Hey all- finally going to do some work on my CJ, which i was considering getting rid of a few months ago. Anyway, a little background-
1985 CJ-7 Laredo, 258 4 speed, Dana 20 rear, bought it locally late in 2007. PO had rust work done on the body, and as far as the eye can see, the frame is solid. Only mods/updates that were done when I bought it were an Optima red-top battery, smittybuilt rear bumper, and the interior was line-x'd. Last winter I decided to do the head gasket (bad idea) and it was pretty nasty inside the engine. Looked like poorly mixed unbaked brownie mix. Cleaned the head and the block as best as I could, but had trouble getting the exhaust manifold back on, so had to have it done by someone else. Unfortunately, it always bogged down at 3000 RPMs, and never had much power. My last jeep was a 97 TJ 4 Cyl, and I was pissed my CJ didn't have more cajones. Anyway, my plan was to fix it up and make it a reliable daily driver, and eventually make it close to show quality. The Carter carb (keep your comments to yourself, Carter lovers!) always was a PITA, and the starts were bad. Big shocker, huh? About 2 months ago, I went to start it up, and once it finally started, it was backfiring under the carb. Could be part of the ignition, who knows. After bothering the omnipotent ones on these boards, I decided what to get. Finally got the funds to get the carb I wanted, and it got delivered yesterday. I am going to put in the Weber 32/36 DGEV K551 (best price I found was carbsunlimited $300 w/shipping), a Holley 1-5 FPR (Jegs) and a Holley fuel pressure gauge (Jegs). Yesterday and today picked up the parts for the TeamRush upgrade at Napa. Here is my parts list with links:
-Weber 32/36 $289.95 http://www.carburetion.com/Weber/Dat...=K551&Model=1-
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-Holley FPR $27.99 http://www.jegs.com/i/Holley/510/12-804/10002/-1
-Holley FP Guage $25.99 http://www.jegs.com/i/Holley/510/26-500/10002/-1
-Napa distributor cap $34.99 http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...istributor+Cap
-Napa rotor $5.99 http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...tributor+Rotor
-Napa cap adapter $10.99 http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...or+Cap+Adapter
-Napa spark plug wires $31.49 (Belden Max) http://www.napaonline.com/MasterPage...+Set+-+Premium
-6 Autolite plugs (stock replacement) $8.34
-Sealers, clamps, etc $20
Was going to do the ignition coil, but going to wait a bit and see how this goes. Total of what I have listed is a little over $450. I could have saved a few bucks here and there, but I prefer to use only new parts and didn't want to got to every parts store in the tri-state area to get the best price. As far as steps to follow and other useful information, here are links to posts and sites that I am using:
From what I've found, these are the best and most informative sources. Thanks again to JeepHammer, CJChet, Mike Romain, ElvisV04290, Felonious monk, and any others I may have forgotten, for providing the existing info on these boards and offering other advice. These guys know their chit.
Hopefully by Sunday I'll be driving in the snow we're supposed to get.