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Old 06-22-2014, 08:06 PM   #1
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1990 YJ "The Newb" Build up

Started on this "journey" a little less than a year ago, after buying this 90YJ last summer. Soon after purchase I found another, newer 94YJ that seemed in way better shape, and as I was looking for a DD bought the second one as well. Sadly, I soon discovered that the 94 has its own set of problems, especially with frame and body that I was too green to spot at the time of purchase. Live and learn I suppose.

So, while the 94 is currently my DD, I intend to build this one up hopefully to a point where it takes over DD status by October so I don't have to bring the 94 up to inspection.

The goal is a modest DD build, with emphasis on making sure everything runs right, dependable being the key word. I realize that is a lot to ask of a 20+ year old vehicle, but I'm mostly just looking something to take me to work and back, and around town.

I should mention that this is the first time I've attempted a project like this, never been a "car guy", but I've got some mechanical skill and am willing to learn.

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Old 06-22-2014, 08:12 PM   #2
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So the priority right now is tearing this down to the frame. It has significant surface rust, but no holes that I've seen and no bubbles. But it won't survive Vermont winter like it is now. So, how it is now:



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Old 06-22-2014, 08:16 PM   #3
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Good looking base to start with
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:21 PM   #4
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In the middle of stripping the tub down. Working on this a bit at a time after work and weekends.



Fortunately, I haven't really encountered any stuck bolts, except the seat belt bolts and the lower roll cage bolts. I've only been going at it with a ratchet and bar with an 8" breaker bar, no power tools. Liberal usage of PB blaster on well...everything.

I have, however, added to my list of issues to resolve. New floorpan on driver side, maybe passenger side. Holes to patch on the driver side, and some interior patch work where the seat belt mounts under the doors. So far, it seems manageable.





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Old 06-22-2014, 08:31 PM   #5
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Once I cleared the interior, I went after the dash. I'm not a fan of the YJ dash plastic (as I'm sure you all can relate). Hopefully I'll be able to do a custom dash more like the CJ, but we'll see.

The steering wheel panel and stereo/heating panels came off no problem. The grab bar and glove box panel is a different story.



Basically these are mounted with four 1/4" hex head screws coming from the back side of the dash, which just seems like a terrible idea. I've got the AC unit under the dash too, which makes it a little harder. I took it off the 94 as well, so I at least knew what I was looking for, but man it sucks. In hindsight, since I'm taking the dash off anyways, I should have waited until I could remove the dash, but then having a huge hole in the dash made getting the dash off easier. It's a toss up.

Then on to the dash pad. To get at it I had to drop the windshield, but when doing so I found the hinges hadn't been exercised in some time....


Just one broke, but since they sell in pairs, a new set maybe in the future. Or a junkyard trip. Once off though, the pad came off no problem.



And then, the tagging begins. Blah.

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Old 06-22-2014, 08:49 PM   #6
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Pulled the front bumper. as well as the trailer hitch the PO had put on. Spare tire carrier, tail gate, seat belts, windshield, hood have all been removed.



Got to say, there is something very satisfying about dismantling an object and tossing the stuff you don't plan to keep in a big pile. Feels productive I guess. Staring to get into the nitty gritty stuff though, electrical wires and fluid lines.

Speaking of which, I should probably drain the fluids before going any further....
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:55 PM   #7
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I could use some help in ID'ing the above, spherical part. Stuck below my battery tray attached to the fender. Tried to see where and what it plugged into and.....found they were disconnected.

Of course, it is not the only thing I've found disconnected- what seems to be random plugs on the harness and such. Still learning what everything connects to and what parts are where, but I've come to the conclusion that the best way to learn jeeps is to tear them open.
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:04 PM   #8
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I could use some help in ID'ing the above, spherical part. Stuck below my battery tray attached to the fender. Tried to see where and what it plugged into and.....found they were disconnected.

Of course, it is not the only thing I've found disconnected- what seems to be random plugs on the harness and such. Still learning what everything connects to and what parts are where, but I've come to the conclusion that the best way to learn jeeps is to tear them open.
-I'd have to guess it's cruise servo? Or maybe for the 4wd?
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:42 AM   #9
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Sorry, not the cruise servo or 4WD anything. It is a vacuum reservoir. Its purpose is to continue supply of vacuum to components during acceleration such as heater vents that are vacuum controlled. Without it, under acceleration when manifold vacuum drops the vents would not maintain position and revert back to at rest position. For example: "When i'm driving down the road and i pass someone the heater changes from defrost to vent. Why? All i did was remove that useless black ball under the hood." Hopefully that explanation makes sense.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:35 PM   #10
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*edit* Thanks also JMickey for the info, I appreciate it!

Well, the summer is flying by- between several weddings and work, not much time for play.

Anyways, some progress on the jeep, have both fenders off and have gotten most of the outside stripped to the point of pulling off the tub. But I have stumbled across a couple questions:

First, my jeep has the AC unit in it. Personally I have no desire or need for it, both so that fewer things are there to trouble shoot, and also because the climate doesn't call for it. Should I bother trying to sell the AC unit and its many pieces? And in tracing all the parts out, will taking the AC unit out affect the running of the machine?

Second, looking at the engine, the dizzy looks much larger than the one in my 94, and is definitely not stock- any way to tell if this is an HEI dizzy?

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Definitely not stock. It looks to be a GM HE I unit.
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:51 PM   #12
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I was born and raised in VT, so I feel your pain with the rust, good luck on the build, looks like you have a good start!

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