She's a 1987 YJ Sport that's lived in western Colorado all her life. No rust, new ATK 258, new wheels/33" tires, front recovery bumper and an 11.5k winch were the selling points. I did NOT know enough about Jeeps to buy one at the time, and the PO was less than honest about a lot of things. Live and learn, right? I didn't take many pictures early on, so the beginning is going to be more narrative than photos.
87 was an oddball year since they used the NP207 transfer case. This had already had a 231 swapped in, as well as a tilt column, FPR, and Weber 32/36. Tranny is a TF999, stock Dana 30/35 axles (for now) in their earlier, non c-clip form. Tie rods were completely shot, and that made the drive home on the interstate fairly terrifying. PO claimed it needed nothing to hit the trails, but I doubt he ever drove it over 30mph. Front leaf spring frame mounts were tweaked too, though it was tough to see at first.
Got it home and started gathering parts. Had a little buyer's remorse initially and wished I'd looked around more (really wanted a CJ), but the new engine and tires had won me over. The tie rods were way worse than I thought, and the rear track bar bracket was actually sheared off. Not that I needed it anyway. Lots of little things on it I'd missed initially that a real "Jeep guy" would have seen. However I think I've learned a lot along the way and I know my way around YJs a lot better now.
First off was new tie rod, drag link, and associated ends. Remanufactured power steering box went on around the same time. Wish I'd have looked into the Durango box at that time! PO also installed the CAD Posi-Lok backwards, so that got fixed. Then on to fluids. Engine got 15W40 (JF recommended), tranny, t-case, and power steering got Castrol Transmax ATF+4. Diffs got Royal Purple 80W90 marine grade oil and new gaskets. Tranny also got a new gasket and filter (as well as a band adjustment), and I stuck with Purolator for an oil filter. Radiator was drained/filled as well.
Next I wanted to confirm that the PO had performed the Nutter Bypass as he had claimed, and of course he hadn't. In fact, most everything for the Carter was still there, which kind of reinforced the notion that the PO didn't really know much about it. Ran the basic Nutter for a week or two and decided to go HEI.