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Everything posted by schardein

  1. My cell number is an area code for VA but I live in MO. Get calls about once a day from numbers with a VA area code. I guess they think I will answer since it's a "local" call.
  2. For the HO motors, the generic replacement manifolds with the bellows on each end are the way to go. Rockauto has them for $80. For over a decade, I have looked at every XJ in the junkyard I have come across. EVERY stock manifold has the cracks near the collector. Once, I found a Borla header. On a several other occasions, I found these replacement type manifolds with the bellows on each end. $35 out the door, pressure wash, high temp aluminum paint, new manifold and donut gasket and done. I have junkyard replacement manifolds on my XJ (5 yrs) and MJ (5 yrs) and both still going strong. No flex pipe in downstream exhaust.
  3. I frequent pic-a-part type yards for parts for myself, and to resell to offset my cost. I'm always trying to learn more about desirable parts, but didn't know about the knuckles. There are threads out there about junkyard upgrades for Cherokees/Comanches. I can remember seeing several threads here along the lines of "I have this old XJ, what should I grab before junking it"... Do we have (or need) a definitive thread on these valuable parts?
  4. Thanks to some quick work by Pete and Kryptronic, I can post more pics. Here is one of the connection at the TB, overall routing of the cable (with clamp at overflow bottle), and the actuator at the fender. Yes, I've swapped to the later stamped steel valve cover and later horseshoe style intake manifold.
  5. The ICON CJ3B is really cool. I remember studying it closely when articles came out about it. I wonder how much shorter the Chevy 4 cyl is compared to the 258, and if you can mount it further forward to give more room for rear driveshaft length. I'm guessing you could gain upwards of 6", giving room for a 5 speed. Use Novak's super short D300 output would probably result in a rear driveshaft length that was livable. The shifters for the 5 speeds are pretty far back, so it wouldn't be real far forward on the floor if you pushed the whole drivetrain forward.
  6. I try to be brief, haha. I pulled the 4.0HO out of my CJ7 that had been in there about 16 years. Put in a 5.3 Chevy. Plan was to put the 4.0 in the CJ5 with better brakes, and everything else basically stock. Sort of a sleeper. Using a T5 and 3.73 gears and stockish 30" tires it should be a great driver. Well, the 5.3 in my CJ7 is so much fun that I am now moving towards putting a 5.3 in the CJ5, using a Sm465 4 speed, and 3.54 or 3.73 gears, 2-3" lift and 31-32" tires. Should still be a good driver, be able to start out in 2nd gear, run ok on the highway, and with the low first gear be good off road. I also have a 4:1 gearset for the Dana 300 that would actually make it lower geared than my CJ7. But for stockish sized CJ that won't be heavily abused, a good condition T5 would probably last. I pulled the original out my CJ7 in 1998 to put a T18 in for the lower first gear. It still worked fine. It took some getting used to the T18, which shifts like a bread truck, versus the T5 that shifts like a sports car. But the low first gear made it worth it. Anyhow, I'm torn on the CJ5. I could build it with my existing parts basically for free. Or I could spend a couple grand and do the 5.3... decisions, decisions... The rest of the story, is if I went the 5.3 and slight lift route, I would convert it to wide track axles. The day after I was daydreaming about this, a rare 1986 factory widetrack CJ7 Dana 44 was listed for sale 30 minutes from me. It's sitting in my workshop now...
  7. I've got more pics, but the site is telling me I can't upload them.
  8. I added cruise to my 91 after I got it. I used a actuator from a junkyard 91 XJ, and bought the stalk off ebay. Cheapest one I could find. It was like $13 shipped. It has delay wiper markings, but my non-tilt column does not have delay wipers. It still works. I plan to add delay wipers eventually, I have the box, switch (for non-tilt), and a complete tilt column with delay wipers.
  9. Also, in the 50s and 60s, so many people were doing V6 and V8 swaps, that in 1966 Jeep bought the Buck V6 from GM and offered it from the factory. With so many people doing LS V8 swaps in Wranglers, when is Jeep going to wake up and offer a factory V8 option?
  10. In my fantasy world: Jeep took the Dodge Power Wagon platform and restyled it as the new Jeep Gladiator. Jeep is back in the full size truck game with real off road capability. Jeep offers a mid sized pickup option similar to what they are actually doing now, based on the current wrangler platform and with 2 and 4 door models. Jeep offers a completely different model of Wrangler that is smaller and more utilitarian. Similar to the old CJ5, or the Roxor. It could use a 4 cylinder with turbo option and because it's smaller, it could appeal to the gas mileage crowd and be a blast off road. This is what I thought was happening when I first heard about the Renegade, before I found out it was a car. I wouldn't buy any of them, or at least certainly not new off the floor. But I would enjoy seeing the variety of models, like Jeep had in the 1950s-60s-70s. And after they were a few years old, a couple might end up as projects in my garage.
