator was probably about even with the back of the engine...