Well, took her on her maiden voyage to test the waters, so to speak.
Look how happy I am...
Plan was to roll down across the hoover dam and take a 5 or 6 mile trail out to Lake Mohave on the AZ side, but across the dam one side of the highway was closed so I couldn't access the trail head.
Turned around and went to a lesser known beach on lake mead. It was nice, a few boats around but we were the only car there.
Just a crappy dirt road down to the beach with some nice views.
Then just a beach area with boats in the background.
OVerall it was about a 140 mile trip, jeep did great. It was about 109 near the lake, but then we went down to Nelson, NV and it got hotter, above 110. Jeep was getting HOT on big hills at highway speeds. I was trying to keep it going on the ups and downs at about 50mph on the road to nelson, but temp got up to around 225...EEK. Slowed down to about 40 and it dipped below 210 and stayed there.
Also, cleaned out the underside a little bit the other day. I thought i had a can of de-greaser, but apparently didnt. Still alot better than before.
My first check would just be to see if it was a rocker tick. That's what it seems like. Pull the valve cover and see if any of them are loose. If it's just loose you might be able to get away with just tightening it down correctly.
So, today I flushed my radiator out (I've got 3 gallons of anti freeze that I need to dispose of...any advice?)
Then adjusted the clamps on some of the fuel fill neck to hopefully keep it from dripping gas all the time when its full...
I got all excited and found an air nozzle on my bumper with lines going towards the shocks, and thought i had adjustable shocks...well, no, I don't, the lines were cut off and didn't go anywhere, so they must have done that when they put in the lift, so I ripped all that crap out.
Disconnected the trailer harness from the plug on my bumper, no need to keep it connected. I want to remove the trailer brake module from under my dashboard soon, but i need to remove the steel brake line from the master cylinder to it...and dont know how to cap it.
Then listened around some more for my strange noise with my new stethoscope, maybe its the fuel pump?
Then poked a hole half the side of a dime through the floor where I saw some rust. (small patch, under the rear rubber floor mat...still amazingly rust free for a 37 year old truck).
Then I went grocery shopping in the wagoneer. (insert jokes here).
Next items on the list are to fix my headlight switch, which went out, bypass the ammeter, bolt down my jerry can holder, and a million other things.
Alrighty, it cooled down so I went back outside before it got dark to look into my headlight issue.
I saw what a wonderful rats nest the previous owners left me. In order to get to the switch I had to unbolt the brake box (which I want gone...but its tied into the master cylinder?) and figured since I was down there I'd make some changes.
Pulled out the selector switch for the fuel gauge....could switch between the two gas tanks. And just hard wired the lead from the aux tank to the gauge.
Pulled out the switch and disconnected my electric fuel pump (from when the aux tank was actually auxilary...) and pulled the wires for that.
It still looks like this, after removing a few switches and wires....gotta love rednecks. I think i see like 1 section of original wiring under there, haha.
then this is what I get to deal with under the hood...dear god, what a damn mess haha. Oh well, I'm slowly sorting through it.
WOW, I hate when people do half a stuff like that, got pissed because I found 2 old wires that went to no where in my Jeep when I bought it. Well on the bright side looks like you will have something to work on the next couple weeks.
Why did you disconnect the trailer wiring, don't plan on pulling anything? Also one more question, you own two station wagons? at least both have v8's.
Great build Marn, one of my grade / high school buddies dad used Waggies as a rural postal delivery vehicle. He went through a few of them and one was this color.
I didn't see a clear pic of your master cylinder, if your trailer controller is hooked up like the ones I've removed from pickups your going to have to bleed the brakes to remove it. I usually wait until I have to replace the master cylinder and get rid of it then. On the ones I've removed I take the "T" out and plumb the brake line back into the master cylinder.
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