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Old 02-22-2020, 10:02 PM
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dang.
that is one great looking rig,....
love the color.

dave in NC


Thanks Dave.



Lots of work ahead.


Today I was able to remove some stuff and put in the HEI, I need to thin out the factory wiring to get rid of the ignition module and get the HEI wired.


I started removing the intake manifold bolts. I ran out of time so I couldn't get it pulled. I'm putting the new edelbrock intake and carb that came with it.



I spent some time figuring out the wiring, some wires to the extra lights, CB, extra gauges have been chewed up. I Removed a lot of the wiring on the fender but kept it all together so I can clean up and reuse or rebuild to keep all of the added lights functional.



It's real nice to get a day off to work on the jeep.
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Old 03-08-2020, 06:10 PM
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Did a little more work on it yesterday. Got the interior panels and seats out. scraped some rust and sprayed it down with water to wash out all of the debris.


[img]https://i.ibb.co/vD7C7jr/75-BF6554-6-AE8-41-E8-A22-B-91335-ED1279-B.jpg[/img]


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Old 03-08-2020, 06:17 PM
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More pics. The inside spare tire carrier. That box in the above post is the propane connection recessed box.Drivers floor panSome 35's i bought for it.
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Old 03-13-2020, 06:59 AM
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I would make a special trip to PDX for that factory brush guard.
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Old 03-14-2020, 07:47 PM
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I would make a special trip to PDX for that factory brush guard.


I need to get some good pics up of the front bumper/ brush guard. It is very nicely modified for this Jeep. One of my favorite parts.



I'm going to ditch the HEI idea and set it up for the MSD unit that with work with FITECH. So I'm going to have a Davis Unified HEI for sale soon. I've only dropped it in for fitment.
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Old 03-15-2020, 01:17 PM
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I just found a stock set of chrome wheels. They are in great shape. Almost like new take offs. that were stored for the last 40 years.














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Old 03-15-2020, 01:38 PM
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Those are gorgeous!!! Where did you find them?!?!
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Old 03-15-2020, 02:07 PM
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Those are gorgeous!!! Where did you find them?!?!




I found them on craigslist. The chrome is not perfect but they are nice!
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Old 03-15-2020, 02:43 PM
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holy crap !!!

what a nice find....

nothing like OEM,....factory steel wagon rims !!!

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Old 03-15-2020, 03:18 PM
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Shiny!

Those really look great, nice find. You, Al, and the other Pacific Northwesters always seem to find the coolest rigs and parts. Too cool!
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Old 04-03-2020, 07:17 PM
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I have some time off in the following week. I'm hoping to possibly get it to my house. I have a couple of pics of the front bumper in the mean time.


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Old 04-04-2020, 11:16 AM
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Rig looks super cool. I just have to comment on the green grass! I havent seen that in awhile. At least a few more weeks for us up here.
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Old 04-06-2020, 08:59 PM
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Rig looks super cool. I just have to comment on the green grass! I havent seen that in awhile. At least a few more weeks for us up here.




Yeah, That grass is pretty green and getting long. I assume you are North and have a bit of snow covering the ground still.



My plan is (if it all works out) I'm getting it towed to my place tomorrow, and I'll store my 91 xj out at his place.



I just couldn't bring myself to crawl under it in the wet grass to pull the gas tank. I can get it up a bit with my jackstands and they wont sink into mud. I want to get it pulled and cleaned out, pull and swap the intake. I'd like to get it at least running soon.



What are some recommendations for some good rust penetrating spray. I've used PB Blaster with some luck, but wanted some other ideas. I'm thinking about all of the hardware under the body. u bolts, spring shackle bolts etc...


I wanted to start hitting it with spray once every couple of days for 2 weeks or so.
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Old 04-07-2020, 11:26 AM
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What are some recommendations for some good rust penetrating spray. I've used PB Blaster with some luck, but wanted some other ideas. I'm thinking about all of the hardware under the body. u bolts, spring shackle bolts etc...


I wanted to start hitting it with spray once every couple of days for 2 weeks or so.


A mix of acetone and ATF (50/50) usually works pretty well. The big economy-size PB blaster isn't bad either, but the mix is cheaper. Good luck.
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Well, It's now in my driveway ready for some attention.
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Old 04-07-2020, 12:34 PM
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A mix of acetone and ATF (50/50) usually works pretty well. The big economy-size PB blaster isn't bad either, but the mix is cheaper. Good luck.




Thanks for the tip. Ive heard of it but never made it or used it.
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Old 04-07-2020, 10:03 PM
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I'm going through some ideas for wheels. I have some white factory wheels, and of course the chrome ones. I think I like the white ones better.
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dang, the white rims are in GREAT shape

isn't it funny that a used, decades old jeep Cherokee

looks better as is,.... than anything new on the car lots?

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Old 04-09-2020, 07:44 PM
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dang, the white rims are in GREAT shape

isn't it funny that a used, decades old jeep Cherokee

looks better as is,.... than anything new on the car lots?

dave in NC




I really like the color contrast. I'm really not sure what direction I'm going with the wheels yet.



I found a super cheap 6" spring lift on fb marketplace. So i installed the front springs yesterday.



I did manage to get the intake and valve covers off so I could see how clean things are. I have some questions about the cam lobe colors. looks copper, right?




Also the rust really is not as bad as I thought. I have factory pans to replace mine with. I don't think the rockers are rusted, just the floor pan.
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Old 04-10-2020, 11:39 AM
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I really like the color contrast. I'm really not sure what direction I'm going with the wheels yet.
Those white spoke wheels look just right, IMHO. Newer wheels on older vehicles just suck all the cool vintage character out of the whole combination. Again, in my opinion.


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I have some questions about the cam lobe colors. looks copper, right?
There's no copper to speak of in a cam lobe or a lifter that I know of (corrections are welcome if anyone else knows better) so that's probably more like flash rust and oil discoloration.
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