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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:00 PM   #1
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My 1988 YJ Sahara DD Build

I moved my family to Florida in May and we decided to buy a Jeep Wrangler for a daily driver and project vehicle. After much searching I came across a 1988 YJ Sahara with a new Jasper 4.2L motor with less than 2K miles on the new motor. I decided this would be an OK start for this project.

I don't have many pictures of the very start of this build but I do have some good pics of the progress so far.

I have many plans for this jeep but it will all happen in time as I have the money to continue. Please comment and I appreciate any help along the way!

These Pictures are the best I have of the beginning Lots more to come in the following posts.

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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:11 PM   #2
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Nice looking rig! What are your build plans?
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:13 PM   #3
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Almost immediately upon arriving home I was yanking out the nasty carpeting. As you can see from the previous pictures the paint on the YJ was shot. All in the family agreed that the tan dash and interior had to go so one of the 1st things I did was pull out the entire dash assembly and paint it.

I also decided to change out the steering wheel and found a huge wiring mess behind the dash(half expected this with a jeep

As this is a daily driver I had to get some things sorted out like the wiring for the breaks, turn signals, radio and sound bar...etc.

None of this is too exciting but has to be done. Here are some pictures of the dash and new steering wheel.

I also took this time to paint the steel dash backplane or whatever you call that steel plate..lol
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:20 PM   #4
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Next some attention to the tub was in order. I looked around and decided I would use Herculiner in the tub. To start this I removed the entire interior and started sanding down the tub to find any bad spots and correct them as needed.

To my surprise I only found one little quarter sized hole in the tub behind the passenger seat. This was easily repaired. and I continued prepping and decided to put a clean coat of primer over the whole tub to give a good base.

While I had it out I figured this would be a good time to give the roll bar a good once over, so it got some attention as well. Here are some pictures of the Herculiner project weekend
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:21 PM   #5
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More from Herculiner weekend
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:23 PM   #6
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:25 PM   #7
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:30 PM   #8
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Next it was time to prep the YJ for paint. It needed a new windshield too as the old one was cracked. These pictures show the different stages of the paint process.

I took the whole jeep apart as much as I could to prepare for paint and then had a shop actually shoot the paint on. We had an initial mishap with the color on the doors 1st because they painted them the 2nd day and the metal flake didn't cover the same so the doors turned purple....so it was all painted again and it matched. Here is this process.

If anyone has any questions please let me know.
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:32 PM   #9
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more paint pictures
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:32 PM   #10
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Looks good, I plan on doing the Herculiner thing once I get my sludge problem fixed. How much did you use in doing the tub?
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:37 PM   #11
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i cant wait to do my herc either.
prolly after winter sadly, nowhere to let it dry if the fumes are as bad as they claim.

looking good
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:37 PM   #12
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more paint pictures. Here we see some color. I should try to get a good pic but this paint has a purple base to the blue metallic paint.. in the dark you can see the purple come out...it looks nice!..at least we like it
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:38 PM   #13
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:48 PM   #14
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Next I had to put it all back together. While the paint was going on the Jeep I ordered a new top with tinted windows from JC Whitney. Here are some pictures of the jeep with the new paint and top.

These pictures show the color mismatch. That has been corrected and I will take some pictures of the color again soon.

Over the last few weekends I have done the following.

Removed factory AC unit and wiring.
Rewired factory Heat and Vent controls using factory switches to keep everything clean.

Rewired steering column to fix turn signal return
Fixed Horn wiring

1" Body lift

Piaa large lights on bumper

And I almost forgot about the Flowmaster Exhaust I put on about two months ago... oops.

Right now I am focused on getting the transmission swapped out....Current plan is an AX15.

Then it will be suspension lift and 33"s or possibly SOA with 35"s.

I will try to get some more pictures as I continue.

Anyone want to help with a SOA or transmission swap?
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Unread 12-07-2010, 05:50 PM   #15
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The fumes from the Herculiner are pretty bad. I used one kit although I would have like to had a little more for the high traffic areas.

I masked around the door jams and left a patch overlap in the middle where people climb in and out. I really like how that turned out.
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