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Two years ago I got a deal on a 88 yj. The engine is bad but the body is excellent. The only rust I can find anywhere is a small place on the windshield frame. So I figure $2300 for a clean, dent and rust free body and frame is a pretty good deal.
Life kept getting in the way and I'm finally getting around to starting work on pulling the engine.
I'm not a fan of the mud or rock crawling. I probably won't do any trail riding or even running wide open through the dessert. Actually I'm pretty sure I won't. With that in mind, what I'm building is for lack of a better name, a mall crawler. And I'm OK with that. I've been reading a lot of builds and blogs and I haven't seen one where someone broke an axle at the mall.
So the plan is to pull the old 4.2l and rebuild it. Probably go 30 over and no fancy cam. I'm looking for functional. While I have the engine out I'm sending the automatic transmission out to be rebuilt. There's some paint stick writing on the trans pan that says 1998. So add 20 years to whatever was done and I'd say it can stand a good going through.
What I need is a recommendation on a good transmission guy around High Point, NC. I know somebody knows the best place for the best price, so help a brother Jeeper out.
 

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Making headway

I've just about got the engine and transmission ready to come out. I pulled off the valve cover to get to a head bolt and found the number one rocker and valve spring packed full of metal shavings.
And I didn't know antifreeze dried out. What the heck?
 

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More bolts piling up

The driveshafts are out and the transfer case is ready to come out.
The engine and transmission come out next week and then I can really start to rebuild this jewel.

Somebody said they were going to name their Jeep Buster since it's all the time busting knuckles. I'm going with "Bruiser". This baby has beat my butt.
 

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More stuff coming off

When I first got the jeep in the garage I started the Nutter bypass and chopped out all those miles of extra wires. I didn't spend a lot of time trying to get the ECM out then, but it came out Friday night along with the underdash ac unit. I'm proud of the fact that I didn't cut any hoses and only 1 wire to get the ac out. I can't say the same about the ECM.
 
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