The plan is to build a expedition rig that maintains its creature
comforts, holds all that we need and can even be slept in on a regular
basis if needed. Basically think of the amenitys you get with a small RV
and that's what we are looking at doing to the Mule.
This was how I got it
113,000 miles. 45K on a new engine from the GM dealership. 10K on a new
transmission. Full maintenance records and receipts back to original
original owner (I am the third owner).
We were looking for a cherry condition interior and that the vehicle be
in a stock configuration, cause let's face it when you buy a pre-built
rig 1) you don't know what are all the parts in it, 2)you don't know of
the workmanship 3) you always get their headaches along with the
The rest of the belly is just as clean as this shot it.
We started with a basic no none sense tune-up
This is what we pulled out. Got gap!
I am thinking the previous owner didn't know
what to do with this thing. We get it and like I posted earlier there
were no electrodes left on the spark plugs and producing around a .070
gap! He stated at best I should expect around 11 mpg empty 8 pulling.
We get it home and I do a no nonsense tune-up. plugs, wires, air
filter, cap and rotor. He also stated the tranny needs to be adjusted
for shifting. all that it needed was a proper adjustment of the TV
("kickdown") cable and everything else looked good. We decided to go
for a good drive and use this as our baseline before we start building
it. During the tune up I noticed a receipt for a 170 thermostat. So
$1.96 for a new gasket and half a jug of coolant (I already had a Stant
Super stat sittin' on the shelf) in went a 195* as OEM recommends.
Stopped off at the local filler up and then off we went. Right off the
bat we saw huge improvements just from setting the TV cable properly.
This allowed it to shift at a stock rpm range which in the case was
The drive was done midday with a total of 110miles with highway, hills
and a couple of stop and go's. Did I mention we had the front and
rear A/C going! Weight was two people, two fullsize dogs and camera
15.02 Mile Per Gallon
Edited by pma4x4, 08 June 2014 - 12:01 PM.