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Old 02-08-2007, 08:12 PM   #1
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The jeep from hell

So here's what I've been up to for the last couple days. I didn't do a write up on the long block removal, because, I had to spend too much time dealing with stupid a$$ vacuum hoses. The story behind the jeep from hell: So, when this jeep first came to me, the friend that owns it bought it for $3K, and it had a few problems, but nothing major, until the motor went out. So, he had a couple guys that work for him tell him they were mechanics. Mistake #1, he believed 'em. So he orders a long block and a couple weeks go by and they still haven't finished the long block install..... So, I get the call. The jeep gets to my house, and in the course of swapping a long block, They have taken the front clip off, pulled the tranny apart, pulled the driveshafts in half, drained the t-case, broke the radiator, double gasketed the intake, no gasket on the valve cover............................................. .... So I get it fixed and running and he lets one of the guys drive it to LA, and it comes back knocking, brand new motor. So he had wanted me to put a 2 1/2 lift on it, and rebuilt the front end since the axle u-joints are shot, so it was already coming back to me anyway. But I get it and now this new motor has to come out, on top of everything else. This is truly the jeep from hell. I'll be glad to get it finished and out of my driveway. I've already done the lift (write up coming on that), and rebuilt the front end. Today I got the motor out and here's the results.


Here's me, victorious over my kill

empty engine bay

on the "hook"

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Old 02-08-2007, 08:28 PM   #2
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:29 PM   #3
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I don't know if they even had that much knowledge.
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:35 PM   #4
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Its not the Jeep from hell... its the morons from hell that "worked" on it and your buddy that, hopfully learned a couple of lessons.
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:42 PM   #5
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Maybe they imparted some of thier spirit to it. It's not really the jeep from hell, it's just been a lot of work.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:02 PM   #6
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You need some duct tape.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:06 PM   #7
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And a much bigger hammer!
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:09 PM   #8
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I need one of those motor lifter thingies. That looks like something I could use to really tear some sh!t up with.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:14 PM   #9
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Just think, you could run to MR. CLIFFORD's shop, and while he's not looking, pull it out of your pocket, and your off with a super tj drivetrain.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:22 PM   #10
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Man don't you get it? MR.CLIFFORD isn't even real! He's just a computer thats programmed to give us hell about our crappy rigs. Those pictures he posted of himself are all fake.

Bahahahaha!!!!

If he were real I'd just steal his wifes Jeep. At least it runs.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:41 PM   #11
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Runnin's not the problem, I could get it runnin. If I'm stealing something, I'll make sure it's way bigger than mine instead of just the next step.
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:16 PM   #12
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Good lord that is the "new block"? Its looks like something from a junkyard wars
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:10 AM   #13
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That's the one that started knocking, The guys didn't even clean up the old oil pan or manifolds before they reinstalled them, like I said, they called themselves mechanics
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:11 AM   #14
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You should get those guys from the television show "Overhaul"
and let them take a stab at it,the jeep looks like something out of
a Stephen King's movie.....but look at you...posing like
you're in an issue of Popular Mechanic's magazine.....
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Old 02-09-2007, 02:53 PM   #15
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Looks like fun. Take all the broken parts and send them back to the 'mechanics' and ask them what they did. If that was mine I would be less than thrilled.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:58 AM   #16
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I know he's less than thrilled. That's why it came to me in the first place, sad part is, after all this, he's not sure if he wants to keep it anymore, or just have me finish it and then paint it and put it for sale. If he wants to sell it though, I'll have to say, it'll be a jeep in good shape and ready to roll. I'll make sure to post it here, so it can at least have the chance of going to a good home.
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Did he get any kind of warrenty on the long block?
What went wrong with it?
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Old 02-10-2007, 04:04 AM   #18
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Yes, there is a warranty, and it ended up as a bad wrist pin bushing on #6 cyl, and #2 or 3, can't remember which one, though #6 is much worse than the other one. It's getting picked up monday, and back to the engine rebuilders it goes, but still, to have this many problems, in such a short time, on your first jeep, is a heartbreaker.
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One more harsh lesson of, "If the price sounds too good to be true---It usually is!"

Be he's enjoying how much he saved with his "mechanics".
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Kinda reminds me of a pickup I looked at, maybe 10 years ago. The lady that was selling it had the transmission changed by her boyfriend and a couple of his "mechanic" friends. From what she told me, they started out by drinking a couple of six packs while looking the truck over. Then they decided that the frame crossmember, that supported the rear of the transmission, would keep them from removing the transmission, and it had to go. Instead of wasting a lot of time unbolting the crossmember and maybe skinning their knuckles fighting with the rusty bolts, they got out the torch and cut the crossmember on either side of the old transmission...

The scary part of the whole mess was that she had a baby and was driving around, with the baby, after her boyfriend and his buddies did a 'brake job' on it. During the test drive, I nearly wrecked the truck, because she didn't tell me I had to pump the pedal about 10 times if the brakes hadn't been used in the last 30 seconds.
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:50 PM   #21
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Oh no personal favorite 79 cj comes into the shop. Her bf started the job and they had a falling out I get brought four boxes three coffee cans of bolts and the owner can't find a head and the crankshaft pully...

Beware the mechanics man, look for people who use the term technician. You wind up with more time on the trails than in your garage!!!

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