The Zuk is DEAD!
Yep, confirmed and toe tagged by the mechanic this afternoon. The carb died. There will be a cremation ceremony immediately following it's execution by firing squad (you people probably think I'm kidding, I'll post pics).
Riddle me this Batman, what kind of A-holes developed this carb, who signed off on it, what moron decided it should go into production, and exactly what were they smoking at the time?
I have never seen more hoses and tubes, it makes a dialysis machine have wet dreams.
Sorry for the rant, here is the update.
I towed the Zuk down to the local garage (very reputable and decent people, I trust them completely and have had them do a lot of work), and had them look at it. They came to the same conclusion, there is a problem. It's getting plenty of fuel and plenty of spark. It would run fine, then die, then run fine after sitting, then run rough, then smooth out, then die, yadda, yadda, yadda. It means only one thing, CARB! They also said you don't work on these, you replace them, to the tune of $800. Nope. I have a spare, in a running Zuk in my barn, so the wife and I took a 220 mile road trip to go get it. We get all the way down there and have a look see (it's an '86 and mine is an '88.5), to make sure it's the same. Yep, I took a TON of pictures on the digital and they look identical. So I start pulling hoses off, and get to where I can see the bolts. Yep, 12mm should do, and there are only 4 of them. However, only 1 (ONE) that I can get to with the wrench. I tried a few different wrenches but none of them fit enough to get a bite on the nuts and no sockets will work. After about 20 minutes, I gave up, glad the guy that developed that POS wasn't there because otherwise I'd be hauled away for murder. We did get a TJ swaybar link for a guy on the Jeep BBS, so it wasn't a complete loss, also had some decent Chinese food for dinner.
So how do you get it off? And don't tell me, "you just unbolt it", because that ain't happening. The Haynes manual just says "take it to the dealer", of which there are 3 in the whole state, none near me, and 2 of which I know hired morons (we used to own a Sidekick).
With this stock POS, I'd rather not put the same back on, so I'm going to look for a Pony, something that's rebuildable, tuneable (imagine!), and that won't die all at once and become disposable.
I have been getting the Zuk ready for about 2 weeks now, working EVERY DAY until 1 or 2 AM, and starting directly after work. I have in the hundreds of hours into this thing to date, and maybe 230 road miles, 220 of which were driving it home. I also have numerous cuts, bruises, loss of blood, burns, bumps, and scrapes, but I guess they are par for the course working on any vehicle. At least I wasn't electrocuted, that's a first.
I'm willing to give it one more shot, then it's off to the classifieds and out of Zookdom for me. I've been able to run vehicles home using a soda bottle filled with fuel, taped to the hood, with a vacuum hose dripping into the carb, and there is nothing I can do with this thing, kinda frustrating and not very encouraging.
I have been counting the "problems" on Zuks, let's see if I have this right.
Carb sucks...learned that one recently,
Shifter sheet in tranny goes,
Transfer mount bends,
Birfields break in front axle,
Long rear axle snaps or twists the splines
Hmmm, that's about every major food group from what I see. Good for maintaining healthy teeth and bones, but not so good for trying to wheel a vehicle. I know they have their good points, which is why I'm not giving up on them yet. Maybe it's because I haven't built a repor with it yet, like I have with the Jeep. It isn't used to me and I'm not used to it.
Well, 1:30AM on the east coast and we got home 1/2 hour ago. I'll check back in the morning, then I'm off to RIDE with other people for the run/camping trip I'm attending. I'm on vacation after that, from work and the Zuk, which was getting a lot like work.
When I get back I think I'll concentrate on the Scrambler, I could have had it done by now and maybe it'll give the Zuk some motivation to stay running.
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled, It's a Jeep, Chevy, IHC kinda thing!
'88.5 Zuki, 5" Calmini, Locked, Swamped, Rolled, and just generally broken in right!