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It’s been snowing here lately but today was a bit warmer than it has been. While I typically prefer not to drive down to the shop when there’s snow on the ground, it’s also a very windy day and I had eight sheets of OSB to get down the hill.

 

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Technically snow wheeling? Got the CJ sideways at the turn to come back up the second time. I’m sure any neighbors that were potentially watching were thoroughly impressed. 

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The other day I was driving to the hill to my place and then “CLUNK!!!”... my food goes right to the floor. :fistshake2: It was still running as well as it does so I figured it was just the throttle cable. Low range/first gear made for a slow idling rest of the way home. Took a closer look and rattled the dice on a 1990 Wrangler cable. Only had to wait a couple days on the local parts store but the fit was perfect! :banana:

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12 minutes ago, Pete M said:

um, I'm familiar with the phrase "some things never change" but... :laugh:

 

score none the less! :banana:


I’m pretty sure the engine is out of an ‘89 or ‘90 YJ as it’s got the later valve cover and even a few Chrysler stamps. The old cable was a bit of a cobble. This one is about two inches longer but there’s no cable clamps! :laugh:

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Got a little snow overnight. :eek:

 

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... but today the high is in the mid 40s. So?

 

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Doors always come off over 40°! Having somewhere to go on a chilly day is my happy place. 

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Yard work yesterday. 
 

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Pulling out concrete next to the house to get going on a new patio. Previous owners were going to put the door where the window is but there wasn’t enough room for a header. Little CJ did great!

 

As for today, I was helping a friend go through his late father in law’s stash of AMC parts. He’s got a 258 that I’m interested in. It must have a PILE of miles on it though. Pulled bearing caps and took the head off. Not terrible?... but not great. 
 

Rear cap:

 

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 Front cap:

 

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#1 rod:

 

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Cylinders:

 

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Not a lot of cross hatching evident but the bearing surfaces looked pretty good. Can’t catch anything with a fingernail, anyhow. I’ll put a micrometer on the crank to see if it’s a factory grind. I’d consider a dingle ball hone and a set of bearings rolled in. Maybe a new heart?

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