My post from 3 weeks ago on some other forums:
Ah, adventures with Tiny the Wonder Jeep. Went out to simply start it and move it to clear out some space to find that my key no longer worked. Why? Who knows, but I had some free time.
Step one, figure out what kind of steering column was in the thing. It has a tilt steering setup installed with the saginaw box conversion. Turns out its a 84+ CJ7 tilt column. Great, so 3 trips to the autoparts store, and 2 new tools, a mysterious popped fuse, and a loose battery cable later and Ive finally got Tiny up and running again.
Then I pulled it out front, pulled the misfit M38 windshield off, and hosed off the crap that had accumulated over the fall/winter. After a few minutes of that, my neighbor came over with his kid to look at it. After a while I was convinced a trip around the block wasnt a terrible idea. I took it for a quick lap around the block, rode up a fair hill, and it did it all impressively. Its the most Ive driven it in the year Ive owned it. It wandered a little, and the gears stick a bit. I only got it up to second gear, but its more than peppy enough to cruise around the neighborhood in. I dont intend on driving this thing up the mountain to wheel. If I had found just a frame and body or something, yes, I would have done a V8 crawler, but I got too god of a deal and it was in too good of original shape to bastardize. And I really dig the old iron!
After that we proceeded to drink beer and whiskey. It was a good day.
From 2 weeks ago:
Yay! New parts!! My new windshield came!! Frame arrived today, glass yesterday, weatherstripping in the basement. I couldnt wait, I had to throw it on to see how it looked. Its a tad crooked right now, but it would stand on its own there for pics
I dont have time to work on it this weekend really since I have so much to do(including clean up the yard!!), but I have a 3 day weekend next week that will be spent exclusively with the Jeeps if I have my say.
darn. Didnt have any time on my 3 day weekend to have Jeep time. Im very dissapointed. BUT! I did manage to make a nice $1000 on selling spare parts in storage today. So I went ahead and ordered a new Bestop Tigertop. 4WP had it on sale, plus I had a promo code, so the price was pretty reasonable. I should be able to pick it up this week. I cant imagine it will take long. Bestop's facility is 30 minutes away from 4WP's warehouse here in town, so I imagine I should be able to pick it up sooner rather than later I think I will wait until the top arrives to install the windshield, just to make sure everything is right and fits properly. So no work done, but definite progress made! And once I get the top on, I can have my cage made!! Things are moving along!
And now you're all caught up!!!