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Old 01-24-2010, 12:12 AM
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I got my red (more like pink - oxidized red) 1976 Jeep Cherokee January 16, 2010 for $1500. It has no engine and the interior is completely stripped but almost all there. Purchased a set of 17" wheels for $300. The plan is to keep this project under or at $4500 (at least to begin with), but we will see how that works out. I was originally going to purchase a GM van for $450 and take the engine, A/C, front seats, steering column and some other stuff out of it, but it had a cracked block so decided not to go with that.


Total Man Hours: 550:00


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Purchased
Need to Purchase

TRUCK
1976 Jeep Cherokee $1500.00
1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Parts Car $250

Total $1750.00


ENGINE
AMC 360 $350.00 - Thanks cself
Edelbrock Performer Intake $150.00 - Thanks cself
Air cleaner FREE - Thanks cself
Edelbrock Air Cleaner $14
Edelbrock Headers $150.00 - Thanks Steve and Mike (GA Forum) Not included in budget - came out of personal money
Carburetor $50.00 - Didn't work, sourced another one
Remanufactured Edelbrock 9906 600 CFM Performer Carburetor $220
HEI Distributor $100.00 - Thanks Dmntxn77 Not included in budget - came out of personal money
Flywheel $96.00 - Thanks jeepguyp
NAPA parts (see page 2) $1275.75
-Engine Rebuild Kit (Brass Expansion Plug Kit, Cam & Lifter Kit, Camshaft Bearing Set, Cast Piston, Connecting Rod Bearing Set, Gasket Kit, Main Bearing Set, Oil Pump Repair Kit, Premium Piston Ring Set, Timing Set - 3 Pc.)
-Radiator
-Etc.

Machine Shop $400
Harmonic Balancer $100
Battery $60.00
Polyethylene gas tank from BJ's - $170
Assorted Hardware $100
Total $2835.75



OTHER DRIVETRAIN
Dana 20 Master Rebuild Kit - $105 - Thanks Novak for the donation of the gasket kit!
Total $105[/color]

BRAKES/PS
1-Ton Hydroboost $75.00 - Thanks Dmntxn77
PS Pump and PS Box $40.00 - Thanks Steve

Total $115.00


INTERIOR
Duplicolor Bedliner $?
(3) Yards Gray Headliner Material $12.00 ea
3M Foam Adhesive $16.70
Sheet metal $250.00
(2) Window crank handle $5.00 per pair
Stereo and Speakers $50.00
Total ~$362.70


AIR CONDITIONING
Under Dash Unit $50.00 - Thanks cself
Total $50.00


EXTERIOR
Windshield FREE - Thanks Steve and Mike (GA Forum)
Tailgate crank handle $???
Fiberglass Filler $17.58
Metal Glaze $28.56
One-Stop Rust Converter $11.08 - NINE
free cans - Thanks Bondo/MarHyde

5-Pack 40 Grit Stikit Sanpaper Files $5.00
120 Grit Stikit Sandpaper Roll $41.93
Stikit Short Sanding Block $12.29
Durablock 10.5" Sanding Block $15.50

Total $131.94


WEATHERSTRIPPING/GASKETS
(2) Door seals $29.75 ea
Door handle gasket kit $12.75

Total $72.25


WHEELS
(4) 33x12.50xR17 Kumho KL768 $892.00 per set
(4) Wheels $300 per set
Total ~$1192.00


MIRRORS
(2) Three Point Mirrors
Total $15.00


Total $6239.64

SELLING
(4) Wheels $100 for all
305 Long Block $300

(3) PS Pumps $30 ea
PS Box $30
Intake Manifold Gasket
Vacuum Boost
Edelbrock 4BBL
(2) Points Distributors
Total ~$520.00


SOLD
(2) Intake manifolds - Scrap price $10
Motorcraft 2BBL Carburetor $35

Exhaust Manifolds $30
Points Distributor $15
Rear Bumper $75
Hood Ornament $20
Underhood Light $10
Mirrors and Switches $25
Tailgate Base and Lock $20
Total $240

Total After Selling $5644.64

The actual total is now nearly $14,500.00. I have every expense documented in a very long Excel document. I can't exactly post the whole thing up because its extremely large.



Obviously, if you can add, that adds up to over $4500 (without subtracting sold parts) but this is my absolute completion list and also the $4500 is only my alotted cash amount. If I do work in exchange for parts/paint job then that doesn't count as a part of the budget. Also, anything that I sell is being reinvested in the car.

