Time for some routine maintenance on the Jeep. It is raining so we will be working in the garage today.
We had an actual snowstorm Friday night (Jan 12, 2018). It rained most of the day then there was some ice and finally 4″-6″ inches of snow. The earlier rain and the plummeting temperatures meant the roads were an icy, slick mess. Jeepster weather!
Last night we got a couple inches of snow and it kept snowing most of the morning. Which means that for the first time I can legitimately use four wheel drive. It was only 18 degrees and the tires were throwing slush up through the floor and on the windshield but the car is actually brilliant in the snow. I drove it downtown then took both my kids out to a nice vacant parking lot to let them play with it. All the 4×4 stuff works perfectly but the transmission was a beast until it warmed up a bit. I really have to get to work on the floorboards.
I finally tracked down a wheel to use for the spare tire that matched my other wheels. I picked it up from the powdercoater last week and today I decided to take it to the tire shop and get the spare tire mounted. No problems there. But when I went to put the tire back on the mount this happened:
There are two electrical issues still on the Jeepster. One is the windshield washer pump. The other is the interior courtesy lights. The wiring for these is a mess so I just disconnected them. Tonight I had some time and was looking for a little project so I decided to get these fixed.
I had an hour to kill so I decided to clean and lubricate the other three windows since it made such a difference to the passenger window. I started in the passenger side rear. It took me a while to figure out why this was weird. Then I realized there is no rust here!
The passenger side convertible top latch broke on me. I thought I might be able to somehow fix the old one but the screws did not want to turn.
The door strap on the passenger side is MIA so I did some junkyard diving.
It has been a little quiet on the Jeep front lately. I have been busy with the rest of my life and the Jeep has been running great. But I had some time free and it was a cool evening so I decided to clean the convertible top.
One of the little annoying things on the Jeep has been the hood latches. One of them likes to fall off and seems to only do it when I am underneath. This happened again while I was re-installing the brake drums and it pissed me off. The collection of parts that came with the Jeep had new ones so I decided to throw them on. How hard could it be?
At some point someone (probably my father) installed the existing latches with stainless screws. That should at least make disassembly possible. Thanks!
While the screws were stainless the nuts, washers, and latches were not so getting the old latches off took some effort. I cleaned up the stainless screws and found new hardware for everything else.
Then I found that one of the new latches is defective. These two parts are supposed to be riveted together. No rivet.
I painted the screw silver then installed it with Lock-Tite and cut off the rest of the screw. This has to be as good as the rivet would have been.