After getting the feeling that I'm scattering my thoughts everywhere, it looks like it may be time to settle down and keep a single thread going for the work I'm doing. Quick introduction: Two weeks ago, I purchased a 1974 Postal Jeep. It had at least one owner after the USPS retired it, because it had remnants of a stereo in it, sorta bolted to the floor. Oh, and the extra seat was a giveaway, too. Most of it is intact, but there are (as expected) some missing parts and some added parts. Why somebody added a tow ball hitch below the rear bumper still has me wondering. I am an apartment dweller, so I had to rent a storage garage space to do the repairs. No power, no water, barely a roof. But I can afford it. It's mine for the next 90-120 days. So, that's the deadline for getting it street legal. You've already seen me ask about what order to fix things in, and the consensus was the 3 S's - Start, Stop, Steer. After that, it's all gravy. So I tossed in a 'W' for "whatever sorta jumps out at me at the time". As of today, there's been three nights of work on it. It's in the 90's in the Dallas area, so I am going to be losing water weight doing this project. Here is what I have accomplished so far: Wheels off and she's up on four jack stands Old oil drained and filter pulled - ready for fresh oil this weekend New plugs/wires/cap/rotor/condenser/points in hand, ready to go Carburetor pulled as of this afternoon. Rebuild kit at the ready. This'll be next week's after dinner project. Fuel tank dropped. Some joker filled it with what seems like sawdust just to make sure that the internal rust clumps have something to talk to. Plus there was some leftover 20+ year old fuel (now funky organic sludge) in there, too. Yes, Virginia, there is a dirtier job than mopping projectile vomit out of the back of an ambulance and it's called rinsing out a fuel tank. I can see that I need to get this professionally cleaned and maybe have the interior coated so that it lasts - there is no visible rust at all on the outside. Filler neck, of course, had a oh-so-1970's locking gas cap, and there's no key. The neck came inside tonight. I just drilled the living snot out of the cylinder and we now have free flow. Four scored brake drums pulled. Brought them to the shop and had them measured. Wouldn't you know it, they mic out fine now, but would fail after turning. So they're trash. Just like the wheel cylinders (with cracked rubber caps), front hoses (also cracked), shoes (would you believe they're cracked?), springs (three are fractured, what's with that?) and the master cylinder (frozen up and won't budge an inch). Back of the jeep has been cleaned out from both the tan shag carpeting and the water decayed subwoofer enclosures. Oh, and the other incidentals found include a pair of jumper wires, three empty cans of Dr. Pepper and a copy of Eminem's Slim Shady LP on cassette (to go with that ad hoc stereo) Other new parts (coolant hoses, thermostat, etc) are arriving next week. I know I have other issues to deal with in the front of the engine, such as an alternator that spins but sounds scratchy, but if I can get away for now, it's better for me. I've got questions galore, but they can probably wait for tonight. I'll come back here to fill things in as I go along. It won't be as exciting as some of the other rebuild posts, primarily because body work is secondary right now to safe/legal operation. But, at the end of it all, it's still an Intermediate age Jeep coming back to life. That counts for something, eh?