My goals (required for my senior project):


• Drivetrain repair/rebuild/installation
– Engine
• Edelbrock headers, rebuilt heads, Proform HEI distributor, Edelbrock intake manifold, gaskets, remanufactured Edelbrock carburetor, flywheel, radiator, battery, gas tank, spark plugs, camshaft, piston rings, timing set, oil pump, oil filter, main bearing set, pistons
• Bored .030 over
• Hot tanked
• Paint
– Transmission
– Transfer Case
• New gaskets, seals, bearings, small parts
• Body work
– Rust repair
– Filling and Shaping
– Prime and Paint
• Wiring
– Go through wiring harness
– Install
• Interior repair/installation
– Seats
– Floor
– Dash
– Headliner
– Windshield
• Axles and differentials
– Inspection and repair
• Brakes
– Hydroboost system upgrade
– Inspection and repair
• Tires and wheels installation
• Detail work repair/cleaning/detailing
– Door handles
– Grille
– Bumper
– Side marker bezels
– Roof Rack
– Taillight bezels
– Windshield trim
• Suspension installation
– Shocks
• Learn how to drive manual and off-road

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Old 01-24-2010, 01:53 AM
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A Chevy 305??? Why? Is your Jeep automatic? It won't just bolt up to the AMC TH400, and any modest power you add to it will be sucked out by that black hole of a tranny (I hear they suck up to 40 or 50hp, not sure but it sure as heck feels like it) and you'll be back to Geo Metro power.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:25 AM
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X2 on plasticboobs comment. I think you'd be better off finding a running 360 or dare I say it 401. Heck even a inline 6 would be better than a 305 those were'nt very good power makers.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:32 AM
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X2 on plasticboobs comment. I think you'd be better off finding a running 360 or dare I say it 401. Heck even a inline 6 would be better than a 305 those were'nt very good power makers.
>Heck even a inline 6 would be better than a 305
>inline 6 would be better than a 305

>inline 6 would be better

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Old 01-24-2010, 08:41 AM
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Welcome to the land of empty pockets and unfinished projects....

X3 on the 305. If yours still has a tranny in it, you will only fit an AMC engine to it. Unless the PO had a Chity in it before. You will have less headaches with the original type set up...
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:26 AM
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I originally wanted to go the 360 route (since I have rebuilt heads for one) but I couldn't find one that fit in my budget.

Hopefully I can figure something out for the engine.

And it has T15 orig tran.

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Old 01-24-2010, 10:46 AM
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I originally wanted to go the 360 route (since I have rebuilt heads for one) but I couldn't find one that fit in my budget.

Hopefully I can figure something out for the engine.

And yes, it has TH400 orig tran.

Have you tried the for sale section? Post a thread up in the wanted section.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:53 PM
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Go to the yard!

Go to the local yards. Dig around. Look in their engine pile.

Do not call, go.

Betcha you can get a 360 for under $250...

Found a 401 in the "pile" for $150!
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:03 PM
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Yep i agree search around there on craigslist all the time for less than 300 bucks running.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:27 PM
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When you figure in the cost of a Chevy pattern trans, replacing the transfer case or modifying the Chevy TH400 to use the Quadra-Trac you have, buying or fabricating the necessary mounts and linkage, adapting speedo cables and wiring, shortening or lengthing drivelines, all of which has been done before, so theres plenty of helpful information to use, but with all that to consider, maybe a plug-n-play 360 doesn't seem so expensive anymore.
Another option you have is the 304, you lose a little power, and you have to source a flex-plate, but since you are considering a 305...
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:33 PM
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Don't forget when you are in the wrecking yards to check for fullsize AMC cars, some even came with 401's, rarely, true, but worth a look, at worst you end up a 304 .
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:45 PM
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never hurts to look trust me u should look for a 360 or 401
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:10 PM
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Oh, wow. I already love this forum.

Did one craigslist search and found :

360 for $350 and a 401 (came off a '76 Wagoneer) with no price listed but they both run. So that's good.

360:
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/pts/1567754754.html

401:
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/sat/pts/1566275599.html
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:16 PM
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:23 PM
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:25 PM
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X4 or 5...

I have seen a few writeups on how to hotrod a 305...and the end result was pretty impressive...but it was costly to do...

I think a stock 305 made maybe 200 hp?...I dunno, but I do know they were pretty gutless...I had one in a 85 shortbed chevy pickup...course the 2:73 gears didn't help it either...
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:41 PM
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X4 or 5...

I have seen a few writeups on how to hotrod a 305...and the end result was pretty impressive...but it was costly to do...

I think a stock 305 made maybe 200 hp?...I dunno, but I do know they were pretty gutless...I had one in a 85 shortbed chevy pickup...course the 2:73 gears didn't help it either...

Yea it is something like 200 HP

I talked to the guy at the machine shop. He said we could get about 400-420 HP and comparable torque for about $1200-1500.
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I got a 76 Cherokee and put a Chevy 350 in it. Its been in there for 13 years or so. and honestly if I was to do it again. I wouldn't. only reason I went that route is my 360 needed a rebuild and I had all the stuff for the chevy swap laying around. I havent anything bad to say about the Chevy, but just would like it to be more original. I still want a 258, really really want a 258.
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thats a mopar 360. AMC is not mopar...two completely different engines.
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