It's been a while since I was able to even look at my jeep (duty calls, I go), but things are starting to calm down. As a note, I got an 88 wrangler, I4 sitting and waiting for some love. With the coming winter months I'll be hunting on the weekends and bored on weekdays. Now, There are a myriad of issues with it - bad speedo, bad tires, doesn't start, needs a lot. But, here are my hang ups - I know little to nothing (actually, pretty much just nothing) about cars. I wanted to use this jeep for both a learning experience and a fun project to do with my old man. But, I'm wondering where someone like me would need to start. I was thinking start small - replace the tires for now, or change out the exhaust, clean up some engine parts, fix the speedo, etc. I could also unbolt the seats and work on the floor (no rust, I don't think).
The purpose of this jeep is going to be a fun vehicle. Something for the summer down here in FL. I am SURE I'll take it to the woods and whatnot, but no crawling. It's also safe to say that I'm on a budget. I don't want to skimp on quality, but I wont have the jack to buy a sled full of high end parts all at once.
So - if anyone has a friendly suggestion as to 'get your feet wet with x, then move to y, after that, come back,' that'd be awesome.
And, for serious this time, I'll get some pics up in the next few days.
Just make sure it starts, runs and idles well. Job one for any off roading is to be able to get back home.
tune up, fuel filter, all new fluids, belts, hoses, brakes. The usual stuff.
40FiveSeventy -- This.
I pickup my '94 tomorrow and plan to go through a list similar to the one above so I have a starting point to reference. Also, since it sounds like you're somewhat new to wrenching the above list is definitely doable for a beginner and will help you to get acquainted with what is where on your Jeep. In order of how challenging a project, (at least on most other cars I've encountered, I'll soon figure it out on the Jeep) I would say:
change fluids & hoses
tune up (distributor cap & rotor, plugs, and inspect/replace spark plug wires)
brakes (last on my list as I've not replaced shoes on drums before, even on my K5 I paid for someone to do it but plan to get dirty with the Jeep)
inspect & replace (if needed) U-joints
inspect & replace (if needed) wheel bearings
alignment & tire rotation/balance (likely through a shop)
I'll probably not worry much about the shocks, springs, shackles, tie rods, dampener, etc. as I plan to eventually replace everything with a lift kit...I want to first get to know it on and off the road before I dig into that much.
For the experienced YJ owners -- Does the list above seem reasonable on the scale of how challenging it is on the 4.0L? Any items I am missing and should add to my "To Do" list?
Into an accord? Actually I'm not surprised, had a buddy with an 04, fit a 36 inch round table in the trunk. These new cars have amazing space if u can get creative. My car didn't even acknowledge the weight of the 8.8.