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Taking on a Jeep hobby The Pinside Jeep Club


By dementedwarlok

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#551 17 days ago
Quoted from jalkelly:

My dream would be to have a Renegade like this some day.

Perhaps that is what my latest one looked like at one time. The '86 I had was one of the rare end of run ones that had a Dana 44 axle and with that 401 it could really git it.

But Jeeps are more about gearing than power and unfortunately being a later model it had rather high axle gears. Great for freeway and the T-18 four speed with the granny low gear more than compensated when crawling.

I'd like to say I miss it, but I got a new one now.

#552 16 days ago

Heads weren't ready, but crankshaft was, so I installed it today. Platiguage showed up in the mail right when I got home so I verified at least so far the main bearings have the perfect clearance. Nice. Pistons go back in tomorrow.

Back in the day, I found the Edelbrock Performer Plus camshaft and lifter kit was a quality package that could wake these AMC V8s up and give them more grunt and low end torque, but at the same time a smooth idle and no emission problems or valve train modifications required. And their True Roller timing chain and gears were a super upgrade that got rid of all slop and were almost guaranteed to outlast me.

So why do anything different now?
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#553 16 days ago

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Getting ready to pull the engine out of "Rat Patrol" (my project '47 CJ2A Willys). Have #4 exhaust valve stuck open & the rear manifold stud snapped off in the block. Got the starter, generator, & the top four bellhousing to engine bolts removed tonight.

60 thundering horsepower in that 134 flathead "go devil" four!

Keeping it stock, with the exception of adding a hand start crank nut. It was optional.

#554 16 days ago

I had an F-head and the only advice I can give if you ever remove the engine or flywheel is you will need two new of those tapered bolts that hold the flywheel to the crank. They will break upon reinstall. You can probably still get them at your local Willys Overland dealer.

Quoted from dasvis:

the rear manifold stud snapped off in the block.

Had that happen too. Life's a bitch!

#555 16 days ago
Quoted from o-din:

I had an F-head and the only advice I can give if you ever remove the engine or flywheel is you will need two new of those tapered bolts that hold the flywheel to the crank. They will break upon reinstall. You can probably still get them at your local Willys Overland dealer.

Had that happen too. Life's a bitch!

Yeah, all of the Willys resto stores have them.

#556 16 days ago
Quoted from o-din:

WARNING- IT'S A JEEP THING, YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND

For sure

#557 16 days ago

I have a ‘19 Moab. Love it. Took a ‘20 Gladiator Rubi for a test drive. Totally awesome. Would love to get one. Longer wheelbase gives it better ride. Lots to love about it. Makes it easier to haul more than one pin, lol. Just a great vehicle.

#558 16 days ago
Quoted from dasvis:

Yeah, all of the Willys resto stores have them.

I figured as much. I was amazed how easy they were to get even in the early 80s. Even more amazed how easy they broke. Probably why they were and are easy to get.

It is that broken exhaust stud in the rear of the block that is the bitch. I think it goes into a coolant jacket. I broke an easy off in mine. The end repair was hardly conventional, but it worked.
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#559 16 days ago
Quoted from o-din:

I figured as much. I was amazed how easy they were to get even in the early 80s. Even more amazed how easy they broke. Probably why they were and are easy to get.
It is that broken exhaust stud in the rear of the block that is the bitch. I think it goes into a coolant jacket. I broke an easy off in mine. The end repair was hardly conventional, but it worked.
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Yeah, that's the one... of course the ONLY stud you can't get to easily as it's too close to the firewall. Oh well, the engine is fairly easy to remove & I have a lot of other things that are easier to address with the motor out.

#560 16 days ago

Here's my '45 Willys CJ2A with column shift. Harley loves to go for rides when I pull this thing out on a nice day.

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#561 16 days ago

I bought a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude last year and love it. I've had 2 previous Jeeps and so has my wife.

