I got home today and the side mirror bushings were here. I've had problems with my side mirrors moving around and I stumbled upon the existence of both rubber and stainless steel bushings. I figured they might be the missing pieces that would help the mirrors stay put.
Here's how it looked when I bought the Jeep. Two of the washers are rubber:
A couple of weeks ago on the other side (other mirror), I replaced the rusty hardware with stainless steel parts and star washers, but it really didn't give me much of a stronger hold.
It took some work to get the new bushings to fit on the old mirror arms. I thought that squeezing the arms in the vice to make them round would work (they were squashed into ovals), but that didn't get me 100% of the way there.
I ended up rounding them in the vice, wire wheeling the ends, hitting them with a shot of silicone spray, and then hammering the bushings on.
Here's the finished product, complete with a view of the PO's silicone sealer and touch-up paint hack job:
So, it's a small step in the right direction and was a fun 45 minute project.
The next major project is getting a rebuilt BBD on the engine. That's going to take a while because it looks like I can't order a rebuild kit until I get the specific number (if available) off the carb headed my way.
In other news: My power steering pump was about 75% empty. I filled it with Valvoline "leak stop" power steering fluid. There is no shortage or products claiming to stop leaks in power steering systems, and this gave me the fluid plus the stopping feature. I have no idea if it will work. The steering box is in a hard-to-reach place and I haven't been able to figure out exactly where it's leaking. Most of the body of the thing is glazed over. The hoses (at least the parts I can see), look fine. So I'm not going to worry about it too much. I'll just keep checking the fluid level. At some point I'll clean the steering box and it'll either look good, or it'll help me pinpoint the leak location. At least one JF post says not to try to rebuild this assembly; it's not worth it.