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Old 06-23-2008, 10:29 PM
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Because everybody loves pictures...

Boys, today was the first major step forward in getting the 77 Chief back to the homestead. I know last week I wrote in telling you how the shipper finally got it to within 40 miles of my house, after waiting nearly 4 months to bring it from lower NY to upstate, but this was the BIG day. The day I tell my wife that I bought another project vehicle and intend to actually bring it home.

You gotta understand, my wife has watched me accumulate vehicles in the past and has always tolerated it so long as I leave them at our old barn out in the country. Well, today I took her out for the great unveiling, waiting for either that familiar shaking of the head and raised eyebrow...or maybe, I might even get a thumbs up.

Hear me out before you start to think Im a broken man...this woman has seen me buy some real turds in the past, and then about 5 years ago we had to make a new rule where I can buy all the projects I want...so long as they dont set in our yard. A fair compromise, and to be straight, its been a good way to keep me from getting carried away.

Well. wouldnt ya know it...as soon as I stopped the truck figuring it was all over, she actually RAN to the Chief and was immediately in LOVE with it. To go even further, she has declared that as soon as I get it set up and operational, its HERS and that I'll have to use the Explorer.

So, without further delay, heres some pics I snapped, along with the new happy couple (her and the Chief, I mean).

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Old 06-23-2008, 10:34 PM
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:43 PM
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Thanks man, this was truly a "happy ending" for me, waiting for the jury to come in!

Heres a couple more, the second is me, being stuck in the rear of the truck surrounded by interior parts and extras that the PO had bought but never installed.

Eh, btw..can anybody suggest a way to actually GET OUT of the truck through the rear from the inside? For some reason, I cant get the lift latch to actuate!!!

The fact that all the cranks and exterior handles were removed and are in a box INSIDE the truck, makes for a helluva security system!

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Old 06-23-2008, 10:53 PM
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:56 PM
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That's a solid looking rig. Glad you got away with it

Good luck with the rest of it.....you've got a long row to hoe!
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Old 06-23-2008, 11:11 PM
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I wish I had a barn in the country - I am limited to two cars and a bike

And there is some frustration over the four sets of wheels that have appeared in the side yard.
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:26 AM
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looks like you've got some work ahead of you! good luck on the project.

and you can't get out from the inside... you have to crank down the window from the outside first, then you can reach in for the latch. if its power you should be able to roll it down from the drivers switch on the dash.

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Old 06-24-2008, 01:44 AM
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Hmmm... I'm looking at that mustang in the background...what's up with that?
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:17 AM
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...and you can't get out from the inside... you have to crank down the window from the outside first, then you can reach in for the latch. if its power you should be able to roll it down from the drivers switch on the dash.

Al

Thanks Al, its got the power window, but Ive got no battery in it at this time. Am I misreading you though, do you mean crank down the window from the INSIDE and then reach in for the latch?

I reached in under where I figured the latch should be at the back of the tailgate and there was nothing there to grab ahold of, underneath the chrome "Cherokee" marked trim on the tailgate.

Like I mentioned, about 80% of the interior and trim parts have been removed and are sitting in boxes in the cab, so Ive still got to do an inventory as to what goes where.

Oh, Bev...the lone Mustang in the field is actually part of my earlier addiction of amassing first generation Mustangs out in the barn (hence the need for the spousal policy). Heres some shots from inside the barn of what I like to call, "The Motorpool of the d@mned" before we started gutting out the barn.

(Warning, Constant Readers...they aint pretty)

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Old 06-24-2008, 08:21 AM
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I reached in under where I figured the latch should be at the back of the tailgate and there was nothing there to grab a hold of, underneath the chrome "Cherokee" marked trim on the tailgate.
Nope. There's no external latch on the Cherokees or wags. With the window down, there is a handle that you push down on the INSIDE of the tailgate. I guess it kept people from trying to open the tailgate with the window up.
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:39 AM
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Nope. There's no external latch on the Cherokees or wags. With the window down, there is a handle that you push down on the INSIDE of the tailgate. I guess it kept people from trying to open the tailgate with the window up.

Thanks J4Grand....now that you spell it out that way, I guess it makes perfect sense from a design perspective, although I guess it just seems counter-intuitive for my brain!

Since I didnt have my keys on me at that moment (since there are no handles, locks or cranks present at the moment), I couldnt tell for myself, but can you tell me this: If the tailgate is locked from the outside, can I open the tailgate if Im inside, in the rear of the truck.

What I mean is, will the inside handle defeat the exterior lock?

Thanks as always boys...

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Old 06-24-2008, 12:12 PM
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Well, considering your Chief looks very much like mine, I'd say you got a better response than I did.
Stay away from Bev. She's been known to finish what she starts.
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:13 PM
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You cannot open the tailgate until you get the back window down. That is not an external lock per se but rather a keyed switch. You use the key to lower/raise the windo at the back or from the dash switch. Once the window is down, you can just reach over the tailgate and open it from the handle.
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:17 PM
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That sounds very similar to a fullsize Ford Bronco I had once. IIRC, the FSJ Chero/Wag has the same type of retention mechanism that the Broncs had wherein the window pushes on a rod, which allows actuation of the handle. If you can get the window down, at least enough to clear the side channels, you may then reach inside the guts of the tailgate and press on the rod.
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:30 PM
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personally, i'd hack into the window switch wiring (the part that goes to the dash) where it comes out of the tailgate, and put a switch in the back inside the rig, in the rear trim panel or something. Put it somewhere it's not easily seen from outside the rig, just for safety's sake.
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:39 PM
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You cannot open the tailgate until you get the back window down. That is not an external lock per se but rather a keyed switch. You use the key to lower/raise the windo at the back or from the dash switch. Once the window is down, you can just reach over the tailgate and open it from the handle.

Now THAT really explains it perfectly!!!!

Brad, I agree completely... the possibility of the truck ever taking a nose dive into the ice around here and rear occupants being trapped crossed my mind, although I'm pretty sure the electricals would short out first in that scenario.

Maybe just bolting a ball peen hammer on a chain to the rear panel may be the way to go.

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Old 06-24-2008, 07:15 PM
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She's a keeper.

You decide which I'm talking about.
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:21 PM
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She got a sister?

I used to be into Mustangs, had two 69's in High school, now I just have a daily driver 2000 STang convertible...

Good to see another Cherokee Chief getting life, I had to cut mine up. ..
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:40 AM
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Ha ha, Valdez!
We have a 1967 fastback mustang now but it's my husband's project. That one is a bit more complex so mine was easy to get back into motion!
It's so exciting to see the before pics and watch the morphing!
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:11 PM
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She's a keeper.

You decide which I'm talking about.

Ha!!!! Well said, Bro!

My old man used to tell me, "Son, any woman who will put up with your foolishness, and has no history of insanity in her family, is a keeper!"

Im not one to open my wallet up and show pics, but since she (my wife) is a professional fitness competitor, heres a recent shot of her from last month's competition.

The fact that she is also 100% pro-FSJ is a bonus...so I'm pretty sure I made a good choice!

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