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post #1 of 31 Old 09-21-2017, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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newbie needs serious help

I have a stock 95 yj minimal rust which was one of the factors i was looking at when I got my Jeep.
On my way home I had a backfire & thought to check out the cause when I got home, while letting the dog out I noticed flames coming out the rear passenger tire well. A call to the fire dept to got it extinguished. Here's where I need the help where do I start so I can get my Jeep back on the road. I know i will need a tire and some wire harness that is back there by the bumper.

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post #2 of 31 Old 09-21-2017, 07:41 PM
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Welcome to JeepForum and sorry to hear your rig went up like a Pinto. First thing is find out what the heck caused the fire in the first place and fix that. My guess would be with the exhaust but I could be wrong. Next thing I would check is the poly fuel tank. That close to a fire should have melted a good bit of it.
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^^^ This, and welcome to the forum.

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If a call to the fire department got it extinguished how are we even discussing what to fix? What's left of the Jeep? Pics? We can't just guess here...

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The exhaust dont normally get that hot back near the tank.. Dropping the tank would be the 1st thing I look at. Then any wires around the area, You need fuel, heat and combustion to start the fire..
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post #7 of 31 Old 09-22-2017, 05:25 AM
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That's one fast fire department!

I don't know how that thing didn't go up in a ball of fire that close to the gas tank.

It looks like it started in you muffler. Probably had a buildup of junk then the backfire gave it some raw gas and a flame.

I'd say your gonna need some body work and a new exhaust at the very least. Then some new wiring for the tail light.

I've got a stock rear flare you can have.

Looking forward to watching this one get back on it's feet.

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I hope it was insured for comprehensive. All of my vehicles always are. If so, that cash should help with the wallet aspect anyway.
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I'm taking the day off. Planning to drop the gas tank to see if I can find the cause and start a list of items I need to get it back on the road.
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My guess is that either leaking fuel caused this, or oil slung out from the transfer onto the exhaust. You will almost certainly need a new gas tank. If there is any sign of heat damage, don't risk the possibility of a weakened polymer tank. Change the hoses while the tank is dropped.

And the last possibility, the catalytic converter burned up.

One of the big san diego forest fires was caused by the catalytic converter honeycomb clogging, reaching super high temperature, then shooting out the back of the exhaust pipe and into the brush on the side of the road...

Sand about 6 inches in every direction around any black spot down to bear metal and then prime it. You can worry about painting later.
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The melted flare is obviously an omen. Do a search for 'YJ highline mod' and grab your sawzall.
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Its ok... After the fire your name is now:

Cinncinna Tired YJ.
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post #13 of 31 Old 09-24-2017, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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The exhaust has been taken off fro in front of the muffler back, there was no catalytic converter and the gas tank has been dropped.
How did it not blow up all together ?
How do I choose which poly tank & sending unit ?
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That's incredible!
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That'll all buff out. I'd wheel it!
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