Congrats little brother on your Jeep!

26 10 2006

I’ve owned a 78 CJ7, an 89 YJ, and a 97 TJ and I loved them all! My brother Clint has stepped up and now is the proud owner of a shiny 95 YJ of his own!

Clint's Jeep

Congrats Bro!



Moving Jeep postings to Project 89 YJ site

27 07 2006

 Only in a Jeep

All new postings related to my Jeep will be @ Project 89 YJ …


Jeep vs. Hummer Video

7 07 2006

I can’t imagine taking any Hummer less than a HMMWV (Humvee) on terrain like this. Maybe one day my YJ will be out there!

Carburetor cleaned, but A/C took a crap

15 06 2006

Ok, I found the time to clean the Carter 2bbl carb with the method described in my last post. It worked really well! I found that after I took out the venturi cluster and cleaned out the idle tubes and gave everything a thorough cleaning with a healthy dose of carb cleaner, that I had a nice fuel spray instead of the drip I had a couple of hours before. I also found the reason it started so hard in the morning…there was a slit in one of the vacuum lines at the carb that operated the choke. I replaced it with new hose and it started on the first try this morning. Sweet!

Nevermind, I left work and the Jeep shuddered and backfired so hard, it blew the ass-end out of my muffler. Can't wait to do the Motorcraft 2100 upgrade! The Carter 2bbl on the 4.2L 258 is computer controlled and very problematic. I could do the "Nutter Bypass" but I'm planning to swap it out and eliminate tons of vacuum lines and hopefully fix issues there. I'm also planning on an ignition upgrade that my buddy Matt is helping me with. I'll have photos when we get it done and hopefully a step by step on the upgrade. It's already been documented here, but without the photos. He's a fabricator and is designing a custom mounting system for the coil! He has some cool fabbed Jeep parts for sale here.

Carb issues on my 89 Wrangler YJ

1 06 2006

 Only in a Jeep

My jeep has the inline 6 cylinder engine which seems to have enough power, but I've had at least 3 times where it has died while coming to a stop and it is really hard to start at times. When it finally starts, you can smell the raw fuel dumping into the carb and I know my gas mileage is suffering. I found an article describing the exact issue I'm having and a how-to on fixing the problem without rebuilding the carb! I don't have the time this weekend to attempt it, but hopefully next friday I can give it a shot! I'm excited!

I really want to get it out onto some trails and try it out. My last Jeep was a 97 TJ with coil spring suspension and this one has leaf springs. It rides noticably bumpier on-road, but I heard they perform just as well off-road. I've been making a list of local trail rides to check out. [Haspin Acres, Rockport Off-Road Park, Badlands OffRoad, and Redbird State Riding Area.]

So I bought another Jeep…

15 05 2006

 Only in a Jeep

I bought another Jeep this week. I've owned a '78 CJ7 and a '97 Wrangler (TJ), but this is an '89 Wrangler and my first YJ. I wasn't in the market as I have been driving a '92 Grand Marquis for the last couple of years, but I just couldn't pass up the price.

My Jeep is a 6 cylinder, 5 speed with a hardtop and full steel doors and a 5" SkyJacker lift and DrawTite hitch. Included in the price were hard lower doors, 2 sets of soft uppers, 1 set of soft lowers, a bikini top and a tonneau cover (and all BesTop to boot!) It has an aftermarket A/C unit that blows ice cold and window tint all around. It's seen some fun, but aside from some faded paint and 2 dents, the body is solid.

Probably my first step in getting this thing road-worthy is cleaning (and eventually rebuilding or replacing) the carb. Is starts hard and shudders a little. The next step is finding out why it pops out of reverse. I can hold the stick in reverse and back up, but it pops out hard if you let it go. Anyone want to donate parts to my project Jeep?