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  1. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    I have a friend who has a 95 Dodge 2500 with a Automatic Tranny and 3.55 gears. He gets 25 MPG+ on trips to Missouri. I would expect that from mine as well, although slinging those big tires around at 70+mph might get interesting. My 95 Dually got 21 MPG at 60 mph for a trip to San Jose and...
  2. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    Right now with only 1800 miles on it, it is running around 18 mpg. That is combined driving. I haven't had it on a long trip but one of my refuels was on a Tanks that was mostly freeway and it got 19.6 MPG. Keep in mind that this is with 4.10 gears running 2100 rpms at 65 mph. If I ever get...
  3. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    Please to understand this Jeep is noisy! The engine is one of the most noisy engines there is. With the hood open and engine running you literally can't hear yourself think. All that noise is transmitted to the frame and body. The measures I have taken to mitigate that noise are working fairly...
  4. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    W.R.Buchanan Premium Member Joined Jul 27, 2008 1,809 Posts Discussion Starter • #1,232 • 21 m ago (Edited) Been doing a few piddly things to the Jeep over the last week or so. My big accomplishment today was putting Dynaliner on the underside of the hood. This stuff is made by Dynamat but...
  5. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    Been working on piddly stuff, Cosmetics, and fixing small issues that arise. Today I'm trying to find a good place to put a "Hide a Key." It is magnetic but most of the Jeep is Fiberglass. It has to be a place where it won't get knocked loose by a sharp bump. Things like this take lots of...
  6. W.R.Buchanan

    82 UK Spec Laredo Scrambler Build No 2

    I have to say that you are making really good progress for someone with no time to work. I am familiar with long winded projects as mine has 15 years in it total, and is finally nearing completion. I have to ask, Did that Jeep sit in a Marina Parking Lot next to the Ocean for many years? It...
  7. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    Yeah it is 104 F here right now so working in the shop is out. I need to make the templates for the Weather Stripping so I can get those made and installed.. I have a few other things to explore on the Jeep. The shifter is not set up exactly right and I can't hold the tranny in 1st gear...
  8. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    Yes, thanks, You should meet my wife. Fixed the Steering Wheel today had to take it apart to tighten the screw holding the Turn Signal Lever on and found that the big nut holding the hub had not gotten tightened fully. That's fixed now and glad it didn't come apart while driving.(y) Lots...
  9. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    Just so you know these doors were made by ACME in the 1980's and were designed to fit "Acme CJ-7 and CJ-8 Hard Tops." They had a slightly different door opening than a Jeep Hard Top and are a different shape on the top edge than Jeep Full Doors. I had to drive to San Jose to get them and that...
  10. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    Here's some more pics of other stuff today. Incliniometer so you can tell when you are going to Roll. Eliminates much anxiety. It's a tilt meter from a Sailboat. Temporary Carpet in the cargo area so my guns and other stuff don't slide around. Randy
  11. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    OK, sorry I haven't been around lately but the doors are finally painted and installed. The thing has 1650 miles on it now and runs down the freeway at 65 mph just fine. Engine running at 2100 rpms will do 70 but that is the top end for sure. Pretty comfortable inside with the doors on and...
  12. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    I have driven this Jeep alot now (@1200 miles) and have figured out how to drive it on the street. Like many diesel cars it takes a lot more throttle than you would have thought. As long as you don't baby it, it warms up relatively quick,,, 15-20 minutes! after it is warmed up thoroughly the...
  13. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    Well I've got the doors mounted. I have a small hiccup with the strikers on the latches but have the fix figured out and will be ready for paint on them soon. Must figure out the paint for the top as well. moving right along now that the weather has warmed up a little. Randy
  14. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    Yeah; all the outside armour will be PC'd Hammertone Gray lik the roll bar. I will try to advance this project a little more today but my shop went from a pleasant 80 F, to a Tomb in like 3 days. Makes my bones ache! Note how the current pics look like the original concept. Part of the reason...
  15. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    You'll notice all the pics above were taken on a nice warm sunny day about a week ago. It ain't nice and warm and sunny now and it is time to move on to the Hard Top Install. the other day I got the top down from it's hanging roof storage place where it has been for the last few years. I...
  16. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    Well the DeScrambler now has 1000 miles on it. Still some minor issues to resolve but it runs great and goes down the road nicely. Got the O/D to work but then found out the gearbox was already in O/D so I am stuck with 2100 rpms at 65 MPH which doesn't do much for the Fuel Mileage. I just...
  17. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    After a little more than a month driving it, it is starting to be a pretty decent driving car. I have rebuilt the Power Steering Gear, installed a Vibration Damper, and took care of some little issues that arose as a result of driving it. Working with Isspro to get the Tach to work, hopefully...
  18. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    I got the Speedo and Fuel Gauge working and added something so I wouldn't have to keep answering the Question Randy
  19. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    Please re read post #196 as I added alot of info on the seat electrics. Randy
  20. W.R.Buchanan

    The Descrambler Project

    Kim: This Jeep is completely built from scratch. The only Jeep part on it is the Grill. Nothing about this car is Stock or even very close to Stock it is pretty much 100% custom designed and built by Me.. The body is held on in it's position by 7 mounts which are Attached to the frame and...
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