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John Nash
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54 years old
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Father of three; I value a careful balance of self and involvement with others.

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OREGONOVERLAND'S JEEP
Year & Model  
2002 WJ
Engine  
287 cid HO
Transmission  
545RFE five-speed
Transfer Case  
Type 4: Quadra-Drive II NV-247
Front Axle  
Front Vari-Lok (Dana 30 axle)
Rear Axle  
Rear Vari-Lok (Dana 44a axle)
Gear Ratio  
Low Range Ratio: 2.72:1 Torque Split: Variable
(0-100%)
Suspension  
Up Country Suspension components
Tires  
235/65R17 Wild Country Radial XTX
Wheels  
17" Rogue Chrome
Recovery  
Phone number to AAA (lol...) Chrome plated hooks
Armor  
All Overland options: Front, transfer case and
gas tank skid plates
Accessories  
Class 4 Tow Package
Future Mods  
True duel exhaust with headers, superchip.
 
INSTALLED PRODUCTS
Armor
Audio, CB, & Electrical
Axles
Body
Engine
Interior
Recovery
Suspension
Tires & Wheels
Transfer Case
Transmissions

JEEP HISTORY
I owned a '76 Cherokee Chief 360cid
(awesome rig and very easy to sell when I
had to.) I couldn't go long without her
though, so I snapped up a '77 Cherokee
Laredo 242cid. I went 15 years in the dark
ages until my recent renaissance with my
current jeep. I purchased my current
2002 WJ Overland HO from a reputable (in
theory anyway...) dealership in April
2011; I really enjoyed her too but then,
it happened. I was on my daily 5 mile
commute home on I-5 going @60 in the right
lane when I suddenly lost power and heard
the sickening sound of the tell-tale
clapping valve on a seatless head. I
wasn't a mechanic then, but I've since
read a lot about these engines and feel
quite confident in talking to some local
jeep mechanic acquaintances. I was
priced over $5,000 for a used install from
my local shop; good guys over there but I
couldn't afford them; and it just didn't
pencil out value wise you know? So I
researched rebuilt engines, all for over
$3,000 (but ok, now we're at least going
the right direction at least,) but that
was still too high, and how do I know if
it still had the signature HO parts, I
lost a lot of faith in a merchant's word
whom I can't hold accountable, so I shyed
away from that option too. Plus with all
of the extensive research I'd accumulated,
I was feeling more and more confident I
could do the rebuild myself (with a
rebuildable engine and the help of a
highly acclaimed Portland machine shop of
course.) Just to be thorough, I checked
the used prices for a replacement HO and
found a range between $1700 with over 150k
miles, to a couple over $3000 with 55k-70k
miles. These I'll keep in mind (a few were
from 2006 dodge dakotas.) So If I'm told
my block's not rebuildable, I'll know
where else to go. So here we are now,
my WJ in a rented garage with the front
end, radiators, plumbing, AC, fuel supply,
valve covers, exhaust and headpipe, oil
pan, pulleys, timing cover and chains, and
engine electrical all removed. I've also
carefully match-marked all mating
surfaces, fasteners and connections with
masking tape. The removal is waiting for
me to disconnect the bellhousing and motor
mounts and find a hoist. I like
interaction with like-minded people and
those who need help or offer advice, so if
you want to use this rebuild as a vehicle
to help me or others, you're welcome to do
so with me. If you want specific pictures
of parts or a process, I'll be happy to
provide whatever is technically feasible;
I'll monitor this sight daily.

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