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2Xtreme 08-16-2013 06:39 AM

2Xtreme's new (to me) 258 clean up thread....
After Jerking around all summer with the 258 that came in my CJ I finally gave up on it.

Before I get into this ‘write-up’, I want to give a big Thank You to those who helped me work through the issues with my original 258. I learned a TON about carburetor tuning, timing, vacuum, etc. from you guys! You all Rock!

(OK, enough with the sappy crap… Here we go….)

I was going to have the original engine rebuilt, but didn’t want to spend that kind of money right now, or give up any chance on driving it this season.
BigJoe offered me a good 258 at a decent price, so I jumped on it.

At first glance, it didn’t look too filthy. So I figured I might as well go ahead and put a coat of paint on it.
Well it was dirtier than I thought, but I’m happy with the results so far.

I know the diehard Jeep guys will shoot me for my color choice, but I thought Chevy Orange/ Black would look good in an orange Jeep. Plus it would be easier to see/ track the inevitable leaks that will pop up.
So shoot me….. :gunfight:

I used Duplicolor Engine Enamel for everything.
Parts that had been previously painted got scuffed up and hit with Duplicolor Self-Etching Primer before a couple coats of gloss black.

Cleaning and prep was simply brake cleaner and a wire brush – at first.
Wire brushing it by hand was just way too slow (I do want to drive this thing before snowfall, after all), so I picked up a wire wheel and put it in my drill. Made things go much faster…

Before and after pics of one side done with wire brush, by hand.

I redid that side and this one with the wire wheel in about the same amount of time as it took me to do the first side by hand.

All cleaned up and time to take Big Brother’s place on the stand for masking and paint.

Masked and ready to lay down some paint!

One light coat and 3 wet coats of Chevy Orange

Moving on to the accessories, etc.
Hoping the Duplicolor Cast Coat Aluminum tones down some… YIKES!

As I said, the brackets, etc. got the same cleaning with brake cleaner and wire wheel to scuff them up. Then a few coats of the etching primer.

A few coats of Gloss Black on the brackets.
Wondering if I should have gone with the Semi-Gloss, or Low Gloss Black…..
Oh well, it’s on there, now.!

So far, so good. I haven’t unmasked it yet, so I have no idea how it looks.
Maybe tonight.
More pics to follow…..

2Xtreme 08-16-2013 06:39 AM

Teaser pic!

Well, I unmasked it quickly last night before running off to a show with the GF.

Except for a few very minor spots where some of the paint came off with the tape and a little black overspray between the crank pulley and the water pump (which will never be seen), it looks AWESOME!
I’m very pleased with how it turned out.

One of the few projects on this CJ that has gone smoothly AND with good results.

I realized late in the game that I still have a few odds and ends, as well as bolt heads to paint.
So once I have that done and everything assembled on the motor, I will post more pics.
Plan to paint the last few bits this weekend.

Stay tuned!

bradleybrb 08-16-2013 02:24 PM

Looks good! Ain't nothing wrong with chevy orange!

2Xtreme 08-17-2013 07:27 PM

Primed and painted some small bits today before starting to remove front clip for engine swap...

Nothing exciting, but here are pics

jhughes2013 08-20-2013 10:51 AM

Looking good:thumbsup: Subscribed. What are you saving Big Brother for?

2Xtreme 08-20-2013 11:47 AM


Originally Posted by jhughes2013 (Post 15815225)
Looking good:thumbsup: Subscribed. What are you saving Big Brother for?

Turning out better than I had expected.

I'm hoping Big Brother will eventually end up in the CJ.
This would have been the perfect excuse to do it, but would have taken more time and money than I want to spend this season.

I haven't wheeled this thing once all summer, so I'm hoping I can through this one in and salvage what's left of the season... :thumbsup:

2Xtreme 08-26-2013 06:32 AM

Did what I hope to be the last of the painting during breaks from pulling the old engine. Fan, some more hardware and a fresh coat on the header.

Didn't snap any pics - it's just a fan, and header.
I figured gloss black would be too much on the fan, so I did it in flat black.

Used up the last of what was left in my header paint can just for looks - I couldn't bear to put that worn-looking header on a freshly painted engine.

It all came out pretty good.

Hoping to throw it all together for final pics tonight.

Stay tuned...... :thumbsup:

2Xtreme 08-27-2013 05:56 AM

At long last, here it is!

Not too happy with the pics, it was pretty overcast so the lighting wasn't great.

I only took pics of the driver's side as I still have the oversprayed filter on there which looks pretty cheesy.

Anyway, I'll take a full set of pics with more sunshine when we get it.

Enjoy the final product!

Matt1981CJ7 08-27-2013 06:06 AM


I'm a little partial to AMC blue, but that orange doesn't suck, either. Nice work. :thumbsup:

I'd get a wooden block under the front of the that thing before it mangles your stand.


2Xtreme 08-27-2013 06:35 AM

Thanks Matt!

I went with the orange for 2 reasons:
My CJ is orange, so i thought that would look pretty slick.
Plus I thought it would be easier to see/ track the inevitable leaks.
Maybe not. But it's done... finally.

And yes, I have to get something under there before it ends up face first on the ground. Although I am hoping it is going on this weekend....

swatson454 08-27-2013 07:59 AM

Ya know, that was the perfect opportunity to address that PCV inlet on the carb spacer :)


2Xtreme 08-27-2013 10:39 AM

I never took the carb off..

All that on/ off, studs backing out, etc made me nervous of stripping the threads in the cast aluminum.

If I have to take it off again, I can do it then.

But I thought that was for a solution to the problem with the other motor..... (?)

Fins 08-27-2013 12:25 PM

Wow looks nice.

bradleybrb 09-05-2013 09:38 AM


2Xtreme 09-05-2013 09:51 AM


It's one of the few 'projects' with this thing that has gone smoothly and turned out with great results.


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