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as many of you know already, I was lucky enough to buy an 88 MJ recently. :banana:  She's a 76k mile 2wd Pioneer with the that I acquired from the original owner.  The interior is in great shape, the drivetrain works perfect, but there are some wiring issues and the exterior is, well... sun baked. :( 

 

4.0L

2wd manual trans

Colorado red

tilt w/3spoke wheel

A/C w/heavy duty cooling

AM/FM cassette with rear speakers

intermittent wipers

15x7 rims

 

 

oh, and I'm guessing the fogs, cruise, and bumper gaurds are dealership add-ons.  they aren't on the window sticker, but they are scribbled on the dealership invoice.  the rear window is aftermarket replacement after the original slider broke.

 

 

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Problems to address:

-address rust on floors

-clean carpet

-find rain leak

-defeat various electrical gremlins (wipers, radio, fogs, etc)

-front bumper mount needs to be pulled straight

-plastic parts in wheelwells are toast

-one missing body molding, others are falling off

-there's a droning sound that I'm betting is the fuel pump

-address sun damage on mirrors, flares, etc

-replace all window wipes/channels

-windows don't roll all the way down

-fix/convert A/C

-figure out how to get headrests

-salvage the build sheet somehow

-do something about the paint

-etc.

 

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first the good stuff

 

 

fantastic interior! (except for the drivers floormat)

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how many of you have a jacking procedure sticker :dunno:

 

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the stripes are in great shape

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the emblems are still shiny! (though pitted on top)

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needs some cleaning but it's all there :D  

 

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Found the window sticker in the pile of paperwork

 

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for what it's worth I have a set of dealership emblem/hat/keychain

 

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now the not-so-good

 

bumper is pushed in on drivers side

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this has caused the fender to buckle slightly

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the floors are better than I feared, but need to be addressed

 

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the flares are so bad they are pitted on top :( 

 

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trim is coming off

 

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one piece is gone.  I'm torn as to finding a replacement or removing them all.  I guess it's not really a restoration if I just yank the factory parts off.  :( 

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fenderwell plastic crumbles in my hands

 

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all of the window wipes/channels are toast

 

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and the mirrors are turning white

 

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right now we're in a holding pattern until my Dakota R/T is sold and I can pay back the money I borrowed (and hopefully get a little extra to put towards the MJ). 

So far I've yanked and dried the carpet and pulled the truck into the barn where the dehumidifier will keep it all nice and comfy til I'm ready to attack the floors. :D 

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Well done!! That is a sweet ride! And you beat me to getting your purchase home. :beerchug:

 

Great that you’re going the restoration route. Looking forward to following your progress

 

 

 

 

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Your floor don't look bad at all!, look like all u need is sanding the rust then repaint to prevent from rust again, I fear to look at my floor on my new MJ :crossfingers:

I looked under it seem solid to me.

Nice truck! 

:comanche:

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Looks like most of that paint and body damage is compliments from the good ole blazing Georgia sun. Very nice truck though... and you beat me there by one day. :driving: 

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full resto. :L:    or at least as far as I can take it.  I have no desire to mod this in any way short of adding headrests, AUX on the radio, and maybe some turbine wheels (but I'll hang on to the whites).  plus any preventative measures such as the headlight relay harness or a flexpipe in the exhaust.

 

 

8 hours ago, MJXJjeepguy said:

I looked under it seem solid to me.

 

if you pull the 3 phillips screws in the lower entryway trim you can pry up the carpet and check for moisture.  don't hesitate.  it's not going to get any better if you ignore it.  :( 

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50 minutes ago, Pete M said:

full resto. :L:    or at least as far as I can take it.  I have no desire to mod this in any way short of adding headrests, AUX on the radio, and maybe some turbine wheels (but I'll hang on to the whites). 

 

 

 

if you pull the 3 phillips screws in the lower entryway trim you can pry up the carpet and check for moisture.  don't hesitate.  it's not going to get any better if you ignore it.  :( 

:laugh: so true! We can't ignore it nothing getting better.

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We have identical trucks minus 2WD vs 4WD, tilt column (very jealous), and fogs, but I'm sure you already knew that! :thumbsup:

 

Looking forward to seeing the progress!

 

 

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There are enough of us here, I doubt you’ll have an issue finding that piece of the moulding if we all keep an eye out for it. I’ll for sure watch for it when I visit yards. 

 

As you know, guys up north would love to have one this clean to start with. It’ll be a fun thread to watch! Oh, and you’ll really enjoy putting the next 24K miles on (you know, going to MJ related gatherings across the country and the occasional home improvement store run).

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