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  1. Sir Sam

    Name that. . . . toyota?

    If you can buy it, drag it out of the field, and advertise it nationally you will likely find someone who wants it as a project. They are pretty rare, and a restorable body is worth something to someone. If its a super duper rusty POS then likely won’t have much value except for parts, maybe $1000? Missing a bunch of glass ETC will drive down the value quick.
  2. Sir Sam

    New Project(s):

    I got the rockers off and head cleaned up a bit, looks like on #2 cylinder, which was the problem cylinder, there is a valve that is missing a keeper. I can see one keeper, but the keeper cap isn't sitting right and the top of the valve has worn. I need to make some sort leverage bar with a U shaped end to compress the spring so I can get the keeper out. If the valve end looks good where the keeper rings are I can replace the keeper(s) and cap with spares I have here. It the valve end looks damaged I will need to pull the head to replace the valve.
  3. Sir Sam

    New Project(s):

    Krusty these are the rock rails I have, another guy local to me has a set very similar that i think were made by rock lizard. I don't really have any good photos of them installed since I took them off of a jeep I was flipping, but they interfered with the plastic cladded on the rockers it seems like: With it removed there are some little holes the plastic clips went into. Overall I think its nicer without the plastic cladding like the 02-04 had.
  4. Sir Sam

    Picking up a new hobby I've always wanted to learn!

    I have an arc welder, I'm so @#$%ing over it. I think I'm going to go drop a grand and get a good welder for a change. The newer hobarts look good, and come with a gun for aluminum welding.
  5. Sir Sam

    New Project(s):

    Crap I typed up a reply this morning but must have forgot to submit. The frames are the same, grill, bumper etc are different, if you look at the ARB bumper for the KJ it was designed for the 2002, it will fit the 05+ plus, but it blocks the fogs and there is an odd gap to the flares. The sides are the same, but the 05+ has a plastic cover over the rockers, where the 2002 just as the metal rocker. I have a set of rock rails and the clearance with the plastic rocker covers can be an issue. Pulled the intake off, looks like a really messed up set of rockers, this is what happens when you used the oil Jeep recommended(mobile 0-40) instead of a good diesel 15-40(like the engine manufacturer recommended), and have EGR active. EGR is basically the death of these things. My Jeep with 155k, same miles as this one, had ZERO rocker wear with the EGR off and 15-40 Delo diesel oil.
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    My efan died when I was driving to pickup a CRD in houston. After having the efan and/or the mechanical clutch die I can solidly say the CRD KJ needs both the efan and mechanical fan working correctly to cool properly. Today while towing another CRD on a uhaul dolly, at about 95F, at 5k+ feet, i had some long hills that got the Jeep off of centerline on the temp gauge. Of course this was with AC on and driving 80 mph, so its not totally unexpected.
  7. Sir Sam

    New Project(s):

    Possible, however the next most likey issue is a bad rocker or two. The rockers are a designed failure point, since this is an interference engine if the belt slips or breaks the valves hit the pistons and the rockers break. However with heavy EGR use the bearings in the rocker rollers tend to wear out and collapse, sometimes spectacularly. This can cause an engine to actually backfire out the intake in very bad manner. I am thinking this engine has some bad rockers on #2 cylinder. In which case it will get new ARP head studs, rockers, and a timing belt job, as well as a ECU tune to delete the EGR - should be bullet proof for the next 100k untill it need a belt, and for the rest of its life with those engine mods. I've been running the EGR delete on my daily driver CRD for 12 years and my rockers have ZERO wear, but i also used 15-40 when jeep called for 0-40.....which was way too thin.
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    New Project(s):

    My dad decided he wanted to pickup a CRD as a daily driver for LA. kind of funny since I had about the perfect one a little while back as a flip that we just sold anyway. So now here we are, I was looking at a couple of options. I looked at this red one thursday night but we couldn't agree on price. My dad talked direct with him but he thought he had a guy lined up to go pay full price if we didnt want it. Surprise craigslist people are full of ****! He and my dad worked out the price and I went down today to pickup the Jeep. 2005 KJ CRD, 153k miles. 2.5" OME lift, 265/70/16 good year duratracs on some black wheels. Very clean, I like the color, somehow missing the front skid?????? and I got it with the stock wheels with almost new Michelin tires. Rented a uhaul tow dolly and drive out to eastern CO to pick it up: Got to troubleshooting, not running on cyl #2, swapped injectors with MJ, still not running, swapped injectors with #1, still not firing, checked wiring continuity - good. Swapped ECUs, no change. So it seems its fuel, lots of diesel around, but its not igniting, next up is a compression test.
  9. Sir Sam

