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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.





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:




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




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. 



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:





 Front cap:





#1 rod:








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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