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1989 Jeep Wrangler YJ - Number Two: Part 2

Posted in Project Vehicles on May 15, 2013
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Is it possible that a vehicle can be inherently evil? There are rumors that Little Bastard, James Dean’s ’55 Porsche 550 Spyder, was cursed. Although fictional, Christine, Stephen King’s murderous ’58 Plymouth Fury, brings a few images to mind. Herbie the Love Bug makes us shudder with fear. Why do I talk about these possessed, evil cars? Well, it seems that Number Two, our ’88 Jeep Wrangler, is trying to follow suit. If we did not know any better, we’d say this thing wants to kill us. Maybe not kill us, but it does seem to be fighting us tooth-and-nail in our attempts to get it running reliably. We are starting to think it is enjoying being a lawn ornament. Wonder if it knows that the next step is being parted and hauled to the junkyard? Oh well, we will keep fighting the good fight fixing the damned thing up. Last time in Number Two Land, we attempted to get our cheap pile of YJ on the road and trail. This time we are gonna spend a bit more energy properly fixing issues we found last time in the hopes that this Wrangler can become part of the fleet and not just a source of used parts. Follow along as we continue to address issues and attempt to fix-up our ’88 Jeep Wrangler with a little help from our friends at Quadratec.

Oh boy! Does this thing ever love to hate us. Since the last time we played with Number Two in the pages of Jp, things haven’t gotten much better. For one thing, the Jeep failed Arizona emissions testing. We decided to spend a bit more time tuning the Jeep, getting a more complete burn in the cylinders, and fixing vacuum, coolant, and exhaust leaks. Oh, about that—we knew the 258ci’s EGR emissions pipe had a crack in it—what we didn’t know is that the threads in the intake manifold that accept this tube were totally stripped out. Someone had attempted to JB Weld the tube in the intake…poorly, and the closest junkyard with a used replacement intake was 380 miles away.
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