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