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Members' Rigs: "Scramblin' Jim" Pribbeno




Jim Pribbeno's Classic Jeep Scrambler

Well it all began in August 2006 when I purchased my 1983 Jeep Scrambler. It was an eBay purchase, shipped from Indiana to Arizona. Not in the best shape, yet it had a rebuilt 258 motor, and T-5 transmission. When it arrived, it overheated, had a hole in the exhaust muffler big enough to stick your fist through, and rust in many places! But it was cheap and a good place to start to learn about vehicle mechanics, as I am a novice.

So the fun began with many hours in the garage at home replacing worn out components and installing new ones. Each undertaking was a new adventure, as I had never done any of this before. I probably would have never had the courage to do this if it had not been for a good friend of mine who is a wiz at car mechanics and electronics. A couple of good resources in the Scramblers Owners Association and the Arizona Virtual Jeep Club provided me with knowledge base and cheap parts sources.

The one project I am most proud of is the installation of the Howell throttle body fuel injection kit, which took me about a month to install. It has been the most intimidating undertaking I have done due to the rewiring of the engine harness.

Another unique project was to rebuild the operative tachometer. This entailed removing the old analog transform based circuitry with a digital interface to drive the analog meter movement. It turns out to be more accurate and now works with the Howell TBI.

Other projects have been to add a toneau cover, a cargo rack that sits between the roll bar tubs above the toneau cover, swing out tire carrier, installation of Tuffy center console and glove box, ignition cut out switch, and TJ styled mirrors, and 33-gallon fuel tank. Of course I replaced radiators, fans, belts, water pumps, thermostats, oil sensors, ignition switch, head light switch and tires.

My first trip was in April 2007 when I traveled the 12-miles of the Butterfield Stage route, an easy trail south of my home between Maricopa and Gila Bend on my own. In May I joined in on the fun of the Jeep Expeditions Group trip to Canyon de Chelly, and then again in October for the Mojave Road trip.

As a novice to off roading, I was looking for something other than rock crawling and impressing other with expensive upgrades, and carnage. JeepExpeditions.org has allowed me to explore areas I would have not normally done on my own. Join us on our next expedition and learn first hand how much fun you will have.

Happy trails, Scramblin_Jim




 

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