My Jeep had an engine start/stop feature (ESS) which shuts the engine off. I hated it (especially when the air-conditioning is on) and saw on a Jeep forum that a guy makes a switch that plugs into the diagnostic port or under your seat. It basically remembers what button you have pressed last. Worth every penny.

https://www.smartstopstart.com/

#562 16 days ago
Quoted from hAbO:

I bought a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Altitude last year and love it. I've had 2 previous Jeeps and so has my wife.
My Jeep had an engine start/stop feature (ESS) which shuts the engine off. I hated it (especially when the air-conditioning is on) and saw on a Jeep forum that a guy makes a switch that plugs into the diagnostic port or under your seat. It basically remembers what button you have pressed last. Worth every penny.
https://www.smartstopstart.com/

Yep a tazer jl can do that and more for anyone else that gets overly annoyed by it.

#563 15 days ago
Quoted from dasvis:

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Getting ready to pull the engine out of "Rat Patrol" (my project '47 CJ2A Willys). Have #4 exhaust valve stuck open & the rear manifold stud snapped off in the block. Got the starter, generator, & the top four bellhousing to engine bolts removed tonight.
60 thundering horsepower in that 134 flathead "go devil" four!
Keeping it stock, with the exception of adding a hand start crank nut. It was optional.

If you need a hand crank nut I may have one I could ship you. Every parts Jeep I have bought had one oddly. It may take me a bit but I think I have 2 on my shelf.

Looks like you are doing it right. But a friend of mine pulled a 48 out of a field that sat for at least 30 years with a completely seized engine and valves, pulled the head. Proceeded to beat the cylinders with a 2x4 if I remember right. Freed the engine and worked the valves with sea foam, replaced the head and it is still running to this day.

That kind of thing never happens for me!

Have fun and good luck!

#564 15 days ago

Kind of a funny story about my 46

Was at a Jeep show and obstacle course type thing. I skipped the trail ride.

But anyway on the obstacle course, of course I failed miserably but had fun. You need a parking lot to to a cj2a around as the turning radius sucks. Suspension is so stiff I barely made it up the articulation ramp. And so on..

But the last one was a slow crawl challenge some guy with a big fancy YJ with dual transfer cases and low gears was running his mouth saying no one will beat me I can walk beside me Jeep.

I told him I would blow him out of the water. He said you havent done anything yet want to bet on that. I said sure. I can’t remember but I think it was $20.

Most people were doing the crawl in something like 30 seconds.

Just to be an ass when the hot head got up he put it in gear jumped out and walked beside his Jeep all proud.

I was last. So I showed him up. Bumped my idle down as low as it would keep running low range first gear. Jumped out and crawled beside mine.

Beat him by almost a minute

Everyone was cheering and laughing.

It was all in good fun.

Moral off the story even though the 134 is only 60 HP. You could probably pull a house of a foundation with it!!! Just don’t try to drive fast!!!

#565 15 days ago
Quoted from Bull:

If you need a hand crank nut I may have one I could ship you. Every parts Jeep I have bought had one oddly. It may take me a bit but I think I have 2 on my shelf.
Looks like you are doing it right.

That would be great! I will PM you.

Yeah, I was under it last night & removed the last four bellhousing to engine bolts. Just the engine stay cable to disconnect & the engine is ready to pull. One step at a time.....

#566 11 days ago

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Engine removal went smoothly this afternoon. No drama. Easiest one ever, so much room to work!

Tomorrow I will get it on the engine stand & we will see how it looks once the oil pan is removed.

#567 9 days ago

Sometimes I kinda miss my 72 J-4000. It was a real workhorse and served me well for years. Of the four J series trucks I owned, it was my favorite.

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#568 9 days ago

It's a baby Jeep but I was in the market for something new and good on gas but still could handle at least one pin.

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#569 9 days ago

Probably slightly better than my J-4000 was.

#570 9 days ago
Quoted from o-din:

Probably slightly better than my J-4000 was.

LOL, it gets about 25 mpg average. Way better than my lift gate truck that was my main driver for the last year. Ugh.

#571 9 days ago

Just to let you guys know, I have had issues getting a pilot bushing that will fit in an AMC crankshaft. Seems they are all made in China now and something got lost in translating inches to the metric system. Bought some old stock Dorman and they fit.

#572 8 days ago
Quoted from o-din:

Just to let you guys know, I have had issues getting a pilot bushing that will fit in an AMC crankshaft. Seems they are all made in China now and something got lost in translating inches to the metric system. Bought some old stock Dorman and they fit.

