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post #1 of 30 Old 02-04-2015, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Super Cheap XJ Build

My name is Sterling. I am a college student in New Mexico and needed a vehicle, so looking for a cheap Cherokee, I found one on craigslist that would suit my needs. I have a habit of trading items on craigslist so this fit the bill since the previous owner was willing to trade a laptop I got plus $100.

In total I payed $210 for the 94 XJ, and it looks the part. The owner said that a tree fell and hit the front knocking out a motor mount and making the engine block un-usable. The Jeep has all parts other than the block and the front grill.

Over the next couple of months I am going to attempt to make this road worthy. Chime in if you have any ideas or any assorted comments or thoughts. They will be welcome since I have little experience with these Jeeps but am eager to learn.





JEEP BUILD UPDATE

The engine is installed and it does run!:




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post #2 of 30 Old 02-04-2015, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Engine Bay Painting

I took some panels off of the Jeep and decided to start painting the engine bay.





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post #3 of 30 Old 02-04-2015, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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I decided to clean it, and it was a bit of a mess inside...


It is going to get stripped down:


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post #4 of 30 Old 02-04-2015, 04:56 PM
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Interested to see what you can accomplish on the cheap . Subscribed
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post #5 of 30 Old 02-06-2015, 12:12 AM
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Very patriotic looking with the red-white and blue..

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post #6 of 30 Old 02-06-2015, 12:29 AM
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Shouldn't you be concentrating on college and finish up quick to get a well paying job? After college you will have a more secure future to buy a running jeep.
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post #7 of 30 Old 02-06-2015, 05:29 AM
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Keep it up!

Since you trade and barter, maybe you can have a running, driving, and legal cherokee for under $500 that would be an accomplishment.
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post #8 of 30 Old 02-07-2015, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. Ha ha. I think it will be interesting.

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Shouldn't you be concentrating on college and finish up quick to get a well paying job? After college you will have a more secure future to buy a running jeep.
Pretty much what my mother said... Only putting in an hour every day or so on it.
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So I bought some tires from a JK Sahara for $100 (better than what is on the Jeep.) Just need some cheap adapters for them now.
I know that it would seem like a waste to get pretty run down tires, but it will give me an excuse to at least have it roll-able, and then if I come upon other rims I can use the 5x5 bolt pattern if need be.

I am going to look at a Junkyard engine today and see what condition it will be in or if running. Jeep just said "no keys."

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Rough country adapters are like 120 for 4.
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Rough country adapters are like 120 for 4.
That is what I was looking at actually.

Does anyone know what all parts are different from the pre-92 renix fuel injected engines, other than the head, and injections?

I found an 87 Cherokee (~150,000 miles) in the junk yard that looked like someone had babied it but it was missing a transmission. The engine bay was filled with wires, but the engine had the older valve cover style. The weird things was that it had the new multi-port injection system. The junk yard could not test it.

My guess is that the owner was trying to breath some new life into it, since the grill/header panel, lights, tail lights, bumper all seemed pretty new, and not sun damaged. If they went through the trouble of swapping the injection system it must have been a good engine.

Any ideas anyone?
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87 was the first year of the Cherokee with the 4.0 it is fuel injected. Unless I just totally misunderstood your question.
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87 was the first year of the Cherokee with the 4.0 it is fuel injected. Unless I just totally misunderstood your question.
Maybe. The 87 comes with a renix injection. Jeep shifted to the multi-port injection after 92 I thought. Totally different systems from what understood, but I am not sure how they are different.

I want to know what to look for to figure out if the previous owner swapped the injection systems, or dropped in a newer engine.
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post #14 of 30 Old 02-15-2015, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Alright guys. I bought an engine from the Junkyard and the header panel (~$200) which I was missing. The engine came off of the '87 with ~150,000 miles on it. The jeep looked well cared for but the owner ripped out the transmission for some reason.

Because it is an '87 block I will have to use the head from my Jeep and the injection system, which I luckily happen to have. Hopefully it all works. Will have pictures of the project in the next few days.

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I have decided over the next week as I prep the engine I am going to go ahead and port the 94 (7120) head. I can at least clean it up a bit and take out any manufacturing defects.

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