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Pristine 1992 Wrangler YJ - Can A Jeep Be Too Clean?

Posted in Features on March 19, 2015
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Have you ever used a small paint brush to clean out the small crevasses in your dash and air vents? I’m not ashamed to admit, I have. It’s an old car detailer trick I learned in high school. Is it a little silly to do on vehicle that goes off-road? I often ask myself that question, usually after I wrap up detailing the inside of the vehicle!

As much as I enjoy playing in the dirt, I’m not one to parade my rig around town covered in mud. The wheeling experience is far more important than the recognition of doing so. Typically, most wheelers I know couldn’t care less about having a shiny rig that they are only going to get dirty the next weekend. I wish I could be that way, but it’s not in my DNA to let things stay dirty.

The coilover and bypass shocks on my last JK were worth more than my motorcycle. So, yeah, I cleaned those with a can of WD-40 and a rag as well. I stand by the old adage of if you take care of a vehicle, it will take care of you. But I digress.

Phillip Rice’s ’92 Jeep Wrangler YJ you see here is an excellent example of what a little time, care, and elbow grease can do to rig that’s over twenty-years old. As I was crawling around it, I was astonished at how clean the Jeep was. Under the hood, the transplanted small-block V-8 looked like something you’d see in a resto-mod hot rod at a car show. The frame was nearly perfect and suspension all appeared brand new.

By his own admission, he didn’t do any hardcore wheeling with it. A few trips beach trips summed up most of the Jeep’s off-road history. Since I shot these photos, I’ve learned that YJ now has a new home. I don’t know if the rig will stay in North Carolina, or if the owner plans to take full advantage of the 383ci stroker or 12-inch-travel King coilovers. I’m sure part of the allure of the sale was the condition of the Jeep. While I still have trouble thinking of a Jeep as a “show” piece, I can absolutely appreciate the care that has gone into keeping it in such great shape.

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