I would definately check the top of the catalytic convertor and exhaust tube in that vicinity for a leak. We found a 2" hole on my bro-in-laws jeep on top of the convertor that was roasting his feet.
watch for rust, too. i pulled back the carpet last fall and found a big hole in the floorboard directly above the catalytic converter. i guess the heat from the converter and the moisture trapped in the carpet is a bad combination.
My '79 was leaned out(little boys playing at gas station), front pipe glowed at night, cat. conv. ran hot, skid plate/trans/xfer case mount rusted through in several spots from the inside. Poor Jeep would also back fire when shut off. Embaressed wife, not me.
my '84 cj-7's floorpan got roasty red hot one august morning.. when I finally decided it was getting unbearable the "newly rebuilt" t-5 tranny went "zing" and blew up. turns out the rebuilder (Jerry/formerly Palmerton 4wd in PA, long since operating out of his barn and misinforming his clients) didn't fill it with the "motorcraft auto tranny fluid I ("he" in this case, I'm paraphrasing here) put in ALL MY REBUILDS". Well, after working and wrenching all summer to get my jeep going, i was left on the side of the road with a $500 boat anchor. Palmerton Jerry didn't honor his warranty, or accept any blame for leaving the box bone dry, and i didn't get to "get to" school in my jeeper. Jerry, i still hate you.
thanks folks, this has been very therapeutic, and keep an eye on those fluid levels, especially if your floorpans are getting toasty.
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