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Old 03-07-2012, 06:23 PM
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Doesnt sound too bad. Does the turn signal switch plug in and work? And I wonder how hard it would be to make the dimmer work.
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:56 AM
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I just bought one of the XJ collums at the pull a part to put into mine.

I noticed the little arm thingy that the shifter cable attaches to keeps you from turning the key switch all the way off. It will drop down under slight spring pressure when you turn the key on, and wont let you turn the key off untill you manually push it back up. I wanted that part gone.
Well, after taking the collumn almost completely apart, and still not able to get to it, if got mad and started twisting it and pulling. I found all you have to do is turn the key on, and rotate it 90 degrees and pull it out. Now that feature is completely gone! There is a little plastic interlok pill that connects that thing with the switch rod. It stays in there but doesnt effect anything with the shifter nub gone.

Hopefully my frustration and wasted time (dissassembling the thing) helps someone out. Now I just need to get the time to swap the thing in.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:33 PM
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The joys of body work.

Rusty stuff removed.


Some new metal.


Patch panel in (sorta).


Front of replacement fender fits well.


The rear doesn't fit so well.


Much better.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:15 AM
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That's very interesting. I've been lead to believe the flares were the same stamping. Obviously that isn't the case. But it looks like you have it licked
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Old 03-30-2012, 01:56 PM
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That's very interesting. I've been lead to believe the flares were the same stamping. Obviously that isn't the case. But it looks like you have it licked

I thought so too...weird.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:04 PM
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So I am now about 95% done with the fender flare install. That means I'm 96% done with body work. This weekend I am having a paint stripping party, gonna turn the driveway smurfy. here is the drivers side done.


The patch panel.


The inside of the wheel well. Looks like hell, but I haven't ground it yet and covered it in undercoating. Just turn the monitor sideways.


All this was replaced as well.


Sorry the pic sucks. Had light issues.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:02 PM
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Now you will never rot out the rear flares again. The double wall construction they used on the Cherokees wasn't one of AMC's better ideas.
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:52 PM
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This mornings activity. One mell of a hess.





I still have a bunch of hand sanding to do, but that's easy. Plus a bit more body work. But zero RUST.
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:19 PM
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Shiny

If I did the same here, it would be rusted tomorrow morning
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:14 PM
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Shiny

If I did the same here, it would be rusted tomorrow morning

Same here!

I had to prime (at least self-etch prime) any area that I stripped down same day, otherwise......the evil would have taken over.

Looking good as always! Keep it up.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:36 PM
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I do store it inside, so that helps. And CO has fairly low humidity. I don't even have to oil my gun barrels.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:57 PM
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More work done. Body is in first coat of primer. Well epoxy primer and regular primer.





Fortunately, I didn't need much filler, but still went through 1.5L of Evercoat to get it the way I wanted. Of course, you spray primer and you can see all the places you missed. I still have all the front sheet metal to do, but those pieces need very little body work. It's just strip and prime, with a little filler on the hood.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:52 PM
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That looks great!
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:14 PM
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Awesome job. So the J Truck flare was used as a unit together with the inner fender well? I have a 74 J10 but the inner fender well had a sharp edge between where the tire tread would be and where the sidewall would be (hard to explain). I'm not familiar with the Cherokee but my Grand Wagoneer seat "rides" on the rear inner fender well. Putting one in from a J Truck would be too large to let the rear seat fit properly. How does yours fit?
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:51 PM
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This is turning out great ,what color are you going to paint it ?
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:26 PM
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Awesome job. So the J Truck flare was used as a unit together with the inner fender well? I have a 74 J10 but the inner fender well had a sharp edge between where the tire tread would be and where the sidewall would be (hard to explain). I'm not familiar with the Cherokee but my Grand Wagoneer seat "rides" on the rear inner fender well. Putting one in from a J Truck would be too large to let the rear seat fit properly. How does yours fit?

The Chero inner fender structure is still there. Unfortunately, I didn't listen to the squirrel in my head telling me to cut out little bits of metal at a time. I cut the inner fender of the Chero about five inches from the outside leaving a big gap. I should have cut just inside of the spot welds. This would have made things much easier because the inner structure between a J Truck and the Chero are different. I had to cut and beat the snot out of the J Truck fenders to get them close, then fill the remaining gap with new metal. Looks like Hell, but that is what undercoating is for. Would just like to mention that welding sparks going down the front of ones shirt isn't fun.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:29 PM
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This is turning out great ,what color are you going to paint it ?

The factory blue metallic.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:19 PM
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Been a while, but newer pics. The meat locker of sheet metal.




I didn't get any picks of the painted front sheet metal. I was more interested in getting it done, since the weather was closing on me.

But, I did get some of the body.

Here is the screen I am using under the cowl vent. Not only will it keep out leaves, but also mice. The cowl was one entry point for some mice. They went through the slots, chewed a hole in the fan, and came through the heater duct. They even left a leg bone from some animal in there.




I am finally putting stuff together. feels good.





I did clean, paint, and replace the foam in the heater box and the inside duct.

I won't get the glass in before the end of the year due to funds and time. Plus I am more than likely moving to Peoria, IL in January, so the Jeep just needs to be able to be put on a tow dolly.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:29 PM
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That looks great

When you walk into the meat locker of sheet metal, do you hear the 2nd half of "Layla"? *

(*Goodfellas reference)

Did you colorsand & buff it, or is that just the color coat? Did you clear it?

What wiper motor is that?

I like the screen, I'll be trying something like that.

Keep posting, it's neat to see somebody making progress
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:26 PM
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It's two stage paint. I will have to do some sanding and buffing. Unfortunately, there are a few places where the paint is lighter. And I was being careful to get my overlap correct since it is metallic paint. Oh well.

The wiper motor, as far as I know, is stock for a 77.
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