Hey guys! I'm new to the forum, but have been around vehicles all my life. I'm normally a VW guy, but have owned a few jeeps in the past, most recently a 2010 WK that we decided it was time to get rid of it.
So I'm picking up a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Classic from a friend of mine for $200 later this week. She's been driving it for a year with no issues, but is picking up a new car this week, and she just wants it gone. The 4 wheel drive works, and it's got 260k on the 4.0 in line 6cyl. It needs some love, but it's cheap and will be a good hunting and ice fishing rig. 2 of the windows don't work, and the AC doesn't work, and the heat only comes out of the defrost no matter what setting it's on. I'm sure I'll find 100 other things as I tear into it too. It does have an aftermarket cd player and speakers from what I can see, and it has almost new snow tires on it.
First order of business will be to check the heat and AC, along with fixing the blend door problem. Then I will work on sourcing a fender and everything I will need to repair the front end and make it look decent, along with checking and changing all of the fluids, and finding some new wheels and tires.
I'm sure I'll be posting up looking for parts soon, if anyone has some of what I need laying around!
Nice transformation. Not too shabby for $200. Any guess as to how much you have all in it right now?
Im just at about $500 as it sits. I paid $130 for the front end parts, fender and all that, $100 for the AC compressor, and i probably have another $100 into freon, spray paint, undercoating other and misc bits. The sub and amp and wood and everything i had just laying around, so that didnt cost anything (well, im not counting it on the jeep parts list lol)
Next up will be the 2" shackle and spacer lift, and i need to replace the transmission pan gasket since its got a decent drip to it.
Well I picked this up today. I got everything for $150. It includes the 3" coils, rear aals, stainless steel brake lines, transfer case drop, all 4 shocks, sway bar drop brackets, lower control arms, and a rustys adjustable track bar. The guy claims it was installed for a few weeks, the motor blew, and sat for a year and was then removed.
I'm going to get rolling on it tomorrow and see what happens.
I took her on her maiden voyage after the lift tonight. I don't have any vibrations or anything like that, but I did notice an occasional growling noise, almost like a bad wheel bearing that seemed to be coming from the rear/middle. I'll have to inspect that further this weekend. Maybe I need to do the t-case drop? Who knows....
I also replaced a bunch of AC o-rings and charged it back up. I'll find out if it's holding or not when I take it hunting this weekend.
So far so good though. I put about 20 miles on, and I'm at 34 in the front, and like 33 3/4 in the rear, and it no longer nose dives every time I hit the brakes lol.
I think I fixed a major leak today. I was checking the trans pan since it was leaking all over the place. I checked the bolts, and they were ALL at least 3/4 turns loose! Half if them wouldn't even get my ratchet to click when I spun it, they were that loose.
So I snugged them down on the cork gasket, and cleaned off the trans fluid that was coating the entire underside. Hopefully that does the trick! It's got some other leaks, but that was by far the worst.
Here's a before picture where you can see how bad it was leaking and blowing all over everything.