Baby Blue

I was at the local Jeep dealership the other day and I noticed something pretty cool in their accessories department:

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You don’t see that everyday!

It was a very clean, restored 71 CJ.  It was like looking straight into the past.  For its condition it wasn’t astronomically priced either:

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I’m sure there is an offer to be made in there

I spoke to the rep about it a bit and apparently it was being built by a father for his son but in the end decided to trade it away on a newer jeep.  That’s a shame because its like 95% done and super simple compared to today’s newfangled Wranglers:

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The venerable Dauntless V6!

The V6 had been refreshed and showed all 0’s on the clock. Pretty neat.

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Jeep Gecko Green

I happened to be window shopping on Jeep’s website and noticed they have a new green color for the Wrangler, Gecko Green.  My 04 is Electric Lime Green and I dig it, this green is muted some and looks nice on the 2 door Wrangler:

Gecko Green!

This green is can also be applied to the Sahara Unlimited and if you dare you can match the top as well.

Yikes!

That’s a little much but I’m sure a few will roll off the line configured like this.

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The J-10

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Rear Differential Reseal

The rear differential had started to weep a wile back and recently had gotten worse so I decided to clean it up.  I have no idea when this was lat done, if ever, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I cracked the bolts on the AMC 20, let the fluid drain and here’s what I had:

Mighty AMC 20

It was real full, I think about 3 quarts poured out of it.  The gears looked good and there was no bits of metal or anything out of the ordinary. The service manual lists only needing about a quart so either it has slowly filled up from little adds here and there or somebody over filled it after a reseal.  I wiped it down, cleaned up the cover and applied gasket material.  In cleaning up the cover, I removed all the grease, dirt, surface rust and flaking paint before hitting it with some primer and paint.

All done

It was pretty easy. I’m going to let it cure overnight before I add fluid.  Next up will be the front.

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A story with no words

Jeep

4 wheel drive

Go

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I’m on a Bridge to Nowhere

If you have lived in El Paso for a while one of the things you may have noticed on the westside is the bridge to nowhere.  It’s right before the Sunland Park exit and there appears to be no reason for it.

Who put that here?

There was once a purpose but when the drainage dam was built the road to it got severed leaving only the entrance from the neighborhood in Buena Vista.  That side is fenced off.

The bridge taunts you from behind the gate

I have always wondered if it was possible to get to it so today I set off to try. I looked at the area from above on Google and found a dirt road that entered the drainage area from the side of the Westside Recreation Center. There is a gate but today it was open.

Looks all flat and easy from here.

Once in I drove to a wash area where some taggers had hit some concrete walls.

Krylon tracks

From there I drove along the top ridge and then down the side of the dam.  That proved to be a dumb move as once I got to the bottom I was greeted by 3 foot boulders blocking my way. After trying unsuccessfully in 4low to get back up the only way I found around was by skirting the bottom of the dam sideways next to the boulders. It was a long 1o minutes of sideways slip and sliding.

Easy does it

I won’t lie and say I wasn’t sweating bullets.  The rocky substrate kept sending me towards the boulders, I had to fight the urge to gas it and just let myself creep along.  The end of the boulder line drops you right at the entrance to the bridge so all in all it worked out.

Success!

I wasn’t going to be able to go back the way I came so I traveled down a rocky and rutted hill which put me right next to I-10, before the Sunland exit.  For future reference, it may be possible to go this route instead of the tricky way i went.   I think its time to look into winches.

Full Flickr set here: Bridge to Nowhere

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I’m for Sale!

That’s right you have a chance at owning automotive history! A 2002 Jeep Liberty, 2002 being the first year it was introduced, replacing the venerable XJ Cherokee. Thats gotta’ mean somthin’!

I’m an OG, I killed the Cherokee!

The Liberty is the perfect 4X4 for cruising the mean streets of El Paso, Texas. Having a 4×4 allows you quick access to any nearby arroyo should bullets start flying from across the border.
Ricardo Montalbon would be jealous

With heated leather seats, you’ll be warm as you wait for your drug mule to make safe entry into the US through the Chihuahuan desert. Need to fire off some warning shots?  There’s even a moon roof!
Stuck crossing the Rio? Crawl out the top!

With 90440 miles on the clock, we are listing this at a thug friendly budget price of 7850.00.
(Update: The Liberty has been traded away)
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J-10 Action shots

Well not really off-road action but I had to transport some of my paintings to the airport for display so I got to stretch the trucks legs a bit on the freeway.  Went a comfortable 70 mph but you forget how much you miss overdrive till you don’t have it.

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I tested out the AC, the fan blows but no cold.  Who knows the last time freon was added but mechanically the AC unit seems fine so I may have it tested for leaks and filled, provided there is not a problem.
Oh well, the windows work at least:)
I guess its time to start planning the next round of “fix the annoyance” and putting the door panels back on may be project numero uno.  Then possibly recovering the seats or replacing them out-right would be nice, the radiator needs tending to, oh and the belt squeal on start up and…
This sign seems appropriate.
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The Grande Verde=Pure Awesome

I think I have found one of the coolest Wagoneers to date:

The Grande Verde hails from Steam Whistle Brewing and is part of their delivery fleet.  I now have 2 reasons to visit Ontario some day.
Check out their site for more vehicle and beer awesomeness:
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