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Dash plate clean-up.

  • Posted on: 30 March 2014
  • By: Nate

Today, I got the rest of the 2.5L Wiring harness out of DIYJ.  I had a little help.

Since I removed the dash plate last time around, I figured today that I'd clean it up, and paint it, so it doesnt rust up again.  I took a wire wheel to the entire surface of the plate, and then wiped it all down with paint thinner.

Computer and Dash Removal.

  • Posted on: 29 March 2014
  • By: Nate

So I took some time to start tearing out what's left of the remnants of the 2.5L from DIYJ.  This meant the computer, and the wiring harness. 

On the 1990 YJ, with the 2.5L TBI, the computer is located inside the cab, behind the glove box.  I had already removed the dash panels, so I could see the computer, but getting it out was a bit of a job. 

The Islander, Reborn.

  • Posted on: 15 March 2014
  • By: Nate


I have something of an affinity toward unique Jeeps.  My first YJ was a 1990, plain old white.  I fixed that up by adding some simple store bought decals, botl-on widgets, and through the application of black paint here and there. It made it mine, and helped it stand out from the sea of other white YJ's on the road. 

Score one for the 2013 JK Sport!

  • Posted on: 23 February 2014
  • By: Nate

So, I've driven Jeeps for a long time. When i bought my JK, i was coming from an XJ daily driver, and a YJ crawler. Sold the YJ, and traded in the XJ on my shiney new JK Sport. I have a lot of faith in the Wrangler brand, but the things so comphy and whatnot that I have to admit that I had my doubts. I know its a sound base, but jumping 21 years from my 1992 wrangler to a 2013, i had my misgivings.

Motor Removal.

  • Posted on: 8 November 2013
  • By: Nate

A short time ago, I took an evening and got the old 2.5l out of DIYJ, and now it sits on a tire on my garage floor.

The procedure was about as simple as I'd think engine removal can get. Disconnect.. well, everything, then find a way to support the motor while connected to a hoist, and.. Hoist!

2013 Jeep Wrangler - 10,000 Miles.

  • Posted on: 2 November 2013
  • By: Nate

So, its been a little while since Ive posted. A bit's happened since i sold the Smurf. The week after the smurf left my ownership, I found myself with a couple grand in my pocket, and no Wrangler. I knew this state could not last. I hit up a few Jeep dealers, and found a deal I could live with on a 2013 Wrangler, 2-door. Traded in the XJ. A few weeks later I had a business trip to North Carolina. So I drove, of course, about a thousand miles worth of road trip. On top of that I have about 80 miles round trip commute for work every day.

NEED HELP FINDING A LOST HIKER - California, Sierra Nevada Mountains.

  • Posted on: 9 August 2013
  • By: Nate

The brother of a high-school friend of my wife's, is missing. He was on a camping/hiking trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the Mammoth Lake area. He was separated from his friends when his car broke down, and never met back up with them as planned. The hunch is that he went on a hike on his own while waiting for his car repair.

He's been missing for almost a month. It doesn't look good.

Selling a Jeep...

  • Posted on: 7 April 2013
  • By: Nate

... Is sort of like putting a child up for adoption.. You want to find it the best home posible, you want it to have a god life, and you want it to live on...

Not that I've ever adopted, or put a child up for, adoption.. But I've owned my 1992 YJ Islander since 2001. That's 12 years if you're counting. In that time it's gone from a completely stock street Jeep, to an SOA crawler. It's gone from my daily driver, to my trail toy, and now it's gone from mine, to someone elses.