It works! I’m amazed.

Wanted to get on the Jeep’s rear shocks before it got hot(ter), so I hit it first thing in the morning. Yesterday afternoon there was nothing to do but sit in the shade, which fortunately I can now do…

…and that’s probably where I’ll spend this afternoon. It never really cooled off overnight but still if there is ever a good time to crawl around under the Jeep knocking mud down on yourself it’s not while you’re being baked by the afternoon sun. I’m genuinely getting too old for some of this shit.

I had high hopes that this was finally going to fix my rear shock problem. At a minimum the new ones are substantially longer, so the rear axle articulation won’t exceed the rebound capacity of the shock and pull the damned shackle right off the damned Jeep. Repeatedly. Should have done this a year ago, frankly. These new ones are more than twice as expensive – but I already bought stock shocks three times. How expensive was that, Joel?

I did the job before morning chicken chores, so as soon as I had the shocks on I could load up water bottles and take the Jeep through the wash to Landlady’s place. And I must say – though the Jeep still has a harsh ride, I don’t think I’m kidding myself (this time) when I say this really did make a difference in a good way.

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11 Responses to It works! I’m amazed.

  1. Ben says:

    Congratulations Joel. Did you take a look at those gas tank bolts while you were under there?

  2. Joel says:

    Yeah, and it’s weird. The tank isn’t held on with straps the way I expected, but with a hinged pan. The nuts holding the pan to studs appear very simple to remove with no danger of stripping – BUT the welded-on trailer hitch is apparently aftermarket and extends under the flange supported by the studs and nuts and I think it’s going to take some guerrilla material fabrication to get the pan to drop. That pretty much confirms my opinion that I’ll be happy paying somebody else to do it.

  3. Mark Matis says:

    Danger, Will Robinson!

    The legs on that folding chair look like they might fit between the slats that make up the porch floor!

    The resulting “entertainment” might be somewhat more than what you desire…

  4. Joel says:

    I tend to be careful how I position the chair.

  5. terrapod says:

    One battle won, now on to the battle of the water pump which I know you can do.

    That way the only expensive jaunt will be the fuel pump. I am surprised that you can’t just unbolt the tow hitch and drop the tank support pan, after dousing everything liberally with PB Blaster 2 days before that is and loosening the filler and vent hoses before said action.

  6. Jim Price says:

    I don’t think PB Blaster is gonna work very well on those welds.

  7. Paul says:

    As for the chair – next time ‘in town’ stop by the drug store and see about some big oversize crutch tips and slip them on the four legs. They still be a bit smaller than the gaps between boards but not so much.

  8. Joel says:

    Actually at some point I’d like to replace that chair. I have a better porch chair, easier on the ass, but it sort of became the bedroom reading chair.

  9. terrapod says:

    Missed that Jim, I mean who welds a tow hitch onto the fame anymore these days.

    Yeah, angle grinder or plasma cutter needed for surgery.

    I have been building my own tow hitches since the late 1970’s and always find a way to bolt the steel to the frame, welding to a frame is a risky proposition on many models.and modern cars don’t really have frames, just stubs integrated to the body shells.

  10. Jim Price says:

    What you need is a classic porch rocker. Actually, two of them for when you have company.

  11. Joel says:

    No, my knee where it meets the prosthesis doesn’t like rockers. I already turned down a free one.

To the stake with the heretic!