Join Date: Sep 1999
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We have an escapee from the lab. The CJ-7 finally moved under it's own power yesterday!! I got it running around 12:30 AM (yes, AM) last Monday. This weekend I topped off the trans fluid (I forgot about the extra quart for the Mopar trans pan so I had to run to the store and buy some more), changed out the t-stat and temp sender, finished bleeding the brakes with my wife's assistance on the pedal, did a tie-rod flip and finally got the pitman arm off of the old steering box. Drove it a few feet up & down the driveway to make sure I had brakes, then pulled the trailer (yeah, I finally bought one) further down and drove out across the front lawn. Checked it out in the cul-de-sac for a bit first and tightened up a few items and retrieved a few bolts that were laying around on the frame somewhere, then went for a few short cruises around the area and got some fresh gas. The AGR steering works great...can just about drive with my pinky. The Off-Again brakes are simply awesome, and the original 2.5" Superlift teamed with the new RS9000x's and Full-Traction SRS is super-nice. I've gotta tweak the carb properly and set the timing still. Hopefully once I have those dialed in my temp will stabilize a little lower (running 210-220 degrees with a 190 degree t-stat) and I'll get some power outta the engine...it's feeling pretty sluggish and can barely get outta it's own way. I realize I'm running 35's on the stock 3.31's now instead of 32's, but I don't think the performance change should be *this* drastic. Now to pick a color...
BTW: my web provider shut down his free services without notification, so my site is down. Fortunately I have an offline copy, so I'll probably be uploading it to Comcast in the next few days. It'll be updated with pics & info from this weekend.