We’ve heard you guys: you like it when some derelict old wreck gets a second lease on life. We hate to see vehicles that are just a few hundred bucks’ worth of parts and a couple hours’ worth of work sitting and rotting, too. Nothing makes us sadder than to walk by a perfectly good rig and know that if we just had the time and cash, we’d have something good on our hands. But when a ride gets a new lease on life and gets to drive out of the yard from where it had been sitting, that’s a good day.
For this episode of Dirt Every Day, Fred and Dave go digging for a Jeep to take out on a trip to Pismo, and to do that, they score a 1994 Jeep YJ to rescue. The Wrangler was, at one point in time, a brand-new rig with the Sahara trim package that got you the nice seats, and the 4.0L inline-six, but the years were’t kind to this one and eventually it came to rest between hulks of CJs, TJs, YJs, and whatever other Jeep got mangled or worn thin.
With some parts on hand, some tools and a deal that saw the guys giving up a pretty nice soft top, cargo rack, doors and full roll bar for off-roading in the middle of California’s wet season, the Wrangler goes from a wreck to…well, at least a moving wreck that rolls offroad well enough to tackle some dirt roads. Which means it’s perfect, right?