My dad has a '90 Cherokee that has definitely been worth every dime he originally paid for it. But through the years and many hard miles (almost 300,000 actually) it has taken some wear and tear. So this past summer he started to think that it was time to get another jeep to replace it. After much debating however, we decided that the jeep that has served us so well, still had more life in it. So instead of turning it into a full time plowing machine, we made it our weekend fixer-upper project.
We began by sanding every inch of the body smooth, filling dents, repeating multiple times, then applying primer.
After that, we decided to change the color from a very dull grayish-blue into more of a forest green. We also decided to ditch the chrome and trim the jeep in black.
After many devoted weekend hours, we have the exterior nearly finished. In addition, we replaced every light bulb, including headlights, replaced the rear bumper, restored the wheels, installed a 2" skyjacker lift with steering stabilizer, and put on some meatier tires.
It's been a blast fixing it up together so far and we have future plans to redo the interior next. I value fellow member opinions, so what do you guys think so far? What else could help breathe some fresh life into this jeep?
How about under the hood? A compression test is always an interesting "snapshot in time" of the internal condition of the engine. Looking for about 120-150 psi with no more than a 30 psi variation between cylinders.
Tuneup hardware fresh? Plugs, wires, cap, rotor?
All fluids fresh? Cooling system up to snuff including new hoses?
99 Cherokee, 4.0 AW4, NP242
Past Jeeps: 49 Willys, 81 Scrambler, 88 Comanche Without "data", all you have is an opinion!
Fixing up the Jeep is great but the real treasure is spending that time with your dad. I secretly sort of like it when my Jeep breaks down so I can spend quality time with my dad wrenching on my pile of crap.
My build thread has pics again. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/kevin108s-2000-xj-build-867428/
Yeah, me and my dad don't always see eye to eye on some things (who does with their parents lol) but it seems like we can always work together pretty well when there's a jeep involved. I really enjoyed doing all of this work with him.
The engine is still running strong, and we change the oil and filters almost religiously. I also think the plugs are relatively new. We ordered a new cooling fan and coolant bottle, the old one had a small crack forming near the base.
We thought about cleaning up the frame and underbody and applying some type of protective undercoating. Would it matter if an actual undercoating spray was used or a bedliner material? I've never applied any of that stuff so I'm not aware of the differences.
We were also thinking of fabricating some type of roofrack, but that will probably come a little later.
Rubberized undercoating is just that, rubberized. It doesn't really dry and stays more of a squishy texture. You can get 'professional series undercoating' and it drys pretty well, it's not textured, more of a thick paint. Or you can go the bedliner route. Basically thick, textured paint. I used Rustoleum Bedliner on a couple projects and it turned out decent. Takes a long time for it to fully harden though. I think all the spray cans at WalMart are $7 a pop. I used 4 to bedline my interior floor pans. Doing the chassis will probably take twice as much. Oh and if you use the Rustoleum Bedliner, be warned, it puts off a TON of overspray and comes out heavy and fast.
Edit: All the varieties will vary depending on who you buy from and what type you get. I was just referring to the cheapo walmart ones that don't break the bank.
1998 Cherokee Sport 4.0L-AW4-NP231-C8.25--Black, trim removed and chopped. 31" Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. 3" lift coming soon.
1984 Grand Wagoneer--Sold. I'll miss the old girl.
I had some rust in the rear of both rocker panels. I sprayed the whole area with a rust converter. Then I went back and sprayed the whole area with bed liner. Finally I sprayed the whole area with rubberized undecoating. I hope it holds up over the winter. I will check it from time to time and recoat as needed
Good job! I'm impressed. It would be nice to have the time/money to do this kind of thing with my Jeep, but right now it's just not in the cards. But I do agree on the whole spending time thing. Everytime my Jeep breaks, of course it kinda pises me off, but at the same time it isn't so bad because it gives us a good excuse to take a break from all the crap we're doing and just go wrench on it for a while.