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Old 10-03-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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My First Car: 1993 Jeep YJ

Hi all,
So I am new to the forum, and just 2 weeks ago I picked up a 1993 Wrangler for a dirt cheap price. It's got stock rims painted black, 33" tires, a soft top, full doors, and the unstoppable 4.0 liter engine with the 5-speed transmission. Also, an aftermarket radio and aftermarket/custom soundbar with 6x9 speakers. But, Like any 20 year old vehicle with 218,000 miles, it's got a few quirks. The biggest problem being that the motor will need to be rebuilt soon. When you cold start it, the oil pressure is great -40PSI or so. But, let it warm up, then the oil thins out and it drops to about 10 PSI. The driver's side floorpan needs to be replaced, and the previous owners put a large plastic cutting board under your feet. Without it, between the driver's side seat mount and the pedals, it's a Flintstonemobile. Not even kidding. It leaks power steering fluid and just about everything else, but that's what makes it a YJ. I took it to my mechanic and he said that luckily, all the gaskets that are leaking are the simpler ones to replace. The frame looks good, with the exception of one tiny rust hole at the top of the rear wheel well, on the bottom side of the frame. The body's not bad either. A few tiny little things, but I have family in the automotive business.

So there's my project that will progress through a few years of work in my automotive classes at school, below is a video link if you'd like to watch it. I apologize in advance for the quality.


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Old 10-03-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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try running thicker oil. Add some Lucas oil treatment. It will help keep the oil pressure up. If you can get the leaks fixed then you could potentially get some more miles out of that engine. There are some that have hit up to 300,000 miles. I ran my 4.2 with like 10psi for about a year with 15w-40 oil and Lucas additive. It still ran pretty good when it started knocking hard. Good luck with the rust issues.

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Old 10-03-2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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welcome and good luck with your new project
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:35 AM   #4
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That's a little rust??
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That's a little rust??
Compared to my uncle's old 89 plow jeep? Yes.
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welcome and good luck with your new project
Thank you. :-)
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:25 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forum and good luck .... Remember its not a car its a Jeep!
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Welcome to the forum and good luck .... Remember its not a car its a Jeep!
Thanks... Yeah you're right, but technically it's my first vehicle. :-)
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:55 PM   #9
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JEEP that is all.
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JEEP that is all.
X2. And welcome
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My first car is a 93 yj too! I worked all last year and bought it for 5000, mines red and has the same exact splash decal as urs, weird bc I never see those. Anyways welcome to the jeep family!
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I would invest in a new tub..lol put 40wt oil in it.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:12 AM   #13
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my first what????
My fist car was a bike . See where Im going with this?
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:28 AM   #14
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Was this given to you? I would have passed on it if you bought it, and how much did you pay for it?
I must have looked at over 20 JEEPS before i found mine that didnt have rust for 1800 bucks with 120000 miles on it.
What are your plans for it.? Street or rock crawling?
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Was this given to you? I would have passed on it if you bought it, and how much did you pay for it? I must have looked at over 20 JEEPS before i found mine that didnt have rust for 1800 bucks with 120000 miles on it. What are your plans for it.? Street or rock crawling?
No, it wasn't given to me. I paid $1500 for it. But, I live in Chicago, and with our winters here, most of these old jeeps that I see that aren't properly cared for, and even some that are, are in far worse condition than mine. We went out and looked at 7 other jeeps before I found this one, and when my dad test drove it, he told me that this one drove and handled great, and overall seemed like the best one we'd seen. Oddly enough, it was also the one that had the lowest asking price out of all the others I looked at. So I took it home. Plans are to just drive it on the street. I want something that will get me from home to school to work and back, make me a better mechanic, and have fun in too, and a jeep seemed like a great fit. :-)
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My first car is a 93 yj too! I worked all last year and bought it for 5000, mines red and has the same exact splash decal as urs, weird bc I never see those. Anyways welcome to the jeep family!
Thanks! If you don't mind me asking, what are your insurance prices like with it? I want to get an idea of what I'll have to start paying.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:49 AM   #17
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Oh it will make you a better mechanic alright. I haven't even had mine for 2 months and it is already in the garage with the entire drivetrain out while I build a 4.6 stroker and swap in an ax15 behind it.

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