Got a much appreciated compliment on the ole girl today. I've been hearing a kind of mild clicking sound from the rear when accelerating above about 40mph, which goes away when you let off the throttle. Anyway, since I have a problem crawling around underneath, I took it in to a local shop that I trust, and offered to buy some diagnostic time. The mechanic did a thorough inspection of the drivetrain and suspension, found everything to be in good condition, then took it out for a test drive. Diagnosis is that the exhaust pipe is a little too short, and echoing off the rear bumper.
The compliment? "That is the best driving Jeep I've been in in 5 years - including the new ones."
Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.
Watched it roll across the culdesac... without a driver... still running. Over the curb, into the neighbors yard, stopping a few inches short if his utilities box, then backwards into the street again. Time to fix the park brake assembly...
replaced my ignition key lock cylinder, checked my timing to find out P.O had it set off the scale, so adjusted it down to 8 degrees. then on way home just about ran out of gas, guess i need to add "why does my tank not pick up the last 2 gallons of gas" to list of things to check.
The Old Rugged Crosser in a Old Rugged Cross-en CJ-5
"He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king." - St. Augustine
Easy day today. Finished making my "gap guards" for the rear fender wells to fill in the space between the frame and body. Put on the new bikini top and half doors. Also painted the fender flares and installed them, hooked up a battery disconnect switch.
Still looking for a set of 33's though. Tires for 15" rims are about impossible to find these days.
The registration should be here any day now. Then I can get it inspected and on the road after 12 years in the garage.
The cover and boot hold downs are factory. Cleaned them up and sprayed them with primer and Rust-Oleum Titanium spray paint. The boots are original replacements from Morris 4x4.
Oh ok thanks. The cover (The metal part) must be different between the CJ5 and CJ7. Mines just flat. I'm getting ready to swap a NV4500 into my jeep and I think it will stick up through the floor a bit so that cover looks like it might work on mine. Ill have to wait and see what it looks like when I have it in.