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Hoody249 04-28-2013 01:48 PM

Just bought a 89' Islander
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Hello, i recently bought a 1989 Jeep Wrangler Islander Edition. 109k miles. This is my first Jeep and i'm looking forward to fixing it up and use it as my DD. I posted a few pics. I think its basically stock and it hasn't been used for about 1yr. The Jeep didn't turn on at first but after cleaning the Carb with the help of a friend, we got the jeep to turn on.... but now i notice that the Jeep emits white smoke from the engine area...more so by the manifold area. Do y'all think i have an oil leak there? i plan on using some engine degreaser and cleaning it and take it from there to see where exactly the leak is....also wondering what else i would need to change/replace as far as necessary maintenance for a Jeep this old...any help would be greatly appreciated. Im no mechanic but i have my trusty Haynes repair manual! lol :punk:

BCDonny 04-28-2013 02:31 PM

looks good is everything still stock, ie carb? They have been alot of problems

bigtoysforbigboys 04-28-2013 03:02 PM

White smoke would be anti-freeze

deepair3 04-28-2013 03:23 PM


Originally Posted by bigtoysforbigboys (Post 3692771)
White smoke would be anti-freeze


Islander10 04-28-2013 03:28 PM

Nice jeep, I got the 2010 islander,
Thumbs on the antifreeze, as far as other maintenance you just have to play it as you go.
There's no way of knowing util you drive and test things.

Islander10 04-28-2013 03:30 PM

Ok nice rig, but I don't see any tools in that garage.
Not good, lmao

Hoody249 04-28-2013 10:32 PM

lol thnks for the input guys. As far as the carb, i beleive its the stock one but not 100% certain. Im planning on putting on a 3.5"- 4" suspension lift with 33" tires. Any suggestions on the lift brand would be greatly appreciated! Im leaning towards a superlift superide 3.5" or a black diamond.

PaulRevere1991 04-29-2013 02:06 PM

can't beat the islander. they had such cool color's and had decent options form the factory.

sevenservices 04-29-2013 02:15 PM

nice rig!

Leave it run for at least 30 minutes. A lot of times its just cleaners or something on the manifold burning off. Now, if its shooting white smoke out the tail pipe even after 30 minutes of running to burn off any condinsation in there, then you may have a head gasket going. But again, that would be a cloud pushing out the tailpipe like james bond's smoke screen.

indirocz28 04-29-2013 02:27 PM

Looks like a nice little YJ there! Do some polishing and what not.

Also check your wheel bearings and brake calipers. Common for those to stick or start sticking after sitting. I recently pulled my hubs apart since mine was sitting and it was just nasty dried up crusty grease inside.

So I cleaned everything and re-greased it all.

May want to check all of your axle, trans, transfer case fluids as well.
Determine if you have a severe leak (the white smoke), if you do not, then I would probably do new plugs and wires, cap and rotor.

If you have to replace the HG, then do that with new bolts and whatever seals are associated. Then replace the above mentioned.

Definitely let it run for a while, or drive it out on a country road for an hour or so to get all the fluids flowing and condensation out of the exhaust and catalytic converter.

Be sure you check your bushings on your leaf springs and steering components too.

A vehicle that has been sitting is often in worse shape than one that gets driven every day.

khende 04-29-2013 11:34 PM


Originally Posted by bigtoysforbigboys (Post 3692771)
White smoke would be anti-freeze

First of all that is a very nice 89, you are lucky to find one in that condition. The stock carb on it is difficult. Because of its age I would suspect that at least some of the vacuum lines running the carburetor are leaking. There is a reverse smoke test that can be done to check this. If they are leaking it can cause all sorts of problems. Have it checked and if it is legal in your state replace the stock carb and try to get rid of teh vacuum lines.

Cole Noah 05-01-2013 03:13 PM

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I have a 1990 islander myself, great jeep.

1970Buick 05-01-2013 09:46 PM

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89 here. On a hunt for a blue/teal one now.

BCDonny 05-02-2013 01:45 AM

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1970Buick 05-02-2013 02:43 PM

Any of you guys have the original spare tire cover?

Hoody249 05-04-2013 02:17 PM

All very nice looking jeeps, and thanks for all the advice. First thing i did was clean the engine with degreaser. I took out the manifold and replaced the gasket. To my surprise the bolts were all loose! I made sure to cleaned the edges where the new gasket goes real good. Once everything was put back in place... Ill let it rip and waited for the engine to get warm. To my surprise, it was still smoking... Less than before but still smoke coming out. I believe its coming out of the headers. Oh and sorry guys it was more like gray smoke than white. Again i appreciate the info guys.

astanwyck 07-30-2013 04:38 PM

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Congrats on your jeep! I have an 89 Islander that was my first vehicle. I sold it and regretted it daily. My husband called the people and talked them into selling it back so that he could propose with it. Wonder if my answer would have been the same without the jeep.... ;-) I am restoring it now.

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