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    Even though the steering wheel is on the wrong side, that thing is sweet!


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    Yes that thing is beautiful!! Nice catch.


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    Absolutely gorgeous piece of old Jeep iron!
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    lately i noticed the valve-train being very noisy and then the jeep started misfiring like crazy.

    at first i thought it was dirt in the carburetor or the old mechanical ignition acting up but soon found the problem to be far more serious.

    We took the valve cover of and found quite a few rockers not moving and having massive side-play.

    i was shocked to see everything bone dry in the valve cover.

    We took the sump of as well to determine the condition of the bearings because i suspected something wrong there

    the oilpressure was good at 43 psi so the inspection ruled out any bearing damage.



    my son stripped down the rocker shaft and the rockers and we found the rockers all seized up and worn down like crazy



    in the pic you can see a good rocker right and a worn out one to the left

    here you can clearly see the damage. the metal in the hole is where the oil hole in the rocker shaft is. this is the only part that did not wear



    after much research i found one website that mentioned a AMC service bulletin suggesting a fix on the pre '70 232 engine
    so i set out to manufacture said fix.
    my brother machined a new special rocker shaft bolt that was drilled so it would stick out the valve cover and suply oil into the rocker shaft.

    i was lucky to have an old 232 for spare parts so we mixed and matched the best rocker shaft and rockers to complete the assembly.
    here is a pic of the special bolt installed:



    i was never happier to see oil coming from a rocker as i was today!!!



    here is everything plumbed up and test fitted:



    i installed a grommet in the valve cover, which was predrilled by the factory by the way, to avoid future leaks and buttoned everything up.

    the Jeep has never run so smooth and i hope it stays that way for a long time!

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    Very cool you got it fixed.
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    That thing is badass!!!
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    Very cool. Great project.

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    Beautiful Truck! Thanks for sharing.
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    Nice truck and hell of a MacGyver fix!

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    If you ever want to sell it, first dibs?? Love it!


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