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And so we parted ways…
It was our time, and every time was good… Have Fun J.T. She’s a great ride!
~Sprocket

And so we parted ways…
It was our time, and every time was good… Have Fun J.T. She’s a great ride!
~Sprocket

I’ve always heard the saying “It happens in 3’s”
…so if that rings true this should be my third. First it was the “Heep”, then the “Honda” and now this…just another example of why water and electricity don’t mix! And have it my luck, the tools were left in the car…serves me right haha.
I was driving the truck when a gushing downpour quickly flooded the streets and caused driver havoc last evening. Its pretty common around here this time of year. My wipers couldn’t keep up and traffic was so heavy I couldn’t see the ocean of water that lay ahead. I plowed right thru it causing a tsunami like wave that seemed to submerged the entire truck…and obviously the alternator too! The engine nearly stalled from gulping all that water and all I could think was “Don’t break down now Ol’ Girl”, but she coughed it out and got me to my destination, just barely. At least I wasn’t stranded roadside. When I popped the hood I knew the alternator was smoked from the smell of it… 20min fix and all systems are working again. I think I’ll check the salvage yard for a splash guard, having one may have prevented this.
~Sprocket

I’ve always heard the saying “It happens in 3’s”
…so if that rings true this should be my third. First it was the “Heep”, then the “Honda” and now this…just another example of why water and electricity don’t mix! And have it my luck, the tools were left in the car…serves me right haha.
I was driving the truck when a gushing downpour quickly flooded the streets and caused driver havoc last evening. Its pretty common around here this time of year. My wipers couldn’t keep up and traffic was so heavy I couldn’t see the ocean of water that lay ahead. I plowed right thru it causing a tsunami like wave that seemed to submerged the entire truck…and obviously the alternator too! The engine nearly stalled from gulping all that water and all I could think was “Don’t break down now Ol’ Girl”, but she coughed it out and got me to my destination, just barely. At least I wasn’t stranded roadside. When I popped the hood I knew the alternator was smoked from the smell of it… 20min fix and all systems are working again. I think I’ll check the salvage yard for a splash guard, having one may have prevented this.
~Sprocket

Air Conditioner problems… It gets hot here in the south so I was charging up the car’s A/C, then the blower crapped out. Picked up another from LKQ for cheap to get me chillin’ again!…then the house A/C crapped out (true story). When it rains it pours. “Give us a call if your car needs some fixin”
~Sprocket

Air Conditioner problems… It gets hot here in the south so I was charging up the car’s A/C, then the blower crapped out. Picked up another from LKQ for cheap to get me chillin’ again!…then the house A/C crapped out (true story). When it rains it pours. “Give us a call if your car needs some fixin”
~Sprocket

I’ve earned my “Uwharrie” decals…The Heep was a success and I was able to test it on “moderate” trails that had some “difficult” areas, and thats with only a 2” lift and basic A/T tires. Next upgrade…31” Kuhmo Road Ventures and maybe three more inches of lift, this should be enough for a ride through “Dutch John”.

A special thanks to all my friends who supported me on this project and joined us on this venture. Enjoyed It!

~Sprocket

Ornery Old Man Emu…both leafs installed along with new bump stops and shocks. Decided not to use the boots because you can’t see these shocks unless your under the Jeep. “Speedbump” gave me new U-bolts but couldn’t use them on the Dana35(too wide). Everything looking good so far…Can’t wait to take it to Uwharrie.
~Sprocket

Ornery Old Man Emu…both leafs installed along with new bump stops and shocks. Decided not to use the boots because you can’t see these shocks unless your under the Jeep. “Speedbump” gave me new U-bolts but couldn’t use them on the Dana35(too wide). Everything looking good so far…Can’t wait to take it to Uwharrie.
~Sprocket

(OME)Old Man Emu leaf springs don’t come with bushings… They are however said to be the best built, best ride, best value and the last set you’ll ever buy for your off-road vehicle. Good selling points, but why no bushings? Well, that’s so you can choose the type you want depending on your driving needs. Basically there are two types avail (polyurethane and rubber) and each has its pros and cons. I chose “Crown” products rubber bushings because I’ll be on-the-road more than off, and they need to be pressed into the leaf eyes. I could try using the arbor press buuuuut, I’m curious if this trick will work. Saw it on JeepForum.com so I’ll give it a shot. You’ll need 2 galv. floor flanges, 1/2” threaded rod, nuts and washers…Less than $10 at Lowes………….(1hr & 4 bushings later) Yuuup, works pretty darn good…and easy too.
~Sprocket

