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Unread 11-24-2009, 03:27 PM   #1
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Rusty Rew Build Thread

So last October I picked up my first Cherokee. I picked up a 88 Cherokee with 183k for 350 bucks I figured what the heck its a steal. There were some rust on the driver side door and the rocker panels of course, but that didn't bother me.
What it looked like the week after i brought it home


My plans are
1. 3 inch lift w/ tires Cut and trim fenders
2. front and rear bumpers
3. Snorkel
4. roof rack
5. winch
6. fix some rust issues
7. paint
8. 8-10 off road lights

what I currently having waiting to be installed or installed already
1. 3 inch lift (AAL with 3 inch coils for the front, also included skyjacker 8000s) currently getting installed purchased for $100
2. 31 inch Definity Dakota M/T's craigslist find with 400 miles on the purchased for $300 waiting to be installed.
3. 15 inch rims. Dont know exactly what they are but I traded a shot set of 31 inch BFG all-terrains for them. I got the all-terrians for free so the rims costed me ZERO dollars
4. 2 KC daylighters w/ upgraded bulbs, picked those up for $50. Installed
5.Cobra CB radio picked up for 20 bucks new, installed

Grand total of what I have in the jeep so far
Jeep= 350
lift=100
tires=300
CB=20
KC Daylighters=50
rims=0
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Grand Total= $820.00 to this day

My first order business was cutting and trimming my fenders, I cut and folded my rears

front fenders

Read fenders


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Unread 11-24-2009, 03:36 PM   #2
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So when I was taking off my fender flares they revealed some rust that I had to take care of



So I ran out to Home-depot that night and picked up some expanding foam. Came home and filled the holes up with some foam.



I let it cure overnight and then I am going to build a patch panel for it
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Unread 11-24-2009, 03:43 PM   #3
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So I started on a patch panel right away when I got home from classes. I started with the patch panel for the rear quarter and this was the first test fit.


I then noticed that there was a gap between the rear quarter and mud was going to get in there so I needed to make another panel to cover that gap.
Started with this

Cut it out

screwed in

Pic of both of them screwed in

Then I painted it

These are pretty much all of the pictures I have for now but I am currently doing my lift so I will have pictures of the install and the finished product
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Unread 11-24-2009, 04:07 PM   #4
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Unread 11-25-2009, 06:05 AM   #5
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you should just cut and fold that lower quarter panel to take care of that rust

heres a link if your not sure what i am talking about
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/c...rite-up-92738/
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Unread 11-25-2009, 10:28 AM   #6
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I would at least cut some of it out instead of just covering it up. Either way cool budget build up.
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Unread 11-25-2009, 11:14 AM   #7
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Nice I'm a big fan of sheetmetal and Tek Screws also
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Unread 11-25-2009, 01:58 PM   #8
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I did read about doing the quarter panel cut and fold but if I were to do that the whole quarter panel would of broke completely off due to rust.. I figured id just cover them so its out of sight out of mind..
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Unread 11-25-2009, 02:00 PM   #9
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Nice I'm a big fan of sheetmetal and Tek Screws also
Oh and there is more sheet metal and more screws on the way!
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Unread 11-25-2009, 06:09 PM   #10
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looks good man
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Unread 12-14-2009, 09:34 PM   #11
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Well I finally got my lift all finished, ran into some troubles with removing the rear leafs. Broke one brake line, 3 shock bolts, and had to cut a hole in the frame to get the one front leaf spring bolt out because the weld broke on the nut.
The front was a piece of cake, got skyjacker extended control arms for $20.00 off my one buddy.
Tires were mounted and balanced today
before tires

Dont know how this B.S. happened

Wheels and Tires installed



Had to test out the new tires and lets just say these Sons Of B***** really slings some mud!


I will have more pics of all the new parts added to the jeep with the lift.

Next on my agenda is a roof rack with high jack mount, shovel mount, snowboard mounts, and spare tire. After that I am going to make a homemade snorkel out of 3" exhaust pipe, then possibly try and fab some bumpers!

Thanks for reading!
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Unread 12-14-2009, 09:46 PM   #12
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you should just cut and fold that lower quarter panel to take care of that rust

heres a link if your not sure what i am talking about
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/c...rite-up-92738/
Agreed. That's how mine are.
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Unread 03-03-2011, 12:38 PM   #13
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Hey CheapJeep. A couple friends and I also go to kutztown university and are always looking for new people to wheel with and new places to wheel. Your PM box is full so shoot me a PM if you see this. Cherokee looks great BTW.
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