Correcting Past Sins

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Two years ago when I put the Jeep back together I got a little impatient and put the roll bar (correction, sport bar) back on without painting the new metal plates I had welded on the bottom to replace the old rusted out ones.

You would think that after grinding off the old ones, having new ones made fabricated and then welded on that I would paint the damn things so they wouldn’t suffer the same fate. No.

So, here I am two years later with a wire-wheel on my trusty 4″ grinder cleaning off the rust in preparation for a coat of POR-15. Then a couple of coats of rattle-can black and the bar is ready to go back on.

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Herculiner

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After 2 years of wheeling, despite the rubber floor maps we have in the Jeep, the paint is getting all scratched an worn out under the mats. So, I decided to put truck bed liner on the floor to protect it and got a gallon of Herculiner.

The first step of painting anything (as we all well know) is to clean it. Emptying out the Jeep took half the afternoon. The other half was spent sweeping and wiping out the tub. Next I did something you would never have dreamed I would do. Cleaned out the edges with a tooth brush and a water spray bottle. It was the only way I could get the dirt out of the seams and crevices. It was a surreal experience considering all the dirt and mud I’ve taken her through.

Next I had to scuff up the paint with a paint scuff pad (I dont’ know ecactly what to call it, one comes with the Herculiner and I got a couple of more from a local automotive paint store.) And then finally I wiped her all down with Xylene (paint thinner like stuff that works wtih the Herculiner.)

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Custom Throttle Linkage

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The new carb. wanted to have the throttle cable pulling directly back towards the firewall and the old one pulled straight down. So a couple of pieces of metal (left over 1/8″ plate from some former project and an electric box cover) and some creative fabrication and we have the stuff you see in these pictures.

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Motorcraft 2100 2-barrel Carburetor

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She has a new set of lungs! After extensive on-line research (Thank you Pirate4x4.com) I decided to put a Motorcraft 2100 carb in my Jeep. According to most every post on the subject this is a great carb. It is inexpensive ($50 at the junk yard, $12 rebuild kit), easy to rebuild, and forgiving to the novice carb. adjuster/rebuilder.

I got a two barrel intake manifold from an old donor CJ at a local junk yard. I blew out the inside of the manifold with a sand blaster to get the rust and cob-webs out. After drilling and tapping out one of the bolt holes I got it all assembled and bolted on.

Next was the carb. Thanks to my best friend’s father, Rich, I rebuilt the carb. And with a $12 adapter from Summit Racing I had it bolted on. Next, on to the custom throttle linkage.

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Yes, I’m Alive

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Contrary to popular belief, I am not dead. Just busy with life. Over the winter I decided to do two upgrades to the Jeep. New two barrel carburetor. Paint the inside floor with Herculiner. Both are now completed and I’m finally posting the details of both.

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PowerTrax Locker Arrived

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I did indeed finally get my locker about two weeks ago. It went in pretty easily seeing as the axel was sitting on my garage floor. I’ll post complete details about my rear-end rebuild in the next few days. Suffice it to say that I took her out over Easter weekend and definitely had fun because I broke it but good. More details soon.

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Second Locker Update

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Still no locker. Apparently they are *still* backordered from the manufacturer. Mumble… BTW, 4 Wheel Parts is not very good at calling you back. I have called several times in one day only to be told they would find out the status of my order and call me back. Then they don’t and I have to call the next day. Very poor customer service if you ask me.

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Locker Update

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The %$&@! thing is backordered! Supposed to be shipped today, nearly two weeks after I bought it. Mumble frotz… With any luck I’ll have it by next weekend and can install it then.

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York Compressor Update

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I have the compressor finally installed and will have final pictures soon. I had to get a bit creative to get the radiator hose to work since the new compressor was in the way. I have to finish up the wiring and that should pretty much finish it. At least until I get a tank. (Looking at the 1.75 gal $35 tank from onboardair.com)

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Traction!!! We have Traction!

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I went to a local 4 Wheel Parts store today that was having a March Madness sale and got a Power Trax LockRight locker! (With the sale and an extra 15% for being a 4×4 club member the damage came to an acceptable $200.) It is being shipped to me and I should see it next week hopefully. I also got a gallon of Herculiner for $75. Good day all arround!

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