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    Changed distributor cap and rotor. Wiggled a bunch of wires but didn't remove or clean anything. A short test drive was successful. More driving needed for confirmation.

    Reverse lights are done and they are blinding.

    Rear U joint done.

    Confirmed front axle u-joint is good and the yoke has worn out locating tabs so I will build those up with some TIG welds and hand dress them back to size to save the yoke, which otherwise looks to be in great shape. Must of had loose u-joint straps at some point.
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    Took the burb for a longer drive and the issue still existed, but way less severe and it only happened when I down shifted hard to accelerate. Got a code 42 which is spark timing fault. I ordered a new ignition module and I'm going to replace the ignition wires, possibly re-route them away from the ignition module wires if they're too close.
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    Replaced the ignition module and it ran a little worse.

    Replaced the plugs and ignition wires and it ran a lot worse. I thought the wires would do it because 7 out of 8 had cracked boots at the plugs from heat.

    Almost replaced the distributor pick up coil and the ignition coil, but instead I started inspecting the wire harness behind the motor and I heard arcing. Ah ha! Then more arcing. Uh oh! Quickly removed a battery terminal. Found that the power wire from the starter to the power distribution was rubbed through and arcing on a heat shield, which I hope is the final fix for the burb's issues.

    Should of spent more time checking the stupid stuff before replacing parts, although the ignition wires really needed to be replaced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshs1ofakindxj View Post
    Replaced the ignition module and it ran a little worse.

    Replaced the plugs and ignition wires and it ran a lot worse.
    I think we can all learn a valuable lesson about preventative maintenance from this... don’t do it! Lol.
    Hopefully she’s all fixed and running good now.

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    Well sign me up for every WV Gambler 500. Amazing scenery, trails, and fellow Gamblers.

    I hit the road Friday afternoon and almost immediately code a code for O2 sensor reading lean. I stopped near Uniontown and picked up a fuel filter, and as soon as I hit the road with the intentions of changing it later that night in camp the light went away, so whatever. The burb ran great all weekend, except steep grades. I could barely hold 40 mph up a steep hill on the highway, and I was slow climbing those steep WV back road mountains. No overheating, but I will be changing the fuel filter and checking compression.

    I also lost 2 quarts of oil. I just can't win with rear main seals.

    I cracked the back left window on a tree near Flagpole Knob on a rocky drop off. Those always get me. The tint is holding the window together just fine so no action needed there.

    Time for new front tires and one of the exhaust manifold to down pipe gaskets blew out, so not much carnage to repair.

    After driving the burb a lot of miles this weekend I think I want to run smaller tires and drop the lift as much as possible. The burb rides pretty rough, it's built way over kill for the wheeling I like, and I think I would be better off with skinny 33"/34" tires and a 2" or 3" lift. I have a few more 37" tires to wear out, but I think that is in the future plans for the burb.























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    I didn't even know there was a WV Gambler. If I can ever get the Xterra fixed up enough I want to go next time.
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    This was the first one. The organizer capped the event so it wasn't widely advertised, as it filled up very quickly.
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