Ok, lots have happened lately with the Jeeps and the house and stuff, but I've neglected poor Jeepforum, so here's the cliffnotes:
Driveshaft took *forever*, like 6 weeks, to get to me with lots of "it'll be there Tuesday"s. When it got to me, this is what I got.
It was a damn TJ shaft. Right custom length, but wrong TC joint
They immediately apologized and sent me the right one:
Reason it's taken me so long to get around to posting it is because right after that last post my wife found 6 emaciated pit bull puppies abandoned in a ditch by the side of the road in the rain. (The JKU was *invaluable* for transporting crates full of puppies to various vet/medical/adoption events, btw). We took them into our home/garage and through a whole lot of awesome social media rallying they went from this:
and sent them off to various rescues in Texas, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina. (That puppy is that last one to still need a home, FYI. Anyone know of a rescue willing to work with pitties, let me know!)
Full story and pictures on that whole deal, if interested, is at http://geoffreymarsh.com/TheTARDISGang/
Needless to say, this took up pretty much all my free time and my poor YJ went neglected to the point where the battery was so dead even the interior lights wouldn't turn on.
Also, the YJ was parked in the bay next to the dirt floor bay where we originally kept them. Dirt floor bay + wagging tails + playing puppies = dusty YJ. Like...disgustingly dirty YJ. YJ with no top or doors. Damnit.
Every bit of cloth and plastic in the interior was covered in dust. This box and cord are normally black....
So I pulled all the stuff and carpets and seatcovers and everything out of the Jeep and tossed it in the washing machine:
Also washed and waxed the exterior *and* interior, changed the oil, and swapped in the new driveshaft!
*Finally* after almost two years I no longer have vibrations with my front driveshaft in. And it's a beefier DS to boot!
My other ride, the Tiburon, however, is not doing so well. Still very driveable, just occasionally needing some TLC So Dianna and I made the decision to finally get THIS:
2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback i Grand Touring (in a manual, of course)
Fun, good looking, easy-to-clean leatherette interior, loaded with tech, very practical and 40mpg! Gotta love it.
But the main reason we decided we needed to get rid of the old coupe and buy a new sedan is....we are expecting Baby Marsh in May!!!
(Until we find out the gender, we are just referring to it by the non-gender-specific title "The Cheerio Chucker".)
So....yeah. It's been a crazy couple months, and it probably won't get calmer anytime soon, but we're having a blast!