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Unread 09-21-2014, 07:09 AM   #1
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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 09-21-2014, 07:26 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 09-21-2014, 07:58 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 09-21-2014, 08:11 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 09-22-2014, 08:57 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 09-22-2014, 09:02 AM   #6
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Yeah junk the green one
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Unread 09-22-2014, 02:37 PM   #7
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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 09-22-2014, 02:44 PM   #8
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The white one being a 4 cylinder may have lower axle gears
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Unread 09-22-2014, 04:26 PM   #9
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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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Unread 09-23-2014, 07:51 PM   #10
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Buddy listen to all of us. Really need to consider turning the white jeep into your daily. Go ahead and drive the green one for now while you acumulate all the parts needed to make the white jeep your jeep. Go learn how to drive with the green one, beat it up and have some fun. With that must rust I wouldn't of even considered buying it. Sorry but the roof is a deal breaker. Think about what's under it, what you can't see. Fixing it properly would take a lot of time and money and still need a paint job. You could swap all the parts, build the white one and have it professionally painted to the same green Or whatever you want for the same time and money it would be to fix the green jeep. Sucks cause you probably paid more for the green one too. You could have built the white jeep with better parts or probably around same price the green one cost you.... good luck buddy
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Unread 09-24-2014, 07:21 AM   #11
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We're not being down on you. Hey I paid 450 bucks for my 88 and I have more than that into parts and labor. I didn't realize when I bought it that my whole front steering was shot. Just build up the white one and look at the bright side. You'll know every inch of your vehicle.
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Unread 09-30-2014, 11:05 PM   #12
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Sorry about the wait guys. but Progress. Rust turned out to not be as bad as we were assuming. so I am currently in the midst of putting in new floor pans Pics:https://imgur.com/a/SdFLp However I still have to chase down oil leaks trans leaks and P/S leaks.
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Unread 09-30-2014, 11:08 PM   #13
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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.

Welcome to the club.
Thanks After Diving headfirst into the green one, I discovered that the rust wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Rails are solid trunk floor is solid its only the roof and front floor that has cancer. Which will be easy to fix with the new mig and tig we have

https://imgur.com/a/SdFLp

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Unread 09-30-2014, 11:11 PM   #14
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Buddy listen to all of us. Really need to consider turning the white jeep into your daily. Go ahead and drive the green one for now while you acumulate all the parts needed to make the white jeep your jeep. Go learn how to drive with the green one, beat it up and have some fun. With that must rust I wouldn't of even considered buying it. Sorry but the roof is a deal breaker. Think about what's under it, what you can't see. Fixing it properly would take a lot of time and money and still need a paint job. You could swap all the parts, build the white one and have it professionally painted to the same green Or whatever you want for the same time and money it would be to fix the green jeep. Sucks cause you probably paid more for the green one too. You could have built the white jeep with better parts or probably around same price the green one cost you.... good luck buddy

Thanks, The good news is we have everything needed to fix it in house Mig,Tig Plasma cutter, soda blaster, sheet metal,english wheel, Paint guns and access to a booth. Hell just this past week I have finished cutting out the floor cancer and ready to cut and weld in new floors. And


https://imgur.com/a/SdFLp
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