More minor additions, needs and repairs.
This must have made a nice pop sound when it let go, but I didn't hear it. The replacement OEM rim is being shipped in from Oregon, then I'll have to find a cheap, but not rotten tire similar to the Coopers that are already on the vehicle.
Reprised from earlier, I knew this tire was rotten and had plans to replace both it and the non-matching wheel...
... So I wasn't too surprised to walk out and see this! I had brought this
tire up to full inflation, Goddess only knows how long it had been semi-flat.
New wheel already on order, will be here in a couple more days.
I'll need to find a used tire about the same as the others to tide the
Jeep over for a bit until I'm ready for a lift kit and bigger tires!
In other news, I'm dealing with two other problems. The first is a water leak when it rained the other night, the second is a "glorious" oil leak. The valve cover gasket was changed as previously noted, but now the oil pan gasket is shot - little surprise. I had parked the Jeep in a slight nose-down attitude, which brought the sump oil level up over the top front of the oil pan and it was all but literally POURING out from there. I found a bunch of loose bolts on the oil pan and tightened them up, which helped considerably, but its still too far gone. As long as I park nose-up or level, it won't leak any appreciable amount - I want to wait about 3 weeks if I can before I get it fixed. I decided that someone else can do this - its a simple enough repair, BUT a PITA if you don't have a lift and are trying to do this in the Florida sun. Since the oil pan itself has some fairly bad looking rust on it, I'll replace it at the same time.
As for the water leak, additional troubleshooting will be required. This will hurry up getting rid of the carpet inside though. I originally thought I'd have the floorboards Rhino lined but have since learned of some molded "direct fit" rubber inserts to replace the carpet, but for the nonce I have a set of Weathertech mats on order which will go on top of either.
Very mild rust on part of the gas tank skid.
Changed the oil in the transmission today - no pretty pictures, but it had more specs of metal and iron filings on the magnetic drain plug than I'd like. Its my understanding that this is fairly typical, and to not worry about it. As the transmission shifts wonderfully, I won't! Accomplished a few other odd things today:
Windshield reservoir cleaned up and filled with "Bug Juice" instead of water.
An attempt at fixing the rain leak with RTV. "Saran wrap" with Vaseline used
as a mold release. Done at same spot on both sides, we'll see if it helps...
Relay mounting plate. May add a large ground lug to it as well.
Showing star washers and jam nuts. Plate is also tapped.
Old rotten tire/rusty wheel removed for the last time...
Passenger side door handle with odd rust.
Sanded and primed.
Fresh off the truck from Oregon, this was originally on a Grand Cherokee.
Replacement wheel for the spare tire has finally arrived! Now to just
get a tire for it. Even better, someone actually took the old one away!
In other news, it would APPEAR that the rain leak fix (above) was successful. We had a good rainstorm and the Jeep is dry inside! I'm "cautiously optimistic". A set of WeatherTech mats arrived today as well. Update: Nope! Stayed dry during a fairly heavy rain, but then leaked in a light rain. Guessing its a wind direction thing - further troubleshooting is needed.
New wheel stashed on back, awaiting tire.
Repainted passenger side door handle.
Relays mounted on relay plate...
Grounded to bolt.
Large plug will be used for wiring between cab and engine compartment.
Finally! A stock sized spare tire!
Its no prize, but its not rotten and it was cheap enough and will do for the next year or so.
Takeoff genuine Jeep badged grab handles were a $10 find on "LetGo"...
The Jeep logo adds $10 to the price if you buy them new..
Installed a large ground lug, "just in case" as not much else would fit there anyway.
"New" tire didn't want to cinch down on the spare carrier - one of the Jeep forums
told me to lower the pressure in all tires anyway which should help here also.
Read on for the next part!