(OME)Old Man Emu leaf springs don’t come with bushings… They are however said to be the best built, best ride, best value and the last set you’ll ever buy for your off-road vehicle. Good selling points, but why no bushings? Well, that’s so you can choose the type you want depending on your driving needs. Basically there are two types avail (polyurethane and rubber) and each has its pros and cons. I chose “Crown” products rubber bushings because I’ll be on-the-road more than off, and they need to be pressed into the leaf eyes. I could try using the arbor press buuuuut, I’m curious if this trick will work. Saw it on JeepForum.com so I’ll give it a shot. You’ll need 2 galv. floor flanges, 1/2” threaded rod, nuts and washers…Less than $10 at Lowes………….(1hr & 4 bushings later) Yuuup, works pretty darn good…and easy too.
~Sprocket

Its Alive, AAALIVEeeeee!!!…(Evil Laugh) HaaHaaHaaaaa!!!

Its Alive, AAALIVEeeeee!!!…(Evil Laugh) HaaHaaHaaaaa!!!

Nice day to finish up the engine work…while the airbox is still out I installed the shocks and while I’m at it might as well take care of the other upgrades too.
I’m adding a mild lift with 2in coil spacers and new rear leaf springs. Its a budget lift and I needed new shocks so I chose Monroe Sensa-Trac (front#37120 / rear#37038) They are 3in longer than stock and have the added travel needed for the lift. I cut off the rock guard and added the boot to get that 4x4 look of more expensive shocks. Rough Country BPEs make it easy to install aftermarket shocks and the new bump stops just snap in the existing housing. After the rebate, total cost of each shock with BPE’s and boot comes to $35…Coil Spacers $25 and bump stops $10. I’m happy, I’ll use the extra cash for beer and gas.

Nice day to finish up the engine work…while the airbox is still out I installed the shocks and while I’m at it might as well take care of the other upgrades too.
I’m adding a mild lift with 2in coil spacers and new rear leaf springs. Its a budget lift and I needed new shocks so I chose Monroe Sensa-Trac (front#37120 / rear#37038) They are 3in longer than stock and have the added travel needed for the lift. I cut off the rock guard and added the boot to get that 4x4 look of more expensive shocks. Rough Country BPEs make it easy to install aftermarket shocks and the new bump stops just snap in the existing housing. After the rebate, total cost of each shock with BPE’s and boot comes to $35…Coil Spacers $25 and bump stops $10. I’m happy, I’ll use the extra cash for beer and gas.

I’m almost ready to crank up the “Heep” but it started raining… Took some time off and went fishing with some friends, it was a good break from working on the cherokee. Now I’m ready to finish up this engine repair so I can work on the lift. Let’s hope tomorrow stays dry.
~Sproket

I’m almost ready to crank up the “Heep” but it started raining… Took some time off and went fishing with some friends, it was a good break from working on the cherokee. Now I’m ready to finish up this engine repair so I can work on the lift. Let’s hope tomorrow stays dry.
~Sproket

Sent the head out for a valve job and resurfacing… got it torque down and oil pump primed.

Sent the head out for a valve job and resurfacing… got it torque down and oil pump primed.

Starting to work on the sandrail since it has been sitting in the garage. 1970 VW beetle 1600cc motor.34pict/3 carb.

-Socket

Starting to work on the sandrail since it has been sitting in the garage. 1970 VW beetle 1600cc motor.34pict/3 carb.

-Socket

Oil pump and pan installed…That was a real pain in the “you know what!!!” Fel-Pro didn’t include those “helper” fasteners with the gasket so if you’ve got some from another gasket installation, Save em’…You’ll be glad you did!
~Sproket

Oil pump and pan installed…That was a real pain in the “you know what!!!” Fel-Pro didn’t include those “helper” fasteners with the gasket so if you’ve got some from another gasket installation, Save em’…You’ll be glad you did!
~Sproket

Upgrading to a high volume oil pump isn’t a simple bolt on deal…it’s taller and the pick-up tube and oil pan needed some friendly persuasion. I’ll test fit and check clearance next, then its only 28 bolts to go to finish up the bottom end!
~Sproket

Upgrading to a high volume oil pump isn’t a simple bolt on deal…it’s taller and the pick-up tube and oil pan needed some friendly persuasion. I’ll test fit and check clearance next, then its only 28 bolts to go to finish up the bottom end!
~Sproket

New piston installed…Did you know that rings have to be installed a certain way on a piston? Glad I checked the old piston first cause they didn’t include instructions with the new rings, guess you learn that in automotive class…I took wood shop!
~Sproket

New piston installed…Did you know that rings have to be installed a certain way on a piston? Glad I checked the old piston first cause they didn’t include instructions with the new rings, guess you learn that in automotive class…I took wood shop!
~Sproket