A Manly Endeavor


It doesn’t get more manly than this.

Austin has an old 1977 Jeep CJ5 with a custom roll bar (admit it you’re impressed I knew that!) that is a valued possession of his. Honestly, once I saw that he had a dog, a Jeep and spoke Spanish I knew he was the ONE for me. Needless to say, it is now his main mode of transportation which he enjoys thoroughly despite the fact that it does not have doors and can be either freezing or blistering hot to ride in depending on the weather, and baby James is not able to ride in it. Regardless it is a classic.

Like any classic, it has its fair share of issues that need to be fixed, but not quite as many as some of the old fixer uppers out there. Austin loves reading about whatever the issue is and figuring out what needs to be done. The most recent issue was a crack in the exhaust manifold. Honestly I don’t really know what that means, except for the fact that he couldn’t pass emissions. So he set out to fix the exhaust manifold. Apparently you have to completely take out major parts of the engine fix the issue and then put it all back together. Since you can’t take an engine out by yourself he recruited our dear friend Peter to help out. After two days of exhaust manifold fixing, it was time to give her a try. Much to Austin’s dismay once he got it going there was gas leaking everywhere. After some research he deducted that it had to do with settings in the carburetor.

I would have never been able to get to this point, but if I had I sure would have given up and called someone to come fix the carburetor for me. Not Austin, he searched forums and online jeep help pages, found the parts he needed and purchased them. He then meticulously took apart the carburetor, which has a million tiny pieces and specific settings, cleaned it all, fixed what needed to be fixed and put it all back together. After all that work, he was rewarded with an engine that did not leak gas and a car that passed emissions with flying colors.


A carburetor in pieces.


The cleaned and fixed carburetor.

I cannot put into words how impressed I am by my husband. His patience, persistence and ability to solve problems is uncanning. Way to go Tootsie!! You did it!!! Long love the Jeep!


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