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Old 12-23-2019, 08:27 PM
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,Can not figure out how it rusted here.. It's just surface but still ,,

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Old 12-23-2019, 08:30 PM
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Old 12-23-2019, 08:48 PM
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These are pics from today. It had stuff in it and was sitting with the windows cracked open for many years. Floors will need to get dealt with for sure. I'm thinking the next step is to see if I can get it running. It has fluids. need to disconnect the fuel pump and see if I can get the old gas out.


Has Anyone had this type of side trim on a jeep before? It's all around it and looks like it could be factory, I'm just not sure.


That pic of my passenger door shows the gap. it wont shut or open. weird. any thoughts to get it open?


Lastly that rack is what was custom made for the jeep. fits very nice with the lines on the rear.

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Old 12-27-2019, 07:47 PM
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Pics from today's clean up and craigslist wheels.





A wash really helped. And of all things the rear window works.







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Old 12-27-2019, 08:30 PM
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I am so glad you rescued the old girl, and she looks so much better after a day at the spa!


Kinda looks like your windshield gasket is leaking along the top there. Mine did the same thing years ago (hence the rust in the middle of the dash).


Take good care of her, I think she is a keeper?
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Old 12-28-2019, 09:59 AM
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Nice project with a lot of potential. I have a T-18/208 in my pickup (transplanted from a J20), and like it a lot. Bulletproof. Basically a 3-speed for the street. I looked at using an NV4500, but the ratios weren't what I wanted.

I just had the latch/lock mechanism out of both doors for clean up and lube. I'm thinking the lock mechanism on your passenger door might be the culprit. Might try the key to see if it will move the mechanism (I assume you've tried working the inside popup lock button). Or maybe a slimjim if you can determine where to hook it. Other wise, you'll have to remove the door card/upholstery to get at the guts from the inside. I think you can get it off without damaging it too badly...might have to pull the passenger seat though. (Thanks again for those AC vents).
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:00 AM
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I am so glad you rescued the old girl, and she looks so much better after a day at the spa!

Paint is in good condition, Maybe a coat of wax would go a long way on it.



Kinda looks like your windshield gasket is leaking along the top there. Mine did the same thing years ago (hence the rust in the middle of the dash).


That's a great thought on the dash rust. Thanks.



Take good care of her, I think she is a keeper?




They're getting harder and harder to find. I plan on it.
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:08 AM
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Nice project with a lot of potential. I have a T-18/208 in my pickup (transplanted from a J20), and like it a lot. Bulletproof. Basically a 3-speed for the street. I looked at using an NV4500, but the ratios weren't what I wanted.



Great. I like the fact it's a factory man trans cherokee. Maybe not orig trans... but better.


I just had the latch/lock mechanism out of both doors for clean up and lube. I'm thinking the lock mechanism on your passenger door might be the culprit. Might try the key to see if it will move the mechanism (I assume you've tried working the inside popup lock button). Or maybe a slimjim if you can determine where to hook it. Other wise, you'll have to remove the door card/upholstery to get at the guts from the inside. I think you can get it off without damaging it too badly...might have to pull the passenger seat though. (Thanks again for those AC vents).




It was parked with the door ajar. It took lots of PB Blaster and eventually I was able to get it to open. The latch foot that hooks in the jam was rusted solid. The windows roll up and down again. Really the passenger floor pan is the only major I'm very happy with it.


Look at the a/c/ vents. They are factory black. I keep forgetting to grab them and ask if you want black ones.
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Old 12-28-2019, 11:53 AM
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Thanks for asking...I dyed/painted the one of the vents you sent and it's ready to install. Glad you got the door opened.
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Old 12-29-2019, 11:15 PM
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more clean up

I didnt get out to work on it today but here are some pics from what i did with parts I removed and brought home. and some other pic of the inside.


Its hard to believe what a good washing will do. this being the before shot.



I still cant believe the rear window works up and down from the dash switch.



I would also like to firgure out how to use these zj seats. Problem is that they dont tilt like the originals do.









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Old 12-29-2019, 11:33 PM
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down the road I'm hoping to pick up a full panel kit from Men in black to put the original interior on and put it back in.



I'm also thinking SOA from TTfabworks. and the rear kit also. That front end needs an altitude adjustment.


Are people still going this route or just doing the all spring lifts? I've pretty much made up my mind on the SOA. But it would be good to hear from people that have had them. pro's and cons.


It's getting a DUI distributor/ live wires next time I'm out there. It came with a NIB edelbrock intake and carb too. so they need to go on also.
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Old 12-30-2019, 11:32 AM
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No experience with either. I'm new to building 4x4 rigs. Personally, I'm looking really hard at BJ's 6" kit. Though I'm with you, I'd love to hear feedback on the topic since I've thought about COA but don't know diddly about adding them.
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Old 01-12-2020, 07:48 PM
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Well, I haven't been able to work on it in a while but have ordered and received some parts. (1). used DUI distributor with live wires. (I'm still very much on the fence with this ). 1 SOA kit front and rear from Tad. and have ordered the u-bolt kit through BJ's. Still reading up on the high steer. opinions would be great. Maybe it will be a bit higher soon-ish.



I like reading through here and watching everybody's progress. It's cool to see them come together.
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Old 01-29-2020, 09:16 PM
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Parts have arrived

Well I have received a few more parts but have had little time to go work on it. It's not running yet which is the next priority.



I have a few fuel tanks and a new sending unit so I may just pick the best one clean the dust out and drop the original tank and replace it before I start on the SOA and steering. I'm still trying to figure out what the best direction to go is on that.


Any lifted Jeeps I have had previous to this had spring lifts so I didn't have to think about anything but a DPA.



I want it to have good road manners so a proper steering decision is a must.



Thoughts or suggestions welcome.
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Old 02-09-2020, 09:36 AM
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I was looking through my pics and noticed this. It looks like and oil bottle. however it's in an awful weird spot for that.


The line is not center. thats what makes me think it's not an oil bottle. Goldhammer. if you're reading this thread do you remember an item you left tucked under the drivers seat.
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Old 02-09-2020, 10:27 AM
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My guess is the box for the stereo removable face plate.
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Old 02-09-2020, 10:33 AM
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My guess is the box for the stereo removable face plate.




Rang, that didn't even occur to me. I think you're right.



I kept thinking weapon carrying case. Maybe a knife.
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Old 02-17-2020, 09:39 AM
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Well I spent about an hour out working on it yesterday. I cleaned up the interior a bit and removed the roof rack, roof rails and rear fin gizmo.


I'm not reusing the factory rack, Ive got an old set of braces from my dads Wagoneer. I've held on to them for some odd reason.

And Marc, It was a stereo face plate container.

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Old 02-18-2020, 11:34 AM
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What a transformation!
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dang.
that is one great looking rig,....
love the color.

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