Today was a good day for the jeep. We ran a fast and steady leg. We can dramatically see the differences in how the jeep handles since we refreshed it after Baja this last November, especially with the new suspension. These differences are easy to identify as Tony and Casey Ullian road a similar first leg as they did during Baja. Later, Jim Nance got into the Jeep and finished today’s leg with Tony as his co-driver.
However, somewhere during our refresh the Jeep has started overheating whenever we try to rod on it. Today we were not able to push the Jeep as much as we would like. In hopes of getting the jeep to cool down tomorrow we installed a new radiator. Next, we filled all the gaps on the radiator shroud with Nashua 367 aircraft tape. We took out the morso blue disk and put a regular thermostat back in. Finally we re-jetted the carburetor to richen it up.
We are hoping this, along with some basic maintenance will enhance the Jeep’s performance tomorrow. The leg tomorrow goes from San Felipe to Bay of LA.