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Unread 09-07-2013, 02:42 PM   #1
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1979 FSJ Cherokee 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Vista, Ca
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1st trip 2 Shop/ ?'s I should ask

Hi again...I know I do not know the "dude talk"
But would really appreciate to be a part of
This Jeep community I bought into and learn
From all of the knowledge that I see you all
Clearly have
I'm taking my (new to me) 1979 Chief in for
A look and game plan. The Mechanic said He
And his Wife used to have my exact Jeep then
went to the 4door once having kids...that makes
me feel good about my choice of where to go.
Everything in my Chief is original and amazingly
she gets down the road.
The first start of the day takes a try or three, is a
bit shakey at first then idles out...
If I fail to let it idle "long enough" in the A.M.
(Running late getting the kids to school)
as soon as I wind around our side street to the
stop light (which slopes down hill 25-30*) and its
red it's one of those long lights.
When I take off I go left straight into an Up Hill
climb pretty steep guessing safe 35*-45* ... The first
two times SHE stalled on me. Now I anticipate it and
have this finessing of the gas...sorry for my choice
of words but kinda like pumping the gas when it's
choking out??
Also SHE leaks everywhere...not gobs of oil but drips.
What should I tackle first?
I want this love of mine to be the Beauty and the Beast!!!
I know their heavy but so is my foot. In saying that
What kind of breaks should I consider also what do I put
into the engine to be in the fast lane on these hilly California
Thanks for your suggestions~Beth and her Baby Girl

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Unread 09-12-2013, 03:07 PM   #2
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1985 J-Series Truck 
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Location: burlington, ky
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I would have them do a compression test on all cylinders (inexpensive) to make sure its good. A tune up could go a long way too. As far as the finessing of the gas, could just be a carburetor issue not tuned right. These old trucks need a little time to warm up probably never fix that issue. As far as the oil leaks go, if you want to fix them start at the top and work your way down. Valve cover gaskets first, put a new washer on the drain plug in the oil pan, wipe off and check oil pan gasket. The rear main seals are notorious for leaking in these old trucks too. Hope this helps a little.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 12:49 PM   #3
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Location: glendale, arizona
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Carb. & choke adjustment too. Really helps when the mechanic knows these vehicles.
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brakes , cherokee , chief , engine , upgrades

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