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Old 06-27-2010, 07:30 PM
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Hello All & my project YJ

I just wanted to say hello to everyone and also share some of my jeep project.

I recently moved to Florida and my wife and I decided to buy another Wrangler. I am currently fixing this one up and figured I would share it here.

Here is the details of what I am starting with.

1988 Jeep Wrangler Sahara with a 4.2L I-6. The body had 163k miles on it but had a Jasper engine put in about 1800 miles ago. I bought the jeep just after the engine was put in.

I test drove about 12 jeeps before I decided on this one. We were on a budget and this one has issues but the engine runs great and should be very dependable. This was our main reason for choosing one that needed the work. To my surprise once I started digging into the body..it's not in that bad of shape....the wiring however is another story.


My first step was to start dealing with the interior. I wanted to get rid of the spice, and the dash was not in very good shape...so a weekends worth of work and this is what I ended up with....I also replaced the steering wheel.


well for some reason it won't let me attach my pictures which are all smaller than the limit. Once I get that sorted out I have some to upload.

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Old 06-27-2010, 07:45 PM   #2
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welcome!

sounds like a good rig you got.

Try using Photobucket to upload the pics, it resizes them for you.

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Ok. So I was able to create an album on photobucket

Here are the pics

The Jeep....our 1988 YJ


Redone dash and new steering wheel





Stripped interior getting ready for Hurculiner












Some other cleanup while it's stripped.
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I don't have any good pics of the re-assembled jeep but I must say it is nice with the Hurculiner. This right now is our beach cruiser and eventually will be our trail rig once we can afford the suspension work.

The next step is to get the outside painted and continue cleaning things up.

The wiring is a mess in this thing and I am having a heck of a time trying to get the air conditioning figured out.

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looks good Alex!..What color do you plan on painting the outside?
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How did you do the dash?
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Very nice!
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:32 PM   #9
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:10 PM   #10
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I just lined mine, looks good man.
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Looks great! I have to get my floor panel fixed the rest of the way then I'm getting lined - can't wait! I am also super jealous, you have vents in your dash (haha)!!!!
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Thanks all for the nice words.

We are thinking of a nice blue with metal flake for the exterior color.

I also like having the vents in the dash but I'm having a heck of a time trying to get the AC and Heater wiring figured out. Someone who owned or worked on this jeep before I got it has rerouted all the relays and all fuses from under the hood to behind the dash. There are broken relays that two connectors plugged into but no one seems to know what it is. The heater and ac blower doesn't work right now.

Anyone in the Tampa area that knows anything about wiring?
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That looks great! Welcome to WF! Be sure and keep us updated with your progress.
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To answer DJ Buckeye, I took off the windshield and completely broke down the dash to the back panel.

With all pieces removed I prepped and painted the back panel.

Each piece was then scrubbed really good with dish soap.

I bought some really good paint designed to stick to the soft dash components and plastics

I wiped everything down good with acetone and applied around 3-5 light coats of the paint.

The key to the whole thing is to let it dry for about 4 days so the paint can completely cure before re-assembly.

I am not a fan of painting plastics but I know it will be fine if done correctly. I'm hoping that I did this correctly..lol

Hope this helps.......Also I think you can get this paint at the big box auto stores.

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