Originally Posted by rang-a-stang
Hi rang-a-stang! Yes, progress! I have been stuck at this point for 6 months and started to loose interest because I had no good ideas to try. Once I put the plugs in and started the engine, I new right away it made a difference. No more gas smell in the exhaust and when I disengaged the choke, the engine idled at 0 port vacuum. This was huge, because now I can start the process of setting the fuel mixture screw. I need to fine tune things with the timing, but I will leave that for another day.
Next on the list:
I have a whole box of brake parts that need to be installed including new rotors and pads for the front axle, pads and drum brake kit for the rear axle, and a new hydraulic brake proportioning valve (rear axle seems to lock up prematurely)
After the brakes, I need to move on to the coolant system. My radiator is looking very sad but not leaking (probably because the fluid is 1 part coolant, 1 part H2O and 1 part stop leak...).
Finally, I need to address the little issues to make sure I can get the Wagoneer to pass a Hawaii State safety inspection. This will probably include addressing the gauges in the cluster (which I may need to lean on you for some expert advise), windshield washer fluid pump, running lights (hopefully just a blown bulb), and new safety belts for the font seats. I may need to weld in new floor boards as there are a few spots that seem a little thin with irregular ports that have excellent views of the tarmac below...
Maybe in a few months I will address the exterior rust and start improving the cosmetic issues. However, I'm beginning to see your "point of view" on leaving things alone and just driving it.