I knocked out 2 small projects tonight and had a big revelation. First, the projects:
First, I installed the new clutch fork boot. This was a snap. Here you see the old one on the bell housing, taken from a side angle:
Here's the part number of the boot:
Here are the old and new side by side:
You can't see it in the photos, but both boots are marked with "TOP" which is nice. Based on how the fork sticks out of the bell housing, the boot really only fits on one way though.
The new boot snapped right in without any problems. It did take a minute or two to get the top edge seated because I couldn't see it. The thickness of the rubber is probably 1/8", so it's fairly easy to work with without seeing it. The oil all over the bell housing also made it easier I suspect.
Had I known how easy this was, I would have done it a month ago.
Secondly, I got the tach installed. In retrospect I should have bought the 4,000 RPM model instead of the 8K one. That might have given a bit more accuracy, but hey, live and learn. My 1.8 turbo Jetta red lines at about 6.5K and I don't feel comfortable taking it past 4K. The CJ clearly isn't going to be happy after 2.5 or 3K.
I was surprised to see the tach had no mounting clamp. So much for cheap tachs. I dug through my plumbing parts bucket and pulled out two hose clamps and joined them together to make a single clamp that fit around the steering column. That worked well.
In the process of finding the illumination wire for the tach's lamp, I learned that the whole illumination circuit seems to trace back to the driver's side headlight. Yet another issue to sort out sometime in the future. Chalk up one reason for a new wiring harness!
For this photo, I reved her up to about 2,000 and the 258 was pretty loud.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the 258 was idling right around 750 RPM which I think is about right.
Now that the tach is in, I can do the carburetor install.
I was cleaning up tonight and had a Revelation in a series of thoughts:
A Jeep this old generally presents an endless of stuff that needs to be repaired, which is why a frame off restore is so appealing: You replace or inspect everything, so you have confidence that all is well. The $20K price of a fully restored CJ is at the low end of the spectrum as far as new
automobiles go, so it's not really a bad value if it truly runs reliably. Think about a typical daily driver (non-Jeep automobile): When it starts crapping out regularly or the odometer hits a point where you suspect the vehicle will start having problems, you typically sell it to avoid the hassle and cost of repairs. After all, you have to get to work on time every day. An old CJ is the vehicle that would have otherwise hit the junkyard because it's just not reliable or practical. They're just worn out and used up, but we buy them and begin an endless string of repairs of things that must be replaced. Again, this makes the prospect of a frame-off so appealing: you're getting the reliability (ideally) of a new vehicle but the personality of a classic.
This weekend our neighborhood is holding its annual July 4th parade. We're going to dress up the CJ for Independence Day and it should be a big hit. I built a custom three flag holder for the trailer hitch receiver and my wife had some good ideas about other decorations. Should be fun, especially if the rain holds off.