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Jeep: First Weekend

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

With the first 3-day holiday weekend of the year, I managed to make as much of a dent in the jeep project as I could. What became obvious, though, is that the old beast ain’t givin’ up its secrets willingly.

Not that this is a surprise, of course. I mean, it’s been severely mistreated for the past several decades. Left out in the fields, burdened with obnoxious and atrocious tow bars and roll bars, left to rust for years on end. It’s no wonder it wouldn’t know how to react to a little TLC. Read more…

Jeep: Bringing it Home

January 10, 2012 Leave a comment

So, I went and picked up the Jeep a couple of days ago. It’s actually in even better condition than I thought it would be. We actually got the engine running!

A day earlier, my Service and Repair manual came in the mail, so obviously it’s helping engender quite a bit of excitement. Read more…

New Project: 1952 Willys Jeep

January 2, 2012 3 comments

Lately I’ve been craving a project that can get my creative juices going, something that doesn’t involve computers, networks, or pretty much anything overly software-oriented. In fact, I need something that’s going to take my mind off of anything remotely related to that stuff, take me out of the work mindset.

Ever since I was a kid I wanted to rebuild/restore a car. The problem? As a Navy brat we never lived anywhere long enough to actually start a project with the reasonable expectation of finishing.

The other problem? I know next-to-nothing about cars. Seriously. I’m a total noob.

I do, however, have a total thirst to learn; I’m a sponge. In fact, I’ve spent several hours reading about restoring cars (especially old Jeeps). Anything I can get my hands (or web browsers) on, I’m there. Any advice I’m given, I’m taking. Read more…

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