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Old 08-16-2005, 08:05 AM   #1
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I'mTom from southwest Mississippi. I looked for my jeep for a long, long time. I wanted an older model that I could learn to work on myself. I finally found a stock 1988 Sahara 4.2 5 speed with no rust that runs real smooth.

However, after I bought it I found the output shaft on transfer case was bent. So the learning began. I Bought a SYE and a CVC driveshaft that will allow for a 3" lift. I am not a mechanic but I installed this myself with the help of my two sons. It was fairly easy and we did it without removing the transfer case.

Now other small things have gone haywire like fuel gauge quit working. radiator started leaking, oil leak, and exhaust leak. So I've ordered a factory service manual so that I can do more repairs and fixes that will have to be done on a 17 year old vehicle.

This engine compartment seems to have an enormous amount of vaccum lines and hoses running everywhere. Is this typical for a 4.2 or Jeep?

I know that my jeep, now known as "Dad's Toy", is really going to be asset to our family. Even the wife and dog like to ride (notice who I listed first, keeps me out of the dog house) and me and the boys have to schedule driving times

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Old 08-16-2005, 09:15 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. The YJ 4.2 has a ton of vacum lines..so yeah its normal. all the leaks you mention are about right for a jeep of that vintage. There are some very good folks in teh YJ forum so I am sure they will be able to help you out.

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Old 08-16-2005, 09:54 AM   #3
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Welcome to the club!!! Yeah, the 4.2 offered the oil leak as a factory option if I recall... Actually, it's a great motor, you should be very happy with it! Glad to hear that the family is enjoying your new toy as much as you are (or so they think...). Have fun with it, and don't be afraid to ask questions!
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Old 08-16-2005, 10:49 AM   #4
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Welcome to the board!! glad to have another YJ guy here!!! like jeeperman said, don't be afraid to ask questions, even if you think they are stupid. that's what we're here for and we do have some great YJ guys here to help out!!
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Old 08-17-2005, 12:04 AM   #5
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What the...? There's two of us from Mississippi? Cool. Hey, Trulefty! Welcome to the forum. YJ supporter here in Vicksburg.
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Welcome aboard. I have an 87 YJ so i can relate to all of the issues you have come across. Broken things are a good thing...You can tell the wife you need to fix it, when you are really upgrading. Exhaust leak=Header, new cat converter, Flowmaster. Too many vaccum lines = Howell feul injection. Oil leak = new chevy 350. You know...stuff like that
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Too many vaccum lines = Howell feul injection. Oil leak = new chevy 350. You know...stuff like that
i like that.....so if it's time to replace say the......air filter, does that give me the excuse to drop in a 5.7 hemi instead?
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i like that.....so if it's time to replace say the......air filter, does that give me the excuse to drop in a 5.7 hemi instead?
I think that is a bit overkill... But maybe a supercharger... That has something to do with the air filter, I am sure you could justify it! I made the mistake having my fiance help me with my Long-Arm kit install, so I can do that anymore, she knows too much! But the good part is, I can have her help me under the hood now, and she doesn't have an excuse not to!!!!

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