2 weeks ago the wife and I loaded up the wag and pop-up and headed to Antelope Lake, a few hours north west of us, in CA. We have never taken the jeep up here because the main road is ridiculously steep and twisty. Even in my Dakota pulling the pop-up was a 20mph adventure for the last 10 miles of the trip.
We decided to go a back route that is a paved, but bumpy route. Long story short, we went what we thought was the wrong way, backtracked about 12 miles, then went what was DEFINITELY the wrong way on a narrow twisty dirt road through the mountains. Aside from rattling my jeep and camper to pieces it was okay, but not at all what I intended.
It was about a 170 mile round trip, the truck gets like 10mpg on a decent day. I figure it generally has a 200 mile range. I, for some reason, didnt pack a jerry can on this trip. So, climbing steep mountain roads towing with an additional 20-30 miles of added distance had me nervous for the trip home. I knew there was gas within about 20 miles of the campground, but that gas was at the BOTTOM of the aforementioned super steep and twisty roads. I was POSITIVE we were going to starve the fuel pump when we were pointed down the super steep long hills. Losing brakes and steering when you're pulling a trailer DOWN a grade would be no bueno.
Anyway, it all worked out, we didnt die, the truck ran fine, brakes got a little warm (even though I was in 1st or second).
Jeep went through some trials and tribulations over the past 12 months, running worse and worse on the EFI. MSD was little to no help, in the end telling me "its probably your HEI" and leaving it at that. Well, they were right I guess.
I eventually modded a duraspark dizzy with a buddy of mine, so the advance was locked out and we could phase the reluctor. I added an MSD ignition control box, and this allowed my EFI to control timing.
Holi canoli, it runs awesome and smooth now. Took a little tuning, and it still does a few odd things like popping from the exhaust under certain conditions, but woowwie wow wow its like a whole new vehicle!
Rotting away in my back yard. A 38 year old pop up is a thing to be fussed with. Every season I have to repair and reinforce all kinds of junk. The roof is rotted out and leaks a little, the torsion axle is screwed up on one side and sits a few inches lower, it rattles apart on back roads, its bigger and heavier and more annoying to tow, heater doesnt work, so on and so forth.