Carb is in and she’ll fire up. Won’t stay running unless I keep it at full choke, but it’s a major step forward from where I was. Time to double check the vacuum lines and then back to the FSM for adjustment procedures.
Ok...got her to idle around 900-950 rpm without dying. I need to fabricate a small screwdriver to get at the idle mix screw. It's a tight fit anyway, but my fat sausage fingers aren't making it any easier!
Mr. T thought of a lot of things, but what couldn't they have figured out a way to just turn the carb 90* !?!
Finally got around to finishing the sound deadner in my doors. Overall not hard to do and pretty fast. I was hoping for better results though. It is quieter, but obviously not almost silent like a modern car. I had my fingers crossed for an amazing level of difference. I do like how the doors sound and feel when you open and close them now. Much more solid and not like just slamming a piece of sheet metal. The only downside is that I can hear other things going on that I couldn't before. For instance...I can now hear that it sounds like I have a loose dash pad clip...it's driving me crazy to hear it rattling in there, but I'm really looking forward to pulling the dash again!
Glad I got around to this...turns out the PS front didn't even have any plastic in there. Also lubed all the window regulators while I was in there.
A little butyl cord and some trimmed drop cloth...good as new! (yes, after the pic I ran the handle op rod back through the plastic)
Pretty thoughtless and slightly mundane job, but gave me time to think about how I might tackle restoring the door cards. I'll possibly be learning about upholstery techniques later tonight .
Now if I can just get the engine temp down to somewhere I feel more comfortable. Drove about 35 miles today and the gauge stayed pretty consistent. It's staying at about 3/4 of the way up the white line. Still considered within operating temps, but higher than I'd like. I don't know how it would have done today if it were summer temps outside .
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My truck was always at that level, it did bother me but I chalked it up to the gauge. I do think one of the sensors that @Spike Strip added either here or somewhere else is a worthwhile purchase for simple peace of mind.
Performed a little seat surgery today using the frame I picked up from another MUD member. A little steam to bring the foam back to life, maybe not totally but better anyway, and some upholstery swapped...new seat back.
Temps were warm enough the last week to do some painting. Didn't get any pics because I usually don't think of it until AFTER I'm done. I pulled the better bumpers off my parts truck, banged out some the minor dents, and blacked them out with some chassis paint over some epoxy primer. I feel much better getting rid of the bent and deformed front bumper and I like the way the "blacking out" is coming along.
Had today off so I knocked out a couple other little projects. First I installed the new door weatherstripping I ordered from @TRAIL TAILOR . Super easy and fast install and it sealed everything up nicely. Now all I can hear is the whine of the trans and on the highway at about 65-70mph the airflow around the FJ62 mirrors makes some noise. Not bad considering what this is.
I also took 2 minutes to do the 12v buzzer mod listed in the FAQ section so I get an "alarm" if I leave my headlights on.
Looks like tomorrow is going to be as warm as it'll be for a while. Looks like I'll be tackling the radiator/WP/fan clutch install.