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Unread 01-04-2014, 01:24 AM   #14731
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After the shop that did my valve cover gasket loosened the two middle head bolts my operating temp went up. Not over heating just warmer than before. Is there any cause for concern. No white smoke and its still running great just warmer

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Unread 01-04-2014, 06:01 AM   #14732
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After the shop that did my valve cover gasket loosened the two middle head bolts my operating temp went up. Not over heating just warmer than before. Is there any cause for concern. No white smoke and its still running great just warmer
If they are retorqued and you see no water in oil or oil in water and exhaust doesnt smell sweet from burning antifreeze and you are not losing water, it could be something else!

The only way those loosenings might give you a higher temp is; it caused a warped head or block, it moved or damaged the head gasket so as to allow water into piston bores. Both unlikely. So keep an eye on water level both in overflow and rad. Check oil cap and rad cap for signs of comingling. Check oil dipstick too.
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Unread 01-04-2014, 02:32 PM   #14733
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If they are retorqued and you see no water in oil or oil in water and exhaust doesnt smell sweet from burning antifreeze and you are not losing water, it could be something else!

The only way those loosenings might give you a higher temp is; it caused a warped head or block, it moved or damaged the head gasket so as to allow water into piston bores. Both unlikely. So keep an eye on water level both in overflow and rad. Check oil cap and rad cap for signs of comingling. Check oil dipstick too.
Yeah I went through and checked it all and there's no signs of any warpage or anything. Might just be a slipping fan clutch. Clogged rad maybe? Like I said its not over heating just running hot
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Unread 01-04-2014, 05:43 PM   #14734
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I bought a set of 8" chrome wagon wheels off of an 80. Kind of rough looking but couldn't beat the price. Here is the first one I cleaned up next to an uncleaned up one. It doesn't look as good in person as it does in the picture, but I am still very happy with them!
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Unread 01-04-2014, 05:51 PM   #14735
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I bought a set of 8" chrome wagon wheels off of an 80. Kind of rough looking but couldn't beat the price. Here is the first one I cleaned up next to an uncleaned up one. It doesn't look as good in person as it does in the picture, but I am still very happy with them!
I have been looking for chrome wheels for a long time. Actually converted a set of aftermarket wheels to take the Jeep centers

Nice job



This is what I did today.
Some goodies arrived yesterday.





First up was testing the mercury switch in the bulb fixture to see if it worked, it did.





Next up was to clean it up as best I could, it did not come out to bad.







Cleaned up the wire retainer clip which came out very nice, sand blasted the screws and painted them.



A hint on painting bolts, get a piece of plywood and drill different size holes in it so that bolts will screw into the holes. Then you can hold or hang the board and spray the bolts without spraying your hand. It can be used over and over again.



Checked that I had power in the wiring harness to run the light and mounted it.

I tried to put the same twist in the wire that was shown in one of the previous pictures of a stock installation.



I like it. (yes I did clean the area under the hood where the light mounts, the rest of the under hood area is a project for another day).

Questions;

1)What bulb should be in the fixture, I started with a 57 instrument light, went to a 69 license plate light and ended up with a 1156 marker light.

2)Any idea what the three little clips are for?



Ok, I can now count myself in the club that must disconnect their under hood light if you are going to leave the hood open.

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Unread 01-04-2014, 07:18 PM   #14736
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Here she is! Picked it up today. Don't have pics of the motor, but it's a nicely rebuilt sbc350 w/ some mods. Everything is set up for the 350.....motor mounts, adapter for t-15, etc. plan is to keep it soa and do a frame off.
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Unread 01-04-2014, 08:52 PM   #14737
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OK I got all those wires found and put the new wires in and a new set of tail light/brake/turn sig lights. I have no brake lights. I have been chasing this and chasing this. I have the original column in and the replacement tilt column. I have plugged in both and same thing no brake lights. I can turn on the hazard switch and at times they will blink but with the new lights it will not. I wiggled my wires under the dash once when my son was there to help me and they would work sometimes and then go off. I just couldn't get them to stay working. The more I have thought about it and thought about it It seems the turn signal switch must be bad, but wait not 2 of them. I have 2 columns im working with. Well I decided to go and buy a new turn signal switch tonight, if it don't work well its $30 bucks for a new one that I can use in my new column anyway. I got home went to my CJ snapped in the switch and low and behold brake lights, turn signals!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOOO RAAAY.
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Unread 01-04-2014, 10:44 PM   #14738
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Drive it about 25 miles today, got up to about 60. Time to refurb the steering. That was a white knuckle ride for sure!

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Unread 01-04-2014, 11:09 PM   #14739
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Drive it about 25 miles today, got up to about 60. Time to refurb the steering. That was a white knuckle ride for sure! Sent from some place where I should probably be working, but I'm outside smoking instead...
I am about to do the same to my Cj5. Ordered a new heavy duty Borgeson steering shaft. Mines been hammered and got way to much play in. Putting in new dampener as well. Can't wait for solid steering. No more white knuckles. I'll post pics of the process

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Unread 01-05-2014, 05:30 PM   #14740
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Did/doing the brakes. I hate drum brakes. Plain and simple.



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Unread 01-05-2014, 06:36 PM   #14741
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Did/doing the brakes. I hate drum brakes. Plain and simple.

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Lol, call me crazy but I kind of like doing drum brakes. Not sure why, maybe because it's one of the first things I learned or because I've done so many over the years.

But I do really appreciate having front disc.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 06:41 PM   #14742
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Lol, call me crazy but I kind of like doing drum brakes. Not sure why, maybe because it's one of the first things I learned or because I've done so many over the years. But I do really appreciate having front disc.
Thankfully my fronts are disc! Question on the drums though, should the brakes grab equally when the parking brake is applied? With the CJ on jack stands, and the parking brake applied, I can move the drivers side rear wheel about 1/2" forward, rotating it backward is almost like a slight dragging on the brakes. Any ideas?

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Unread 01-05-2014, 07:15 PM   #14743
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They need to be adjusted. Get the vehicle off the jack stands and take it for a drive. On a not busy street, back up and hit the brakes a few times to self adjust them. They should be OK then.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 07:18 PM   #14744
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They need to be adjusted. Get the vehicle off the jack stands and take it for a drive. On a not busy street, back up and hit the brakes a few times to self adjust them. They should be OK then.
I don't think mine are the self adjusting variety. At least not according to the diagrams I was looking at.

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Unread 01-05-2014, 07:53 PM   #14745
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You sure they aren't self adjusting? I adjust them out as far as possible while still being able to slide the drum back on. It should be nice and snug with a very slight drag with no brake applied.

If you can't get the drum back on adjust them back in a little until you can. Then go through the slot in the back plate and adjust them out until you can no longer spin the wheel freely...then back off little by little until you spin it with just a slight drag.

If they're self adjusting just adjust then as best you can, then hop in and drive back and forth, braking, about 10-15 times.
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