Loc: Flat Creek, GA
Re: Where to 'begin?'
04/25/12 09:08 PM
So I right away (Friday Sunday night) plan to:
Oil/filter & air filter- Y
Drain the radiator and flush it out- consider having it rodded out
Top off brake & clutch fluids- Y
Grease any zerk I can reach- Y
Change Plugs? Wires? maybe if it doesn't miss, maybe not yet
Pull wheels off and inspect brakes/rotors, shake check bearing play.- check for sticky caliper pins - lower bolt and upper fixed pin - regrease
Change Diff. fluid as time allows, maybe a next weekend project- Y
Next I want to:
Inspect/assess the front end bushings/boots for signs of wear.
Locate a bouncy seat frame to replace my current frame (I assume I use my current seat, just replace the frame?)
Replace/repair front & rear windshield washer systems and rear wiper motor.
Install Radio? (Road noise dampening system) I will need to track down wiring diagram; the bunch of spaghetti down there is pretty ominous.
Crank bolt? What does this job entail?- remove fan shroud, remove old bolt (I rest a long breaker bar on frame rail and bump starter, then I tighten new one with a 4lb hammer and breaker bar, or you can use a blocking bar on flywheel teeth, but I've never had one come loose) and install upgraded bolt - factory only part.
Replacing Idler arm and pitman arm Any brand preference on the suggested parts sites?- never seen a bad pitmann arm - idlers go bad early and often, especially with large tires. Used to have an idler bushing kit, but haven't seen one in years.
Any Bushing replacement Again brand preference?- mitsu
Shock replacement Brand preference? Should I replace/upgrade the rear spings?- KYB, only do springs if you want some lift - others have used air bags or spring spacers
Keeping an eye on Craigs list for tires/wheels.
Order roof clamps & install previous jeeps safari rack
Order & Install manual locking hubs from Tuffpans.com
Beg wife for inexpensive welder to build some bumpers & bull bars.
For the radio stuff, my son (willwinchforfood) has a cad machine to cut new aluminum radio panels to spec, and pretty cheap, too.
You need at least a 220v welder to do a good job if you mig or stick. Try renting one, or used from craigslist - there's a utility site (searchtempest.com) that searches multiple CL cities at one time - enter a miles radius from your zip code.
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