Sunday, September 25, 2011

Spindle Re-Grease

I hung my exhaust a bit too high.
The hot gasses heated my bumper bracket and carbon discolored it.
The heat also accelerated the deterioration of my spare tire swingarm grease.

I disassembled the bumper to get at the spindle.

I added a liberal amount of grease to keep the water out.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

My transmission cooler return line was leaking, so I doubled the hose clamps.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Uni-body tie-in brackets

Rachel brought these brackets home from the USA for me ( through customs and as a carry on!)... When I installed my spare tire carrier, I had to cut two rusty bolts on my old brackets. The stock brackets can't be re-used with the bolts rusted to them. These new brackets are required to re-install my hitch and fuel tank skidplate.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A small cow 2

I found him!

A small cow

I like this small cow but I don't know where he is right now.

Sometimes things break themselves?

When Rae and I came home from Harrison, this excellent dish Karl gave us was in shambles. I guess I'm going to blame changing temperatures, even though I've had it for years. Bring it on, Fall, Winter, Spring! You're all the same here in the Northwest.

And no match for Summer.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sewing on a new button

I got into the sewing drawer today.

Sewing Drawer

This shirt was missing a button.

Pink Shirt and Needle

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


My sister got me this cool watch made of wood so I made it fit!

Monday, September 5, 2011

The saga of the Sway Bar Bushings

The sway bar bushings on my '97 Jeep Cherokee were worn out! Extra play from the elongated bushings allowed the Jeep's body to shift around on the Chassis a small amount, enough to clank against the inner fender on occasion.

I bought a shiny new Dial Caliper to measure my sway bar for new bushings, as my Jeep came from the factory with various sizes of sway bars based on accessories that model year it was made. (for example, a towing package) (my last Dial Caliper was stolen when my Jeep was broken into on the street in Chicago).

Apparently I was out of practice, or couldn't figure out the unit conversion, because I ended up getting the wrong size bushings and having to buy another set.

The first pair I bought were red 28mm and came in a set with end link bushings.
The set cost me $30 dollars, and I had it shipped to my mom's in Seattle.
Plus, they came with additional sway bar end link bushings, which I could use later.
For now, I bagged up the un-used end link bushings to save space.

The bushings that fit my 97 Jeep Cherokee were blue 26 mm from my local NAPA. In the end, this worked out for the best. Because the red bushings were too big, they didn't fit in the stock bushing retainers and required installation of a weaker component. You can see that the silver 'aftermarket' retainer is not as strong as the pressed form in the black stock retainer, which has increased rigidity and a better seat for the bushing to ensure proper wear.

Sunday, September 4, 2011