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Unread 01-28-2014, 05:46 PM   #121
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In other news, I replaced the shifter handle with a leather wrapped niner one I got from the JY, the PO had destroyed the leather on the original.

I put the trans in 1st to do that, and the shift cable came off the trans! I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't start until I realized the shift handle was moving easier than normal. Looked underneath and sure enough the trans was in first and the cable was in the air. I've no idea why the shifter isn't indexing properly. I checked the cable adjustment and it seems to be spot on.

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I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
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Unread 01-30-2014, 06:22 PM   #122
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The rear passenger door has had a busted up lock since I got the thing. Some gift from the PO. I assumed the lock/latch mechanism was busted and picked one up at the JY.

Since that means taking the door panel off it's time for MOAR PLASTIDIP!!!!!1!!
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Usual fare for turning the fake wood gunmetal grey.
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To my surprise the latch wasn't broken at all. The rod that connects the lock slider on the interior handle was bent out of shape. Bend it back into place and it locks and travels just like new. I'm guessing that the glass installer bent the rod out of shape when the window was replaced.
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Dip on the hood louvers needed to be redone, I was in too much of a hurry and didn't understand plastidip very well when I did them the first time.
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The key to good dip as I've found is to keep the can slightly above room temperature (not garage temperature). To this end I've come up with the 500W dip heater.
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Also on the dip list was the new t-case shifter bezel I got at the JY. PO had broken the original.
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New lamps and bezel installed, it's starting to look clean and well kept again.
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1998 ZJ Platinum Limited 5.9, New engine and trans, no front driveshaft, but it's pretty

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"Coulda had a V8!"

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Unread 01-30-2014, 06:49 PM   #123
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Vacuum that carpet! Lol!
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Unread 01-30-2014, 06:52 PM   #124
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Yeh, washing it inside and out is on my to-do, eventually, maybe, if I have time, OOOH angle grinder.
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Unread 01-30-2014, 07:01 PM   #125
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Yeh, washing it inside and out is on my to-do, eventually, maybe, if I have time, OOOH angle grinder.
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Unread 01-30-2014, 07:06 PM   #126
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The drivers door on the niner has that infamous ZJ sag. YAGFTP (yet another gift from the PO) The green one hasn't sagged a door in it's life. Just what the hell to people do to these things?

The upper hinger bushings were very noticeably shot to hell.
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So it's party time again!
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The lower bushings looked fine and had minimal play.
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Upper, not so much.
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I used the factory mopar bushings and pin instead of the dorman aftermarket ones. The bushings are like $9 a pop from the dealership and you need two. The pin is like $14. It's seriously worth it. The factory bushings are stamped steel with an inner coating of a teflon like plastic. I've heard of the cheapy brass bushings dying after 6 months, but the original ones are still going strong in the green one.
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The pin is slightly larger at the end and needs to be press fit into the hinge.
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I tried a hammer but the c-clamp works much better. Once pressed in, the pin isn't going anywhere. The other end has a point in it to enable the end to be reformed and prevent the pin from falling out, but I'm not worried.
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Huge difference in the door. I'm always amazed when the little things make such an impact but they really do. I'm also a little surprised at how easy it is to remove and attach the door on this thing. The 96+ ZJ's don't need a screwdriver to take apart the door connector. I think I see half doors in the green one's future.
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"Coulda had a V8!"

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Unread 01-30-2014, 09:07 PM   #127
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I think you are one step ahead of me on most of these repairs ... but a few have caught me off guard ... I was just looking on line for the bushing kit ...
But now I think i'll hit the dealer and do the factory pin bush set ....

Great thread ... thanks ...
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Unread 03-11-2014, 07:25 PM   #128
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Alright!

Today the tax man cometh and put some shiny nickels in my pocketbook. On friday I'll be getting my first paycheck since October.

So it's time to get this heap back in shape. Already ordered new front CA's to clean up the ride (pass side lower is a bent one I took off the trail jeep). Also on order is a new blower motor controller and motor to end my parasitic drain woes and give me back AC (which I need in march in cali ). Also threw some sheckles at a fellow JF'er to get me some UC coils.

More to come!
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Unread 03-11-2014, 08:35 PM   #129
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Sweet! Now maybe we'll see you on a run soon?
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Unread 03-11-2014, 08:47 PM   #130
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Let me know if you ever want to get rid of that cup holder insert lol.
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Unread 03-18-2014, 07:44 PM   #131
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Pile o' parts. Should have coils by friday. Gonna be nice.
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"Coulda had a V8!"

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Unread 03-19-2014, 01:19 PM   #132
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And the Upcountry springs courtesy of tucsonzj are here!

Now if only I had a niner! My shop manager traded me her 3 pedal civic so she could pick up lumber.
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"Coulda had a V8!"

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Unread 03-19-2014, 01:29 PM   #133
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In the garage: M1 4bbl
In the works: H&Rs, Addco/Hellwig sway bars, nitrous, full polly bushings, full exhaust, data logging, billet UD pulleys
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Unread 03-25-2014, 01:10 PM   #134
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Well half the UC springs are here, the front half is taking a scenic tour of CA.
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"Coulda had a V8!"

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Unread 03-31-2014, 05:21 PM   #135
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I actually drove the niner yesterday. My shop manager has had it for near two weeks now, and I've been driving the green thing, her 3 pedal civic, and a 14' box truck.

The box truck is better than the niner.

I dunno, I've got a nice pile of parts on the bench waiting to go into the thing, but every time I drive something else and then drive it I feel like I should scrap it. There's just so much wrong, so much broken. A lot of it I can fix, some I can't, some I don't know if it is fixable. Other than the engine I haven't dropped that much into it that I couldn't rip out (radio, stereo). I'd really like to find a good shell or similar and build one nice niner, I don't want to dump money into something I'm gonna keep hating.
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1996 ZJ Green Laredo V8, 2.5" OME and Bilsteins, 31's, Holes drilled in the roof.
1998 ZJ Platinum Limited 5.9, New engine and trans, no front driveshaft, but it's pretty

"Whats wrong with a PT Cruiser?"
"Coulda had a V8!"

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