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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-09-2001, 10:57 AM
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Enough is enough (cool story, part needed)

About a year and a half ago, I was out camping with my bro-in-law and his brothers. We camped next to a small pond (big mud hole) in Forest Hills, LA. While some of them were out riding dirt bikes one morning, my bro-in-law and I decided to screw around in the pond with my CJ and his truck. I began in a spiral motion, skirting the edges and working my way to the center since I didn't know how deep it was. Finally I had the gawl to just ram her straight through the middle. No, nothing bad happened. The gumbo went up to the bottom of the door jam, but there was traction. So we took turns churning through, trying different stuff every time. I was so impressed with the CJ, I let my creativity get the better of me. I lined her up on the hill at the edge of the pond, put her in gear (pre-automatic) and jumped out. What a shot! CJ, bogging through gooey gumbo mud, WITH NO OCCUPANTS! It was the coolest/funniest thing ever. I quick ran to meet her on the other side. Naturally, just out of leaping-range, she started to bog down. I lept anyway, making sure to get the most of the splatter affect on all my cloths, and jumped in and nailed it. She caught a root and launched over some hard bumpy stuff. KA-BLAAAMO!

Turns out, all it was was the pin holding the factory tire-carrier shut. So I shoved in a bolt and nut and kept wheelin. But a year and a half later, I'm sick of it. It's rendered my tailgate useless, since it's such a pain to undo the rusty bolt and beat at it every time.

Anyone know where I can pick up the locking pin thingy for the factory tire carrier?

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Re: Enough is enough (cool story, part needed)

A friend may have one, I gave him a spare tire carrier and he modified it to swing downwards. He cut the latch mechanism off, I'll see if he still has it.

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Been to Forest Hills several times. Nice clay. Also did the trails around Camp Beauregard. I was recruiting in Alexandria from 94-97. Canis, you need to go to http://www.warpradio.com and listen to KJEF. Since you in Florida I bet you don't get the good ole' Cajun Music no mo. I put in on in NC at work and people will wonder.

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I forgot to ask you if you had the RCA (Registered Coonass) sticker on the back of your CJ. I have one on the back of my TJ and the plate on the front. Some people think it's a racist thing, they just don no. The wife has the NC license plate on the back of her Yukon that says "LOUZANA". We kinda proud.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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InfantryYJ,

Sweeet. I've been listening to a "golden country oldies" station out of Katy, TX, but I think I'll be switching to that. Nothin' like some good ol' Wayne Toups!

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If you get real desprate for that part you can do what I did...
1. Get some round stock the same diameter as the OEM stock handle.
2. Heat the stock and bend to shape.
3. Drill a hole for a friction pin to keep the pin against the spring in step .
4. Buy a spring to put tension on the hanlde, forcing it down.
5. Re-heat the part and temper it with cool water, or with motor oil.
6. Paing the Parts.
7. Assemble the part.

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I've got two stock carriers of that era.
The Laredo version with the chrome handle top is bent and the '77's is OK.
I thought I'd drive the locking pin out of both of them and put the Laredo's pretty rod on the good carrier after giving it a good paint job.
The hollow retainer pins in both are pretty stuck and I didn't have any luck trying to tap them out with a punch.
I can give it another try and drill them if needed.
Then I can send you one of the pin assemblys which includes a spring and washer.
Send me an e-mail if you can't get it quicker or easier.

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