I installed a new inlet valve and the CJ got me to and from work on Monday without any problems. The high idle is about 200 RPM too high so I need to bump that down. Luckily, due to my crash course on BBDs, I know exactly why it's like that and how to fix it.
I don't know if I mentioned this or not: I finally got the rear view mirror attached to the windshield a while back. I had to buy a second round of adhesive and scrape the old adhesive off everything but it worked. The mirror has been holding secure for a couple of weeks.
After I put the new fuel inlet valve on the BBD and was listening to the 258 hum along and warm up the other night, I decided to strip off the steering wheel cover/grip that the PO had installed. (Original AMC steering wheel) The black gunk that started coming off the wheel was so bad I couldn't get any photos because I didn't want to get it on the camera.
I suspect the cover had been installed 13 or more years earlier by the previous previous owner. It was just a big buildup of grunge. Ideally I would have pulled the steering wheel but that would have made it a larger project. So I used a big supply or paper towels, 409 cleaner, and a small brush. After 45 minutes of work I removed all the black tar and grunge.
Removal of the cover makes the grip of the wheel different because I'm gripping onto a smaller diameter.
While I was working on the wheel I figured that I could remove the small rust spots on the steering wheel spokes. After working on those BBDs, I learned that XXXX steel wool does wonders for small rust spots on bare metal surfaces. It worked like a champ on the spokes. They looked good before but they're a step up now.
I used Armor All on the steering wheel (hoping it wouldn't be too slick) and some spray silicone on the spokes.
The "AMC" logo in the middle of the steering wheel is still yellowed though. That just adds character, right?
Every time I browse through the Quadratec or JC Whitney catalogs, I'm reminded that if one were to buy a lot of replacement parts for a CJ, it would be really expensive. it's one thing to have to replace a shifter knob for $8 but stuff like visors, coolant bottle, hinges, gauges, and everything else really adds up. So this always reinvigorates my enjoyment of trying to refurbish the parts in my CJ. These endeavors are usually just cosmetic but it's a pride of ownership thing for me. If I can use $3 of paper towels, silicone, and cleaner and 45 minutes of my time to make something look shiny, then I'm happy.
Even though there are more 1985 CJs on the road than most other years, I consider mine a survivor. It made it through at least 2 other POs and found its way here.
"I give you a republic, if you can keep it." - Benjamin Franklin