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Moses Ludel

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    Reno Area...Nevada
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    Family, destination four-wheeling and dual-sport motorcycling, photography, videography, fly-fishing, anthropology, automotive mechanics and welding/metallurgy.

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  1. Wow, Ian, that's a commitment! Tied down for the long haul. Exciting...What are your long term plans for the Power Wagon? Moses
  2. Hi, Ian...Great to see your post and the entry of this exciting project into the vintage Dodge 4x4 forum! We both cleave toward vintage iron, especially rugged utility vehicles. The military versions of the Power Wagon have a real legacy, playing a vital role in history and the Allied effort. Age 17, I worked a summer at a Sierra Nevada lakeside resort that had a vintage (even then) Dodge 4x4 weapons carrier for the campground service truck. Postwar U.S. surplus sales placed many of these trucks at ski lodges, national parks and in energy/power and mining companies. These vehicles wer
  3. Note...In an older (2016) forum exchange at https://forums.4wdmechanix.com/topic/917-ram-67l-delete-the-def-and-egr/, a late Ram/Cummins 6.7L diesel owner was curious about removing an EGR system. In that lengthy discussion, I included this reference: 'EGR (exhaust gas re-circulation) is a system designed to lower the upper cylinder temperatures in an internal combustion engine. Above 2500 degrees F, the engine's combustion process produces nitrogen oxide (NOx). So, the intent of EGR is to lower combustion temperatures and cool the upper cylinders. In a gasoline engine without EGR, temper
  4. Good friend Tom H. (Tom's Jeep Shop at Michigan) sent these two photos taken at a wrecking yard. Rust is a scourge with the Midwest's salted roads, to the extent that even frames erode away...This "engineering" made the shackle rigid and eliminated any rear spring elongation or normal movement. According to the rust, the YJ Wrangler operated on the road or a farm for several years in this condition. Apparently, the goal was to keep a badly frame-damaged Jeep running. The "ride"? Imagine a buckboard!
  5. mphilleo...Check the TPS (throttle position sensor) voltage. Disturbing the TPS can cause this kind of idle issue. (The TPS is a failure prone part; they do wear out.) Check the connections to the TPS then the voltage. If you disconnected the TPS, this could be the issue...Also, the O2 sensor may have picked up debris from the cleaning. Very clean Jeep YJ!!! Moses
  6. TJ47...The misfire codes can be nebulous, the worst code is a #1 Misfire. Many malfunctions will throw this code. A faulting O2 sensor is one of those ballpark triggers. This is why the PCM and scan tools are neither fail safe nor 100% reliable. As a result, consumers read codes and piss away endless amounts of money on parts they don't need—without solving the problem. Frankly, with all the good intent, OBD-II fell way short of the troubleshooting mark. At the dealership or a deeply immersed independent shop, experience turns up ideas like let's test the O2 sensor by taking it off l
  7. TJ47...This sounds like a cold start circuit related problem. The cold engine needs a cold mode signal to enrich mixture. Troubleshoot accordingly. Make sure the fuel rail damper's vacuum circuit is routed properly. Check the Coolant Temperature Sensor ohms readings (cold). Check the Intake Manifold Air Temperature Sensor ohms readings (cold). Make sure the oxygen sensor is heating up properly when cold. Check connections. Ohms readings for sensors are available in the FSM for your TJ Jeep. If you do not have an FSM, factory service manual CDs are available at eBay—cheap. I
  8. Gorilla...The starter fluid test is a definite clue. If the plugs are fouled, the starter fluid success could be a simple case of overcoming poor combustion. If lack of fuel, however, you might be onto a fuel supply problem. The fuel volume flow test would be helpful here. I am still focused on the CPS. You can note the bolt and CPS tab alignment before removing the sensor if there is a concern here. By all means, clean the CPS. If oily, clean the flywheel and clutch through the open sensor hole or the lower dust shield. This is not easy. The flywheel hall effect points might actu
  9. Yes, the spread bore base is in a league of its own! And risers can be confusing...Glad you worked out the bugs and have that 225 performing well again. Moses
  10. See my take below, Gorilla: Reading your spark plug photo, it's difficult to tell whether this is ignition misfiring or oil consumption (not fuel) that is fouling the spark plugs. Yes, it could be ignition fouling, but do check for oil burning to rule that out...Have you run a compression check, or better yet, a cylinder leak down test? This is not typical sooty plugs from a rich mix and could be oil fouling. With a catalytic converter, you sometimes get very little blue tailpipe smoke (from oil burning), which can be deceptive. How many miles are on this engine? Does it sm
  11. Update: Tire changer coming from within the U.S. and will be here within a week...Expect some video clips thereafter...I'm excited and see this as a sensible investment despite the front end expenditure. Our youngest (eight years old) grandson sold his grandmother on the deal. He did a count of our rolling stock tires on the property: 23 automotive/4x4 and trailer tires plus six dirt/dual sport motorcycle tires. 29 "perishable" tires will help amortize the in-house tire shop's start-up costs over time. Of course, with his reasoning ability, Grandson Camden will be rewarded. Mon
  12. Thanks for the update, BadDriver4x4! The objectivity and stark reality of your shared experience is helpful to others. Toyota vehicles are generally well built and at one time were distinctly the best vehicles on the planet for longevity and dependability. Many vintage Toyota pickups, FJ 4x4s and SUVs made it to the "300,000 Mile Club". Models worth noting: the 1979-85 4x4 pickups and the earliest 4Runners with beam front and rear axles, any of the original FJ and DJ 4x4 series trucks and SUVs with solid front and rear axles, and those derivative Lexus (Land Cruiser) badge vehicles w
  13. Thanks, Mike...The remote tire changer idea worked...surprisingly stable, some incidental flex with the big tires, but the beam remains resistant to force. Key was 0.250" wall on the 2-inch tube. The remote use was the best "takeaway". This machine is ideal for Honda Civic, Prius and motorcycle tires. The adapter for moto wheels is high quality. I'm looking forward to receiving a semi-automatic tire changer at the end of August. There's a 20-30 minute video pending around that machine, a great sequel to the sweat and wrestling of a human-power tire changer and pair of Ken-Tool tire i
  14. Mike...We've been hitting the high 90s/100, but this is the classic "dry climate", less intensive than your neighborhood...I did a lengthy video on manual tire changing, picked a nice 95-degree F day to demonstrate wrestling with 10-ply/LRE tires and big tire irons on a tiny changer. Proved it could be done—for what that's worth. Had to edit out the mature audience language from the video clips...Roasted my butt off, you can see the sweat dripping onto the wheels as I tug and pull irons. Interesting segment is the fabrication/modification I made to the manual tire changer, made a 2"-square
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