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Long story short I owned a CJ7 years ago and sold it while I was in college and I needed the money. Fast forward a few years and I meet a couple of my neighbors while they are walking their dogs by my house and I find out that they have a non-running Wrangler sitting in their driveway. A little negotiation later and the Jeep is mine within 2 weeks of meeting them.

The body... Chalky and tired looking. These pics are the first time I saw it.




This is after I got it running enough to get to my house.



The mystery engine... So I know there is a V8 under the hood and it's and auto but what the hell are they out of???!!!! The WranglerForum comes to my rescue. Chevy 307 mated to a TH400 Automatic.

Dirty engine shots:







One severely undersized radiator:



Leaking transmission shot:




After much cleaning of the outside I find shiny paint... This will do for now.



 

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The plan... First I have to make basic fixes.

Oil Change/Filter
Transmission Pan Gasket/Filter/Fluid and Dust Cover
New Ignition wires and plugs
New air filter

Then the more serious.

Replace homemade shifter with B&M Z-shifter
Put in bigger Radiator
Repair Gas Gauge
Install aftermarket Tachometer

Then to move onto the ratty looking interior... Pics to follow.

Having owned a Jeep before... We'll see what other surprises pop up.
 

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Thank you guys for the positive comments. I have to rig a temp gauge up too. Are there any aftermarket all in one gauges like a Vapor you could suggest?
 

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Here's some more info I found on how this Jeep left the factory.

Vehicle Information
Year: 1990 Make: Jeep Model: Wrangler Trim: S Engine Information
Size: 2.0 L Number of Cylinders: 4 Fuel Type: Regular Unleaded Transmission Type: MANUAL
 

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Little History lesson . . . You may do the same, but, I often think of what all my Jeep has been through, where has it all been, and who has owned it through the years. Just makes me wonder, it is now in retirement, living a life of leisure being pampered.
 

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Yes that's JB weld on the trans dipstick input... Sighs... Ideas? Lokar flexible dipstick? Duct tape? Chewing gum? More JB weld?
 

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Ok so I ordered a Lokar flexible transmission dipstick. I also picked up oil and a new filter today. Next weekend should be... Oily.
 

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I put in a LS 5.3 on my 94...still using the 4cy radiator with a electric fan out of a T-bird...early 90's I think and it dam near pulls the jeep in netural...so that might be a option...but I don't do any real hard rock crawl'n so I really don't need a huge one to keep things cool
 

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So Saturday I am picking up a hardtop to go with the full doors I acquired. Sometime during that day I will change the oil and filter and install the new transmission dipstick as well. If I find the time hopefully I can install the shifter as well (but I doubt it).
 

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So now I am having some shifting problems... Like it won't leave first gear unless I back off the throttle. I suspect it's vacuum related and plan to take a peak underneath the rig this morning.
 

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Ok shifting problem was a vacuum hose that I temporarily plugged for trouble shooting. Also my friend and I noticed that the alternator and power steering pump are loose... Time to adjust.

I have to find company mufflers that will actually quiet it down a lot. Thoughts?
 

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You might not need to replace your gauges, the connections may be corroded. Remove the plastic dash panel that covers the gauge cluster, then carefully remove it and clean the connections with a pencil eraser. There are some good instructions for doing this if you search this forum. I did this on my 90 and got all the gauges except the clock to work. Most of the dash lights were burned out too, so I replaced the bulbs and now everything works. Good luck!
 

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So I have decided the whole open pipe exhaust set up on the Jeep isn't working for me so...

Summit Racing SUM-630122 - Summit Racing® Turbo Mufflers

Muffler, Performance Turbo, 2 1/4 in. Inlet/2 1/4 in. Outlet, Steel, Aluminized, Each


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Manufacturer's Part Number: SUM-630122
Part Type: Mufflers
Product Line: Summit Racing® Turbo Mufflers
Summit Racing Part Number: SUM-630122
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Inlet Diameter (in): 2.250 in.
Inlet Quantity: One
Inlet Location: Offset
Outlet Diameter (in): 2.250 in.
Outlet Quantity: One
Outlet Location: Center
Internal Construction: Turbo-style
Muffler Material: Steel
Muffler Finish: Aluminized
Case Length (in): 14.000 in.
Overall Length (in): 18.500 in.
Thickness (in): 4.500 in.
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You might not need to replace your gauges, the connections may be corroded. Remove the plastic dash panel that covers the gauge cluster, then carefully remove it and clean the connections with a pencil eraser. There are some good instructions for doing this if you search this forum. I did this on my 90 and got all the gauges except the clock to work. Most of the dash lights were burned out too, so I replaced the bulbs and now everything works. Good luck!
The gauges no longer interface with the engine I have under the hood... But I will try this pencil trick on the gas gauge if its applicable.
 
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