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post #1 of 7 Old 08-13-2002, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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I just bought a 1982 Jeep Cherokee Chief. Its a 2 door, 4 wheel drive, 4speed (they might all be- I'm not very familiar with these models). It has 114k miles, a perfect body with no rust and no a/c, seems to run good. I paid $2375.00, included in the deal was all the a/c components and a spare 360 cu engine. Did I get hurt here? I have no idea what these things are worth. Is there anyway to tell how many of these things were made?
I need to get some floor insulation and carpet (it was taken out and its very hot inside with out it)- does anyone know where I can find some quality carpet?
I was told that this model had only underdash mounted a/c (also thats what it looks like in the owners manual). I supposedly have all the necessary parts for the installation- has anyone ever done this? if so how difficult is it?
I'm sorry for so many questions from a newbie. Thanks for any information anyone might have.

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-13-2002, 10:37 AM
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If it runs I'd say you did good, I've always wanted one of those, they look TOUGH!
Check with JCWhitney on the carpet, they don't list it online but I bet they have it. They do show that year Wagoneer online, same body but 4 door only I think. Give them a call or get a print catalog. www.jcwhitney.com
You might want to get some expert help with the a/c if you are not familiar with this. Try to find a tech that will do it "on the side" so you don't have to pay shop labor rates, just don't get them in trouble with their job.
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Since the carpet has already been taken out, and there's no rust, why not herculine the interior floors?

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That black Herculiner would only make it hotter
I saw roll car carpeting at Pep Boys for $25 a roll, but I didnt look at it for color or how much is in a roll. Looked about 8' long.

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I thought about a spray in liner but around here it very expensive. And I also worry about the heat as Tomguy mentioned. I've never had much luck with rolled auto carpet seems to wear out easily.
I only found one place that could get me formed carpet (Ohio Auto Mat) and they would have to make it ($270.00). Has anyone ever dealt with this company? If so, what kind of quality did you receive?

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From what I remember from my 84 full-size wagoneer about REMOVING the A/C is that indeed, the duct inside just screwed up underneath the dash, the fan/evaporator was a pain in the *** to get to and remove and the hoses went through a weird grommet on the passenger side firewall. The compressor should be a "York" which if in good condition is awesome! The hoses as they came through the firewall went up and onto the pass. side wheelwell (there should be a little glass viewport in the supply line, I believe, and that was sort of at the high point of the well...) Then one tube went to the compressor, the other to the condensor in front of the radiator, then a hose from there back to the compressor.
BTW, the AMC 360 is a bomber engine! The original owner that I bought it from had put 117,000 miles on it, pretty hard ones at that, and before I sold it I put another 100,000 miles on it. No oil burning and ran strong. A lot of the emissions stuff was a real pain in the *** to maintain, so if you can get away without that crap, more power to you! The most major work I did was to pull the heads and have them re-built. That engine was so smooth and powerful, I wish I could stick one into my 2K Cherokee! Whooooeeee! That truck with the 3-speed Torqueflight Auto. Trans. hauled major ***! Fully loaded down going up hills, it just didn't matter. I got abou 14-15 mpg overall....
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Thanks for the good info. I'm denifinately not looking forward to installing the a/c- probably need to get a service manual if I can find one. The gas milage was 13.2mpg - but thats alright my 2001 only gets 18 mpg (I tend to drive hard). I have quite a vibration above 55 mph- I'm trying to narrow it down. So far I've turned the front rotors and repacked the front wheel bearings- no help.
The tires have hardly any miles on them- but they're cheapo belted tires. Also its hard to get into 2nd gear (downshifting) unless I bring the shifter all the way to the right then back to 2nd !!!???.

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