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Unread Yesterday, 06:09 AM   #1
AlphaWhiskey
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First Vehicle.

I am 16 years old and I have purchased my first vehicle: A 1996 Cherokee Classic








The Good:

3" lift
Ion Alloy Wheels
runs good
aftermarket radio
Dana w/Posi


The bad:

Rust
rear hatch is damaged beyond repair
more rust
rattles




However we did get a parts '95 base 2.5 5speed with a straight rust free body.





Me and my father and seriously thinking about stripping the white one and using the good parts on the green one to do a restomod.

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Unread Yesterday, 06:26 PM   #2
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I would swap everything good to the white one and I wouldn't even consider swapping anything to the green one as bad as the rot is. If the rot is that bad on the roof I'm guessing it's pretty damn awful at least in the floor pans if not in the rockers and even the frame rails.
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Unread Yesterday, 06:58 PM   #3
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The green one looks nice, to bad it has cancer.

Like MC said, swap everything over to the white one. You will never get that rust under control on the green one.

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Unread Yesterday, 07:11 PM   #4
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I would swap everything good to the white one and I wouldn't even consider swapping anything to the green one as bad as the rot is. If the rot is that bad on the roof I'm guessing it's pretty damn awful at least in the floor pans if not in the rockers and even the frame rails.
Agreed. That green one looks like a goner.
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Unread Today, 07:57 AM   #5
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I was thinking that the green one is a goner to and wondering how bad the headliner is.
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Unread Today, 08:02 AM   #6
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Yeah junk the green one
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That green one looks sweet from 30 feet away! As much of a pain as it would be to gut them both and build one up with the best of everything, that's the best way to go for max life. Be sure to keep us up to date on this project. I'm curious about all of the hiccups you'll run into. Good luck.
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Unread Today, 01:44 PM   #8
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The white one being a 4 cylinder may have lower axle gears
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The white one being a 4 cylinder may have lower axle gears
More than likely true. Chances are good the white one came stock with 4.10 gears. Possibly even had 4.56 gears.
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