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    Junker turned daily driver.

    I started this adventure looking for an old truck to use as a woods truck play toy. Some reason this truck really caught my attention but some of the issues the PO SAID he was having had me worried. So I did some creaping on the forum before I bought it. With some guidance from members I was able to get it running good. Started out testing parts PO SAID were bad at local AutoZone. Starter and alternator checked out good. Next I had to sort out fuel situation. It was flooding bad and backfiring out both ends. I found timing was way out. Also the Weber needed rebuilt diaphragms were dry rotted and needle valve was worn. The PO was still using factory mechanical fuel pump. I did away with mech pump and installed an electric pump. Make a block off plate for fuel pump and secondary vacuum pump on manifold. I thought I had it figured out at this point. I had been messing with the ignition along the way. It would run for 20 mins or so and die. Narrowed it down to the icm. It kept getting hot and breaking down. I have access to a thermal imaging camera and was able to find excessive heat coming thru distributor. Replaced it and cleaned up and checked grounds to be safe. So far to date it's been doing good. It still wants to over run when I shut it off. I've been driving it to work the last couple days with no issues other than when down shifting or coming to a complete stop to get into first gear it's done fine for 31 year old truck. Unless something major happens I plan on driving as often as possible. I plan on still using it as a woods truck but this truck is growing on me so I won't be abusing it like I intended. I'll try to keep up on progress as I keep tinkering on it.

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    Installed new idler pulley for a/c. PO said that's all that was wrong and so far it's been true. For 80* out it cooled it down quite nicely.

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    Whoa, that's a big belt set up for A/C. Never seen it routed like that before!
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    That is the way Geronimo's was also - it runs in front of the other belts and requires an additional pulley on the crank. Starquests have them as part of the crank pulley, the trucks were a bolt on.
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    Went on a Wal-Mart run and hit 100 miles since distributor install. It's not much but from being towed home to where it is now it's doing pretty good. Click image for larger version. 

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    My power steering pump belt is on its last leg. But if it goes it's no biggie. It's pretty low on the list of things to fix. I need to address some steering issues, cv axles and clutch cable next.

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    Poor boy paint job is half way done.

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    Also changed gear oil in trans. Got too hot and ran out of time to swap gear oil in transfer case. Trying to track down a bearing chatter. Hoping it's nothing big. Also looking at a motor mount.

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    Picked up a cheap roll bar for looks.

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    If you are ever unfortunate enough to end up on your lid, you'll soon realise that bar is worth every cent. I want one for my Gen1 as the turret on the cab has all the structural integrity of a chinese take away box. You got a rear slider window too? The 'junker' is shaping up nicely - very cool
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    It's a great look !
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    Before new grill and some paint.

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    After paint and new grill. I wish the old 4wd emblem would come off but I don't wanna break it.

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    I wish the old 4wd emblem would come off but I don't wanna break it.
    Perhaps you could carefully cut it out and sand down the rough edges, then find a way to mount it.

    That's sort of what I did with my Ram emblem, except I used a belt sander to bevel it.

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    If that's a junker, mine is a pile Are you removing or adding the camo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giovanni89 View Post
    If that's a junker, mine is a pile Are you removing or adding the camo?
    More like painting over. It was originally a silver color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by royster View Post
    Perhaps you could carefully cut it out and sand down the rough edges, then find a way to mount it.

    That's sort of what I did with my Ram emblem, except I used a belt sander to bevel it.

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    My Mitsubishi emblem is toast. But the 4wd has a screw that won't budge and is trying to strip out. I'm gonna let it soak a few days and see if I can get it. Most likely I'm gonna break it.

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    Get some locking pliers onto the head of the screw, it should come undone easy as it's only threaded into plastic.
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    Went on a kayak fishing trip. Did about 75 miles round trip.

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    Drove it to work this morning and the gremlins are showing. Throw out bearing and cv axles have jumped to the top of the list.

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    Did a little cosmetic work this evening.

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    Oh and hit 300 miles today.

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    Lookin' good. These trucks really are reliable little buggers once you get the gremlins out. I put 40k miles on mine last year. It's never left me stranded. Always been able to limp it home if something happened.
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    By my math I'm getting 15 mpg I still need to look at swapping some jets.

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