weeeellllll lemme tell you about the hell that is the make ready of a jeep outing for me.
first off...im gonna assume you read the power steering nightmare i almost had to set fire to my jeep last night....
ok...so..that was all sorted out, the next night i took care of the hose which went well....so you think...."well hell Carl, last night was just the final touches. im sure you had a great night and were in bed by 10:30, right?" well, let me tell you my friends, if you just thought that, or...even read that, i want you to punch yourself right now. go ahead...ill wait, hit yourself, becasue you, like myself, are a moron for ever beleiving that. and i dont mean to be some internet tough guy, telling random people to beat themselves up, but seriously, hit yourself, so you will learn and not be so naive the next time
last nights plans:
-repair awesome Lone Star Light beer tap shift handle
-test drive and bask in the glory that is a newly power steered jeep
well, number one went easily, nary (sp?) a drop spilled.
number two...not as good as i had hoped, took alittle more time than planned, but i got it. I had to retap it striaight to the shifter instead of to the brass insert on the beer tap. of course, the top of my shifter is a bolt welded onto the stick because the ORIGINAL shift knob snapped it clean off when i went to remove it (i think the previous owner of this jeep could have quite possibly been Satan himself)
number three is where the night took an interesting turn. its about 9 pm. its pretty doggone cold outside, but, i need a couple essentials form the grocery store whcih is maybe 4 miles away so i say what the hell and put on my coat and get ready to roll. as im pullling out of the garage, one of my roommates gets home so he says he'll go to, and his girlfriend want s to go to. so, i throw the back seat in there and we head out. i get about....ohhh....10 yards down the road when suddenly.....the dash lights go out. a quick inventory revelas ALL the running lights are out (tail and all). So....i turn around, pull back into the driveway....and after a couple minutes, discover a blown fuse. "thats odd", i think "its never blown fuses before. in fact, im surprised it even HAS fuses, given the PO was quite possibly Satan and we all know how HE
feels about fusing electrical components". so...i search for fuses...but of course, cant find any. so....no biggie, i figure ill just swipe one from the accesories slot (since i dont have any accesories anyway). check the lights, we're good to go. we all load back up, head down the raod. this time.....we get 40 yards, before it happens again. go back home, fuse blown again. but NOW....when you hit the brakes...you can hear the relay click, and the parking lights come on too. WTF!! so.....i end up pulling the tail light cover and seeing where the dual filament bulb contacts are touching each other. so...i whip out the pocket knife, fix that, and decide well maybe....thats why it keeps blowing the fuses. so....i steal the fuse from the blower motor (i dont even have doors or a top) and put it in there. this time, everyone has gotten wise to the likelihood of walking, so noone want s to go with me. so.....i head out alone. i get about a half mile down the road when...poof...no lights. i let out a primal scream that sent birds soaring, dogs howling, and car alarms blaring and turn around and go back home. by now....i have finally realized i have a problem. its not some fluke fuse blow or bad bulb. we've got a wire grounding out somewhere and its starting to piss me off. i start looking under the dash that is the rats nest called the wiring harness and start realizing my odds of the jeep coming with are diminshing. we look up underneath it, pull taillights, even contemplated jsut running new wires and doing toggle switches. but....i decide, for a one night trip, its not worth it, i may have to leave it behind. im ready to quit, but my roomate is stil lcrawling around, looking it over. we decide, as a last ditch effort, to perform an exorcism. i call a priest form down the road who pulls up with a small briefcase....
everything else i have said is true thoguh
so...i start tracing the wire harness and trhen....i see it. right by the seatbelt the wires look damaged. i look and ...low and behold, theres some copper showing on one of them. still in disbeleif, i put some electrical tape on the wire, steal a fuse from the motorcylce and give it one....last....try.
and.....(prasie Jesus) IT WORKED. I went for an even colder test drive now (since its ~11) and they worked. so...the jeep lives afterall.
this time tomorrow i will be drinking beer on the beach...hopefully in an operational jeep....and not pushing a broke down one