Hello All, my first post.
A short bit of background. I grew up around Jeeps most of my life and I currently have a 73 CJ-5 in perpetual restoration. I'll save that for another day.
Without getting all maudlin, my father passed away about a year ago. He always had jeeps including a CJ-6 and a CJ-5. His favorite place in Colorado was Mosquito Pass. He spent a ton of time there both in the summer and winter with his jeeps.
From my trip this fall (with his favorite hat):
My sister had been continuously bugging me to finish my jeep and give it to her. Fat chance of that happening
I kept my eye on Craig's list and recently saw a 74 CJ-5 for sale, "make an offer". The only information we had was it wouldn't start. I told her to make him a small offer and see if he would take it. I would provide the labor to bring it back to life. About a day later, this showed up in my driveway (the Jeep, not the Lab, she is always there):
It was even my dad's favorite color.
The first day I went through the whole thing. Whoever had it before had done some work - new brakes, new lines, new steering box, differentials serviced, etc. It had a bit of surface rust in places but overall was very solid. I thought this would be a breeze. Hah!
If you turned the key, everything came on and it would kind of crank, but just one little lunge. I pulled the battery and the starter figuring they would be the basic culprits. No joy, it still would not crank.
I pulled the grill off to get a breaker bar on the crank pulley and see if the engine would turn. Dang, locked up solid. This was going to be more work than I thought.
The next step was pulling the motor:
Looked pretty clean. It looked like someone had rebuilt it before (new intake manifold, valve covers, oil pan cover). I started the walk around inspection and what did I find?
Hmm... that can't be good.
This is really starting to look bad.
Continue tearing down the motor and more smoking guns:
Pretty sure #7 push rod should be straight.
#4 lifter shouldn't look like that.
Bottom end coming apart:
Finally the culprit:
I'm almost positive the cam should be one piece
Finally, damage to the #7 and #8 cylinders.
Well, guess this engine is toast. I don't know what happened first, but the cam was in three pieces, lobes on the crank are all scarred up, the #8 connecting rod was shattered, #7 and #8 cylinder walls damaged, etc. It must have scared the heck out of the guy when it let go.
So I am off on the journey to find a re-manufactured 304 long block or at least a new engine block to start with. Anyone have any suggestions in the Denver area? I would settle for a good block to start from, but would prefer a long block. I have been reading the suggestions in other areas of the forum and starting to do research.
I'm sure I will have additional questions as I go and will keep up the notes. This is not going to be a full restoration, but basically getting back on the road for summer fun and mountain passes.