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hyperboarder 04-27-2010 08:30 PM

New guy in these parts
Hey all,

I'm new. No idea if this is where this should go. I'm a lurker on Colorado 4x4 and was active on Jeep Forum up until about a month ago when I sold my TJ and a Saab friend pointed me in this direction.

Anyway, had a 98 Wrangler Sahara that I dumped too much money into (axle swap, armor, 35's, etc.). I built it while living in Iowa for a year to keep from offing myself. Here's a pic:


I broke a cheap locker while winter wheeling and had to leave the rig for a couple days. Upon retrieval I decided it was time to get my money out of that since I never drove it.

Flash forward to March when I finally fixed the thing and sold it. Still trying to clear out parts, but getting closer. In the mean time we adopted a Great Dane and quickly figured out he wouldn't fit in my Subaru Outback, especially with our American mastiff mix. Here's them for grins:


After selling the Jeep we searched for a bigger vehicle. Somehow I convinced my wife to let me get this instead of a Honda Pilot:


2000 7.3L Diesel Excursion :D. Enough to tow whatever I want and fill with almost everything I own. Stoked. About 15 minutes after getting that I decided I really needed a trail rig too, we quite enjoy our trail rides, so I started looking again. Almost got an 85 XJ on 40's, but the kid was kind of a douche, so I bailed. Then I found this:


I'm guessing most of you saw it on Craigslist, 83 FJ60 with 157k on the clock, SOA on 37's. It could use a regear and has a dirty interior, but man it's fun. I got a good price, so I went for it. Now here it sits:


Doesn't fit in the garage, has a boogered parking brake, but I love it. It'll be painted sometime in the near future and I should probably fix the gear ratio, otherwise I'm planning on leaving it alone. Any suggestions? Thanks kids,


Cliffnotes: I bought a big truck. Check the pics.

wesintl 04-27-2010 08:47 PM

nice score on the 60! WeLcOmE!

It'll be quiet around since a lot are in moab til sunday.

MDH33 04-27-2010 09:02 PM

Hey that's the 60 that what's his name sold recently for $500 that had the rod knock and burnt trans isn't it?

Just kidding. :hill: Welcome :thumb:

hyperboarder 04-27-2010 09:05 PM


Originally Posted by MDH33 (Post 147924)
Hey that's the 60 that what's his name sold recently for $500 that had the rod knock and burnt trans isn't it?
Just kidding. :hill: Welcome :thumb:

Lol, god I hope not. It's got a few leaks (just shoved some cardboard under it), but otherwise it's solid. It's also on Trail Ready beadlocks, so $500 would be a damn steal :D. I still did alright.

On the leak topic, looks like an engine seep and something in the trans. Nothing bad, but are there any areas I should check?

subzali 04-27-2010 10:43 PM

Normal stuff like front and rear main seals would be worth checking. Also, the side cover (on the distributor side) can sometimes leak, snug up the bolts and see if that helps. Otherwise, t-case output shaft seals...

Good luck on the build and welcome to the forum! With the SOA you might want to have a traction/anti wrap bar and make sure your steering is okay (caster angle). Otherwise, have fun!

MDH33 04-28-2010 08:00 AM

In addition to what Matt suggested above, the oil pan bolts often come loose and the gasket will leak. Also, on the trans, there is a common issue where the transfer pumps all its oil into the trans causing the trans to be over-full and the transfer under full. Check the levels of both to see if that's the case. If the trans is over-full, it will leak.

subzali 04-28-2010 08:13 AM

Martin, does that issue occur with the split case transmissions? I wasn't sure...

MDH33 04-28-2010 08:16 AM


Originally Posted by subzali (Post 147955)
Martin, does that issue occur with the split case transmissions? I wasn't sure...

Good thought, I assume it could, but I'm not sure how changed that seal is on the split case. It definitely happens with my fj40 trans and transfer. :hill:

Blackdiamond72 04-28-2010 08:40 AM

Excellent example of an anti wrap bar for the rear axle:

The rest of the truck ain't bad either! :thumb:

Welcome, look forward to seeing ya out on the trail with us.

hyperboarder 04-28-2010 09:20 AM

The trans appears to be the worst of it right not. The engine is only a seep and hasn't dripped yet. The trans has. I'll check levels today, I know the engine is full. Anyone know any good cruiser/yota mechanics up in Fort Collins? Come next spring I know I'll need one to help me pass emissions :).

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