A couple more pictures on the Edelbrock intake and aluminum water pump install See more below!
Finally got to cash to buy the intake manifold I have been wanting forever. With a lot of the suspension issues taken care of I can concentrate on other thin... Show moregs. I got an Edelbrock Performer intake to go with the already installed Performer carb. Between the stock manifold (weighed 67 pounds alone!) and the cast iron water pump changed to an aluminum one, I shaved 55 pounds off the weight of the engine. Less weight and more horsepower equals a win win! I understand it's not a show car but the emphasis is on off road and street performance and it's starting to get really exciting. More pictures to come in the near future, sorry for the other posts getting messed up by the mandatory update they did to my site :( Show Less
5/2010- time marches on..Finally --an update!! Yes I am a Cardomain neglector , but I will still update when time allows.The Jeep is still alot of fun to dri... Show moreve around and seems to get some attention because of it's unusual (for this area) old look and short body.Ok , my budget doesn't allow me to buy the high dollar parts of my dreams so I fabricate what I can and make the most of what I already got. Besides improving the little details as small problems arise, here's some of the bigger projects that have been done. I added a spare tire carrier to the rear bumper, just got some square tubing and a prefabbed 'hub' and welded it together. It's been on for a few months now and seems to work great! Getting the spare out of the back of the inside gives MUCH needed room to the interior, and adding weight further off the back makes the Jeep ride better. Painted it a gray textured paint that somewhat matches the gray top. Looks cool! Bolted on it looks right at home. I left some room behind it for future additions like.... A HighLift jack!! A needed addition if you want to be able to change your tire and your Jeep is lifted. Especially off road, these jacks can lift that Jeep up from the bumper or side nerf bars. They can also serve as a manual winch to pull your Jeep out of a stuck situation, although not as nicely as a winch. Here's a picture that shows what happens when the stock 2 piece rear axles screw up. The hub spins on the axle and the end result is - you are dead in the water!!! It's critical that the axle hub nut gets torqued to 235 ft. lbs. when installed or your Jeep gets to ride on a tow truck, (or put it in 4High and let the front drive take ya home), but since it was dark and the end of a long day I opted to tow it home and figure out what was going on before driving it anywhere. Since this Jeep came with a spare rear axle I used that to fix this, but for a better solution the aftermarket 1-piece axles will cure this for good. Check your hubs with a torque wrench for proper torque, don't trust that it's right like I did. If it breaks down again I'm ready this time. All I need is a ride home to grab my truck and I'll put this towbar on and get it home. Also I can tow it out to the offroad park for a day of fun and not worry about making it back home if I break something silly. This is the Harbor Freight towbar by the way, looks sturdy and works great! Of course it's detacheable and collapses to store, just have to attach the brackets up front. Show Less
Here's the new Optima yellow top battery, currently installed in the dunebuggy but soon to have a home under the Jeep's hood. We can wait until next ... Show moreseason to get another battery for the buggy.Small but important detail for older Jeeps. The hood bumpers were mostly missing on mine and as the Jeeps get this old they get hardened and useless. New ones are cheap, easy to install and go a long ways to holding down rattles off road. On the street you won't notice any difference but off road you will. You can see one already installed and the other 3 sitting there. There's a part number if you need it. Show Less