02 Dec 2016 10:58
02 Dec 2016 10:58
25 Nov 2016 23:11
I told myself on the drive home that I was going to go in and get some sleep before doing anything, but when I arrived I found myself opening the garage door, putting down my empty lunchbox, picking-up some tools, and rolling under the XJ before I could talk any sense to myself. Yes, it was cold and I was tired, but that bolt bugged me.
22 Nov 2016 8:01
Cherokee 4.0 into 1959 Willys Pickup
the previous post we temporarily put the grille and stock radiator back on to set our engine’s fore-aft position and then measured down from the horizontal firewall flange to the fuel-injected 4.0 oil pan mounting surface, setting our new crank centerline to match that of the original. We then cut the old motor mount brackets free from the frame and modified them to properly support the newer rubber.
the modified Cherokee transmission mount, but they are not finished. One of us will cut some plate to box the frame rails and do the finish welding once we pull the engine, trans, and transfer case back out for their rebuilds, but we’ve got other things to fit to the frame before blowing everything off for clean-up, final welding, and paint.
11 Nov 2016 12:09
Found while we were messing around and driving it for a week before the pull was a terrible starter-grind when cranking. It turns out the starter wasn’t properly aligned to the flywheel or bolted in all the way. Additionally, a reluctance to come out of high-idle was being caused by a faulty engine coolant temperature sensor. We’ll get all that taken care of during the rebuild.
09 Nov 2016 21:17
The Back Story, but it was much easier to see the full extent of the damages with the previously transplanted engine fully removed. To get the engine to fit within the confines of this compartment, the installer(s) cut-away a portion of the two-piece firewall’s horizontal mating flange. We’ve seen this done during other tight engine swaps over the years, the engine or transmission installer removing a portion of what they consider an otherwise unnecessary obstruction. The result comes slowly, unnoticed at first, over time, as the pieces slowly but surely go their own ways instead maintaining their intended, exponentiated strength by simply holding fast to one another.
03 Nov 2016 9:01
“Hey, you want a hand or would you rather be left alone?”
“Nah“, starts the friendly reply, “C’mon out. I could use a little help.”
“Cool. Give me a minute to get changed.”
30 Oct 2016 9:47
The elder of my two fine sons was about 6 months away from getting his driver’s license when we were discussing the style of truck he’d like to get. We had narrowed it down to something along the lines of a ’73-’87 Chevy Pickup when I shared a picture of an old Willys (pronounced ‘willis’) pickup. That was it. ‘ had to have one.
But those of us more advanced in experience have learned over the years that some of the things we think we want actually turn out to be less than ideal for our given situation, so we set out to find one to let our tall and ever-growing protagonist look it over and try it on for size.
Now we weren’t just lookie-lou’ing. We wanted something and if the shoe fit, we were buying. And as providence would have it, there was a ’61 for sale about 6 – 8 miles from us, at a price within our budgetary constraints. Problem was, we couldn’t get anyone to respond to our repeated calls and emails. (How you’d expect to actually sell anything that way, I don’t know)