Originally Posted by pmhaines84
Hello all i'm looking into buying my first jeep and had a few ???
First this is a 1988 Jeep with 192k on it. the body is in really good shape and there isn't all that much rust is there any part that i should keep an eye on, a hidden part that might have rust and give later on?
Second and here is the bigger one: The engine is carburated. I've never had one like that and so i was wondering what are their biggest problems, and do they run well or should i look for something newer? I was told that the carb was rebuild about 5mos ago.
thank you for any advice.
I don't think I'd be looking into buying a Jeep after I'd "had a few" .. dunno what you'd end up with ..
I still have a fondness for my old 88 4.2. If it hadn't been 'T' boned I'd still be driving it. Carbs are easy to work on (only those who are frightened of them will tell you otherwise) .. even the "POS" Carter everyone picks on. My "POS" BA-10 was still going strong after 235,000 Kms.
Only real potential problems are:
The Carter .. especially if the Jeep hasn't had the "Nutter" bypass performed.
The BA-10 isn't as strong as the AX-15 .. but if you're not going to trash it off road it's a non-issue
Internal slave cylinder means if it packs up you have to pull the tranny and xfercase to change it out.
Rust under the windshield .. look for tell-tale signs of staining around the speakers and upper dash .. also rust spots under the rubber seal where the cowl meets the windshield frame.
Does it look at all rusty underneath .. how about in the footwells under the carpet ?