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post #571 of 1793 Old 05-16-2011, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Aite, turns out they lost the crank bushing (thin little collar on the torque converter snout) that i installed, so they put a new one in and the vibes are gone. Easy peasy.

Should have it back soon.


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post #572 of 1793 Old 05-17-2011, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, got it back, they fixed the vibes and installed a fresh starter. Thats all I cared to have them fix.

Thing drives all nice. I drove it 50 or so miles for work today, and it shifts great, no vibes at speed, plenty of power, and plenty of oil pressure. Woo! its back on the road.

Popped a fuse though by accidentally short circuiting my transmission gauge, replaced that, and noticed I had some issues with my volt gauge.

It was only reading 11v when the truck was running, and my ammeter (amp meter) was ever so slightly negative, indicating a minor drain on the battery.

If i turned on my headlights, volt gauge went down to 10, and the ammeter dipped slightly lower, a noticable amount. Not good.

So, drove it home, checked some stuff. 12.5v at the battery....not bad but not good. 14v coming from the alternator, so thats fine...but the batt wasnt fully charged, and obviously any accessories i had running were draining from the battery, not the alternator. Strange.

Cleaned my positive terminal, and the connections from the alt and battery at the starter solenoid. Turned the truck on, and the ammeter instantly bounced to the positive side, indicating the the battery was taking a charge.

Voila.

Apparently every few months my positive terminal gets a nice greasy buildup? It doesnt look like normal corrosion, but its there. It screws with the connection. This is what cause my issues with not being able to start it in the past. Strange. Guess I'll keep an eye on it, but in the meantime, she's running great.

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post #573 of 1793 Old 05-17-2011, 07:38 PM
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Awesome. My buddies waggy had electrical issues usually we had to trace down a small power wire that was grounding out. We ended up putting new terminals on and some extra grounds to the body, frame and motor. Worked like a charm.

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post #574 of 1793 Old 05-17-2011, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, i've added grounds, but need to clean up some of the underhood and interior wiring. A hackjob was done inside the truck....for all sorts of accessories. But, sadly, the addition of like 5 gauges by me doesnt look much better, haha.

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post #575 of 1793 Old 05-17-2011, 11:17 PM
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You try cleaning the terminals, putting some of those felt terminal pads on, and coating the connections in dielectric grease? Or even the stuff they sell at the store for greasing the terminals? I think it's basically just dielectric grease, but...

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post #576 of 1793 Old 05-18-2011, 07:30 AM
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I was skeptical about the felt pads but tried them and was surprised by the results.

I've also sprayed the battery terminals with WD40 to protect them. It isn't as durable as other methods but does help.

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post #577 of 1793 Old 05-18-2011, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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I have the felt pads, and last time I did this I cleaned everything up with battery cleaner. It just seems strange to me that its getting this stuff on it so fast. It doesn't look like the normal white deposits, its almost a greasy substance on the actual post.

Reggartless.... its fixed

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post #578 of 1793 Old 05-18-2011, 11:06 AM
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...It doesn't look like the normal white deposits, its almost a greasy substance on the actual post...
quite possible the tranny shop disconnected it, and reinstalled with greasy hands/or rag!

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post #579 of 1793 Old 05-18-2011, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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quite possible the tranny shop disconnected it, and reinstalled with greasy hands/or rag!

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True, but it seems to be the same substance that developed in the past.

Oh well, no matter.

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post #580 of 1793 Old 05-21-2011, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Took a little time this morning to wrap up a few loose ends.

Started cleaning up the wiring for my ignition system. Note.. i said MY wiring, i didnt clean up anything from PO's or the factory, just the stuff i installed for the ignition system.

When i installed it, just trying to make it work.



Pulled it all back out, and started to make an actual harness...kinda.


much better



That should keep the wires organized and out of the way of everything else under there.

Installed my new torque arm stud and bushings. The old one was beyond "Gone" it was just mushy rubber and the fools at the tranny shop stripped the stud.



While i was in there, i dropped the transmission cross member, to replace my tranny mount. The mount was NEW installed by me, but something didnt line up right, so it was all smooshed and the rubber was separating from the base. I grabbed another one and cut some notches in the bolt holes to allow some adjustability, but it went on fine and it sits nice and square now, not all mashed and pulled out of position.


My e-brake cable had come off the pedal, so i hooked that back up, with some difficulty. no pics.


I tried to stop a slow coolant drip by tightening a hose clamp, hopefully that'll cure it. I'm trying to get leak free here. Only really two things left to do now! I need to get my oil pan to stop leaking like a sive, and make some sort of cover for my bell housing, because my flex plate and torque covnerter are just out in the open right now. I dont have the inspection covers for this jeep pattern TH400 case.

Also, unrelated to the engine swap, i need to weld my shock tab back on. I brought a welder home from work this weekend, and may try my hand at it.

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Welding, eh? I suggest picking up a few pieces of steel from a scrap bin somewhere. Practice laying some beads.

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Can you take some pics and measurements of your torque arm for me? Mine's missing the torque arm, and I gotta make a new one.

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post #583 of 1793 Old 05-22-2011, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Welding, eh? I suggest picking up a few pieces of steel from a scrap bin somewhere. Practice laying some beads.
PRactice schmactice. I made sure it worked and went right for it. Came out ugly as hell, but solid as a rock. The back side of it is way uglier because it was like upside down in a crack...but whatever. Not bad for free.99





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Can you take some pics and measurements of your torque arm for me? Mine's missing the torque arm, and I gotta make a new one.
I couldnt grab any measurements because i didnt have a ruler. It looks like it'll be real easy to make, just bend an L shape and drill 3 holes in it. If you really need the measurements lemmie know and i can try to find a tape or ruler small enough to fit in there.


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First wheelin trip after all the work...and it was a success...

The truck ran beautifully! Nice and smooth, not a single hiccup.

Few folks from Jeep forum that I often times wheel with met up today and we rolled out south/west of las vegas and took an old trail out to Sandy Valley, NV. More scenic than anything. But that's the kind of riding I like, rocks are fun and all, but stressful, i like to just relax with cruising around. I didn't even use 4wd even though there was a hill climb that it would have helped with..but man getting out of the jeep and locking the hubs is such a hassle!

Anyway, truck did great, im so happy this "test" went well. I swear it runs better off road than on the pavement haha.

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Started out kinda cloudy and chilly



Gorgeous scenery though, recent rains really got the color to come alive in the desert.



Met some fellow trail-users out there..


Sun came out, and it was perfect outside


Looks so happy to be back out on the trail!




See vegas in the distance?



So much color! The Globemallow was blooming more than anything else.


the back side was a little more desert like


All dirty...but i like how the tires match the paint.


she's a popular girl! Everyone was helping air up, haha.


Stopped in Goodsprings at the world famous Pioneer Saloon. Just a cool picture.


Anyway, great day and restored some of my faith in the old girl, she seems decently reliable now, and i wont be nervous every time i drive it.

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