    One Week Anniversary Today

    Congrats man keep it up!
  10. Sir Sam

    2000 XJ audio spectre

    Stock XJs don’t adjust volume.
  11. Sir Sam

    Jim Oshel has passed

    Damn, RIP Jim. I wish I had the chance to meet him. I missed out at the recent meet n greet. Please no one take this the wrong way: Jim used to say "When I die she's just gonna scrap all my cars." I think he was serious, and I also think he would not want that. Anyone know if he still had something at risk of being lost? I know he had sold a few vehicles but I don't know what he had these days.
  12. Sir Sam

    Factory front winch mount

    The ones I’ve had for 96 or 97 were both like that but had the bumper bracket welded to them. I think I need to dig them out and look at the holes to understand better. I’m thinking that I never realized these could be moved forward 4” for this hidden kit.
  13. Sir Sam

    Got my AC in my 300zxTT working!

    Back in the fall while I had the engine out I bought some used lines to replace the missing ones, cleaned, flushed, reflush, purgued, flushed the whole system, refilled with proper amount of oil, and vacuum check the system. It held vacuum as expected but since it was already getting cool out I put aside the AC work. AC lines held vacuum up until a month ago when I charged the system. Unfortunately after charging and getting the low pressure side hig enough the compressor did not kick on. I bypassed the relay(jumpered) and the compressor kicked on and I started getting some cool. So I had to break out the FSM for wiring and start figuring why the pressure switch wasn't causing the compressor to kick on. After digging around I found the pinouts needed and was able to verify I did not have wire continuity from the relay coil to the switch, but I did have continuity from the switch to the ECU sink/ground trigger. I ran a 12V jumper from the relay coil to the AC switch for testing, the AC system kicked on like it should so I verified a wire break between the relay and the switch. I also knew I had a wire break from the Intake Air Temperature(IAT) sensor which is behind the pass turn signal on the factory air inlet duct, both the supply and ground side wiring for this sensor had a break going up to the connectors by the fuse box, which is where the pressure switch wiring runs. (As a side note I installed a 2200 ohm resistor down at the ECU to trick it to read correct and turn off the CEL so I could pass an emissions test. So with at least 3 broken wires I figured it was likely they were cut in the same place. I spent quite a bit of time with my fluke wire toner and pulling around on the main wire harness: And got a rough idea where it might be, which was under the pass headlight. I started checking and pulling off tape and found this: Since under the pass headlight is a crappy place to work to solder I cut zip ties on the passenger harness and managed to get enough slack to pull it through into the engine bay: Then looking at it closer I found this: So I soldered them back together, and then heat shrunk over them, and double wrapped some with tape or a second later of heat shrink. With that done I put everything back together and test ran it, AC was making cold! Watching pressure at idle in driveway with redtek R12 replacement instead of R134a: Then I took it for a drive and noticed a repeating number on the odometer when I pulled back in the driveway. One thing I noticed is that the cooling fan doesn't cycle for this setup, even when its really hot. The ECU will turn on one fan relay when the engine gets warm, but I'm not sure what turns on the other relay. Both windings work and the fan turns on, for high or low, but without the fan running and crawling in traffic or sitting at a light there is not enough airflow to get proper cooling on the condenser. Not sure if thats the way its supposed to work or what should kick the fan on for AC cooling purposes. I could run a jumper from the clutch relay to one of the fan relays so that anytime the AC clutch is on a fan relay is on, which would keep some airflow all the time, but that seems unnecessary.
  14. Sir Sam

    Factory front winch mount

  15. Sir Sam

    Factory front winch mount

    Gave the 96- hooks to a buddy and the 97+ are buried in a box somewhere. The rugged ridge tow hooks are basically a copy of the factory tow hooks with the exception that the factory hooks had the bumper bracket welded to them, this meant the 96- and 97+ tow hooks were not interchangeable. When rugged ridge copied them they let the user reuse their factory bumper bracket with the copy of the original bolted to it. I don't think there is any added strength from the tow hooks bracket being welded to the bumper bracket. If you really cannot find a reference pic I will go digging around for them, but I think you can find decent pics of the rugged ridge or OEM around online.