Hey there, just got my first Jeep in April. Ever since I couldn't afford a new CJ-7 in 1977 when I first went into the Air Force, I've been wanting to get one. A guy at work told me that his mom had passed away and left him with a 1989 Jeep Wrangler Islander that she bought new. The Islander was originally purchased in Missouri, but spent most of it's life in AZ and CA. It has 91,000 miles and everything is totally original. The only major things I did was new tires (it had the original 23 year old Uniroyal spare, you wouldn't believe the cracks), new shocks and full brake job. I had to replace the center section of the dash where it was destroyed by thieves stealing the radio. Otherwise it was just little things and a clean up, I'm surprised that the paint looks as good as it does for it's age. It does need a new top but that will come at the end of summer.
I do have two questions. Does anyone know what the factory spare tire cover looked like for this model, and where I might find one? The other question I have is what is the snap for just to the right of the left tail light, between the light and the tailgate?
Anyway, it looks like there's a huge amount of info here and I hope to learn a lot.