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Unread 01-30-2013, 05:08 PM   #1
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A Childhood Memory

When i was a little kid my family and i would go to our local race track and before the races they would pull around a disk with a jeep cj and push start cars with it also. Now some years later i am an employee at that race track and had been looking at an old cj at a local used autoparts yard and realized it was that jeep from my childhood, so i spoke with the old racetrack owners and got info on it and then went and bought it for 800$. It is a 1978-79 jeep cj7 with a 304 v8 3 speed tranny, low range quadra-trac 4x4, and the light blue levi interior. It sat for some years. The racetrack owner said it was a little tired when he traded it. The guys at the yard said it wasnt getting spark. Today I have put in a battery and got it to at least turn over. i didnt turn it over much because there is water in the fuel tank. I am needing any advice on this engine and ignition system, it has a motorcraft dizzy and wells ignition module. Thanks in advance

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Unread 01-30-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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welcome to the club!
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Unread 01-30-2013, 05:52 PM   #3
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Awesome! Great story of reunion! Welcome!!!!!
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Unread 01-30-2013, 06:02 PM   #4
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Yea i am stoked to get it going again and im hoping to hear from some experts on this ignition system
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Unread 01-30-2013, 06:09 PM   #5
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I'd love to help, but I'm not running any of that. Unfortunately, from the pics it looks like you're probably going to need to focus on more than just the ignition. Good luck and stay with it; it's more than worth it.
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Unread 01-30-2013, 06:11 PM   #6
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Yea it needs alot! To start with i am going to get it to run! Then get it road worthy
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Unread 01-30-2013, 06:15 PM   #7
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Roger!
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Unread 01-30-2013, 08:51 PM   #8
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Great story and Welcome. To start I would run. Fuel line from the fuel pump to a red gas can. If you have. Return line from the fuel filter run that to the red can. Use that as your fuel tank to start with trouble shooting the ignition. This way you can work on that as you get the entire fuel system taken care of.
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Unread 01-30-2013, 09:05 PM   #9
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Yes i was planning to atleast unhook the fuel line. For the ignition i am thinking the wells ignition module may be bad, how can i test it?
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Unread 01-30-2013, 09:16 PM   #10
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Used to use mine to start our 360 Sprint. Always dreamed of putting a Kinsler injection on a Jeep. Simple, mechanical injection.
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Unread 01-30-2013, 10:35 PM   #11
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Welcome. The transmission is a GM Th400. The same tranny used in GM 3/4 ton trucks for years . The only difference is in the bell housing bolt pattern, and the transfer case bolt pattern of which the QuadrTrac is the only TC that will bolt up. Here's a link on good Q-trac info.
http://jubileejeeps.org/quadratrac/index.htm

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Unread 01-31-2013, 07:23 AM   #12
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Yea i have read in that page! Great info! Luckily from what ik the 4x4 works great
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Unread 01-31-2013, 08:47 AM   #13
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You can take the module out and take it to a parts store for testing.

There are manu upgrades you can do later.

I used a lawn mower gas tank as a temporary tank when I was working on my jeep.
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Unread 01-31-2013, 10:42 AM   #14
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I was thinking of doing the stealth hei mod and a better ignitiin coil, what does the wells module do??
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Unread 01-31-2013, 11:03 AM   #15
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The Wells is just a brand name for the HEI module.

It replaces the DuraSparc ICM

Some of the advantages are, no current flowing when engine is stopped, means you are not burning up the coil or ICM when you have the ignition on listening to the radio

It handles more current, SO you can go to a better ignition coil and no voltage dropping ballast resistor.


Disadvantage, no retarding the timing whe cranking.
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