I had know idea of the amount of advice I would get from you guys when I started this. It is much appreciated! I took most of it and the day went by much faster--especially because of the heat torches. I bought one of the yellow bottles with the trigger...which was awesome but eventually it stopped working with the tip installed. So I ran back and bought a blue "manual" propane torch...and while less convenient, works fine.
My buddy Jeff heard I was working on my Jeep, and he came over to play, so I had some extra help.
Mkay, so first on the agenda for the day was getting the tub off (which turned out to be the ONLY agenda). This might have been a tad bit easier, but this Jeep has been owned by several people who put their own flavor of "making it work" into it.
After identifying that this electric fuel pump, or sending unit, wasn't the current one, I was able to snip snip it (this was mounted in the back, rear, quarterpanel.) Keep in mind I'm not as experienced as y'all are so it took me a couple times checking from front to back to make sure it wasn't hooked up:
As I was trying to remove body mounts, I realized something wasn't quite right. I'm not sure WHAT that is...but I don't think the tub is supposed to mount this way unless its some CJ thing. See the square tube in the back?
Here is another image. I doubt that is a factory weld, but I suppose it could have been repaired?
What do you guys think?
Second issue I came across was a leaky carburetor. It is kinda hard to see where the fuel is leaking from the picture, but it does show the little droplet if you look hard enough. To help in diagnosis this picture shows the passenger side of the unit. It was a decent amount of fuel for sure:
Third issue was some kind of leak (oil?) coming from the head and sparkplug. I don't which plug it is called, but it is the one closest to the passenger seat. The sparkplug was really loose. This is what made me want to pull the engine:
Jeff suggested that I buy a re-ring kit (at the least) since I had to replace the faulty head gasket anyways (we both hope that was what is causing the leak). The engine, btw, is a 92. I am pretty sure it is a 350 based on everything I have seen and read online, but then again I'm sure you guys could tell by one picture instantly. I am only letting you guys know the year in case it becomes relevant.
It is starting to look less like a Jeep...but only marginally:
So who makes this body lift?
Interestingly enough, the body mounts were the longest part of the process. I'm not sure how they are supposed to bolt to the body from the factory, as ALL of the mounting places on the tub had rusted through. The people who installed this lift used square bolts like I have never seen which just rotated around--it was impossible to see them and getting them to hold while unbolting the rusty nuts was a huge challenge. Many of them I grinded off, but even that was difficult on some where they used FOUR "normal" rubber body mounts and a ton of washers. I couldn't safely get through them with the grinder so I used a small hacksaw.
More "progress" on removing stuff:
Getting the steering column shaft out was a pain for me, because getting it off was less intuitive than the other stuff. I eventually figured out if you tugged on it long enough it slid out of a special sleeve I had to loosen:
The reason I purchased the crane before I knew for sure I was going to pull the engine was to get the body off. I used the inner-front seat bolts (which were the ONLY two good bolts in the tub that hadn't rotted away, btw). I got this idea from another frame-up build on these boards
The tub being gone revealed some of the stuff they used in the body lift. Yes, this is a light switch cover:
...I hope I don't get that desparate or lazy trying to finish.
I took a minute to admire our destructiveness:
Another question for y'all. I'm not sure how the wiring harness thing works. Is this a Jeep wiring harness or a Chevy? Did they adapt the Jeep one to work with the Chevy? Can you guys tell from these pictures
I would love to build my own to make sure it is neat and tidy.
Oh, lastly, with everything off I was able to identify (I think) the transmission from the number of bolts on it and the general shape. It looks like a TH350, which I hear are pretty durable. I'm going to be excited until I hear otherwise.
OK all for now, up next is the engine teardown!