I've been lurking on this forum since June, and I must say that I have picked up a huge load of info that has helped me with bringing my YJ back to life. Got the YJ in 96 during my freshman year of college, and fell in love with the Jeep life. Then in 2001, I graduated college, got a job, got married, and the Carter BBD bit the dust. My dad said that he would get it up and going again for me. Well, now 12 years later, we've FINALLY got it back to rolling! Amazingly, it started right up after sitting outside in the elements for 12 years! We've done a bit of work to it since June.
Trashed the Carter for an old Motocraft carb that a friend of my dad gave us.
Nuttered that stupid emissions computer BS.
New plugs, oil, fluids, wipers, etc
Replaced the gas tank. Rust got the best of it and was leaking pretty bad.
Ditched the kid crusher roll bar for a family style bar that I got for a song. (Buddy of mine works at a salvage yard. I got the roll bar, seat belts, new mirrors for the half doors, and a entire windshield frame for $75!!)
Got rid of the front and rear track bars. She now rides more like an actual automobile than a mule wagon!
Rear transfer case oil seal was leaking, replaced the seal and found that the engine and tranny was sitting about 2 inches too far back. Broken motor mounts! Replaced those and the tranny mount.
The plastic valve cover was leaking (I know,what's new, right?!) Thought we would just replace the gasket and be ok. WRONG! The cover had broken at the rear bolt. Not sure if the valve cover resting against the fire wall due to the motor shifting broke it.
So now the YJ is sitting in the garage as I await my new aluminum valve cover from Q-Tec. I'm a little nervous about tapping the head, but ready to stop dealing with the puddles under the Jeep!
That's where I am for now. I've really enjoyed what I've found so far in this forum. You guys and gals are awesome! It's great that we can share our love for Jeeps, and help one another keep on wheelin'!!