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post #26146 of 26211 Old 06-29-2020, 04:33 PM
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Getting ready for some priming tomorrow

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post #26147 of 26211 Old 06-29-2020, 09:34 PM
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I havent seen that lower steering bearing before.
Itís a well known wear part. Upgrade to the wolf and it will outlive the jeep. And both of us too. 🍻

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post #26148 of 26211 Old 06-30-2020, 04:32 AM
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Changed a Lightbulb

only because it popped when it got wet....
Took the CJ out for errand and short drive and came back and decided not to put it in the garage just yet, so I let it cool down outside with the hood open and tilted back against the windshield. Thought I might as well wash the underside of the hood to get all the bug juice off when the engine was cooled.
Well, I forgot about it as I was watching a Netflix program about the Scottish Highland Games. Got up off the couch and saw that it had rained, a lot! It rained so hard it filled the Jeep floor with about 2 inches of water. Needless to say, I was able to wash the bug juice off and then some. I hate it when the steering wheel gets wet and your hands turn black with slime, but was lucky the dash did not get doused with rain water with the bikini top on that saved it.
Oh yeah, the engine compartment bulb broke from rain hitting it while it was on the whole time.
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post #26149 of 26211 Old 06-30-2020, 09:58 AM
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The CJ is ALIVE!

I wired up the engine bay using the Centech wiring harness. This was my first time ever doing wiring on a vehicle, except replacing a radio. The instructions were good and I took my time, double and triple checking myself. It took quite a few cranks to get fuel up to the carb and it finally started, but would stall if I didn't give it just a little bit of gas. I guess I'll tune up the carb.

Its not road ready yet, but I do want to thank everyone on the forum. I took on a project WAY ABOVE my abilities and I wouldn't be where I am on this CJ without all your great posts and pictures to guide me!! Thank you all!!
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post #26150 of 26211 Old 06-30-2020, 12:27 PM
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To get the driver side hood hinge off on a fiberglass tub....
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post #26151 of 26211 Old 07-01-2020, 11:28 AM
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Almost done... waiting for more parts...
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post #26152 of 26211 Old 07-01-2020, 11:45 AM
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Finished up bedlining the exterior!
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post #26153 of 26211 Old 07-01-2020, 01:49 PM
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Finally got around to installing the ... Wolf lower steering bearing.

How do you like the steering with that new bearing?
Made a huge difference when I did the upgrade!

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post #26154 of 26211 Old 07-01-2020, 02:05 PM
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Tried to do the GM brake caliper and rotor upgrade. Got the driver side done, then ran into problems on the passenger side.
I went to unbend the outer spindle bolt washer and discovered that it was still flat - the washer was never bent over the outer nut! No wonder the wheel spun so easily.
So I pulled everything off, removed the shield and original bracket, did the grinding and installed the new bracket. But I put the hub back on, I could hear the lug nuts (rears thereof) rubbing against the dust shield.
And that was before I torqued it down to spec. Once I started snugging it up, the wheel was locked in place and wouldn't rotate. I determined that I needed a new spindle so it's ordered, along with bearings.
In past years I could get Timken bearings from one of the local parts stores, but no longer. So I ordered inner and outer Timken wheel bearings from RockAuto. Have to be out of town this weekend, so it'll be another week before I'll be able to put it all back together. Frustrating.

And speaking of frustration and local parts stores, I bought the ('83 GM) calipers from NAPA. Put the driver's side on, no problem, put in the 3/8" "one man" bleed fitting and so on, no problem.
Started prepping the passenger's side caliper, putting in the brake shoes, etc. But the bleed fitting on that caliper is 10mm. WTF? says I. Back to NAPA to swap it out. After a lot of looking around and opening boxes, we finally realized that they were supposed to be 10mm - the 3/8" one was the mistake. Of course, no others like that in any local store; I'd already installed the only one like that ever made. Well 3/8" is pretty close to 10mm so I'm just going to leave that one in place rather than take it back apart and do it over. I guess I'll chalk it up to "It's a Jeep thing" and move on.

UPDATE: New spindle came in so back to finish the job. Trying to avoid the usual crap from Omix/Crown so I got one by Yukon Gear & Axle - it was very nicely made and even had the spindle bearing already in place. Also in the package was the seal for that bearing as well as the seal and spacer that go between the spindle and knuckle - so a few parts are going back to NAPA.

However, I'd ordered the wheel bearings and a few other parts for the job from RockAuto, and what was supposed to be the inner wheel bearing seal was instead a rubber spindle-knuckle seal. Luckily, that's apparently a pretty common part because O'Reilly had it in stock - I picked up two so I'll have a spare for the next time.

Finally, with all the necessary parts on hand, I got the new spindle and the hub/brake disc installed.


The driver-side caliper went on easily, but for some reason the passenger side was a very tight fit and would barely go on with the brake shoes in place. But it did go on, and after a test drive and bed-in a little space opened up and the wheel rotates freely.

As usual, no such thing as a simple job when it comes to upgrading the CJ.


BUT - talk about improved braking! When I finished up the job I was wondering if it was really worth the trouble. But once I bedded in the pads the brakes will easily lock the front wheels if you really stomp on the pedal. That's not posing a danger though because a light touch is all that's needed for normal braking.


Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the problem that brought on this project, the pulsation under braking, has completely gone away and the Jeep stops perfectly straight with no pull to either side.


So, another successful upgrade completed and worth the trouble.
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post #26155 of 26211 Old 07-01-2020, 02:50 PM
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How do you like the steering with that new bearing?
Made a huge difference when I did the upgrade!
I haven't driven it yet since I installed it. Pulled the transmission and transfer case at the same time to try and get rid of a leak between the two.

It removed some side to side sloop in the steering shaft, so i'm thinking that it should be pretty nice once I get it all back together.
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post #26156 of 26211 Old 07-02-2020, 09:32 AM
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I suck at body work so here’s my favorite picture.

I figure with this color, your eyes will burn out before you notice the many flaws.
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post #26157 of 26211 Old 07-02-2020, 10:05 AM
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an update, green and blue is gone. Red was underneath and needed a rattle can touch up for now. so is the mule. I swapped in a new distributor, cap, plugs and wires to make things run smoother but I still have a miss for some reason that needs to be looked at. But she is on the road.
hard to imagine a little cleaning made this change.

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great job...

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I tuned the carb and it runs well. BUT as engine warmed up I had a coolant leak and found a horizontal crack about 1.5 inch long in the upper block. Look just below the exhaust stud in pic. Don't know what to do. Any ideas?
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post #26159 of 26211 Old 07-02-2020, 04:29 PM
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I tuned the carb and it runs well. BUT as engine warmed up I had a coolant leak and found a horizontal crack about 1.5 inch long in the upper block. Look just below the exhaust stud in pic. Don't know what to do. Any ideas?
Hard to see. You mean right here?
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Put on a new exhaust. No cat. Superflow Delta 50. Wish I did the delta 40 series but happy.
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