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Old 07-23-2019, 05:19 AM
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I bought a 1979 Cherokee Chief (WT/360) yesterday. Its been sitting for 20 years. Body isnt so bad. Inside floor pans are pretty well rusted out. Driver side window (manual crank) is broken. And the grill is broke. But the 31
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:46 PM
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Woo hoo! Another 79!!
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Old 07-24-2019, 04:41 AM
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Wow, another great partial story?
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Old 07-24-2019, 05:15 AM
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Ha! The 31” tires are holding air. That was the “plus” that got cut off...

The motor is locked up. So I’ve loaded her up with diesel to try and free it. The rear window motor wants to move up and down. I need to get back there to pull the cover, grease it up, check it out...

Bummed about the motor and the driver side window being broke out. I ripped the carpet out of front. Need to pull the back to see what rear floor condition is...

Hopefully I can maintain enthusiasm! I’ve nevef had a 2DR WT. be cool to get her to move on her own power

I saw her on Facebook market place. PO pulled her out of his field. 31” tires were buried half way up. Rock/Mud in the frame. Big dent on the gas cap rear panel. I was second contacting the PO. First guy backed off about 5 days after I contacted the PO. Was raining the day I took my boy to go look. Had to call a rollback to haul her to the yard.

And while I was checking everything out, i noticed my truck’s exhaust had broke off its hangers. So i had to lay under my truck and wire that up

Auspicious start to this...
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Old 07-24-2019, 02:23 PM
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Best of luck Jason!
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Old 07-24-2019, 03:17 PM
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...That was the “plus” that got cut off...
I find if I am posting from my phone (Iphone SE), the post will be cut off after the first apostrophe. I have heard pretty much any apple product has the same issue. So if posting from a IPhone, IPad, or IMac, just be conscientious of your apostrophes.
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Old 07-24-2019, 06:19 PM
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Good job Look forward to pictures
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Old 07-24-2019, 07:18 PM
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Sounds like you've saved it from certain death. Good job!
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Old 07-25-2019, 07:09 PM
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Well, I just ordered a bunch of parts from Jeep Recyclers up in Kittanning PA. A used 360 motor, driver's window, razor grill/bezels. My 360 is completely locked and whatever... Time to move on to a working 360. Since I'm so close, I get to drive up and see Adam's facility. Pretty cool.

And today I was working on the rear window. Got it to go up and down. And then... No more workie... So weird... First I thought it was the safety switch, so I bypassed it, but still no go. So weird that it was working and then just stopped... sigh...

We did get all the carpet yanked out. Need to take down the headliner next. Oh yea, and yank out the seized motor...
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Old 07-26-2019, 04:58 AM
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First pic
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Old 07-26-2019, 08:34 AM
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niiice. body and chrome look pretty good in that pic. paint looks like a little tlc would perk it right up too.
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Old 07-26-2019, 12:00 PM
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niiice. body and chrome look pretty good in that pic. paint looks like a little tlc would perk it right up too.
I agree! It looks like a weekend of washing/wet sanding/waxing/buffing and that thing is gonna shine!

AAAANNDD a Golden Eagle!!! LUCKY!!!!
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Old 07-27-2019, 09:38 AM
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Here it is getting put in the yard



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Old 07-27-2019, 10:43 AM
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Step one for me would be to remove the running boards. Other than that it looks pretty good from here.

Howzabout making the pichers a little smaller?
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Old 07-27-2019, 02:26 PM
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Today we removed the headliner, bypassed the tailgate switch to hook a jump box up to get the rear window to go up. So it’s probably a ground issue... no biggie. Drilled out a rusted seat bolt. And drained the diesel from the engine. Next up is wire wheeling the floor to prep for some repair pieces
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Old 07-27-2019, 08:15 PM
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Man you got that one! I saw it advertised and thought about heading east but then never did anything about it. Nice save!
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Old 07-31-2019, 03:39 PM
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Sans running boards and grill. Getting ready for the engine swap, maybe this weekend

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Old 08-02-2019, 05:06 PM
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Getting ready for the engine swap this weekend. Picked up the new engine from Adam at Jeep Recyclers today. He’s got a cool shop, plenty of FSJs and parts, and was an all around cool dude to talk to!

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Old 08-03-2019, 01:37 PM
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Engine out, getting the parts off it





Maybe tomorrow, stab the new one in
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Old 08-03-2019, 05:47 PM
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I’m going to pull the heads on the new motor and check the valves, maybe get em cleaned up. Compression is really low, like 60 or so on two cylinders.
Blowing air through got some more pressure, so i think something is dirty and needs looked at/cleaned up
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