Could'nt get the front end alignment done. Seems the recessed castle nuts are seized up and heat has not gone well. Found a replacement Dana 30 assembly. Now to start listing out all the parts to rebuild it. I am absolutely committed to making this rig right from the ground up!
Loaded and heading home. They were rough on her, kinda ticked me off. After getting this far along with this rig, it makes me crazy ignorant when someone treats it like a coffee table ! Oh well. Get a Blue moon or two and start the next chapter.
Spent some time on niggling electrical bugs. Got horn working!!!!! Turns out I was missing several parts (hard to know without a diagram).
Keep fighting a 1 time out of 20 issue without brake lights working. All tail and blinkers work. Seems that whenever I don't have time to tinker, they don't work. Any time I have an hour to play, I can't replicate!!! Even had a shop look at it, and they couldn't replicate. Not sure if I have a crusty wire..........
Got into town late last night and started to tackle an ignition problem. Last week while running errands something happened to the ignition cylinder, I could not turn the Jeep off or get the key out. I had to turn around and head home... did not think the Jeep would still be there if I left it in the parking lot idling.
Did some research on the interweb looking for clues to my ailment, thought I had it figured out. In the end I finally gave up and installed a rebuilt tilt steering wheel that I purchased a couple of years ago. It took me 30 minutes to drop the column and get the new one installed, looks pretty nice! I now have a spare "somewhat defective" column if anyone is is desperate need on one... you pay shipping! I have no idea why the cylinder won't turn, it looks like the locking bar that runs the length of the column has some interference inside the column.
Not for the Scrambler but for my J10, I bought new engine mounts and transmission mount and ordered a set of Percy's header gaskets in anticipation of finally pulling the worn out drive train and putting my newly rebuild 360 and 727 in it!
It's slightly more put together than when Dean dropped it off for the shop to finish it, but still a LONG way from being done; the pictures that he last posted in the for-sale thread are essentially how it looks. The tailgate is on (hinges upside down), and the heater/air boxes and dash, steering column, and brake booster are installed. It's been there for a long time. It's still in his name, but the shop (Underground Performance) said he's still planning on selling it when it's done. The shop's owner (a wheeler who has moved more toward tuner-work for his business) wants to finish and get it out though to get the floor space back.
That makes me so sick to hear. You have to understand that I SAW THAT THING IN PERSON in a very early stage, but yet still very much underway, when I drove my postal up from Anchorage to his old place in Palmer in the summer of '02.
He was so psyched about the build and the plans, it's just gut wrenching.
I obviously get it, but that doesn't make it easier to hear/read.
Got my new winch remote system in ....straight from china 20 days fast ship....i found it on amazon and it was stupid cheep. The remote looks cool at least....it has a slide for safety so buttons dont get pushed...