So yesterday I wanted to take the Jeep for a real ride (one at LEAST 5 mins
) since it was my last day with Jeff before he moves back to Arkansas.
I figured I wouldn't have a lot to do--just get the exhaust modded and bolted up to be safe, so I started on that early before Jeff got there:
I had some left over galvanized sheet that was already pretty much bent right from being used as a patch panel (rust farmer) in the Jeep at the beginning. I got two holes drilled and bolted it to the clamp bolts--making an excellent heat shield to protect the tranny coolant hoses:
Getting the passenger side bolted up was an ordeal--it took me over an hour which was longer than it took to mod the pipes. There is just not a lot of room over there with the starter, engine being closer to the frame than the driver side, and the stupid emissions majigger in the block sticking out.
After that I did something easy...installed the air cleaner. It seemed pretty straight forward but I had these pieces left over...NO CLUE what they are for. Any insight?
So Jeff was over at this point and I thought I could turn the Jeep on and run her, being that I thought I had fixed my leaks. Boyy was I wrong. I got the motor to turn on for a bit and there was a huge puddle of fluid. I got back under there and noticed that my kick-down cable was loose...the bolt I used was just too short to grip the threads.
Because of the location, I had to bolt it in by feeling alone, which was tricky due to the angle and the fact there was ATF everywhere. It took about 40 mins but I got it.
STILL HUGE LEAK.
I was annoyed, but calm and finally was able to diagnose the leak by sticking my face right next to the exhaust output and swallowing 1000CFM of smoke while using a flashlight to pinpoint the leak.
It was coming from the pump out fitting again. NO WORRIES, this will be EASY!
I had direct access to the worm clamps via a 1.5ft long 1/4" socket drive I had rigged up for this purpose. I got the hoses out and draining into a reclaim bottle in record time.
Over the next five hours I battled with the second worst part of this project so far...the hose barbs. If they were a standard socket size they would have been out in a minute, but they stripped almost instantly despite me being careful and using every wrench, socket, and driver in my chest. There was almost no room to use tools on them except stubby wrenches (though not for lack of trying with my other tools).
I gave up and went in search for more weaponry:
Although a good idea, that screw extractor design didn't work (although it bit better than my tornado style ones. In the end, the 14mm socket got it out. Turns out the barbs were 13.5mm...yeah, screw the engineers who did that to me.
Now I needed to fix my problem...it turns out the tranny's fluid ports need metal crush washers to seal them, and then I needed a flare and reverse flare for my barbs. I made one up and got it as TIGHT as I could with tons of Teflon and a smidgen of silicon:
It worked, or it seemed to. There wasn't a flood of ATF anyways...but now I had a new...old problem. The carb was acting up again and I couldn't get the motor to idle. It would just die without throttle input, and after a few starts it wouldn't even do that...just backfire and pop violently. Sadly, it was time for Jeff to go and he didn't get a ride.
So brings me to today. I got up and it was my day off...but all my friends were hungover and didn't want to play Civ V. So I decided to see if I could get the Jeep going and wake the neighbors. I figured it was fair game for hitting my house with bottle rockets all night and making the dogs go berserk.
Now I trust Dave and Jeff when it comes to this car stuff. They know more than I ever will. But I figured the options I have are limited and wanted to see if the vacuum ports were hooked up properly. I messed with it for a while...trying to see if I could find help on the internet, but all the Quadrajet's I found looked different so I just did some guessing.
It fired up immediately and sounded great...I was shocked. HOPEFULLY it continues to do so and it wasn't just coincidence.
So I put her in reverse and went for a ride!
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I think it sounded good. Not sure if there is a knock under acceleration or if its just the exhaust pointed at the road bouncing up.
Oil pressure was at 45, which may be a bit low, and my electric fan keeps melting the fuse. I went for a short ride with my wife and managed to hobble back before it overheated.
I did turn on my heater, but it only blew cold air. Not sure why? After I parked the hoses above the motor seemed warm. They should go directly into the heater core and back. It is possible I suppose that my water pump isn't doing its thing? All the hoses were hot or warm though... Maybe I should get an impeller to give me a reading.
Other than that...I was SUPER happy that it drove as well as it did. Braking will take some getting used to, but the 7.5" difference between accelerator and brake isn't that big of a deal with the automatic (haven't driven one for years). I found my foot over the brake the whole time and the jeep didn't need much help to putz around the hood. Steering was good too. I probably didn't go over 25 but it was pretty stable considering two of my tires have no air in them at all and the other two are off (I wanted to make sure it cleared my garage before airing up).
I can't call it done yet (a jeep is never done, but you know what I mean...more or less drivable), there are a few bugs I need to work out that I would love to get input on:
1. Fan blows fuse and turns off.
-- I am going to start by calling the guys I bought my wiring kit from and asking if swapping relay and fuse to 50A will be OK, or see if I need to rewire it all with heavier gauge stuff.
2. Belts squeal like mad under load and when fan blows air on them. Rubber "dust" coated the front of my motor which I assume is from belt wear.
--No idea how to fix this. Literally. Tighten? Loosen? Throw the motor away because the pullys and brackets aren't perfectly lined up?
3. Figure out why the oil pressure is reading at 45. The level seems right and I added a quart today cause my dipstick told me to.
4. be sure water is flowing
5. Gas and Speedo are wonky...not sure how much I care but it would be nice to fix.
6. WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT HUGE THUMP/TORQUE at the end of my video? It basically felt like the tranny kicked into a gear even though the motor was off.
Thanks guys! Happy New Year!