My plan was to leave it stock and just enjoy having a jeep but that didnt last long. I picked up a pedersen's magazine and got bit by the bug. I wanted offsets first so I ordered some 2 inch spacers and traded my old snowboard for some black american racing rims 15x8 with 1inch of offset. And I ordered my RC 4inch lift from Quadratec. We have a tire machine in the garage so I did the tires myself in an hour one afternoon.
And my lift came in about a week later.
During this time I changed my oil, filter, plugs, wires, cap, rotor, and bought a new mechanical fuel pump and fuel filter and installed all of those. Because she ran alittle rough. I was trying to find out what the problem was. Now I now it was my carter carb. I will get to that later tho.
When it came time to do my lift my dad was at work when I got it started. When I first bought the jeep I wasnt mechanically inclined, but I learn quickly.
I am lucky that the previous owners undercoated the jeep every year since new. All my bolts for my springs came right off, there were a few that were giving me balls but alittle bit of heat and they were off too. The Kit came with good instructions and it was a pretty straight forward install. I did run into some problems with the old pitman arm. After we broke a puller on it we said screw it and decided to use a cutting disc to solve that problem. Here is a pic after the rims and the lift.
I had also found a guy locally that was selling an original soft top with hardware for 250 bucks so I snatched that up.
In the pic you can also see that I spent hours taking off all the pin stripes. I did this in preperation for painting the jeep black. Ever since I was a kid and I saw CB4 I had wanted a black jeep so this was my little project.
Back to the Carter. Everytime I would roll up to a stop sign my jeep would studder and die. I had to drive my automatic like it was a standard. I always had one foot on the gas ALWAYS. I had my curb idle stepped right up to try to get it to stay running. I found out was dieseling was the hard way. My jeep sounded like it was possesed for the longest while. I brought it in to a carb specialist who couldnt do anything with it. So I broke the budget and bought a weber 32/36. It was so much fun tearing that POS out of there. Right after the install on the first trip down the road I couldnt believe how my jeep sounded, it was so mean and throaty and it had tonnes of power. Money well spent in my opinion.
Acouple days after the install of the weber I did the nutter bypass with instructions from this forum. It was simple and I havent looked back since. Thanks again Jeepforum for your guidance