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Project "flapdoodle" (95 XJ)

Discussion in 'Gasoline Engines' started by chillman88, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. Oledirtypearl86

    Oledirtypearl86 Full Access Member

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    Making progress I don't think my wife would be patient with me on a project like flapdoodle PS like the name
     
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    I will brag that I'm a lucky man. She's very good to me!

    I stumbled across the name and decided it just fit lol. Apparently it literally means nonsense which fits like a glove!

    I've wanted one of these for a while and this one fell into my lap. If I get technical I'm only in it for a couple hundred maybe so far. $60 or so for control arms, bought a set of plugs for it and a 24' piece of 2x4 tube for the rocker panels. I have metal here for the floors and free parts from a buddy. Trying to keep it cheap as I can.
     
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    I'm pretty lucky too but she gives me the caution sign a bit lately luckly she lets up when I finish a project
     
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    haha, i have hit the caution level with my truck. i have to get inside house projects done now.

    look forward to the progress, i like those square body Jeeps.
     
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    The 4.0L is actually a pretty good engine. A common problem is the exhaust manifold cracking. It has the effect of messing up up the O2 sensor and causing it to run like crap. An exhaust header is a nice upgrade. :sly
     
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    subway be nice to the admin :D

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    yea, not to mention that darn crankshaft position sensor. it goes oops and the engine shuts down lol
     
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    I knew about the exhaust manifold but not the crank sensor. Thanks for the heads up!
     
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    Got the new wheels on it. They hold air, the old ones don't lol. New to me tires in the works from a buddy of mine.

    Old wheels...
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    New wheels...
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    To each his own. I MUCH prefer the 16" steelies to those 17" aluminum ones.

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    Still has air in the cooling system but looks like the alt is charging and all the gauges seem to work except maybe oil pressure...

    Drove it outside finally! A long way from done though!

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    Purrs like a kitten. Has an occasional stumble but its got old gas and needs a tune-up. Has a pretty noticable exhaust leak lol.

     
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    subway be nice to the admin :D

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    sounds like a healthy 4.0, i thought the overall engine design gave them a slight stumble at idle if you listen close. nothing wrong with the engine, that is just how they run.
     
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    Thanks. I've never had one so I didn't know. Certainly wasn't bad enough to cause me concern.
     
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    nothing scientifical about it lol i just remember driving a friends old square headlight Jeep with a 4.0 back when it was new. yeah i am dating myself a bit but i noticed it seemed to stumble a bit. not much but you could notice. i was sort of sensitive to it because i was having trouble getting my CJ-7 with a 360 V-8 to idle smooth.

    he explained it had been in the shop for the issue and it was explained to him they do that. it is just sort of inherent with the design. he drove it for years with no issue.
     
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