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Old 09-15-2007, 08:51 AM
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Making some progress on my Cherokee build

I've had a few pictures on a couple other threads of my jeep, but I thought I'd make a thread just for my build. I have a lot done already but there is still a lot to do before its done. Here's a quick specs list:
TBI 454 Chevy
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Dana 60 front
14 bolt rear (shaved)
39.5x18 boggers

In the pictures the motor and tranny are just sitting in there. The oil pan hits the cross member that I built for the small block I had in it before. So today I'm going to cut it out and build a new one.

Heres a few pics of what it looks like right now





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Old 09-15-2007, 08:54 AM
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way bad a55 looking
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Old 09-15-2007, 09:02 AM
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way bad a55 looking

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that is AWESOME looking.
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Old 09-15-2007, 11:41 AM
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Good lookin Cherokee, can't wait to see the finished product.

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Old 09-15-2007, 05:24 PM
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I thought mine looked pretty mean, i am so jealous now. I didn't need to see those pictures ****it, my pocketbook can't take it.
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Old 09-15-2007, 08:28 PM
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very cool

Very cool! Did you have to change to a different th400 to fit the 454?
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Old 09-15-2007, 08:51 PM
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Very cool! Did you have to change to a different th400 to fit the 454?

Yeah, I just used the TH400 out of my doner truck I bought. It was an 87 chevy 1 ton that was from Chicago area and was REALLY rusty. But it ran and drove. I got it for 2 grand which I didn't think was too bad.
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Old 09-15-2007, 09:45 PM
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I wish i could build something like that as my DD
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Old 09-16-2007, 10:12 PM
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I wish i could build something like that as my DD

My goal is to have it streetable so I can drive it to the trails and stuff but I doubt it will be very street legal. Lol I know I'll drive it around town every once in a while though just for fun
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:08 AM
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Looks real nice!

Are you going to try to raise the back up to be level with the front?
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Old 09-17-2007, 07:00 AM
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Dood You better hurry up and feed that, it looks pi$$ed .Nice build . Whats the wheelbase?
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:04 PM
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Dood You better hurry up and feed that, it looks pi$$ed .Nice build . Whats the wheelbase?

Thank you, and all the other people for leaving good comments! And the wheelbase is right around 110''.

As for progress on it, I got a little bit done this weekend, but I haven't been feeling very well for a few days so progress has been slowed, I even stayed home from school today. But this weekend I did get my engine cross member cut out so now the motor sits in the mounts. And I've almost got the t-case cross member done. I also patched a hole that was in the floor and started working on my seat mounts.
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Old 09-17-2007, 01:15 PM
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Looks real nice!

Are you going to try to raise the back up to be level with the front?

I don't think I'll have to, I think the springs will settle a little bit because there hasn't been a motor in it all summer and I am also going to build a winch bumper. So with the extra weight of that I bet after the first couple days of wheeling it will sit close to level. I hope to redo the rear suspension someday anyways. I also need to repair the rear part of the frame because last spring when I went muddin' I tried to pull someone out with a chain and bent the frame really bad. I'll try to get a picture of the frame.
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Old 09-17-2007, 04:27 PM
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How are your clearances with the BBC and the heater box and other suchness???
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:20 PM
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Sweet!

I have a '94 TBI 454 and a 700R-4 to put into my Chief. It will have 4.88 geared D60s fr and rr. The rear has D70 shafts. I plan to run the 39.5x16.5 IROK on H1 wheels.
I'm waiting to get some more parts before I start to put it all together. I have the 203 and 205 and at the end of the month I should be able to swing the dblr kit, the rest of the parts I need for the engine swap and the tires.

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How are your clearances with the BBC and the heater box and other suchness???

I haven't even set mine in yet, I'm curious as well.
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:24 PM
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Looks good
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:26 PM
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:38 PM
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That thing is tiny, it needs a lift.
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:53 PM
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How are your clearances with the BBC and the heater box and other suchness???

It is tight but I think it will work. The drivers side valve cover just barely touches the brake booster so I'll have to figure something out for that. On the other side it is close to the heater box but there is still a little room. I REALLY hope my headers will fit, it looks like they will but I won't know til I try it.





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Old 09-17-2007, 09:54 PM
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It is tight but I think it will work. The drivers side valve cover just barely touches the brake booster so I'll have to figure something out for that. On the other side it is close to the heater box but there is still a little room. I REALLY hope my headers will fit, it looks like they will but I won't know til I try it.






Seriously, looks like its time to go hydroboost...saves space and youll love it with all that weight up front now and the BIG tires.
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