It lives! An oil change and some coaxing the gas out of the tank and she fired up and purred. I won’t call it a kitten, but it idles and runs!
After digging through the wiring, getting confused over and over again, and a good bit of research, the jeep stared and ran again today. This might not seem like a big deal, but considering just how much wiring I removed and disconnected it’s definitely a feat for me. I’m not out of the woods yet, I still have to wire the temperature sending unit, I’m waiting on some wiring that should be here tomorrow, and then on to the lights. One step at a time. After the lights, it will probably be a break from wiring to move on to some mechanics for a while, and then back to the interior (dash) wiring, and auxiliary circuits.
You’ll notice all the wires still sitting looks, for the most part, and that’s because I want to knock out the vitals before I finish wrapping and looming them. I don’t think it’ll be necessary to wait until the aux circuits are in, so I’ll probably get it done when I’m through with the lights.
All in all, today is a good day…
There’s a saying that goes, “one step forward, two steps back”, and it seems like that might be what’s going on with the wiring. I’m still almost done under the hood. I need to get some wire and connectors so I can complete the temperature sending unit connection, which I hope to have done this evening. I also need to double check the heater fan wiring. I was doing some additional checks and it doesn’t come on. It’s also possible that it’s simply toast.
Speaking of the additional checks. it looks like my headlight switch is gone. The parking lights come on, but the headlights no longer come on. I didn’t mess with that wiring, so it is indicative of a bad switch. What’s further indicative of a bad switch is that my dash lights don’t come on either. I’m really hoping that the switch will fix those problems, or at least some of them. It also looks like my flashers and relays are in bad shape, too. They’ll follow directly behind the switch replacement. It seems as though my high beam / low beam selector might be okay, but if the headlight replacement doesn’t fix the main issues it’ll be on the replacement list, too.
I hope to get the passenger front turn signal fixed today or tomorrow, and the oil changed by Sunday. The idea will be to get it started and moved out to do some cleaning and power washing. There’s just a lot of dirt and grime that needs to go away so I can keep finding and fixing problems. Good times!
I’ve been spending the last few evenings working on the Jeep. I’ve been pulling out no longer necessary wiring, tracing down and labeling other wiring, and re-connecting what needs to be connected. It’s been encouraging to find that a lot of the vitals are still in place and intact, and to be able to trace and identify the vast majority of the rest of the wiring.
At this point I believe I only have 2 or 3 wires left that I want to label, and I still need to re-wire the temperature sending unit, and it has be encouraged. It was trying from time to time, but so far I’ve persevered. Once I get the last bit done, I’ll have to order some loom and finish the tidy up, but it really should help clean the engine compartment nicely.
Now, keep in mind that this is just the under hood stuff that I’m getting close to completing. I still have the lights that need to be re-wired, there’s also short in the drivers taillight that causes it to go out when in reverse, the interior is waiting, and I’ll need to start looking at the other circuits. Check out the additional circuits planning page for some of the stuff I’m looking at adding.
I have to keep telling myself, “one step at a time”, as I have a tendency to move from one thing to the next and then get overwhelmed when I have so many ongoing projects and it appears as though noting is getting done. That’s simply not the case, and is definitely no reason to give up.
I’ll likely finish the under hood wiring today or tomorrow, but I won’t wrap it up (loom/etc) until I verify it’s running well and I don’t need to do anything else directly to the wiring. That will come after I get a new battery, and change all the fluids in the motor. The fluids will actually probably fall after I complete the under hood stuff and re-wire the front turn that I know is cut/eaten.
One step at a time…
It’s been a while since I made any updates here, and a good bit has happened in that time. First, the Suzuki GS250 is no more. I ended up selling it to someone restoring his fathers bike. I had it turning over and firing, but didn’t have it completed. I ended up getting a 1995 Suzuki Katana 600 (GS600F) to replace it. It’s actually going to be my daughters bike. More on that in a different post or page.
You may have also noticed a new section for 85 Jeep CJ7. That’s my 1985 Jeep CJ7 Renegade. It was my first “car”, and I’ve probably done more harm than good through the years. Now it’s time to fix that.
It’s in the garage, and I’m currently going through the wiring (there’s a page with pictures on that). Rodents had attached it, and I’ve got a good bit to work through. Fortunately, removing the computer and swapping the carb allows me to remove a LOT of the wiring. There are some other things I’ll need to fix, but I think it’s a doable project. Worst case scenario, I yank the whole thing out and start anew.
There’s a whole list of things that will be done, but one step at a time, right? Get it running and driving and continue the fixes and upgrades.