Hello jeep gurus. I'm a novice Jeep enthusiast and am excited to get working on my new purchase. But, I have several questions because I don't know who to ask.
1. Other than the local repair shoppe, where can I take my Jeep to have it evaluated? Preferably by knowledgable Jeep enthusiasts (like those on this board) who can ooh and ahhh and to comment/suggest improvements.
2. What's a new engine cost? (An elderly buick V6 3speed manual is in it now) And labor?
3. How do I fix my front driver's seat? It is only anchored on the bottom front, and the whole seat tilts up so as to allow cargo/people to be put in the back. Seems like it's made specifically to help catapult the driver through the windshield in a collission. (ha ha). How to anchor it down?
4. Anybody here located in Northeast Ohio?
Thanks to all and hope to learn something on this board!
I got your email and will answer that tomorrow morning when I have more time (while at work, LOL). In the meantime, a few answers/opinions to these questions you asked:
Best you could do for a "Jeepers" evaluation is to look for any local 4-wheeling club, or a Jeep Repair Shop (we have a couple out here that are only for Jeeps, including my garage, LOL ).
The Buick V6 is a great motor! Lots of Horsepower in that little powerhouse! If it is tired, I'd suggest having it rebuilt, and putting it back in. That motor won't disappoint you. Probably run you about $2k - $3k for a TOTAL rebuild, bottom up all the way.
Driver's seat bracket, I'd have to see to figure out, sorry, LOL, sounds like a bit of wacky fab-work, the way you've described it.
Congrats on the finest year CJ made with the finest motor offered! As a fellow 71 owner let me share some insight. Frist the bad, the T14A three speed is marginal behind the Buick. It will serve you fine but if you get crazy with it you'll be sweeping it up off the pavement. The second is the 27A front axle. It served well behind the L and F head 4 cyl. but if you get it bouncing It will spit broken gears all over the trail. Now the good! Short wheelbase, provision for dual tanks,D44 31 spline flanged axle, and the best motor in the buisness. My list of best mods. Upgraded brakes(I used 11" wagoneer brakes)Power steering conversion,an HEI from 75-77 ODFIRE Buick V6,Melling high volume oil pump,PowerLok LS in the front(try to break that!),any good traction diff in the back,Trans. upgrade(T18A is the ticket). The list goes on but these are some of the more importiant ones.Remember, this Jeep worked fine in stock trim, and these mods are only suggestions(except maybe the brakes and steering).Happy Jeeping, and if you have any Questions feel free to E mail me.
Congrats from from the Grub as well, a fellow 71 owner. For the time being, blue metallic as well, but that will change in the next month hopefully. Do the HEI upgrade and if you have the manual choke 2G, junk it for something automatic.
If you read this post jeepdaddy2k, got the lift and tires and top last week, out of town on business this week, dieing to get back home to do some work.
Congratulations again hippo, you'll love the simplicity of the machine.
If the wife didn't hate it so much, I might not love it so much.
Well..... Get that lift on there! Throw that top in the shop, don't need it till Sept( too much wheeling time wasted installing it!)PS how does your heater work? I have a line on some early Bronco heater boxes(have one in mine) goes under the glove box in 30 minutes, and looks stock to boot (ala 72 and later). Oh and the defrosters work! Anyway, good to hear from you, keep in touch.
Jeepdaddy and Grub, thanks for the cool suggestions. The upgrades/modifications sound good, but $$$!!! Do I have the infallable guarantee that what I put into the Jeep, I'll eventually get back? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
Regarding power steering, my mechanic friend likewise suggested adding it. What $$ is involved, and what safety implications does it have? Seems like it'd be too easy to roll with PS. Please advise.
Oh, here are pics. Please advise as well!!
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If I were to do one mod, it would be the power steering. The stock drag link-bellcrank steering is sloppy at best. The power steering conversion is basically the 72 and later stock steering arrangement. As for $$, it depends on whether you can do it yourself. What you need is a power steering pump, brackets, and double pulley from a Buick V6. A steering box from just about any GM vehicle(1/2 ton or less)that has the pitman arm to the rear. You will have to buy the 1 piece tierod and draglink from an aftermarket source. You weld a plate to the left front frame rail(you may be able to use stock CJ brackets), mount the box, connect the lines, and attach the pitman arm to the drag link. The hardest part is connecting the steering to the box.I cut the column flush with the firewall and the shaft about 3" below that.Install a U joint to the steering shaft and use a bearing or brass bushings between the U joint and the body.Install the bushings, slide the U joint on the shaft, and while a friend pushes down on the steering wheel(to compress the spring) mark the shaft through the set screw hole on the U joint. Drill a hole and install the set screw/Ujoint.run a 3/4" shaft from the steering box coupler to the U jount and you are done. Look at a later CJ and that will give you an idea of what it looks like.
I can understand your cash concerns; 1) I'm a Govt. Employee, 2) Got two kids, 3) The Jeep is a hobby. My suggestion is to find a good salvage yard in your area that has a large selection of 60's, 70's era vehicles, that doesn't think used and new parts should carry the same price tag, and are willing to let you walk thru and pick-a-part. Lot of times I see what I want in my mind, don't know what I need to do it until I see it on an old wreck, and then I'm off to the races. After a few times, you'll establish a rapport with the owners and they will be more inclined to cut you an even better deal, or offer you a return policy. I've frequented my favorite one so often they tell me if it ain't what I need, bring it back and they'll give me my cash back. Not saying all will do that, but you never know. Do mods you can as time and funds allow, but get your brakes, steering, and dependability taken care of before you dish out $500 bucks on a cool set of rims, because then you'll only be impressing the neighbors, as it sits in your carport.
As far as getting your money back out of it, I've dumped a ton of money into cars in the past, have lost my butt on everyone. Spend only what it takes to get maximum enjoyment out of it, then stop. If you want to invest, buy land.
If the wife didn't hate it so much, I might not love it so much.