I've actually been contemplating hanging a paper on the mailbox stands on my street, asking if someone would rent me a garage spot. I'd gladly pay more for someone's 3rd car garage if it meant my truck was just down the street and i could access it.
man I know what you mean. This old man down my street has a early 80's grand wagoneer I want to pick up for the motor and trans.... or possible make a trail beater out of it! However my mom would kill me as I recently picked up a 94 ZJ to fix up, and I have my XJ, my sisters WJ getting a lift put on, and my dads TJ.
Maybe I could hide the Waggy behind my garage
Edit: BTW I see you on IFSJA quite a bit. I have the same name there and I have a '91 Grand Wagoneer.
First update in a while. Did a few things to the jeep today, but sadly they are all small and boring.
Finally wired up my voltmeter. I figure I should keep an eye on the electrical system. ~13 volts when idling in the garage. ~11 when turned off.
I also tightened down my tranny pan bolts, I have a feeling thats where a lot of my leakage was coming from, but who knows.
Checked all my fluid levels, in preparation for a wheelin trip tomorrow.
Installed a receiver shackle, but no pics.
Picked up a tow strap as well.
Lastly, I installed a little holiday cheer!
I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty nice having a utility vehicle, even if i have to get it out of storage when I want something. I wouldnt have been able to get a tree without it! Made the jeep smell like christmas, which almost...ALMOST overpowered the stink of all my exhaust sucking in through the rear window.
nice. ive been slowly building a 360 magnum for my ZJ for a while. ive got the entire bottom end assembled, new everything, kb flat tops, i beam rods, used scat forged crank(i love craigslist), and a hughes cam. all thats left is the heads. waitin on the tax return for that. i estimate 320/430 when done since the cam is more for low end torque.
good luck on your build, good to see people building their own rather than buying a crate motor.
Cool waggy and nice progress fixing up a almost 40 year old truck.
I loved my 86 Grand wagoneer It had a rebuilt 401 with some umph to it. The only thing I really didnt like was the painfully small rear wheel wells. At the time I had 2" add a leafs and a 3" body lift and ran 33x9.5x15s on stock chevy rally wheels. I could literally stuff the rear tires to the point the tire wouldn't turn. That was after trimming them to the door openings too. Some times getting twisty it would just drag the stuffed tire until it articulated enough to free it up.
Cost wise building a 401 would be about the same price but it may be a little more difficult to find a rebuild-able 401. However I would suggest you keep your eyes open for one. The 401's have phenomenal low end torque. I was gettin 14-15MPG to boot. Not great MPG but considering it was a heavy rig and a built 401 I thought it was doing great!
Keep up the good work and TLC.
Oh yea here's a pic of my FSJ's
71 gladiator J4000 (J4800 1 ton rated)