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post #1 of 10 Old 10-31-2016, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hello! Just bought a project Jeep (First Jeep)

I have been looking for a 4x4 for a while to take on desert and fire trails but have pretty much given up my search and decided to use my F150. However, our daughter just turned 15 and sitting at breakfast yesterday we were all talking and realized that we needed a 3rd car in about 6 months. So out of curiosity I pull up craigslist and 2nd from the top (posted about 20 min prior) was a 1992 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4x4. It was running when the owner got it but he noticed a slight knock in the engine and started to tear the engine down for rebuild. So this is the condition in which I bought it for $300 (he wanted it gone that day and we happened to be the first people to call).

The Jeep:
  • 1992 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4x4
  • 360K
  • Auto Trans
  • Clean Title
  • Catalytic Convertor Still Installed
  • Interior about 80% (headliner, some trim pieces, needs a good cleaning)
  • Exterior Body with zero rust
  • Under Side and frame zero rust
  • Engine needs to be put back together (potential knock)
  • Needs a battery
  • Supposedly the 4x4 and all electrics work fine
  • Looks like it needs some new rear leaf springs
  • Steering column is loose

So anyone that reads this do you have any advice as I begin this project? Should I put the engine back together and then listen for the knock and start a rebuild or should I continue the engine teardown? Any idea on what the knock may be (the owner thought it was a bearing)? Anything else I should look for in this vehicle or a certain pathway I should take while getting it back to roadworthy (buying this or that upgrades etc that will save me money in the long run or keep me from doing something twice)?

Thanks a lot guys and I really look forward to getting this Jeep up and running again... it is a beautiful vehicle.

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-01-2016, 01:47 AM
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-01-2016, 06:33 AM
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Nice find! Not sure where exactly you are from and what prices are in your location, but where I am you can come across 4.0''s with less than 150k on them for less than $300 with the transmission still attached. If it knocks, I would just swap it out. Much less expensive than a rebuild and honestly less work. Welcome to the addiction! Jealous of how clean the Jeep looks...

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post #4 of 10 Old 11-01-2016, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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I live in Palmdale CA. It is tough to find them for sale at all. They get snatched up pretty quick. I got lucky on this go around. I think I am going to put the accessories back on the engine crank it over and see what happens. Talking to the previous owner he mentioned a knock at high RPMs just before the transmission would shift. Detonation? Piston slap? Timing? Any ideas would be welcomed.
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-03-2016, 08:27 AM
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-03-2016, 08:52 AM
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Excellent good luck. I look forward to watching the change. Doing my own project.
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-03-2016, 08:53 AM
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What size engine?
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-04-2016, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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It is a 4.0 liter
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-04-2016, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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4.0 litre
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-04-2016, 06:36 PM
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Find a rust bucket that runs and swap in the engine. Does CA even have rust buckets? I will say she looks like a clean rust free ride, so it would be worth a rebuild if needed.

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