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Old 08-20-2015, 01:47 PM
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88 YJ Sahara first time build

I just picked up my first jeep today, I had been looking at older jeeps that I could do a restore on, then mentioned one I had looked at to my uncle who told me he had a jeep he would make me a good deal on that I could restore... I vaguely recalled my cousins driving a jeep for a while when I was younger but it had been years since they drove it. This had an electrical fire which burned the rear seats so it had been sitting waiting for my cousin who is now an electrician to have time to rewire it, but after the jeep has sat in my uncles garage for over 15 years she finally told him she is never going to have time to do it so he might as well get rid of the jeep... So they told me I could have it for.... FREE! I rented a uhaul trailer and went to pick it up today since I had the day off, I ended up giving him $200 that I had in my wallet so he at least had something to show for storing it for all these years and the parts he has collected to put it back together...

I'm not a jeep guy, and never done any real restoration work so this will be my first attempt at making something nice to play around with... I'll try to document everything along the way, it will probably take a while but I'm in no hurry... First thing I need to do is empty it out and take inventory of what I have and what I need to make it run... In addition to the electrical fire he said it also had an engine fire due to a problem with the carburetor, so he suggested I buy a new carb for it rather than taking a chance with this one...

Heading out to the barn now to start unloading everything out of it to take inventory..

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So here are some initial pictures if it will let me upload them...
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Apparently I can only load one picture at a time... This might take a while...
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Seats need some help... But the wiring is priority one...
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:28 PM
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The back seat damage from fire...
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:30 PM
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Replacement fenders, although I don't see anything wrong with the fenders that are on it...
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Replacement back seat...
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:33 PM
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Several years of mouse collections...
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:34 PM
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Cleaning it out....
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:39 PM
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The power plant... Inline 6 version... It's not ceased up after sitting so many years, that's a good thing... Need a new ground wire and battery then I will start chasing wires to see what's what.... Right now the wires under the dash are a mess, and I have no idea what anything is... I have a Haynes manual so sill start studying the wiring diagram to see if I can figure this out...
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looks like you have your work cut out for you. Wiring is always a PITA, you find a lot of info on this forum
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Looks like a decent start to a nice rig.
Take your time rewiring it and don't cut corners.
Jeeps have enough electrical issues when stock.
Painless makes some good wire products that may help you out.
Good luck.
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:18 AM
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I decided to use my day off yesterday to get something accomplished on the Jeep since I didn't really feel like working on any of my other household projects after spending all day Sunday helping a buddy roof a shed. I figured laying on my back in the Jeep would be OK on my sore legs after spending the entire day on a ladder. So I pulled the dash apart to make it easier to get to the under dash harness. It really wasn't too difficult to get the harness out once I had the dash panel out and realized there was a screw holding the engine compartment harness to the under dash harness / fuse box.

I laid the harness out next to the replacement harness that my uncle gave me with the Jeep and there are several connectors that are different on the replacement harness, as well as some corroded connectors and the back of the fuse panel looks like it laid under the back of his saw for a few years collecting sawdust in the grease making a lovely mess, so I was debating what my best bet was... I was thinking about depinning the harness wire by wire and move over the wires that I needed that didn't have the right connectors on the replacement harness and after chasing wires around the harness for a bit I decided it was going to be pretty time consuming, and then I'd still have to clean everything up on the replacement harness, and there were a few wires that were cut so I didn't know where they were supposed to go to know what connectors they neeeded... so I just decided to buy another harness... about $56 on ebay for one that I can see from the pictures has at least the two big connectors that were different on the harness I have... the only other thing would be if it has the right connector for the rear lights to power the hard top when it is on, but if I get everything else to work then I can fix the hard top brake light if it is missing... I'm more concerned with the HVAC and T-Case controls that were already disconnected so I don't know what they are supposed to be.
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Old 09-16-2015, 08:18 AM
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Thanks Scooby. I was checking out your build thread last night, haven't made it through the entire thing yet but was loving the custom dash. I am not a fan of the interior of our jeep, so was debating about doing something custom, but need to get it running before I start any other projects with it...

Checked my ebay this morning, looks like my wiring harness should be delivered tomorrow, looks like saturday is supposed to be rainy, so maybe I'll get a chance to get it in the jeep this weekend.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:46 AM
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got the wiring harness yesterday. Looking it over it looks pretty good, I did notice there was one wire that has broken out of the connector, so I'm hoping I can depin that connector on the old harness to at least get the metal piece that goes in to the connector. Everything else looks so much nicer than the harnesses I already had... it is all taped / loomed so only loose wires are little drop outs where they need to drop out to connect where they need to connect... it should be so much cleaner install than trying to play with those other harnesses, plus hopefully being all taped/loomed I would think it's less likely to have any shorts in it or to develop any problems down the road... so depending on how today goes I'm hoping I will work on putting the new harness in the jeep tonight and see how much I can get hooked back up...
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:45 PM
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wiring harness comparison... so much cleaner install with this harness! unfortunately I have several connectors I can't figure out what they go to...

I have most of the other wires connected but started a new thread to see if anyone can help identify whats what for the ones I can't figure out. I picked up a battery cable to replace the ground cable that was cut, still need a battery but I'm going to pull the one out of my boat for testing purposes, would have done it tonight but it started storming pretty bad and my boat is sitting outside so I called it quits for tonight.

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Old 09-19-2015, 07:33 PM
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Harness is in, there are several connectors that I don't have anything to connect them to, but new ground cable and battery out of my boat along with a shot of starting fluid and it runs for a few seconds... It's not getting fuel, but I don't know that there really is fuel in it although the gauge reads almost full.. I pulled the line in front of the fuel filter and it doesn't appear the pump is working.. Or there isn't really fuel in the tank... It needs to be emptied anyways if there is cuz it has sat for years... So next up is figuring out why it's not getting fuel...
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So it's almost been a year, but it's been a busy year. I was hoping that I would have the time to get the Jeep running last winter, but we were still remodeling the house through most of the winter, I am finally at a point where I'm mostly done with the house (still have one hallway wall I need to finish sanding drywall and paint, and eventually plan on closing in another "bedroom" downstairs to use as our workout room and a storage closet to get stuff out of sight downstairs since we don't have many closets in our house), but then once it started warming up I started building a small greenhouse in my back yard. I was going pretty strong with it in the spring but once summer hit I've been so busy I have only had two weekends since the end of April that I've been home... on top of that we found out in December that my wife was pregnant with our first child (which is due less than 2 weeks from now) so it's been a busy year!

With all of my other projects I haven't had a chance to really do anything with the Jeep. The only thing that I've done since the last post was move it from my barn to my garage because it takes up less space than my truck so I parked it in the garage so I could still move around it and parked the Avalanche in the barn for the winter and drove the Silverado... when weather turned nice and I started driving the Avalanche again I decided to sell the Silverado but haven't really tried selling it very seriously, had put a couple craigslist ads out but wasn't really getting any interest in it for what I wanted for it until two days ago, so yesterday the guy came out and handed me cash... a little less than I wanted but still reasonable for the shape it was in so it went down the road yesterday, so now I'm down to just the Avalanche and my wife's Escape, so I want to get the Jeep running so we have a third backup vehicle... so while I have cash in my pocket I'm going to get the MC2150 carb and distributor upgrade from the ebay guy just to save myself some time in having to find/rebuild a carb, so hopefully it will just drop in and be ready to go.

It's still questionable on how long it will take me because the greenhouse is still my priority (and the kid could show up any day now which would then change my priorities again...) but hopefully I'll get this thing going sooner rather than later...

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