  11. When I got my MJ, it had the original jack, jack handle, lug wrench, retention bracket, and wing screw. I was missing the small clip that holds the jack handle in the center of the rear cab panel, and the rubber jack retention strap. I have since found a replacement clip and replacement strap in the junkyard. But as we know, it's hard to find MJs in the scrapyard, and these parts are often missing anyway. I recently found a TJ Wrangler in the junkyard. Under the passenger seat is the bracket for the factory jack. It uses a similar rubber retention strap. It is slightly longer, has different shaped ends, and has a small rubber tab on one end, I am presuming to aid with installing it. When I saw it, I thought it would work as a replacement for the MJ strap. Pic shows TJ strap installed, original MJ strap below.
  12. My method of applying anti-seize to lug nut studs: Clean rust/dirt off with wire brush. Medium coat the threads. Run lug nut on and off a few times. Wipe most of the anti-seize off with a shop rag, from both the stud and lug nut. This usually leaves a little in the bottom of the threads. I always use a torque wrench, and subscribe to Eagle's philosophy of never taking a vehicle to a shop for tire work. I remove the wheel/tire and take them to the shop, then re-install it myself. I have both Snap-On torque and several Harbor Freight torque wrenches. I've found the Harbor Freight torque wrenches to be accurate. Calibrating a torque wrench can be done at home. I've torqued the 1/2" lug studs on my CJ/XJ/MJ to 65 lbsft for decades. This is clean, very slightly lubed threads. Not saying this to start a debate, only pointing out I use a spec towards the bottom end of the scale, even considering slightly lubed threads, and haven't lost a wheel yet.
  13. Info sticker from the overhead visor for those interested. This came from a 1987 XJ Wagoneer.
  14. Cut this Selec-Trac transfer case information sticker off a 1987 Jeep XJ Wagoneer:
  15. Man, I stopped at junkyards in Nashville and Chattanooga on the way down. Didn't realize I was so close to you. I know where another 242 is. If it is still there, I will have 3 and only need 2...
  16. I did an LS swap in my CJ7 and it upped the fun factor quite a bit. It also improved its off road capabilities, something I wasn't really expecting. I just wanted it to drive like a performance vehicle and not have to constantly be in the throttle while driving in town to keep up with traffic. Mission accomplished. With that said, I have a hard time imagining an LS swap in an XJ/MJ. CJs had a V8 option- XJ/MJ did not. But, I fall in the category of "it's your Jeep, do what you want". My advice is, add up the cost of everything you can think of that will cost money to do the swap... then double it, and you will be in the ballpark.
  17. I went to Georgia for a Jeep CJ parts swap meet this weekend (30 March 2019). I met some cool people, saw some (no exaggeration) awesome Jeep CJs, and even picked up a few parts I was looking for. I was sort of surprised at the number of parts I saw-- It ran the gamut of rare, NOS items to used, more commonly available stuff. I wasn't really surprised at some of the prices, but I managed to get a fair deal on the stuff I was looking for. My question is, in 30 or 40 years, will there be swap meets with people looking for original JK parts? Here is a (shortened) video of some of the Jeeps owned by Jody and Dawn Abbott who hosted the meet. Very nice couple who are as crazy about Jeeps as we are! Notice the Jeep CJ tailgates along the top of the rear wall. They also have Jeep Comanche and FSJ truck tailgates lining the porch railing of their house! Jeep_swap_meet.m4v
  18. I put a set of the darker ones off a Limited in my XJ. I may have the original lighter ones laying around if you are interested. Let me know and I could get pics.
  19. I had a 1989 XJ Wagoneer with the 242 case and really liked it. I already have one for my future MJ 4x4 conversion, but now I am thinking of putting one in my 91 XJ as well!
  20. Are there any other U Pull it type places around Birmingham? I did a quick search but that was the only one that popped up.
  21. I was in town long enough to pick up that transfer case, then on to MO! But it would have been cool to link up and talk Jeeps a bit. Interesting side note, the route I came in on, there was an MJ sitting about a block before the junkyard at what I think was a scrap metal place. Then as I was leaving, I went the other way, and passed another MJ parked on the street next to a sign advertising bail bond. I thought to myself, when was the last time I saw 2 random MJs that close together?
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