Papa Ken

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About Papa Ken

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  • Birthday 08/09/1976

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    Berwick, ME

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    98 TJ, 88 MJ
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    GNRR

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  1. Sunday

    I am planning on trying to spend a little time in the garage today cleaning it up after a month or so of neglecting it and just throwing doo-dee anywhere it was easy to dump. I have a gantry crane on order and that should be here by the middle of the week to assist with the heavy lifting in the garage.
  2. Shaturday

    I swapped out a light switch this morning in the dining room after the light stopped working a week or two ago. Did a little work from home. I also took Shannons TJ for a spin to the grocery store. All went well other than her seats are extremely uncomfortable!
  3. Friday

    Don't get me wrong, the doctors office is about forty minutes away and I start getting antsy and sore towards the end. I don't think I am ready for any long distance drives, but just the fact I can drive to the store if I need something is nice without having to rely on the wife. I have been doing leg lifts, squats from a chair, and calf raises since I got out of the hospital. The doc told me I couldn't lift, bend, or twist, but never said anything about not working my legs hard. Even the receptionist was happy to see me upright without the cane today. The only meds I am on is Tylenol to take the edge off during the day (I was taking ibuprofen, but the dr said that would actually retard the fusion) and I take a diasapam at night to help me sleep. Once I came off the oxy I have actually been sleeping almost through the night....about 5 hours or so. I will gladly take that.
  4. Friday

    I had to demo it at the dr office to show I knew how to use it. I owned that poop!
  5. Friday

    The doc says I am heeling as planned and can start driving when I am comfortable. I get to go back in a month to see if I can return to work, but in the meantime I am working from home. I did get some sort of bone stimulator thing that I strap on once a day for thirty minutes and it tricks the fusion area into growing bone over the titanium cage. I got to see the X-ray today and I am glad I didn't google it before hand or else I would have skipped out on the surgery.
  6. Friday

    Got my 2 week follow up today at 1 where I will hopefully get cleared to drive. If that happens, then I think the wife is going to leave me for a few weeks to go hike the long trail. I also should be able to start working from home today, so I am excited about that. That should help cure my boredom during the day.
  7. THURSDAY

    I am heading into work today for an hour or so at noon to grab a laptop so I can start teleworking from home while I recover. This will be the first time in about a month I will have be on the yard. I miss it.
  8. Tuesday

    Up since about 3. Trying to find a comfy position so I can enjoy some "Married...with children" episodes before the wife wakes up and makes me watch the news or some other dumb show.
  9. Monday

    I have had trouble getting comfortable to sleep since the surgery. I average about 1.5 hours of sleep before I wake up and have to either go pee or move around. Keep in mind that I take oxycodone, diasapam, and a Celebrex right before bed time as prescribed by the doctor. My last dose of meds is at 9 pm. I usually fall asleep around 9:30-10pm and wake up around midnight, then 2ish, and then 4ish and then I get up for good around 6 or so. Today, I got up around 2:30 for good and just walked around my bedroom and the house for awhile. I hope this "uncomfortable" feeling goes away and I can get some solid sleep again in the near future. such.
  10. The "un, err now authorized" MJ build...

    Sweet, thank you! I had looked at that exhaust manifold and that is one I the ones I was thinking of. You can't beat the price of it at $70 including the gasket.
  11. FZJ80 front ends for sale or trade

    Does anyone have any interest in the remainder of the FZJ 80 parts? It is two chunks of tube with the balls on out to the brakes. $50 for bot, I just want them out of my garage within the next week.
  12. SUNDAY

    I went for a walk outside today and it felt great. It was only about 3 or 4 tengths of a mile round trip, but it was nice to get out. I am actually walking up the stairs normally now with just a slight struggle from my left leg but the strength is coming back. I am still doing the 1 step at a time going down. I still have some tingling in the bottom of my left foot, but I am hoping that will go away. The doctor mentioned it could take a few weeks for it to go away, so I am hoping it will. Regardless, i can live with it even if it doesn't. I still have full feeling in my foot and toes. Week one of recovery is in the books.
  13. I added the above post to my build thread to keep all the info in one place, sorry.
  14. The "un, err now authorized" MJ build...