We need pics of what's happening on the Odin Jeep. I cannot imagine a V8 in my old Willys. With that short wheelbase, 2315# curb weight & the stock sloppy steering it would be downright scary. -- Not to mention the manual single master cylinder 9" drum brakes, but they were common back when I was in high school.
Maybe updated to 11" drums if you were lucky.

#573 8 days ago
Quoted from dasvis:

We need pics of what's happening on the Odin Jeep. I cannot imagine a V8 in my old Willys. With that short wheelbase, 2315# curb weight & the stock sloppy steering it would be downright scary. -- Not to mention the manual single master cylinder 9" drum brakes, but they were common back when I was in high school.
Maybe updated to 11" drums if you were lucky.

The 9” were completely fine as long as you we sensible driving the Jeep, and knew how to grab gears.

It is when people think that 70 year old technology is going to work as today’s standards they get in trouble!!!

It is all common sense.

Use gears and don’t heat up the shoes and you will be fine!!!

Also my 46 steering is as tight as my F150, just proper maintenance and not letting things go to long. Knowing how to maintain bell cranks and bushing is all the steering is about.

#574 8 days ago
Quoted from Bull:

The 9” were completely fine as long as you we sensible driving the Jeep, and knew how to grab gears.
It is when people think that 70 year old technology is going to work as today’s standards they get in trouble!!!
It is all common sense.
Use gears and don’t heat up the shoes and you will be fine!!!
Also my 46 steering is as tight as my 3 year old F150, just proper maintenance and not letting things go to long. Knowing how to maintain bell cranks and bushing is all the steering is about.

#575 8 days ago

We used to take my 48 CJ2A to two local places with lots of mud and water. That's when those 9 inch drum brakes become worthless. When they get wet.

Using gears can control the Jeep until you start climbing a muddy hill with those wet brakes.

That J-4000 truck also had drums all around. First thing I did when I got back from driving Highway 1 south from Oregon was convert the fronts to disk. That's one sketchy highway.

#576 8 days ago
Quoted from dasvis:

We need pics of what's happening on the Odin Jeep.

Driving back from Azusa Canyon soaking wet, the only heat that was available in my '48 after a winter day's fun in the mud was removing the cover over the shifters and stopping at the 7/11 once we got into town and buying trash bags to wear the remaining 50 miles or so.

So while I wait for one piston to finish putting the engine back together on my CJ7, I went thru the heater system to make sure it is all in working order .

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#577 8 days ago
Quoted from o-din:

We used to take my 48 CJ2A to two local places with lots of mud and water. That's when those 9 inch drum brakes become worthless. When they get wet.
Using gears can control the Jeep until you start climbing a muddy hill with those wet brakes.
That J-4000 truck also had drums all around. First thing I did when I got back from driving Highway 1 south from Oregon was convert the fronts to disk. That's one sketchy highway.

Ohh I agree 100 percent about mud and everything! You can destroy any drums with water and especially mud.

I was just talking average driving, it just drives me crazy our cars almost have to be smarter than us now.

Self driving, collision control, lane safety!

Part of me agrees it isn’t horrible to have all these safety features, but part of me isn’t happy you can’t hardly find a 20 year old that knows how to drive a manual tranny or even what’s to learn, let alone use brakes as intended, meaning don’t come to a stop sign and expect they will always stop you!!

Stuff happens, defensive driving as I was always told.

Get off my lawn now!!!

#578 8 days ago
Quoted from Bull:

It is when people think that 70 year old technology is going to work as today’s standards they get in trouble!!!

Exactly. They have no experience with drum brakes.

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#579 5 hours ago

After two tries, I finally got the one piston I needed to finish putting the 360 back together. In the meantime, since the engine and radiator are out, which makes it easier, I ordered and installed this Crown heavy duty steering shaft and lower column bearing to replace the sloppy original.

When you don't have power steering, the steering column shaft gets a lot of stress, and the Crown has actual u-joints at both ends. This is an affordable solution compared to others that cost several hundred dollars. It is expandable, and it had been assembled 180 degrees off, so I pounded it apart, put it back together, and now it is a perfect fit. It got a little scratched, but no big deal. I may spray a little paint on it now that it is in.

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#580 2 hours ago

A glass workbench?
Not sure that would last long in my shop....

#581 1 hour ago

That glass table is the least of my worries around here.

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