Mbryson Daily’s driver project ‘91 MJ Comanche

mbryson

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This really is pretty close to operational. I have the passenger side coil spring into the sway bar a little. Need to pull my tires and break out the measuring tape and see how “square “ the rig is setup. Make some adjustments and buy some sway bar disconnects.

The coolant is pretty skank. I’ll be changing that soon but other than the below, I think this could work out ok.

Emissions
Driveline
coolant
swaybar disconnects
o-rings at the oil filter
Suspension adjustment to square up the rig
Add spacers to rear axle (or get different wheels)

(Yellow KC Daylighters and dual antennas are possible/probable—and I’ll just dig up my old cassette case from somewhere in the basement to complete the look)
 

mbryson

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Dropped the front driveline off at Axis yesterday. Should have it back sometime next week.

Spent a couple hours cleaning up a couple things. Arm rest on the door attached, seat belt anchor bolt acquired (7/16 - 20 thread grade 8 bolt) and installed and just figuring out what will need to be taken care of to make this thing road worthy. Called insurance so I can now drive it, put the plates on it and parts chased in it a bit today. Aussie locker in the rear is somewhat noticeable but not unpleasant

I need to track down an oil leak (I think it's at the filter where those o-rings are?) and adjust the drag link. Also remembered I have a TeraFlex quick disconnect sway bar kicking around. Might be fun to have this added.
 
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mbryson

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This is always fun when trying to fix a leak...

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Swearing at my clumsiness, I ran across this thread basically eliminating my casting problem.

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11...tor-jeep-xj-cherokee-1162291/#/topics/1162291

Trying that out for now.

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We’ll check for leaks after I get a new filter

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Gentle wiggling with an actual Vise Grip plier pulled the roll pin fairly easily.

We’ll see how it seals if I can get an oil filter on there
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So there’s my solution. ... time will tell. I did have to trim about 1/2” off the oil filter adapter. I don’t think that will kill anything other than I may have issues getting pressurized oil to the end of the filter?

Might want to bump my filter changed to 2000 miles within little cute filter?
 

mbryson

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Got my new oil filter adapter the other day. Should get that on in the next couple nights.

Just added a driveline but have a weird pinion yoke. I bought a Spicer 2-94-28x u joint kit..... I’ve had good luck with those on my “Jeep”. This yoke’s holes are slightly wider than the u joint? As a bonus, the threads aren’t long enough to bottom on the yoke? Has anyone seen this before? (Should have taken some pics). I think I’ll buy a new yoke.

What the hell valve cover gaskets do the cool kids buy these days? I’ve not had great luck with cork. The cork was $6 and the rubber gasket was $49...... do $20 rubber gaskets still exist?
 
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XJEEPER

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Flepro for the win. Should come with new valve cover bolt hole grommets as well, or the leaking will continue. BTW, you can run a Fram PH8A or equivalent oil filter, which also increases your oil capacity by 1/2 qt. I've run this setup on 4 XJ's over the past 22 years.
 

mbryson

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Flepro for the win. Should come with new valve cover bolt hole grommets as well, or the leaking will continue. BTW, you can run a Fram PH8A or equivalent oil filter, which also increases your oil capacity by 1/2 qt. I've run this setup on 4 XJ's over the past 22 years.

Threw down the $50 for the FelPro at lunch today. I'm with both of you in that I don't want to do this over and all of us that have had a 4.0L have had the valve cover leak. Hoping I don't have a rear main seal leak but we all know how that goes. I'll start with the identified oil filter adapter leak. Moving to the valve cover and hoping not to have to do the oil pan gasket
 

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Got a little done today. Front shock reattached on drivers side axle mount (kewl bar pins), installed new oil filter adapter after having a faux pas last week and got the front driveline buttoned up. I did not do the valve cover gasket as the oil moisture seems to be coming from the oil filter area. Now I’m starting to think the leak is a distributor gasket?

Hoping to get it out to 5 mile on Monday but likely Tuesday? Not sure if should drive it out or trailer out there?
 

bryson

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Got my new oil filter adapter the other day. Should get that on in the next couple nights.

Just added a driveline but have a weird pinion yoke. I bought a Spicer 2-94-28x u joint kit..... I’ve had good luck with those on my “Jeep”. This yoke’s holes are slightly wider than the u joint? As a bonus, the threads aren’t long enough to bottom on the yoke? Has anyone seen this before? (Should have taken some pics). I think I’ll buy a new yoke.

What the hell valve cover gaskets do the cool kids buy these days? I’ve not had great luck with cork. The cork was $6 and the rubber gasket was $49...... do $20 rubber gaskets still exist?
What did you figure out with the pinion yoke? Almost sounds like a double cardan style CV yoke. IIRC, the front output yoke from your T-case (which should be a DC yoke) is the same spline as a D30 and D44 pinion yoke...
 

mbryson

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What did you figure out with the pinion yoke? Almost sounds like a double cardan style CV yoke. IIRC, the front output yoke from your T-case (which should be a DC yoke) is the same spline as a D30 and D44 pinion yoke...

I snagged a fresh yoke. Was going to take it out to the Hangover run today but it’s just bleeding to much oil. I think you’re correct on the yoke interchanges though.
 

mbryson

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So this cool little truck needs a new home.

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Looking for $4800 as it sits or I can steal/swap some parts to my sons TJ and knock the price down a little (tires/wheels, lockers). Still has a pretty good oil leak. I believe it’s the rear main but haven’t changed the valve cover gasket yet.
 
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