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Old 08-01-2011, 09:34 PM   #1
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Any help appreciated

So I am finally the proud owner of a wrangler. Its a hodge-podge of parts but mechanically is sound (as far as I can tell)

78 chassis
72 Corvette 350
93 body
Quadratrac 4x4
Vortex custom exhaust
I have the hard top, soft top, and bikini top
Interior is rhino lined, literally no rust anywhere
Currently has Sony head unit, 2 Sony Xplods, and a 450 watt (I dont know if thats max or RMS) amp.
Auto Transmission

Now heres my predicament:

I just bought the car, and I want to have a major tune-up done. The car has 176,xxx on it, and the previous owner said he doesn't know how much is on the engine. It sounds perfect, but I want to have a lot of maintenance done for both piece of mind and to ensure everything is working.

I also need electrical work done because the previous owner messed up the gauges. None of them are currently working because of his "skill" with wiring.

I also want to upgrade the head unit and speakers. I have been looking at another decent Sony head unit, and a sound bar.

Any tips or suggestions? Is the tune-up necessary? Best way to go about fixing gauges back lights?

Any suggestions with the sound system?

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Old 08-01-2011, 10:03 PM   #2
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What are your plans with the jeep?

I know local shops will check out cars for people that are looking at buying a new one for less than $100. But that's not a tune up just a check. Maybe your local shop has something similar.

I like my v8 so no help on the stereo. My volume is controlled by the gas pedal.

I'd start with the gauges if it was me. The stereo and tune up can wait. IMO.

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Old 08-02-2011, 08:06 AM   #3
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The 93' YJ body is a galvanized tub. You wouldnt have any rust in it. Watch that 78' CJ7 frame for hidden rust pitting. Does it still have the D30/M20 running gear? should have D20 transfercase.
Could be a good rig! I know quite a few guys swapping their tubs out for YJ tubs.
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:04 PM   #4
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If an engine swap was done, the guy might not have been savy enough to get senders on the chevy engine to work with the stock guages. I always do a complete servicing with any used vehicle I buy.
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Ok I appreciate the suggestions. I'm in the process of getting someone to look at it because I have a problem with the master cylinder and my auto brakes don't always work. Thanks for the help
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