This might be a little lengthy and I know the VC and RMS topics have been beaten to death, but bear with me.
The CJ has been leaking for a while. Some time after doing what I thought was a good job replaceing the VC gasket the leak came back, so I assumed it was the RMS - which I am DREADING doing.
I just crawled under it to start the RMS repair I got to thinking maybe the oil pattern on the motor was questionable.
So far I have cleaned the outside of the motor/ trans in the area of the RMS, tightened the pan nuts (which were a little loose) removed the 2 inspection covers and cleaned behind them.
Started the CJ and let it run for a good 20-30, through the rpm range - no leaks. I even crawled under it while running to look for leaks.
Drove it 2 miles and let it sit for 10 minutes - small puddle had formed.
Drove it .5 mile to gas station. Fueled up and found 1 drop on the ground.
Drove 1.5 miles home, half hour later I have a decent puddle.
Now, the oil pattern on the motor is as follows:
Motor IS wet below passenger side of VC, but doesn't appear to be enough to cause this much of a leak.
Oil pan is wet from top to bottom on passenger's side.
Motor side of starter is wet.
I notice there is oil on the 'rim' of the transmission dipstick tube flange.
The torque converter inspection cover is wet from top to bottom, passengers side only.
The oil seems to be dripping off of the bottom passenger side bolt on the torque converter inspection cover.
My VC is definitely beat up from who knows how many PO's, so now I am thinking I might need to redo my VC gasket and not the RMS.
IF anyone has any thoughts on this, or a method to determine exactly which it is, I would GREATLY appreciate the heads-up. I'd hate to spend 3+ hours covered in oil, only to have the leak remain. I'd like to actually drive this thing some time this summer.....
Thanks in advance.