Thursday, January 10, 2008

my jeep

As soon as we got home from Iraq, five guys in my platoon went out and bought jeeps. Some spent a lot of money, some spent a little money, and I spent the least money. Consequently, I have the most work to do.

I bought a 1980 CJ7. It's in pretty good shape, but has a few issues.

I put a new Weber carburetor on today to replace the crappy Carter stock carb that came on it.

I'm not a great mechanic... I'm not even a good mechanic... but I managed to struggle through a relatively simple process and the Jeep runs again, which I will count as a victory. Now I have to adjust it a little bit and check a few things out before I start trying to fix my transmission.

This Jeep is going to kick ass when I'm done with it.

So far I have:

1. replaced both front seats
2. replaced the heater controls
3. replaced the ripped up duct that goes to the defroster
4. put in a new glovebox (the old one was completely missing)
5. put in a new distributor cap, rotor, and coil
6. replaced the crappy headlights with halogens
7. replaced all the spark plugs and plug wires
8. replaced fuel filter
9. replaced one seatbelt

I still have to (or want to):
1. fix transmission
2. cover or replace back seat
3. install audio
4. fix temp gauge wiring
5. fix side mirror bracket
6. install 4" lift kit
7. replace missing tire carrier on back
8. bumper and winch
9. rhino line the entire floor
10. paint seat brackets
11. fix clock
12. paint
13. buy some 33 inch tires, but not till the brand new 31s on it now get worn a little
14. fix right blinker wiring
15. ...

I'm sure theres more...

I only really posted this because I need to get back in the habit of writing every day. Some guy in Nebraska contacted me to write some stuff for a retiree association newsletter after he read one of my articles. Pretty cool...

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

heres the first article I got published...
but it's not working today for some reason...

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Home again

I made it home.

I never posted after google stuck their fingers in the pie because, frankly, I didn't have the time or the patience to figure out how to log onto my own blog. Now I have the time, if not the patience, but regardless... here I am again.

I never stopped writing. I actually had two articles published in American Legion magazine while I was in Iraq.

If anyone still pays attention to this blog...
1. you should be commended for your patience, or pitied for your lack of a life
2. I will probably start posting again more regularly now that I am back.

more later...