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Old 09-01-2010, 09:13 PM
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2wd drag Cherokee build thread

Rather than posting random updates every now and again I figured I'd just start a build thread for the new Cherokee project. Basically it's a 1983 Cherokee WT body on a shortened 1971 C10 frame with a real healthy AMC 401.

Here's how I picture it as a finished project, although I change my mind on the paint scheme almost daily.




The roller as purchased, look at how clean it is.


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The 1971 C10 frame from Arkansas. Shortened 17" to 110" wheelbase. Trailing arm rear suspension, IFS, front discs, etc.


http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_...4025_large.jpg


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Here's the body off the frame, how many Cherokees still exist that can hold their own weight on the rear quarters? I stuck the blocks under the back then lifted the front with the chain falls. Then I removed the rear tires and drug the frame out from underneath. Please note that I kept the heck away from it when it was hanging there like that.


http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_...4049_large.jpg


Check out how clean this frame is. Original paint even!


http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_...4051_large.jpg


http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_...4052_large.jpg


Now here's the body on the 2wd frame. I forgot to take pictures before I pushed it back into it's spot so the pictures are only of the front half. I still need to clearance a couple places in the back, then it will drop down 1.5" more. The suspension is hardly even compressed but it's still sitting lower than my stock height waggy! The plan is to finish the build with the stock springs, then order springs to get the height right. So it's probably going to look a little funky until the very end of the build.


http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_...4054_large.jpg


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Old 09-02-2010, 06:28 AM
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Excellent looking project. I will be following this one. And i'd have to say that it'd be a blast to
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Is the '71 still 6x5.5 bolt pattern? Or did they already change to 5x5 by then on 2wd?

Cool Build, I have the same Ideas but with a stock chassis and a front axle from a 50's Chevy Truck. I'm still in the parts gathering and Photoshop stage. Maybe I'll get busy this winter... But Probly not, I'm pretty lazy

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Old 09-02-2010, 10:35 AM
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Cool photoshop! I think 1971 was the first year for 5x5 but also the first year of front discs. Not really that big of deal since I've got to order wheels anyways. I'm going to use the rear axle from my Wagoneer though so that'll be 6-lug. It actually works out great because the n/t axle is going to be the perfect width for tucking a 315 drag radial on a 10" rim.
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thats awesome. I am kinda on the look out for another jeep to lower and rat out.
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