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Old October 17th, 2009, 08:37 PM   #1
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Bought a CJ5

so i finally got myself a wheeler. I went down and picked it up friday. its got 36in super swampers with a Lincoln locker in the rear, 3.54 gears.
it started up and ran good, the steering is a little loose but its a jeep so i expect that, it has an edlebrook carb but it likes to flood itself
so i took it out today to twisted trails drove around for maybe 30 mins and it dies. i'm still not sure i think its wiring one thing about this jeep is theres no key there is just a switch and a button to start it so kinda rigged. i'm no electrician or a pro mechanic, but i hit the button to start it and nothing.
the headlights wont turn on nothing so i think its got something to do with the battery cables so 2moro i'm gunna replace those and just go from there in the wiring.
I do have a friend who is an electrician tho so i'm gunna get him over here. the starter looks pretty new. one other thing is i think the valve cover leaks a bit so i'll replace the gasket.
i think the battery is still good i just have to check the cables. the one positive off the battery goes to a little box then down to the starter, some smaller wires come off the box and go to the distributor cap, and one to the alternator.
I dont really know much about jeeps so anything would help, so if anyone could help, i'm freshly on unemployment so i've got some free time to put into it thanks ahead of time
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Old October 17th, 2009, 08:47 PM   #2
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Just because someone is an electrician, doesn't mean they know anything about automotive wiring.

Get a wring diagram and start going through things. If you are pinched for cash, go to your local library, or search online. They used to put the chiltons diagrams online at autozone.com

You likely lost a main ground or power wire somewhere.
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Old October 17th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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thats for the fast response my buddy does just about as much work on cars as i do so hes reliable, i'm looking at a diagram of a 73 and newer amc 304 which is what i have, so i'll just go by that 2moro but i see only one ground wire coming off the battery in the diagram i have 3 that come off mine.
one right to the body, one right on the block and i forget where the other one goes i'll look more at it 2moro but thanks for telling me to look up a diagram i didn't think of that
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Old October 18th, 2009, 10:27 AM   #4
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well i took the starter over to the parts store and they tested it and its junk so getting a new one tuesday, i'm gunna replace the wires coming off the battery and clean up all the grounds plus i'm gunna have one of my friends come over and tune my carb so hopefully by tuesday i'll have my jeep running again we'll see thanks
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Old October 20th, 2009, 07:35 AM   #5
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well i'm picking up my starter today n hopefully get it running good, but now i'm wanting wider axles it has a dana 30 in front and an AMC 20 in the rear, a dana 20 t-case with a passenger side drop, so i'm wondering what axles do get i can get a cheap set of chevy 1/2tons with 3.54 gears, i just really want something a little wider let me know thanks
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Old October 20th, 2009, 10:32 AM   #6
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well i put the starter in and it starts up i have the battery on a charger just to make sure its charged up, kinda hoped someone would chim in about the axle question well thanks
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Old October 20th, 2009, 10:44 AM   #7
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I believe the ford 9" is the cheapest allround axle to build, it will be plenty strong and comes in a variety of widths. ask monkeyevil on here about you options, he works at JCRoffroad and has 9's under his jeep.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 11:06 AM   #8
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the rear just needs new perches but the front you will have to outboard your front springs to clear the diff and line up with the chevy spring perches. Or you can have a custom front axle made.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 08:09 PM   #9
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well now i need a new alternator but i'm picking that up 2moro, i went and looked at those chevy 1/2 tons my buddy has, on the front the passenger spring perch is cast into the pig, so if i have to change the angle on the front i'm guessing i'll have to grind that down? the rear should be easy just get the angle right and weld the perches on, both my front and rear shock mounts are build into my spring ubolt pads so i dont have to make mounts for that. i have some flat top knuckles i'm gunna use for high steer. well if all that goes well i hope to have that does within a week once i start
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Old October 20th, 2009, 08:25 PM   #10
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hey we could come check it out tomorrow. get a hold of silver93xj. also we have some axles. dana 44 rear from a cj. set of dana 44 from a waggy. also have an alternator or 2 for a 258 or 304. we should have already come and taken a look.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 08:38 PM   #11
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i will get ahold of him 2moro he never answers his phone i'll have to take a look at those axles i'm gettin the chevy ones for 200 i think so we'll see thanks
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Old October 20th, 2009, 08:43 PM   #12
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call tomorrow and he'll answer. I'll be with him. ! at least what to see this thing.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 09:02 PM   #13
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i live right off the highway i'll call him, what u give me an alternator for?
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Old October 20th, 2009, 09:16 PM   #14
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have no service at the workplace but leave a voicemail and ill call u from the home phone!
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Old October 20th, 2009, 09:18 PM   #15
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is it for a 258?
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Old October 20th, 2009, 09:20 PM   #16
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have no service at the workplace but leave a voicemail and ill call u from the home phone!
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I forgot about that.
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Old October 20th, 2009, 09:30 PM   #17
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304 its a v belt not a surpinten (sp) belt
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Old October 21st, 2009, 05:21 PM   #18
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well thanks to grandwarpig we got my jeep running good today had to get a new alternator and rewire the regulator box fun stuff, but then silver93xj grooved my TSL's and they look awesome dude thanks man, well gunna do more research tonight about tuning my carb or possible getting a off road rebuild kit we'll see but a big thanks to those two guys, well on to more 2moro
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 07:38 AM   #19
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jeep is looking good wally! an excelent start! and yes your tires look fawken sweet
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 09:00 AM   #20
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well r u done with em come on i wanna put them on and drive it see how it feels man get ahold of me today i'm around
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