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  3. Put some flags on and tested them in the neighborhood before taking it in a parade today.
  4. Finally got around to ordering a steel steering box spacer, as not point in installing bumper with unibody tie-ins & reusing the weak factory aluminum spacer. Surprisingly the factory spacer was intact & all bolts came out without incident. I bought a steel spacer from EBay, from The Midgard Workshop, it is of good quality & power coated. Only cost me $30 shipped, plus cost of 3 new 7/16-14x4.5” bolts & washers. I installed the new steering spacer & the DIY bumper’s unibody tie-in plate, then mocked-up the bumper to start finish welding. Even better is my almost 8yo wanted to help in removal of the factory steering box bolts!
  5. Well, no turning back now. Removed the manyal pedal box and installed the auto pedal box. What a pain in the arse. 2.5 hours but it felt like 8. Had to remove the fuse box and drop the steering wheel as low as possible to get the old box out. And ask me why I cleaned and painted the new pedal box? No clue. No one will see it.
  6. Sadly, we got the call the other week from our venue, that the show had to be Cancelled, or postponed until 2021. They did not have any other available dates for this year that we could work with. We held out hope til the very end, but unfortunately due to all the gov't mandated shut downs from COVID-19, it had to be pushed aside.
  7. Well, I ran into some interesting issues over the last few weeks. 2wks ago I pulled the air intake tube off, so I could change the busted Driver's motor Mount. and found a real gem and head-scratcher... There was blue painter's tape over the Idle Air Control Valve port in the throttle body... Now I had planned to pull the IAC while I was doing the Motor Mount job, as the jeep had a tendency to idle-pulse from 750 up to 1000 while sitting at stops. After pulling the IAC and TB to be cleaned, I found the IAC was fairly new, and clean, as was the TB. After reinstalling I started getting IAC fault codes. So I bought a new IAC, installed, and all was good w/ the codes, but the Idle was awful. I started the old-school method of vacuum leak testing, w/ carb cleaner, and found #5 and #6 injectors to be leaking at the intake. I bought new O-rings, installed them, and immediately started getting IAC Fault codes, that couldn't immediately be traced. I ran continuity/ohm test from the IAC connector to the PCM connector, and it came back perfect, I swapped a diff TB on, and eventually another new IAC. None resolved my issues. So out of sheer curiosity, I started shaking around the harness going by the valve cover and firewall. the jeep shut off, but when I restarted it there was no IAC code. Thinking I was in luck, and it was a ground issue, I drove home, where the IAC fault popped back up. The next day I hosed down the motor to degrease it, and clean up the grounds to the PCM on the block. This did not resolve the issue, so I started stripping apart the harness from the PCM to the IAC/Injectors, etc... That's when I found a small short in one of the IAC wires right by the valve cover and firewall, hidden inside the split-loom. It must have been touching just right when I first ran the continuity test since there was no resistance, when checking before I cut and soldered the short I was getting around 5-6ohms resistance. Since I cut and soldered the short, then sealed with heat-shrink I've had no issues with the IAC faults. Also during this time I finally pulled the front bumper and cut off the 2" receivers that someone had welded to the unibody rails. I've got a steel steering box spacer on order, and will be mocking up the front bumper soon, so I can finish weld it. I still need to run a double-check for vacuum leaks, but it runs much better than before, though I'm still within the 50 start cycles for the PCM to relearn it's parameters. I bought a smoke-machine to aid in the subsequent vacuum leak detection and for future needs.
  8. Thanks. I can’t wait to get this thing assembled and in the Jeep again. And yeah, I am partial to this color too.
  9. Lookin good Dain! I've always loved AMC Blue, then again, I've been playing with AMC's since I was 11...
  10. I was having some problems with my radio intermittently cutting off and on while driving, the trip odometer clearing itself, and my volt meter spiking/fluctuating, so I decided it was well past time to replace the battery cables. I decided to use the Big 7 Complete kit from http://www.jeepcables.com due to their reviews on NAXJA and the fact they're a veteran owned/operated business. I decided to upgrade to 2ga. cables since I will be adding a winch, additional lighting, and possibly more later on. Very happy with the cables and end result. Now to upgrade from the econo battery that doesn't fit in the battery tray anyways...
  11. Thanks. I think so too. Just need to do something with that bumper
  12. Awesome. Thanks for your service. I hate the whole "approved import list" mostly due to US emissions. I can't imagine it's that far off from the existing 00' XJ's in the states. I've got a 98 XJ I picked up in March for a daily ride, and a family camping/fishing rig. They're perfect for that bill. But like you, the CJ's are still one of my favorites. Again, welcome to the site! Things have been slow for awhile, but we're trying to grow!
  13. Welcome to Va Offroad Sports Chris!
  14. Retired Navy turned into a second career in Contracting... Been in Japan since March 2019. Real good gig, but I'm hoping to get back to Va for good later this year. Still have my house in Chesapeake along with a shop with all the "stuff" I need to work MC's and Jeeps. I'm trying to work a shipment out with the XJ back to Va, but unfortunately the 2000 models are not on the "approved list". A great vehicle for what I use it as... camping, light off road exploring, beach access, snow driving, etc.... The CJ is still my favorite, took my driving test in it in Wa back in '80... factory Buick V6, Warn OD, PS added by me in '98, 4.88 gears, 33" tires, full cage, solid body and frame, etc... The YJ needs some love... Body is solid, but typical rot in the frame needs handled soon after I return; but a great vehicle with HO 4.0, 3.73 gears, 33" tires and Auto.
  15. YJeXtreme

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    Awesome pic!
  16. Welcome to the site Chris! That's awesome you've still got your dad's CJ5. I've driven a RHD XJ once, my buddy and I did some maintenance on it for a local postal worker. What has you in Japan?
  17. My sister and I just before I joined the Navy in 1983. Lake Chelan, Wa.
  18. chris insull

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    Moving from SoCal to Va in October 2001. Day trip to Pensacola, Fl.
  19. My son, John at California's Hungry Valley Off Road Park in 2001
  20. chris insull

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    Mom, sister and I in the mid '70's gathering a Christmas Tree in Washington State
  21. Thanks for the add... Been around Jeeps my entire life, well, since I was 6 YO anyway! Currently own a '71 CJ, '94 YJ and a '00 XJ Limited. The CJ (bought new by my dad in Dec '70) and YJ are in storage (and operational!) in Va while I'm working in Japan and daily driving the RHD XJ. Hope to be back to the states this year and get back to the mountains and OBX beaches!
  22. Finished taking the plow stuff off. Lots more ground clearance now. I have some grinding to do now to clean it up. I will probably get a new bumper too
  23. The exhaust finally crapped out on me Mon night. It was barely held together by some horrid welds. Tail pipe broke free from the glasspack. Luckily I planned for this & had ordered new exhaust piping & oxygen sensors. I picked up a universal flow-through cat & 2 chamber muffler locally. Started install tonight, but was missing the manifold to down pipe gasket(forgot to order it). IMG_4914.MOV
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