Since I finish my first year of college soon and start earning some cash again (woo-hoo!), I've been thinking how to best invest in my CJ. I know it's different for everybody, but I'd like some general advice. Some background info to help: It's a '77 CJ7 w/ the 258 (roughly 88,000 miles) attached to the T-150[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img] mated to a Dana 20 x-fer case. I've got an AMC 20 out back and the Dana 30 up front. (All stock stuff) I did a frame-off rebuild in '97, but I didnt go through the mechanicals at all (engine, tranny, xfer case, axles) due to cost and time issues.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img] I will probably only be driving "her" as my daily driver for another year or two before I send it back to the family cabin. My goal is to cheaply try to get a little better gas mileage, increase reliability and power, and take care of any maintenance issues. Since it is my daily driver it can't be out of service more than a long weekend at the most.
I am planning on finally changing the diff fluid and tranny fluid since God knows when that was done last. The oil and filter was changed about 4 times last year alone due to an oil filter crack situation, but I think I'll do it again this spring.
What other cheap and easy to moderate difficulty work should I do? The engine runs a kind of rough, but I can't rationalize doing a rebuild or anything that expensive. Are there any good techniques to restoring performance or milking more power from them? I'm really leaning towards doing the "Rush Ignition Upgrade." I did some searching of the archives but I couldn't find Aaron's original directions for the upgrade. If somebody could hook me up with that info it would be greatly appreciated.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
The salvage yards around here look more like a large rust pile of crap than anything else, and have very few CJ's since the road salt ate most of them by 1990. -Good parts are pretty scarce. Any South-Eastern MI Jeepers know of good places to get parts?
This got more lengthy than I intended, but the more info I present to you the better you can help. TIA for all help and ideas. Attached is a pic(that would be a friend, Matt, humping the spare[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]) and you can see that it looks pretty good; I just want it to run a little better.