Today, I bought a new brake line, cut it to length, flared and installed it – still had leaks! I guess I need to go ahead and order a new y fitting. Looks like I need to do a little touch up paint on the frame where the brake fluid was leaking.
Next, I moved on to adjusting the exhaust valves. Man, getting that tappet cover out of that cramped space is a PITA!
It’s kind of hard to keep the tappet cover from leaking. After scrape the block, I clean it with acetone. I put a light coat of Permatex black on one side of the cork gasket, then put it in place on the block and let it set up a little. I clean the old Permatex off the cover, clean the surface with acetone and put a thin coat on the gasket surface. I put a small bead on the PCV hat and let this set up a little. I also put a little on the washers on the bolts and a small bead on the PCV hat where the bolt goes through.
Lastly, you’ll have to snake the cover back into the tight space without knocking the gasket out of place. Since the Permatex has set up some, this is a little easier. Make sure the throttle bellcrank and vacuum line are out of the way before you start. Once in place, tighten the bolts snugly into place, but not overly tight. Reinstall the throttle linkage, PCV system and vacuum lines. I went ahead and cleaned the PCV valve while I had everything apart – can’t hurt. Just remember how it came apart.
After that was taken care of, I slid up under the Jeep and took care of a few of the leaks that I have. I tightened the oil pan and timing cover bolts. Then I tightened the axle cover bolts. While I was in the area, I smelled old gas and traced it to the tee in the fuel line that feeds the optional gas heater. I tightened those fittings.
Next, I greased ALL of the grease zerks. Lastly, I checked and filled the tranny, transfer, axles and steering gear. The transfer, rear axle and steering gear needed oil – I ended up adding about a quart total (it’s been a while since I checked them – and they leak)!
One other thing I did was to work on the fuel gauge. I unplugged the wire at the sender and it jumped to FULL. Plugged it back up and it went back to right above EMPTY, which is about right. I turned the switch off and back on – it went to EMPTY. Same result after turning the switch on and off a few times. I unplugged the wire and plugged it back in – went to right above EMPTY again. This was repeated every time. Maybe it’s the gauge?