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Unread 04-23-2013, 10:08 PM   #1
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Not a good day

So I changed a few few lines and added an in line filter. Got the jeep back together and fired it up. Everything looked good so I closed it and thought it take it for a quick spin. It backfired, the seconded it did I know it was on fire. It took a second to get the hood unlocked and the hood latches off, I was calm, I grabbed my fire extinguisher when I left the cab and had it shaken and the pin out before I opened the hood. Pretty good size fire down by the starter and around the carb. Lost some wires for sure. Oil pressure tube...fuel lines, not sure what else. Little bummed 400 miles on a new motor and a bunch of build. Kind of defeated.

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Unread 04-23-2013, 10:23 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear that buddy...

Beyond a few minor burns, cuts, and a busted knuckle or 10, I have been luck on my 80 Cj5 rebuild.

Keep the faith, you will get it figured out, and the most important thing is you didnt kill your Jeep, or yourself.

Not sure if this helps you but keep on keepin' on!
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Unread 04-23-2013, 10:25 PM   #3
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So I changed a few few lines and added an in line filter. Got the jeep back together and fired it up. Everything looked good so I closed it and thought it take it for a quick spin. It backfired, the seconded it did I know it was on fire. It took a second to get the hood unlocked and the hood latches off, I was calm, I grabbed my fire extinguisher when I left the cab and had it shaken and the pin out before I opened the hood. Pretty good size fire down by the starter and around the carb. Lost some wires for sure. Oil pressure tube...fuel lines, not sure what else. Little bummed 400 miles on a new motor and a bunch of build. Kind of defeated.
That sucks , it does sound like you got the fire out without major damage. So good on you for that.

Any ideas on what caused it? I also curious how it got from the carb (if that was the origin of the fire) down to the starter. Fire usually go from the starting point, and up.
A couple questions if I may.
Do/did you have a hard line from the fuel pump to just before the filter?
Plastic or copper line for the oil pressure gauge .

Good thing for the Fire extinguisher.

Bill


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Unread 04-23-2013, 10:30 PM   #4
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I went through some tall water too fast in the middle of nowhere a few years ago. Fan sucked into radiator drove it home lost a cylinder, warped head etc.. Keep on truckin'
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Unread 04-23-2013, 11:27 PM   #5
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Oil line is plastic but it is ran through a small vacuum line to protect it. Burnt off right at the nipple as it enters the engine.
Fuel lines are stock as far as I know. Rubber after the pump to the carb with a in-line before the carb. I also replaced the filter inside the carb today. There wasn't one.
My guess is that it flooded out. The line that an between the carb and the charcoal canister was crap and on the list of things to replace. I think it flooded and was able to get around that line and drip into the engine bay....down towards the starter.
It doesn't look to bad. Couple of burnt ground wires and the oil line. I'm sure I will be elbow deep in it again tomorrow. I sale the POS if it wasn't so much fun to drive!
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Unread 04-24-2013, 07:55 AM   #6
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OEM is a hard line from the top of the fuel pump , over the top of the valve cover, then to the filter. A 2 or 3" piece of rubber fuel line is then used to connect to the filter.

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1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
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Unread 04-24-2013, 08:25 AM   #7
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You saved your CJ7 from a full out car-be-que and you are bummed out???

Bud, the glass is half full not half empty and I think you should celebrate

Post some photos, I would like to see your tweaked GM151
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Unread 04-24-2013, 08:27 AM   #8
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That must be for a I6. The 151 has the pump and the carb on the same side with the pump sitting about a foot away and below the carb.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 08:35 AM   #9
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That must be for a I6. The 151 has the pump and the carb on the same side with the pump sitting about a foot away and below the carb.
O. Ok didnt check your profile, looks like 243 did though.

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1973 J 4000,
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1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac trail Jeep.
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1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1983 CJ7 pretty weekend and sometimes to work Driver in the summer, My first rebuild, if the Q-trac and 5 are broke, this one is the one to take. its just as capable as the other 2, except nice paint.
1984 Grand Wagoneer, 1 ton axles, great 360/727, and a big a$& tree fell on it .
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ conversion.
2005 TJ Rubicon.
2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4, Mrs. LUCDOG's DD.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 08:40 AM   #10
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Is that a Rochester Carb?
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Unread 04-24-2013, 09:25 AM   #11
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Yes it is. Rochester Varajet II.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 08:28 PM   #12
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Got most of it put together today but couldn't get it to start. Not sure if it is a water issue from putting out the fire and cleaning off the extinguisher dust or it is flooding. Had to go to work before I had time to dig too deep into that. Still have some wires to replace but it looks promising.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 08:44 PM   #13
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Good thing for the fire extinguisher.
Ditto that! You probably prevented a great deal more damage by having the fire extinguisher!
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Unread 04-28-2013, 11:04 PM   #14
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It is back alive! Few more parts to replace and a wire or two that needs to be sliced but it runs! Little bit of extinguisher juice and water shorted out the alternator relay so it isn't charging so that will need to be replaced and I then i think I'm back in businesses!
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Unread 04-28-2013, 11:12 PM   #15
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Good work! Way to turn a bad day around in just 4 days. Sounds like it could have been a lot worse. Good luck on finishing her up.
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