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Unread 01-01-2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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1987 Jeep Wrangler NOOB

Hello all,

I am a first time Jeep owner and purchased a 1987 Jeep Wrangler with a I6 4.2L. I was having issues with it idling rough and stalling when stopping at lights. I have pulled the carb and was informed that the throttle body could be an issue as well.

I could take it to someone to fix as I am not a mechanic; however, I would like to fix the dang thing myself. I bought this as a hunting vehicle for my newly purchased ranch. It doesn't have to be perfect, but I would like it to be dependable and street worthy.

Could someone lead me in the right direction as to the fix for this vehicle. A couple of people suggested getting it running, selling it and purchasing another model Jeep. If this is the case cool, I'll do it. These suggestions came from persons that owned a Jeep dealership, so I am looking for unbiased suggestions.

I have yet to figure out where to find the throttle body and am not finished with the carb rebuild.

Thanks all!

M.A.

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Unread 01-01-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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Welcome. Check out the FAQ section in the stickies. Lots of information there.
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Unread 01-01-2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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First, I would ask you to fill out your profile
Next, What kind of carb are you dealing with? the stock one?
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Unread 01-01-2012, 02:35 PM   #4
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The 87 4.2 doesn't have a throttle body, it should have a carb. The stock cater carbs are junk and are noted to be problematic. One of the best replacement carbs is a ford motorcraft. There's a guy on ebay that sells them ready to bolt onto a jeep and totally rebuilt with great customer service. I have a holley 470 4 barrel on my 87 that works awesome, but I have alot of hipo parts as well to handle the 4 barrel. Ditching the carter is a good place to start if thats what you have on there.
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Unread 01-01-2012, 06:58 PM   #5
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and the one you have will work great for what you want it for. mine is a daily and works fine but i put another carb on it too, also a holley but a two barrel variant from a 68 dodge. works great now
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Unread 01-01-2012, 07:44 PM   #6
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Get some tools and a manual, post up questions and review the advice, and Keep The Jeep....
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Unread 01-01-2012, 07:56 PM   #7
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Could someone lead me in the right direction as to the fix for this vehicle. A couple of people suggested getting it running, selling it and purchasing another model Jeep. If this is the case cool, I'll do it. These suggestions came from persons that owned a Jeep dealership, so I am looking for unbiased suggestions.
Hah, they just want to sell you a car that looks like a Jeep.

Anyway, get the carb rebuild finished up and see if it helps. If not you may just need a tuneup. All good things to do on a new to you Jeep anyway. Learning to do all your own work is kind of a right of passage with an older Jeep, they are too expensive to own if you have to use a mechanic for everything, IMHO. Plus its a good learning experience, I like to be as self reliant as possible.

Back on point, how does it run other than the idle issue?
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