I brought her home today! The 75 mile drive on the freeway was less than thrilling. Steering is quite loose. I think the S10 steering box might be a must before we drive to Moab.
Here are a couple of pics!
I was really looking forward to driving this Jeep before having to fix much! But I park the thing, come out a couple hours later, and notice fluid on the driveway... The prev owner assured me it did not leak oil.. This is what I found:
So Day 1 and my TODO list:
Get and replace new oil dip stick + tube (supposedly broke a few days ago).
Replace gasket on exhaust manifold.
Replace steering box
not too shabby! I like the color. All the to-do's look pretty standard. Looks like the tranny pan is leaking. make sure when you take it off, you make sure it is not warped/bent at the corners from pulling down to drain in the past. Also the trans dipstick tube is common to find leaking at the base.
You might find a few of those tranny pan bolts to be stripped out as well, helo-coils works wonders.
DO a good job wiping everything down take a run around the block and look for leaks. I'll bet you have a rear main seal leak and possibly the front pump seal as well.
Well I drove around a bit after wiping down as you suggested. The only place I could find a drip was the oil drain plug... Seemed like there was a ton of fluid on the bottom for just that. Hopefully it is just that, otherwise everything else has run dry. lol
The tranny and engine were rebuilt less than 2k miles ago, so I'm crossing my fingers that nothing else needs to be fixed in that department.
I'll bet those drips on the cross member are from the pan leaking.
Couple little things I saw if you don't mind...don't know if you noticed yet or not. Looks like you are missing a nut on the cross member that is part of the trans mount, helps keep it from twisting I think. E-brake cable cut(?) and you're are going to want to do those brake lines the right way before you break one.
Some of the steering is going to be from the long front shackles (caster change) and the ride height most likely. Do you have a drop pitman arm? You can adjust these boxes just fine, make sure you got all your ducks in a row before you go throwing money into a new steering box and are having the same problem.
see if you have the front sway bars,
make sure bolts are all snugged up,
check your TRE and ball joints... all the good stuff you don't know if has been messed with.
Looks like you will have some previous owner handywork to overcome, but we all do and you have a good start.
Yeah, I suspect there are going to be more than a few thing to overcome.
Maybe I should take it to a mechanic to give it a good once over, if nothing else just to get a good list of items to fix. I don't mind doing the work to fix stuff but it's been quite awhile since I've done anything more exciting than an oil change.
Don't worry about the leaks, it's an AMC. Thats just how you know it has fluid in it.
Nice find though, that's a great rig, it'll be alot of fun. I dig the color scheme.
Look into your suspension as mentioned for the steering issues. My 73' has a 4" kit from BJ's and it steers like a dream, I drive it on the highway in the city all the time, so it shouldnt be the truck itself.
As for the brake lines.. Should I just get a new kit from BJs and re-route?
Yeah no e-brake... Supposedly was cut when the Dana 60 went in. He didn't bother fixing as it has an auto trans. He didn't bother hooking the speedo back up either.. So there ya go.
Well instead of extended brake lines, looks like a PO just dropped the mounts down with a piece of scrap and bent the hard lines...? Just get longer braided steel lines, you'll be good to go. yes BJ's has them. They are nice & I have a set that came with my lift.
Parts on the way for:
New oil dip stick + tube.
Exhaust manifold gasket.
Transmission oil pan (was definitely leaking).
These were relatively quick, easy, and cheap fixes. I'm still going to take it to a mechanic for a good look, but is there anything else I should take a look at before I hit some minor trails? The brake lines are definitely on my short list.