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Old 03-15-2010, 04:13 PM
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reliable waggy????

Ive had mine for a year now and I was just wondering...

Whats it like to have a reliable waggy!? Ive been stranded countless times and spent lots of money just to have a somewhat reliable jeep.
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Old 03-15-2010, 04:26 PM
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Mine's never left me stranded. (Knock on fake woodgrain paneling) Although it has stalled at the most embarrasing times. I just try to give it love every weekend by replacing the next thing I think is going to go bad. One example is right now I'm in the middle of taking apart the electrical connectors and cleaning the corrosion out. Preventative maintanace makes for a reliable rig. Especally if its 20+ years old.
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Old 03-15-2010, 04:32 PM
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Preventative maintanace makes for a reliable rig. Especally if its 20+ years old.
Lots and lots of preventative maintenance.
I have not been stranded. There were a few times I was beginning to wonder though.
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:37 PM
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Hang in there skinny. Happens to alot of us. Triple A and your cell phone always come in handy. And the broke down/recovery efforts always make for great SJ stories.
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Old 03-15-2010, 06:44 PM
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i have had countless vehicles over the years, i curently have 6. All of them but one have left me stranded for some reason or another. that one is a '79 camaro with 240,000 on the clock . i just make shure i allways have my phone with me. when you are driving an old car there is always the risk that somthing that looks perfectly good will just quit one day. but isn't that part of the attraction?
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:42 PM
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Having a FSJ really make you find out who your friends are. Only your real friends will answer the phone at 2 in the morning and come out to steer your FSJ home while pulling it with your other Jeep. lol
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:53 PM
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:15 PM
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mine was very reliable until one day it started knocking. i took it to have the motor rebuilt around halloween 2009, and the guy hasn't moved it yet. i had hoped to have a reliable jeep again by the end of the year, now i'm 3 1/2 months into a new one.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:57 PM
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:22 PM
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Upgrades

It can be rough but it's worth it. There's a few things I have found that make them run a bit more reliable.


Electric fuel pump.. this system is so crucial and needs to be as good as it can possibly be. At the switch of your key it's audible, your getting gas. Replacing all rubber fuel lines is good way to ensure this system is not losing pressure somewhere.

HEI is great ignition for a daily driver, powerful, easy to maintain and easy to install.

Brakes and running gear is dirty grunt work but it's what stops you and puts power to the ground. Getting into it before it waylays you is investing reliability into your rig.


It's a lot about looking at it as series of systems instead of a series of problems as they rise up rear their ugly head. You learn to spot potential stumbling blocks and square them away. Learning how it works demystifies many small problems and gives you confidence as you motor along.
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:53 AM
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Isn't "reliable waggy" like saying "honest politician"?
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:47 AM
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My wifes has only left us stranded like 2-3 times in 5 years.

Maintenance is the key...
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:27 AM
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As has been mentioned - maintenance.
My 89 just turned 220,000 this past weekend. I should probably bump the 'birthday' thread for it.

I would add this to the 'maintenance' argument as well - and this applies to any motor vehicle on earth.
KNOW your vehicle. Know what the common failures are. Know what other people have problems with. Know what broke last time.

If you know that all those aneroid-equipped MC2100 carbs are iffy and will lose the power valve if you look at them cross-eyed when the wind blows - then by all means, do something about it BEFORE there is a problem. My choice happens to be a q-jet on a daily driver - but then some folks would say I'm insane just on that point alone. But - A q-jet has no power valve to blow out. Only one needle and seat to keep clean, and only one float that can fail.

All your wagoneer experiences include 'vapor lock'? Then stop fighting the crap gas that we have available to us, and get a decent electric fuel pump on the truck.

Run a motorcraft ignition? For 22 bucks you can keep a spare module with you at all times.

Read all the stories about wiring fires? Then get in there and bypass that ammeter, and get rid of the DUCT TAPE in your wiring harness!
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:30 AM
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My Grandpa had a reliable one for many years. I think they were reliaable when they were new, then threw fit as they get older.....
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:40 AM
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My choice happens to be a q-jet on a daily driver - but then some folks would say I'm insane just on that point alone.

Not crazy at all.
I've always been told that the primaries on a 4bbl are smaller then a 2bbl. If you can keep it from opening the secondaries, you will get better mileage.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:05 AM
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ANY vehicle can leave you stranded/break down.

Brand new vehicles break down all the time...

My '02 Ranger left me stranded on the side of I-15 when it was ~6 months old.

My GW has been one of the most reliable vehicles I've owned.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:55 AM
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My choice happens to be a q-jet on a daily driver - but then some folks would say I'm insane just on that point alone. But - A q-jet has no power valve to blow out. Only one needle and seat to keep clean, and only one float that can fail.


Can you elucidate on this replacement? Type? Conversion setup? Particulars? (apologies for the thread hijack...)
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:31 AM
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Can you elucidate on this replacement? Type? Conversion setup? Particulars? (apologies for the thread hijack...)

http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=84718
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=80177
These 2 have all the info I could give.
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:24 AM
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Two words: Straight. Six.

Nah, I'm kidding. Just try and work on it, and you may see the light at the end of the tunnel

plus 143 maybe.
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:50 AM
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The only problems I ever had with mine was the SMOG crap making it run poorly!
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