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post #1 of 4 Old 06-26-2013, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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My "new" Jeep

I have acquired a '79 Cherokee. At least I think it's a Cherokee as it has the Cherokee emblems on the front quarter panels. A guy at the auto salvage argued with me that it was a Wagoneer altho it looks exactly like all the pics I've seen of a Cherokee.
Anyway as I am not much of a mechanic, how do I know if it's a base or a wide track? When looking for parts to restore it that is one of the questions I get asked.

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post #2 of 4 Old 06-26-2013, 05:14 PM
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Generally, cherokees are 2dr and wagoneers are 4dr.

Wide track will have fender flares (like a j-truck) and narrow track will have regular fenders (like a grand wagoneer)

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post #3 of 4 Old 06-27-2013, 06:46 AM
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They did make 4 door cherokees. All 4 door cherokees were narrow track. All wagoneers have 4 doors, all are narrow track. (From the factory)

Wide tracks have fenders that look like this:

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post #4 of 4 Old 06-28-2013, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I figured as much after googling a Wagoneer and seeing nothing but 4 door models. Mine has two doors and fender flairs. In fact I am trying to figure out how to get the left front one off as it is really bent up. The Chilton manual I have says it is bolted on but it is attached by staples of some kind.
This old girl needs a lot of body work. The previous owner sunk a lot of money into her putting in a new engine and tranny but then lost interest. I was a little overwhelmed at first but have been encouraged by the comments from folks in the street. Apparently a lot of of people like these old Cherokees
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