Okay, new water pump is painted and put in. Lucky for me, I put silicon on the timing cover gasket and it didn't come loose from the block, so I don't have to worry about coolant in the oil or leaks. I also bought a flex fan, so I can kick the fan clutch to the curb and KNOW my fan is working. I also sealed up a t18 leak. I will show pics of it tomorrow. I think this will square everything away
I must admit that I'm a TOTAL IDIOT, and I should have my wrench card removed for a month. I was putting my oil bypass plunger in backwards.
I had 140 Lbs. oil pressure today, so I shut her down and didn't even bother to run her. I had just put in my new fan, tensioned my belts, and put new oil in the tranny, and I was ready to go for a cruise. I was heart broken!! I sat in the house on my giant bean bag thinking hard when it hit me: I was putting the oil bypass piston in backwards!!. So an hour later, I had the plunger banged out again, I retrieved the new one from the corner of the garage, cleaned it off and slapped it in, primed the pump, replaced the dizzy, and fired her up. 60 PSI perfect. What a MORON!
I also still have a belt howl after replacing the alt and water pump. I must be the belt itself. I tried to use some belt conditioner on it today just to see if the tone would change. I pointed the nozzle directly at the pulley with it was running, pushed the nozzle down, and the can gushed tar colored crap out from around the nozzle seat, not the actual spray nozzle mind you, all over my freshly painted motor. I discovered brake cleaner takes it off. Then I found out that the Seymour engine paint is also taken off by brake cleaner. All that time painting just so a faulty can can explode on my ****! God damnit! I was able to get it off everything that wasn't painted AMC blue. Its in a hard enough spot I see, so maybe I can brush some on in those spots.
After all the drama, I did get to go for a drive, and then for a wheel!!! And then I found some mud!!!!! So despite all the bull ****, I feel the reward was well worth it. Four wheelin with my bud with the doors off and the windshield down in the cool chilly evening air with lightning flashing way in the distance. Super cool!!!
That's a flex a lite flex fan by the way, i like the idea of a direct drive fan for cooling purposes, plus my last one was bent. At idle, this thing pushes some serious air! But at about 2500 RPM, it sounds like a jet engines is taking off under my hood, I haven't decided if I like it or not, but it kept me really cool this evening, but my new fan shroud may also have helped a bunch.
All's well that ends well! I completely understand the way your pulse was pounding over that leaking spray can! Do I ever. One thing I have figured out, despite how much time we take on our prep, it is going to get dirty again. Mine is dirty, and it hasn't even left the shop! So get done what you can. Protect it the best way you know how. Then d-r-i-v-e it.
Well done, Daniel. I am now officially envious!
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I figured out what was causing my belt noise. I paid $150 for new parts, and spent about 15 hours to find it out. Are you ready?? It was the hose clamp on the input hose to the water pump rubbing on the belt. Idiot move number two!! One more and I lose my license. It tore my belt up bad, and put all kinds of rubber dust on my motor.
Now I need to figure out what sometimes I have a bad bog off idle, and sometimes there's no bog at all. It comes in waves, it'll bog for a while, then it'll perk up and run like a top for a while.
Bog issue found and fixed I think. I tore the carb apart to figure out why I had no ported vacuum for my tune. I found I had the wrong rebuild kit for my carb, so I bought the appropriate fast kit to get all the parts replaced that were different. Mostly gaskets. My adapter was also not fitting quite right so put on a flat square bore riser that was 1/8" tall to make the carb and manifold mate properly. With the right parts and the sealed carb, my idle tune went from two turns out to 1/2 a turn and WOW does she run good
And now I have a ported vacuum source that works well. All my bog is gone (at least so far) and the jeep drives fantastic, almost as nice as a normal vehicle.
I posted this on my tuning thread, but it also belongs here, so I'll basically copy and paste and change the time references. Hope ya don't mind
OH MAN! I'm on manifold vac with a properly functioning carb and let me tell you this is the very best she's ever run. I can't believe how smooth, powerful, and quiet she is! And now the exhaust is completely leak free. The way everything is working right now, the CJ drives better than some modern vehicles I've driven (like the ford focus, what a piece of crap). My tune is AWESOME! Driving a stock tune after driving my modified tune would make me sick!
I drove her to work today with the same feeling. She runs damn fine!
The other day was one of those epic days I wont forget. Part of the Jeep's story was my Mom fronted me a large portion of the cash needed to buy it, and I paid her back a week or two later when I got my tax return. So I have her to thank for helping me get into it. All she really wanted in return was for me to give her a ride in it sometime. Well it was driving so good that I decided I could finally give her that ride without her thinking it was a giant piece. I went and picked her up, and we did a loop around Reno that is probably 40-50 miles or so. It didn't stop there, I got out into the dirt at one point. I knew the area a bit so I knew I could pop out in a different spot and keep on with the loop. We spent probably and hour or so in the hills climbing up rocky trails, flexing over big rocks in the trail, and even crawling through a 30' water crossing that was about 2/3 the way up the tires all with the doors off and the windshield down. The temp was perfect, the jeep purred like a kitten without any issues at all, and we killed anything we tried to climb through. She was unendingly stoked! She had a fabulous time. We popped back out on the loop and I took her home. What a day/memory for the ol Jeep!
The other night I fueled up and calculated my mileage. With four hours of wheeling, 50 miles on the wrong carb gaskets, and 60 miles on proper gaskets, I got 11.5 MPG. I figure this is some killer mileage given the circumstances. I will use this new tanks to drive strictly roads (if I can ) and get a mileage calc for the DD tune. My goal is 17 MPG.
Now that the motor is running well, for now, I get to be nit picky about leaks. Right now I have a leak somewhere near my oil pump. The pump itself has a new gasket, so it could be the pump. I put a pressure line where the oil pressure sending unit used to be, so It could be that. I tried to fix a leak on the timing cover (where the driven oil pump gear shaft is pressed into it) and it could be that. Problem is, with my new direct drive fan, it blows the oil everywhere, so I cant tell who the culprit is. I will tackle them one at a time saving the oil pump gasket for last, because I hate tearing that thing apart.
Once I fix that leak, and seal up my Dana 30, and replace the front output yolk and seal on my Dana 20, the jeep wont have any leaks at all. At least for a while. I see the tiniest bit of moisture where my rear main would leak if it was leaking. I'm hoping against odds that its a tiny trickle from somewhere else. Even if it is the rear main, I think I have a few month to a year until it is to the point where it drips instead of being moist.