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.
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."
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.
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.