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    It's pretty well sorted and all back together now. I even washed it and it cleans up alright. I may do a coat of wax just because, but I'm not sure I have that much motivation haha.

    The next step will be spray the grill and fender black, and get some undercoating on those tube rail things.







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    Looking good!


    Having 4WD means getting stuck in more inaccessible places!

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    That's a lot to be proud of in such a short time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkyman View Post
    The passenger low beam fuse was out... Go figure lol.



    Was wondering about that ... lots dont realise theres 4 fuses in the kick panel for the headlights.

    Corroded harness connecter, under the airfilter, is another common issue.
    I hate watching simplicity and reliability being ruined by bureaucracy and technology.

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    Hey looking good Ryan! Glad you got it slapped back together in such quick order. It's amazing what fixing just a few things can do for a vehicle. Any other glitches that you have come across yet? Most importantly, and I think everyone wants to know, what are your future plans for it?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xj-jake View Post
    Hey looking good Ryan! Glad you got it slapped back together in such quick order. It's amazing what fixing just a few things can do for a vehicle. Any other glitches that you have come across yet? Most importantly, and I think everyone wants to know, what are your future plans for it?!?!
    I really havent found too much yet, but ive literally only driven it a few blocks so far haha. I did notice that the crank pulley has been rubbing on the PS line. Its not through yet, but should probably be replaced. Its also pretty rusty underneath, but theres not much i can do about that.

    In the near future, my plans are:
    Paint and clear the white panel/grille etc...
    Repair the AC
    Undercoat the tube rockers
    Clean underneath and find whats leaking oil and trans fluid
    Check the front end and brakes and make sure nothing is about to fall off
    Change all of the fluids
    Possibly new exhaust

    I would like to freshen up the suspension with new shocks and springs, but with a little man due in 2 weeks, that may not happen for a while. That and im kind of afraid of what is all rusted and may break while im taking the old stuff out lol. Also, i need to make sure the 4WD works. The "Part Time" light comes on when shifted into 4 High, but it hasnt left the garage with it engaged yet. Its a far cry from my last jeep that was full time AWD, or my truck where you just push a button.

    I also opened up the rear hatch yesterday and found 2 black painted bumper ends, a Chiltons manual, 2 extra headlights, and a brand new exhaust pipe for the muffler back. It was a nice surprise!
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    Sounds like you have a decent plan of attack. Grab yourself a couple cans of PB Blaster and start soaking stuff down now, you'll thank yourself later. Pick away at it piece by piece and it'll get to where you need it to be soon enough.

    Take a look at the valve cover gasket it could be just that leaking and it's a relatively easy fix. Could also be the oil filter adapter block.

    You know where to find me if you have questions! Also the guys here are top notch and know more than I do. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xj-jake View Post
    Take a look at the valve cover gasket it could be just that leaking and it's a relatively easy fix. Could also be the oil filter adapter block.
    The valve cover is for sure leaking, i can see it up top. Maybe ill start there so i can open it up and take a look inside just for fun

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    As far as the AC compressor goes, should the compressor clutch spin freely? Mine has some hard resistance to it. It literally worked for 10 minutes after i added a little bit of freon (it was holding a charge, but it was a little low), then it stopped. I tried the "shim mod" and removed 2 of the shims so that there was only 1 in it, and now it doesnt work at all...

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    Mine spins with a little resistance and mine works but I'm not sure how easy it's supposed to spin. You could always bypass it and put a pulley in instead of the AC pump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xj-jake View Post
    Mine spins with a little resistance and mine works but I'm not sure how easy it's supposed to spin. You could always bypass it and put a pulley in instead of the AC pump.
    I looked into that, but Im a big guy and i sweat really easy, id rather keep it and stay comfortable lol. That and if i get stuck in the rain and everything it would be nice not to have it get all foggy.

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    The outside pulley should spin with no resistance unless engaged. The compressor guts will spin with a fair amount of resistance in any situation. Make sure there is voltage going to the clutch. If not, the refrigerant may be leaking off
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    Ok so im looking into options for paint for the grille, header panel and fender. I want to do it cheap (its a 200 Jeep afterall), but i want it to look OK at least. I have the option of doing a 2 stage and all that in my garage, or i can just spray paint it black. Either way it will look better than it does now.

    Has anyone spray painted panels? I was thinking maybe a gloss black rattle can, or even a flat black and then clearing over it? Im not a paint guy so i have no idea....lol

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    Look into tractor paint. It is cheap and tough
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4.3LXJ View Post
    Look into tractor paint. It is cheap and tough
    X2. And roll it on.

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