    ***EDIT*** I have turned this list into a "To-Do" list on the truck. Ok, so I have decided to just swap the head over and all the other parts needed to convert it over to HO and also to finish the 4x4 conversion. Does anyone have a good list of parts that I should need? So far, this is what I can think of for the HO swap: 4.0 HO head Head gasket (need to purchase) oil pan gasket (need to purchase) rear main seal (need to purchase) oil filter housing o-rings (need to purchase) oil (need to purchase) oil filter (need to purchase) All the sensors/wiring to make them work New power steering and return lines (need to purchase) I have a new Durango steering box I will swap in at the same time Some type of cold air intake kit, even a home made setup will work tune up (need to buy distributor cap, rotor, plugs, wires) Fuel pump and sending unit assembly to make the gage work (I have the used one, but may track down a new one...I have heard any 91-96 HO vintage fuel pump will work) HO gage cluster and dash wiring, including steering column wiring. Exhaust manifold (need to buy one, what are good stock replacement options for these now a days?) new exhaust system (need to buy/have fabricated) Now for the 4x4 conversion completion 4x4 AW4 transmission New transmission cooling lines (need to buy) SYE for 231 (need to buy) Stock XJ front driveshaft Custom rear driveshaft (will order once everything is installed). Install the carpet pulled from my XJ and fit as best as possible Swap in XJ seats Swap in rear sliding window i would also like to take some of the lift out and swap in an 8.8 at the same time: 3" front coil springs (I have some OME coils that will get it done) Remove the control arm drop brackets Install my Clayton 3 link kit which will require adding my clayton truss to the front Dana 30. Remove the bolt on spring over axle spring setup in the rear. Add a 3" full add a leaf to the spring pack until I can afford some good 3" lift springs packs (need to buy add a leaf) swap in the 8.8 with 3.73s which will require new brakes (need to buy brakes and u bolt kit) swap in a set of 3.73s in my hp Dana 30. (Need to buy gears and set up kit) +'97 Sheet metal upgrade: Swap fenders, nose, and hood on Wire up '01 XJ header panel and lights to MJ wiring Find good +'97 doors (need to buy doors) Install +'97 door strikers Install doors Figure out wiring for power mirrors and windows Miscellaneous: Clean welds on DIY rear bumper Install rear bumper Weld/install front bumper (need to purchase DPG DIY front bumper) Install aftermarket fender flare (need to purchase Notch Customs flares) Prime and paint truck is there anything else I need that I haven't included in this list? I would like to try and tackle this in chunks, like get the HO swap done first, and then finish the four wheel drive conversion, and then swap the axles under it. Also, in a couple of weeks, I may be looking for some help in accomplishing one or two of these things on my list since I won't be able to lift, bend, twist for another couple of months, but I would love to have this done before the winter. I can supply beer and food for helping hands.
  15. Ok, so I have decided to just swap the head over and all the other parts needed to convert it over to HO and also to finish the 4x4 conversion. Does anyone have a good list of parts that I should need? So far, this is what I can think of for the HO swap: 4.0 HO head Head gasket (need to purchase) All the sensors/wiring to make them work New power steering and return lines (need to purchase) I have a new Durango steering box I will swap in at the same time Some type of cold air intake kit, even a home made setup will work tune up (need to buy distributor cap, rotor, plugs, wires) Fuel pump and sending unit assembly to make the gage work (I have the used one, but may track down a new one...I have heard any 91-96 HO vintage fuel pump will work) HO gage cluster and dash wiring, including steering column wiring. Exhaust manifold (need to buy one, what are good stock replacement options for these now a days?) new exhaust system Now for the 4x4 conversion completion: 4x4 AW4 transmission New transmission cooling lines (need to buy) SYE for 231 Stock XJ front driveshaft Custom rear driveshaft (will order once everything is installed). i would also like to take some of the lift out and swap in an 8.8 at the same time: 3" front coil springs (I have some OME coils that will get it done) Remove the control arm drop brackets Install my Clayton 3 link kit which will require adding my clayton truss to the front Dana 30. Remove the bolt on spring over axle spring setup in the rear. Add a 3" full add a leaf to the spring pack until I can afford some good 3" lift springs packs (need to buy add a leaf) swap in the 8.8 with 3.73s which will require new brakes (need to buy brakes and u bolt kit) swap in a set of 3.73s in my hp Dana 30. (Need to buy gears and set up kit) is there anything else I need that I haven't included in this list? I would like to try and tackle this in chunks, like get the HO swap done first, and then finish the four wheel drive conversion, and then swap the axles under it. Also, in a couple of weeks, I may be looking for some help in accomplishing one or two of these things on my list since I won't be able to lift, bend, twist for another couple of months, but I would love to have this done before the winter. I can supply beer and food for helping hands.