on a little weight
Old Yeller has a plate bolt in between the frame rails. It came with a couple of tow hooks (one broken) and a strange i-bolt contraption welded to the front bumper. The first task was to remove the plate and make room for the weight.
While Barry did a quick paint job on the weight, Evan attacked the plate with the impact wrench. Next came a round with the saws-all and angle grinder to remove the unnatural parts. We did notice the frame has some rough but functional welding. We didn’t bother to clean it up at this point.
Ev pulled the jeep
up to the weight – it is not something you want to carry very
far – and helped Barry lift the weight in place. The weight has
a front lip that slips under the bumper. Inserting the weight involves
setting it on the frame and tipping it slightly. The weight fits like
The lift weighs over a hundred pounds and is shaped something like a “T”. Using a combination of floor and bottle jacks, we were able to position the lift and raise it to match the mounting holes on the bumper. That was the good news.
When Barry had removed the drawbar, the tie-in bar to the frame on the driver’s side had been broken loose. At some point in the past, the PO has pulled really hard on the corner of the jeep. The bumper is bent out enough so that the hole on the rear cross member of the lift and the hole on the frame cross member are about ½” apart. And for some reason, the lift frame is hitting the body and will not go up as far as needed to meet the frame cross-member.
Rather than fight
taking the lift off now, the decision was made to use the bumper bolts
to secure the lift and limit towing to light loads. When the pump arrives,
we will lower the lift and see if we can make it all fit.
doesn’t look right
This governor was
one of our first finds, but has been sitting in a box for several months.
If fact, other than having it out to take photos, we hadn’t paid
much attention to how it might work. Once the governor was mounted,
it became clear that we either have a governor for a different engine
(a stationary engine?), or we are missing a piece that controls the
carburetor. In either case, it just isn’t right. Even though we
know we have the correct mounting bracket and control cable, it is back
to the Net to look for some answers.