Monthly Archives: October 2012
Well the biggest glaring flaw on the Jeep to me was the paint on the rear vents between the window and the hatch. After years of UV rays, the paint had begun to bake off. Not sure why it hasn’t effected the rest of the Jeep, but I’m not complaining.
So I stopped by Autozone and got an $8.00 can of Duplicolor “Chrysler Flame Red” and set out to clean ’em up.
Here you can see a previous picture that shows where the paint was gone behind the windows.
They come off pretty easy. Even so, I busted one of the mounting pegs when I was pulling it off. A little super glue overnight and it seems like it’s holding strong.
They didn’t turn out perfect so I might pull them back off sometime down the road and redo them, but for now. They met my “better than it was” standard.
I consider myself a pretty big gamer. But prepare to be assaulted with uninformed impressions and some things that are completely wrong. For whatever reason, here’s the Top Ten games I’ve just never got around to playing. I made the decision to not do any research on these games whatsoever other than searching for screenshots. So you’ll get my 100% ignorant impressions to follow.
It still seems wrong the way the Shuttle program ended, with no real replacement. But this video is very cool. Awesome to see how many people showed up to watch it pass by!
So literally the day after we bought the Jeep. The Check Engine light came on. Took it to Autozone to read the code and it said “Catalytic Converter Efficiency Low”. Basically on these new fangled things, it has not one, but two oxygen sensors. One in front of the cat converter, and one behind it. It compares the two readings and if they are too close, it deduces that the cat isn’t doing its job and should be replaced.
And because I want to save the planet… we’re fixing it.
I test fitted everything together. We got all the parts from RockAuto.com, since the local Autozone & O’Reilly’s couldn’t get the front pipe. With a handy discount code that almost payed for the shipping, everything came out to just a couple bucks over $300. Not bad considering a exhaust shop was going to charge $400 to JUST replace the cat.
Getting the tailpipe out was definitely the hardest part. I tried cutting the pipe, but the exhaust pipe cutter I got on load from AutoZone was junk. So luckily the old muffler was so crusty, I just hammered on the pipe until it popped out of the muffler.
My little jack is small, but it has served me well for the cars we’ve always had. The Jeep is about 6 inches higher off the ground though. And fully extended my jack didn’t even reach the undercarriage! Forced to make do with what I had, I came up with the above scary setup. Luckily I didn’t have to actually be underneath the Jeep while it was jacked up like this. Because that’s some serious red-neck engineering right there. If I want to keep working on this thing, I’m going to have to get a bigger jack, that’s for sure.
I had to jack it up to get the tail pipe over the axle, and I had to unbolt the track bar and drop that down too. After that, it was pretty easy to pull the old crusty one out and slide the new one in. Then I promptly put the wheel back on and got the vehicle back on the ground and off of that crazy ass setup! I could just see a cinder block exploding and the whole thing crashing down.
I had to make one more cut in front of the cat and after that, everything came out with relative ease.
The whole job was prompted by the check engine light, but it was also a good excuse just to redo the whole exhaust because it had some definite leaks. The old muffler was just plain wore out. It had pinholes from corrosion all over it and as you can see above was super crusty.
I didn’t get any pics of the re-assembly process because once it all started going together, I got on a roll. Hardest part was getting everything lined up and tucked up as good as possible. I probably straightened that muffler 10 times before I tightened everything up and it’s still crooked… oh well. Nothing I can do about it now as it’s all locked in place. And it’s not like anyone will see it anyway. It is nice to see the fresh exhaust in there. Feels rewarding.
Seems like it did what it was supposed to. It’s definitely quieter. We cleared the check engine code with our new code scanner.
I have to say, it was super nice working on something that wasn’t rusted solid like our other old cars. The O2 sensors and even the bolts going into the exhaust manifold all came loose with relative ease! Is this why people don’t usually drive 30 year old cars? Haha.
There’s a lot of automobile top ten lists out there. But there’s not too many lists featuring vehicles as mundane as this.
Here’s the rules.
- No exotics/Sports Cars, etc. Every car on this list has to be an attainable automobile in its day. Nothing nicer than a Cadillac. Sorry ZR1… you’re excluded.
- No special editions. If the car wasn’t awesome or significant in every flavor, then it doesn’t make the list. Sorry WRX, the vanilla Impreza is meh.
- Cars are rated by either natural awesomeness, historical significance, uniqueness, or just how much I like them.
This list is certainly my own, biased by the vehicles I have personally been exposed to and the era I grew up in. I think there’s only two cars on the list that are even still being manufactured.
Your list is probably very different, so if you have a “normal” car that is in YOUR top 10. Post it up in the comments below!
At least not as bad as this.
I ran across this auction on eBay. It’s totally fishy to me because it was listed once under the story that some kid died and the parents were selling off his collection. They claimed not to know anything about this stuff, but they consulted a “Nintendo Expert” that informed thim of the value of the collection.
The seller seems like a real tool. It looks like they got barraged with messages about the auction. They posted a bunch of negative questions on the auction with a bunch of a-hole responses. Then the auction was cancelled and re-listed without mention of the kid dying.
If I had to guess, this is a scam auction. But it appears this collection does exist… somewhere.
Of course, if you want to find out if the auction is legit, it will only cost you $59,000.
We all loaded up in the Jeep and headed to Wichita for the weekend to re-celebrate Andrea’s birthday. I’m always a little nervous hitting the road with a vehicle I’m not yet familiar with. But everything went uneventfully as hoped!
It is pretty nice to have all that space for loading stuff up. We leave for less than 48 hours, but with all the stuff we take for Luke, it feels like we’re going to be gone for a week. And I found myself wondering how we would ever fit it all in the Cutlass before.
The trip itself was pretty fun. Went down and ate an awesome meal at Andrea’s sister’s house, then went out for some cosmic bowling in Wichita. That was fun. I bowled my new personal best. A 161!
As always, I enjoy going on these little trips, but I always love getting home too. It’s getting late. Time for me to download a new podcast to my phone, put my earbuds in and drift off!
I joined Biebs and Carver for another podcast… finally! It’d been so hectic recently I missed the past couple weeks.
We had some major side tracks, which were probably the best part of the show!