and so it begins....


The winter of 2011 was unseasonably warm, and the plow only got 2 uses. But that may have been more of a blessing as the oil pan developed a somewhat agressive leak at the front of the sump. Probably a rock shot up as it was the first time I've ever seen a leak not associated to a bottom hit or failed gasket. So up she goes..

This may look like a drip from the drain plug but in fact, its leaking from the front of the pump well

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The pan had been there for 21 years, and with all that room the Wrangler gives you to work with, it came off pretty easily once I got the air chisel out. That was a real time and arm strength saver. Bottom end of the AMC 6 looks real good and clean for 125,000 miles..

So enter Advance Auto with a replacement oil pan IN STOCK at my local store that just opened a few months ago. Add to that, that I was able to pay on line using Paypal and a 50% promotional discount, and I scored this and the Fel-Pro gasket for under $70. This was a great break that really hit at the right time as I am currently collecting unemployment benefits that barely cover the rent and utilities.

The pan and gasket fit perfectly! Advance Auto is now my new favorite place for parts. .

I should take a picture of the new pan while it's still all nice and clean

and on to the brakes....