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I’m recovering from surgery for torn bicep in right shoulder and can’t drive my 5 speed MJ until therapy is done.  Also have left shoulder feeling like future rotator cuff surgery.  Yeah, if I’d known I’d live this long I would have taken better care of myself.  Thinking the thing to do is go auto trans.

Don’t want to consider a transmission swap as (a) I’ve heard it’s tedious and doesn’t always work out 100% correct, and (b) shoulder problems.

So, thinking about trying to work out a trade for an equivalent MJ with auto trans.  Anyone in the AL/West GA/NW FL/East MS area interested drop a PM and we can trade photos and discuss possibility.

Mine is ‘91 Eliminator, AX-15, 4WD, very good interior and exterior, original drive train, 187K miles, 3rd owner.

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1 hour ago, Keyav8r said:

I’ll probably stick it out (pun intended) and keep the 5 speed at least for the near future.  It just feels like a waste not being able to drive it since June and probably not again until September at the best.

 

Not good for your rig either.  :sad:

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You’re right about that.  I went down yesterday and opened the driver’s side door and no interior lighting came on.  I must have a continuous power drain on the battery with the engine and all lights off.  While I can’t drive it right now, at least I can charge the battery and test for a power drain one circuit at a time.

May get my buddy to drive it around a little to circulate the fluids.

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Update - got past the shoulder/bicep therapy, put a new battery in the MJ and took it out for a good drive.  Everything worked as before and shifting effort not that bad but not back to where I was yet.

About two weeks back I stopped for lunch while in Florence, AL.  Got out of the Ram, walked 10–15 feet, tripped over something and landed HARD on my right knee.  When I say hard, I mean saying unkind things about the parents of the guy who paved the parking lot hard, while trying to straighten out my leg and get back up.  Took a while to do so.  I tried to walk it off for a week or so and finally gave up and, being urged to do so, went to the ortho Doctor.  After x-rays, he says I have a cracked kneecap and sends me for a MRI to determine if it would be surgery to repair soft tissue (the crack will heal on its own) or a brace to keep my leg straight while the soft tissue heals itself.  Tells me to walk straight-legged until we get the MRI results.  (Wife said “I told you to go to the doctor when it happened”. I really hate it when she’s right.)

Doctor’s office calls Friday morning, says good news - no knife work required, but come in for a brace and maybe crutches.  When I call back I get the answering service because they take Friday afternoons off.  So, I go in tomorrow for a knee brace to wear for several weeks and maybe crutches (really don’t want crutches).

The really bad parts about this are (a) I could have avoided the injury if I had been paying more attention to my surroundings p, and (b) I can’t drive the MJ for several more weeks.

Fellow Olde Phartes - be careful!  We become more fragile as we get older.

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14 hours ago, Keyav8r said:

Update - got past the shoulder/bicep therapy, put a new battery in the MJ and took it out for a good drive.  Everything worked as before and shifting effort not that bad but not back to where I was yet.

About two weeks back I stopped for lunch while in Florence, AL.  Got out of the Ram, walked 10–15 feet, tripped over something and landed HARD on my right knee.  When I say hard, I mean saying unkind things about the parents of the guy who paved the parking lot hard, while trying to straighten out my leg and get back up.  Took a while to do so.  I tried to walk it off for a week or so and finally gave up and, being urged to do so, went to the ortho Doctor.  After x-rays, he says I have a cracked kneecap and sends me for a MRI to determine if it would be surgery to repair soft tissue (the crack will heal on its own) or a brace to keep my leg straight while the soft tissue heals itself.  Tells me to walk straight-legged until we get the MRI results.  (Wife said “I told you to go to the doctor when it happened”. I really hate it when she’s right.)

Doctor’s office calls Friday morning, says good news - no knife work required, but come in for a brace and maybe crutches.  When I call back I get the answering service because they take Friday afternoons off.  So, I go in tomorrow for a knee brace to wear for several weeks and maybe crutches (really don’t want crutches).

The really bad parts about this are (a) I could have avoided the injury if I had been paying more attention to my surroundings p, and (b) I can’t drive the MJ for several more weeks.

Fellow Olde Phartes - be careful!  We become more fragile as we get older.

Ain't that the truth. I broke my left elbow in a bizarre fall 3 weeks ago. Had surgery and now on the mend. 

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Another Olde Pharte checking in to confirm. In January of 2017 I was in a hotel room in Las Vegas (I was there for the annual SHOT Show, not to gamble). Got up to walk across the room for a glass of water to take my evening heart meds and both heard and felt a tremendous "POP" from my hip. By the time I made it home after the show, I could hardly walk. I've been through 16 weeks of physical therapy, two months of walking with a cane, and three cortisone injections. A year and a half later, I'm finally more or less able to move normally with excessive pain. How did it start? It started in 2014, doing cardio rehab after my heart surgery. I overdid it on a recumbent bicycle machine and over-stressed the right hip. For awhile I almost couldn't drive at all. Couldn't move my right foot from the gas peddle to the brake, so I was limited to driving my wife's XJ, which is automatic. I had to learn left foot braking.

 

They tell me getting old beats the alternative, but there are days when I question that.

 

Hang in there, Keyav8r. You'll drive the MJ again.

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Update - got the full leg brace and the d@#n crutches.  Doc says 2 weeks then he’ll x-ray the knee again and tell me what’s next.  Hopefully it will be to get rid of the crutches.  I can live with the brace but after one day on the crutches I can feel my spine mis-aligning and my right bicep Is not at all happy.

Oh well, such is life.  Could have been surgery and I’m truly thankful I dodged that bullet.  Onward to the next “golden years adventure”!

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Last update to this post - the ‘91 has a new home.  Couldn’t find a trade for an auto MJ.  Ran a Facebook ad and the second guy to look at it bought it.  Said he’d always wanted a MJ and now he has a good one.  I gave him a CC card and suggested he join up but don’t know if he has.

Even though I no longer own a MJ, I’ll continue to hang out here to keep up with what’s happening in the MJ world.

 

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On ‎9‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 6:39 PM, Keyav8r said:

Fellow Olde Phartes - be careful!  We become more fragile as we get older.

 

Isn't that the truth.   One month ago I rolled my ankle and damaged my ligaments while playing tennis.   It was the last night of our league play.   I just shed my air cast and am looking forward to six weeks, hopefully no more, of physio.   Two days later my younger brother (64) pulled a hamstring while curling of all things.   For both of us it's our driving foot/leg.   The worst part is that we're both missing the auto flea markets, shows and auction we've been going to for a long time at this time of year.  

 

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