terrawombat Posted March 4, 2010 Share Posted March 4, 2010 A little backstory - my grandfather bought this truck brand new in 1988 and then bought a 1992 eliminator four years later (but sold it :fs1: ). It was then passed on to my Uncle who drove it from 1992-2000. Around 2001, I was fixing to get my license and really wanted this to be my truck, so we bought it from him and I cleaned it up and did my best to get it ready for the road. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out what the heck was wrong with engine and why it kept stalling when I gave it gas. My father was convinced it was a problem with the computer and me being a 4.0L noob had no choice but to believe him. Instead, my father and I purchased a 2001 GMC Sonoma for me to drive when I got my license. Somewhere around 2003, my Uncle took the MJ back from us and used it as a farm vehicle on his horse farm until about 2007 when he parked it in a field where it just died. Again, we took it back from him in 2007 when I was a lot more knowledgeable about cars (took a few tech courses and tinkered with my own vehicles). The truck had somehow melted the rotor in the distributor and I replaced it with a spare I had lying around and VROOOM...back in business. Here are some pictures of when I brought it home and got it running again: The stalling problem turned out to be a bad EGR. I capped the lines going to it and all was well. Finally, I had an MJ of my own! Sort of....I was still in college and already had a car and could no way afford to insure this one too, so I wound up giving it to my parents for use on their 350 acre farm. They have a roadside produce stand and used the truck to haul sweet corn bags from the field back to the stand. It's been way overloaded plenty of times in it's life...I wish I had a picture for the 'Earning Your Keep' thread, but I do not... So I get a call from my parents last week - The MJ was making all kinds of crazy noises and there was coolant leaking from the engine. Turns out the water pump went south and they want me to fix it. I agreed to and got it back to my shop, but what I didn't tell them is I think I'm going to officially take it back from them and get it road worthy and make it a weekend chore truck. Now that I have a job and a steady income, I can actually afford to insure this guy. I am a bit scared, though, as the drivers door leaks like crazy and the floor is CONSTANTLY wet. I'm in the process of pulling the seat and carpet, but I am very afraid of what I might find... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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