Went Jan 2, 2015 and bought a 1988 Jeep Wrangler with 209k miles on it. 5-spd, 4wd, soft-top, white w/ tan interior. Looks as plain as they come but the body is in great shape.
Got it home and kept it for about a week or two and started tinkering.
It had no oil leaks but i felt it could run better so I ordered a Weber 38/38 synchro carb with E-choke.
While waiting on that I went ahead and ordered Herculiner for the floor pan.
The carb arrived and I installed it per instructions. There were several vacuum line that were eliminated in the process with no knowledge or instruction as to where they go. I know a lot will be eliminated but it would have been nice to know which ones. The kit gives you caps for some of the vacuum lines in an array of sizes and colors but none of them seemed like they fit.
I finally got the carb installed and the lines connected where the instructions stated. Most of the vacuum lines were pretty self-explainatory. I was told by an old-timer that I could simply put a filter on the PCV valve and cap the rear...Did that and it caused a hiccup (literally), oil was leaking from the dipstick and going everywhere.
While taking a break from the carb I went ahead a stripped the interior, sanded it down, taped the outside edge, removed the roll bar and all bolt-on covers, and prepared for Herculiner. I primed all the nuts and bolts and areas that I could not reach with a sander so that the Herculiner would stick. I then rubbed the entire area down with Xylene (denatured alcohol) and made sure the surface was clean of all debris and oils.
I started applying the Herculiner in all the hard-to-reach areas first. I then moved on to the more open areas. It took about 3 coats and it looks great. One mistake I made......I should have removed the tape around the edge to make a cleaner line. But that didn't make sense to me since I needed to apply 2-3 coats on the edge to make it thick. Regardless....it looks good and everything came out great. I also did the roll-bar then re-installed everything.
...So after this couple things were done I wanted to make it look good. I sent it to a friend to paint and the week it was in paint I began the process.
I basically went to a few Jeep sites and started making a list of parts from all sites that I wanted.
I then started ordering.
ProComp Series 51 flat black 15x10 rims (5)
M/T Baja MTZ 33x12.50/R15 tires (5)
Barricade Front Bumper
Barricade Rear Bumper with Spare Tire Carrier
SmittyBilt X20 10k LB Wireless winch
SmittyBilt SRC Rock Rails
SmittyBilt XRC Seat (Driver's, Passenger's & Rear)
SmittyBilt 6" Pocket Fender Flares
Corbeau Seat Belts
BestTop Bar Pads
BestTop Strapless Bikini Top
Alpine Head Unit with BlueTooth
Alpine Dash Speakers
Rough Country 4.5" X-Series Lift with Military Wrapped Leafs
LED Tail Lights
Morimoto Mini Projectors
Clear Lens Headlight housing (glass)
GlowShift Gauges 7-color, white faced (all 7, including clock)
AutoMeter Center Gauge Bezel
AutoMeter Drivers Gauge Bezel
Warrior Black Diamond Tread Plate Rear Corners (with cutouts)
Warrior Black Diamond Tread Plate Side Panels (no cutouts, with lip)
Warrior Mirror Relocation Brackets with Light Mounts
Warrior Black Diamond Tread Plate Floor Shifter Cover
Tuffy Security Radio Console
Tuffy Security Glove Box
Grant D-Shaped Racing Sterring Wheel
Grant Steering Wheel Adaptor Kit
Billet Shift Knobs
Monroe Steering Stabilizer
Tie-Rod Ends for Drag Link
ASI 15" Black Chrome Antenna
Black Antenna Mount
Crown Automotive Clear Side Marker and Blinker Lenses
While I was waiting on these things to arrive I changed all the spark plugs, plug wires, distributor cap, rotor, & belts. Gave it a tune-up and completed the Nutter bypass while advancing the timing as required. Everything sounded goo so..... I began Installing the lift. It took me about 2 1/2 days to complete. While under the Jeep I replaced the steering stabilizer and tie-rods ends on the drag-link. I took my time and worked steadily making sure not to miss any steps and doing it just as stated in the instructions.
After the lift was completed I installed I threw on the tires, the corners, side panels, rock rails, bumpers and winch. Last was the seats and seat belts. I took a half day or so off then started to build the headlights. They take time to allow everything to dry and set so in between I was able to install the center console and place the radio inside as well as cut the fenders & install the fender flares.
I Slowed down a bit to spend time with the fam so I was only tinkering here and there. I installed the steering wheel and fixed the carb issues I was having with the PCV valve and vacuum thanks to a few helpful members on here who gave me advice and pointed me into the right direction with where hoses should be connected.
Today I was able to seal the headlights and get them installed. This pretty easy since I'm very familiar with HIDs (not so much projectors). I was able to get the low-beams to work and tried to get the high beams but felt I was missing something therefore I asked a few members on here and once again, pointed in the right direction.....I'm missing the harness to control the bi-xenon functionality and HIDs simultaneously.
I haven't installed the gauges, radio, speakers, or subs yet. I have to go back to work.
OK, I actually went into my photos and flipped the photo upside down and re-saved it and applied it and they are still coming out flipped..... This let's me know it's the forum that flipping the pics.... Nothing I can fix.
My paint job was $800.00. And they did a really good job for that price. There were some imperfections but it's 800 and the thing is over 25 years old.... and the fact that I knew all the body armor and fender flares and everything else would take from and hide the imperfections.... It worked out perfect. I really stressed about paint lines. That was my big stickler. I told the guy I'm gonna be changing a ton of parts and I don't wanna remove something to find white paint behind it......so he removed everything and he even painted the dash-pad, steering column, inner door panels, and under the hood.
Originally Posted by KrisGarner
Jeep looks awesome! I'm building my 88 and will be watching your build closely for ideas. What color is that? Mine is about the same color and will probably need a repaint once I am done.
How do you like that lift? I'm looking at the same one for mine. Right now it has about a 2" body lift and stock leaf springs that are about as flat as they can be.
I'm especially liking the anti-gravity mod in the last couple of pics