I vow to get back into Jeep mode at least over the next two weeks.
I have been driving the Jeep on and off but just around town.
Kind of been in car modification and parts buying mode.
My old daily driver car’s battery is about to give up the ghost and has corroded looking battery cables on it, so yesterday I ordered a light weight racing battery and bracket for it.
Then I ordered an air intake for it, as the stock air filter system on my car is sealed system and super restrictive.
And then I ordered a header for it -LOL. Oops.
Today I’m ordering the battery cables and a passenger window regulator for it.
Ok- done with parts for that one for now. I might be making it a track car.
I also have an identical car to the the above car that is my rallycross car. Currently sitting with a dead engine.
Have all the parts to do an engine swap in it except for the engine itself and the conversion throttlebody that I need.
The conversion throttlebody is on sale for $350 instead of $450 (promo code COVID19)until the company that’s making it goes back to work.
They have been talking about going back to work in the next day or two so, um...1am this morning I bought it!
Oops number 2!
In the meantime , recently,I ended up with another new to me daily driver car.
I have plans for it as well, but I’m not buying anything for it yet-I swear!
Now I’m up to five vehicles between my son and I.
I need to stay off of craigslist.
Back to the ZJ.
Since I got it -work that has been done:
Full oil change and service.
Fixed Jerry rigged battery tie down.
New engine mounts.
Got all power door locks working.
Bought and installed the biggest odyssey extreme battery I could fit in the battery bracket.
Bought a matching brand new spare wheel and tire.
Picked up a boneyard xj spare wheel cone spacer gizmo and attempted to properly mount spare but stud is not long enough.
Currently have the stud half assed extended and running through one of the wheel stud holes ,but the wheel moves all over the place and I gotta figure that out.
Right front CV exploded so both front axles were replaced with a brand new CV axles.
Pulled out front driveshaft as VC was locking up too much.
Until I did that, wasn’t sure how effective my rear LSD was.
Well, at least on the street it’s very effective.
Found out during those rains if one is a little overexuberant with the throttle -Jeep goes fully sideways at will!
Still have all my suspension goodies sitting in the living room waiting to install.
They will all be installed on the jeep by Mother’s Day.
Rear hatch latch is getting bit sticky lately, I’ll try some oil on it first I guess.
Also vehicle after driving has kind of that burning oil smell coming out from under the engine. And possibly coolant.
I popped the hood and was looking at the engine closely
and front of intake manifold is pretty wet with oil and also little bit of coolant pooling up there.
I’ll have to see if it’s the water outlet or just the hose as far as the coolant.
It doesn’t appear to drip anything on the ground.
Oil level was lower than I expected. I got to do the Plenum test. I’ll bet the plenums leaking.
I’ll check that today.
If I have to pull that intake manifold I think I’m just gonna buy the Hughes/Edelbrock manifold. Unless someone talks me out of it.
I’ve taken this thing off roading exactly twice. Both back when it was still four-wheel-drive.
Texas Canyon/Rowher flats where I did some mild off roading and was impressed with its capabilities.
And I went mudding couple months ago after one of those big rains.
The all-terrain’s weren’t quite up to the task but we had some sideways fun and I kept it out of the ditches.
Many dollars later at the coin op I remembered why I don’t do mudding anymore.
Luckily the owner of the coin op did not appear while I was there. I’m pretty sure he would not be too happy with me.
I hope to be posting in this thread in a month or so ready to go on at least a moderate local off road trip with you guys.