The vehicle going under the knife today is my 1980 Jeep CJ7. The drivetrain is an AMC 258ci with a Weber 32/36 Carb, T176, Dana 300 JB conversion 4:1 kit. This powers the factory Dana 30 Spartan Locked front axle, and AMC 20 ARB Locked rear axle. Both have 4.56 gearing and alloy axle shafts from Ten Factory. The Jeep sits on about 4 inches of lift, between body and suspension, and 35 inch Milestar Tires.
Let’s get started. First up, out with the old; although this Weber carb has treated me well for many years and is far superior to the BBD Carter that the Jeep would have come with from the factory, I have reached its limits on the rocks. Removal is very straight forward. First, disconnect all fuel and vacuum lines. Follow this by disconnecting the linkage and filter assembly. Remove the four mounting bolts and the bolts holding the adapter to the manifold. What you’re leftwith is a bare BBD carb mounting flange in need of a quick cleanup. At this time, remove all metal and rubber lines from the old mechanical fuel pump. These will not be reused.
Just like that, the fun is ready to begin! The Holley Sniper kit provides four new mounting studs; these were installed with a dab of blue Loctite. The gasket was placed over the studs and the Sniper unit placed on top. In hindsight, trimming a bit of the length from the mounting studs would have made installation easier, as the studs’ installed height made finding the correct socket combo difficult.
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TRAIL REPORT: Gladiator Trail
There are many trails within the Chokecherry Canyon area of Farmington, New Mexico.
“ There is a hole here,” I said, gazing through the lime green tubing as the front passenger tire inched closer to the hole. “Uh-huh,” he replied.
PUT IT OUT!
ALWAYS CARRY A FIRE EXTINGUISHER
STAMPEDE AMONG THE PANDEMIC
STAMPEDE AMONG THE PANDEMIC
STEERING THAT IS FORGIVING
A challenge, as your o -road daringness increases, is how to keep your steering safe.
GLAMIS BLACK BAG PROJECT
Keeping Glamis clean for all to enjoy
LIGHTEN THE RIDE OFF YOUR RIG
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FIRST GENERATION BRONCO VS. 2021 FORD BRONCO SPECS
A comparison of the data. The first-generation Ford Bronco, released in 1966 and after vs. the 2021 Ford Bronco.
DIXIE 4 WHEEL DRIVE - NAMED TORA RETAILER OF THE YEAR AT SEMA
Some four-wheel-drive shops feel like institutions. They’ve been around in everyone’s memories forever, so you know they’ve existed for a long time. Dixie Four Wheel Drive has long been one of those establishments in St. George, Utah.
ANOTHER SHAFT OPTION
Two key components that take a beating on an off-road vehicle are the front and rear driveshafts.
Don’t let the square headlights fool you too much, this is a JL with some crafty throwbacks to the ’87-’95 Jeep Wrangler. It all started when Quadratec, a shining star in the Jeep aftermarket world, turned 30 years old.
Precursor to luxury: Looking back to the Kaiser Jeep Super Wagoneer
As we put hands to keyboard on this issue of Four Wheeler, Jeep has only begun to tease us with its latest entry in the premium luxury SUV field: the Grand Wagoneer concept.
STEER YOU RIGHT
A PSC Motorsports Big Bore XD steering box solved our Jeep’s steering woes
SHINE AND DANDY
We install some Denali LED lights and the sPOD Mini6 control panel
THE GOBI JEEP
Anatomy of a JK that’s built with important and problem-solving upgrades
HOMEMADE OFF-ROAD TRAILER
’65 Ford F-100 chassis
2002 Jeep Wagoneer Concept
Worth the wait?
Reliving the Sh!%box Derby: You would only do this in an old, beat-up 4x4
Let me take this opportunity to give you my take on the ’21 Ford Bronco because 4,530,229 online stories have probably failed to satiate your appetite for unsolicited opinions of Ford’s new would-be Wrangler killer.
Jeep Wrangler Goes Both Ways
TWO FIRSTS IN THE WORKS FOR JEEP: A FACTORY-INSTALLED V-8 AND A PLUG-IN HYBRID
Is your 4x4 destined to be a family heirloom?
Keepsake or Jeepsake? Sometimes it’s the same thing