Greetings to Forum Members. Thanks for all your efforts to provide a reliable source for information.
I am just getting started on a complete rehab for a '88 YJ, 2.5 with 127,000 miles. Engine has been abused and rather than try to do the machine work to bring it up to par, I am beginning with an engine exchange.
Have ordered a long block and while the engine is out, am thinking that this would be a good time to:
1. Replace the water pump
2. Recore or replace the radiator
3. Replace the altenator
4. Replace the starter/solinoid
Anyone have suggestions about these items - best brand, best value, best parts vendor? I have been searching web stores and am really surprised at the vast array of options. I could really use some advice about this. For example, the stock altenator produced about 65 amps. I note that replacement items are available up to 300 amps - perhaps even more. And there are numerous brands.
Same with starter/solinoid. Same with water pump, same with radiator.
Also, will have to replace the hydraulic cylinder in the clutch housing and probably the clutch - yes the cylinder is leaking.
Is there anything else I should be considering while the YJ is undergoing the engine work???
I am not trying to build up a show car, but I do enjoy having a machine that is performing as reliably and fun as can be. (Have nurtured a BMW R80/7 since new in 1978.)
I recently retired and bought this Jeep a few years ago - just now getting the project started (had to get the refrigerator list handled before I could get the time to work on the YJ
The snow is starting to fall here and I will use the winter to get my rig running right.
Hopefully you would be willing to help me along the way.