Unforeseeable circumstances have put a temporary hold on some of my projects for the ZJ as she must go back to the DD position by Saturday.
Yesterday I did the power steering cooler addition. I also sanded down the rusty areas on the rocker panels and painted them with POR-15.
I may start the trans cooler addition today if it stops raining. As I cut off the muffler, I’ll need to put on the new exhaust from the header pipe back. I’ll do the trans pan drain plug & filter this week, then put the header panel, lights, grill and bumper back on.
Seems like a fun filled week. Got any pics as she sits now?
Mind if I ask why you're selling the Stang for another ZJ?
Yes, it will be a busy week!
I'm selling or stripping the 'Stang because to keep it would be adding another project to a all ready full list. I do have a '98 'Stang just about ready for the road. A couple friends are supposed to visit next weekend to help finish a engine swap in my truck. The '94 needs the rusty rear torque boxes and fuel tank rear mounting bar repaired. I do have some repair parts that could go with the car if is sold, although I would likely get more stripping it.
With knee, back & neck problems, I can't do it all the way I used too! LOL I just want to get the projects done! The ZJ's are a lot easier to work on. Another ZJ would be great for my sister that lives with us. She has cancer in her spine and can't drive a stick anymore.
Seems like a fun filled week. Got any pics as she sits now?
Here's a few pics. I took a bunch, but most were blurry.
I'll pass your best wishes on to her. She's a trooper! After a year of chemo and it is still spreading. They want to do radiation therapy, but her kidneys are failing and she's diabetic. But she stays active as much as she can.
I installed my trans cooler with the included kit to the AC condenser and got everything bolted back up before I realized the best place to run the fog light harness is under the radiator and through the 1" hole provided in the frame to the spaces allocated for the horns on the LH side and the charcoal canister on the RH side. I'll take care of that Friday, and yes, the fog lights are installed.
Oh yeh, I used a fog light harness from a '94 with new wire to extend to the '96 style pig tails supplied with the fog lights. No pics, 2 of my soldering efforts looked really nice, the others looked like two Sumo Wrestlers under a black (liquid tape) tarp.
The fog light wires are now neatly tucked in behind the KOR radiator support. I cleaned up the rust at the bottom of both fenders and gave them a coat of POR-15. I cleaned up the fan shroud and fan, gave the fan a coat of semi-gloss Krylon. I installed the fan, new fan clutch and cleaned the fan shroud. I sprayed the back side of the fenders and wheel wells with 3M undercoating. I also cleaned and painted the RH fender support bracket. I still need to connect the trans cooler to the trans lines, 1st thing in the AM!
Today I finished up the trans cooler installation and dropped the trans pan & changed the filter. The JF standard seems to be 4 quarts for a pan/ filter drop. I am assuming that because I had the cooler lines separated, I may have drained more than usual, but, an extra 2 quarts? I started her up after adding 4 quarts and it was not even on the stick. I measured what came out to be 7 quarts. WTF!!
After #5& 6 quart, it is still low on the stick, in Neutral, after a 10 min warm up. It shuddered almost enough to kill the engine the first couple times I ran it through the gears, is this normal??
Today I put the '96 face lift on my '95. I discovered my new/ used header panel was missing a mounting tab, not broken, missing! The lower screw hole for the corner light had never been drilled. Yehaw quality control!!
I did get the LH & RH cladding re-installed without a hitch. I used mostly new fasteners with some good used parts where un-avoidable. The RH fender liner purchased on eBay was super flimsy, but did fit.
The grill, fenders, fender liners, and all lighting and bumper cover are installed, looks pretty good. Oddly, all the Chinese parts lined up pretty well, I did have to do some trimming on the LH lower marker/ turn signal light so the bulb socket would fit. I set the TYC head lights in the sun to heat them up, added some white lithium grease to the ball sockets and they popped right on!! The OE parts, ( header panel & corner lights) needed a lot off adjusting to fit.
Today I installed the SUMMIT 3" exhaust system w/ 3" high flow cat. SUMMIT'S Kit included the two piece tail pipe, 3" SUMMIT Turbo muffler, 2.25" to 3" adapter, and four clamps, one with a hanger welded on. I forgot to get a piece of 3" pipe to go between the muffler & cat. The tailpipe was really long and I want a turn down, so I hacked 7" of the tail pipe to use between the muffler & cat. There is not a lot of room in there for 3" pipe!! I used the clamps for now to check for rattles and rubbing, I'll weld it later.
It sounds great IMO, nice deep tone, no resonance in the interior!
Today was also the first test drive since I did all of the suspension work, added transmission and power steering coolers, changed the transmission filter, used air pressure to flush the power steering unit, replaced the clutch fan and installed the '96^ face lift.
She drives much smoother, not as much rolling/ sway, even with the 2" BB spacers. The transmission shifts a lot better even with out doing the TV cable adjust.
She sounds much better with out the roaring of the old fan clutch, better to listen to the new pipes!!
I'm not sure I like the dark grey plastic grill, but the rest looks a lot better!
Overall impression of the “lift” project is pretty good, I need to get the front end aligned. The Bilstein 5100's are much smoother than the "Sensatrac" shocks that were replaced.
The transmission oil/ filter change made a very definite positive change in the way the transmission shifts! 1st to 2nd gear is firmer, 2nd to third is predictable instead of "searching" to find the shift point.
The exhaust system / high performance air filter change made a very noticeable change in mid-range power. A noticeable seat of the pants increase in power. The air filter was just a cheap "Specter" high flow cotton replacement.
A alignment is next. As I replaced a lot of damaged parts, I will get the alignment done by a local tire shop.
Brakes are next major project. I still have a lot of other smaller projects to do until the budget allows for the brakes.
I replaced my rusty tailgate this past week with a rust free, but dented tailgate from a '96 up style. I will need to find a new interior panel to match my interior. I had to use my old license plate bracket as the one on the new door was broken, I cut/ drilled a hole for the window release switch. I also replaced the window lift struts and tailgate bumpers. Every thing works!
A lot of my projects have been put on a "sequester" hold. I am still able to make some upgrades/ changes due to prior purchases.
I did the tailgate as mentioned and I should be able to do the drivers side front door. I need to make a JY trip to add the '96^ 3rd brake light and some trim.
The ZJ runs very nicely, handles well enough for a lifted (2") Jeep, I'm actually quite impressed! I noticed today that I have worn off the "new" tire nubbins from the side walls of the Good Year Wranglers! Yup, she seems to handle pretty well! I have put a little over 300 miles on her since the lift and suspension up grade/ rebuild. I'm getting pretty comfortable with a few of the local "S" curves, dips and hollows.
Gas mileage has gone from 18.3 to 20.5, despite my new found enjoyment of the 2,500 - 3,000 rpm "bark" shift point! I will have to re-check this as it makes no sense at all!
Still; no leaks!! The only thing I have changed was the oil & filter, trans and engine. The valve cover leak & oil filter adapter leak have seemingly gone away .... Castrol 5-30W High Mileage oil. The new Trans & PS coolers are doing well & leak free! Engine coolant temps are stable at 200 degrees, down from 215. The power steering noises are all but gone.
I could not be happier with the changes to this point!!
I received and installed my lift gate 3rd brake light. I could not find one in the three local JY's that were not broken. The one I got from eBay looks like new and works perfectly. $17 including shipping.
Still no leaks, transmission still shifts well, engine sounds great and she drives very nicely.