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Old 10-20-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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87 YJ project

Hello all, its been a while since I have posted on here. I sold my 93 and purchased an 87 barn find tonight. I will pick it up tomorrow.
I have a general question regarding getting it ready to try to role it over and see what I am dealing with. It has been sitting for 4 years.
I would imagine I should drain the fuel first, before even trying to role it over. What is the easiest way to do that?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and I will be posting pictures as soon as I pick it up and on the project.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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Siphon

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Old 10-20-2013, 09:44 PM   #3
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It is a PIA to syphon fuel out of a YJ tank so with a fresh battery you can go to the fuel filter and disconnect the input on the tank side and let the fuel pump send to your catch can.

Pull the plugs and spray a little WD in the cylinders clean the plugs check the gap and reinstall.

Check all the fluids and crank that thing up.

You may have to bleed the clutch or the brakes also.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:14 PM   #4
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Unless it is the 4.2. Then it would have a mechanical fuel pump instead of an in tank electric one.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:40 PM   #5
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I had a 98 ZJ that I totaled and let sit for about three years. I final sold it and when I went to try to start it the old fuel was gone. I assume the Texas heat had evaporated most of it because it did not leak. I put in 2 1/2 gallons of fuel, a fresh battery, and it fired up like it never set a day. I was shocked. I would check and see how much the gauge shows and if it's just a little I would just add several gallons of new. If it has a lot of fuel left I would go buy one of the cheap hand crank siphon pumps and siphon away.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:24 PM   #6
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Thanks for the reply everyone. I got it home tonight and will start working on getting it running tomorrow. I will get some pictures up as well for a before and after, it is definitely a barn find, been in there uncovered for a while and it looks like it!
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:26 PM   #7
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Just washed it and pulled into barn to start working on getting it running. Not to worried about the dirt at this time. Sorry about the sideways pictures!
Got the plugs out, oil changed, and the radiator drained tonight. Replacing the battery, fresh oil, work on emptying the gas tank (somehow) tomorrow.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:39 PM   #8
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should really drop the tank and clean it out. it only takes about an hour. And buy a couple extra fuel filters. looks nice! what do you plan on doing with her?
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:48 PM   #9
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after it sitting that long I would probably leave the plugs out and crank the engine some to get oil pumped through everything before busting it off..label the plug wires so you don't get them crossed
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:10 PM   #10
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I think your right about dropping the tank, it will be a much bigger mess if I try firing it without doing it properly I am sure.
I was not actually looking for a project right now, with Goose and Duck hunting season, it kind of takes a lot of my time. It seemed like a great buy, didn't really look at it that well when I found it, but it is very solid, no rust anywhere. Looks like it was a complete tear down, frame is painted as well. I offered them $1,600 for it and they took it. Even if it needs major motor or trans work, I should still be OK once done.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:01 PM   #11
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Drained gas, changed plugs, changes oil today. Replaced fuel filter and battery. Rolled it over for the first time, no start. Does not seem to be getting spark, onward I go!

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