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post #1 of 18 Old 10-15-2019, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hello All, I’m jaret and I am a college student in northern Ohio. I am what you would describe as a Toyota junkie. I have had three Toyota offroad builds that have ranged from mild to wild. I recently decided I wanted to try out the Jeep side of the offroad community after my brother had two XJ cherokees and a CJ7. I was not really in the market but had a little bit extra cash burning a hole in my pocket so I wanted to start looking for an XJ. My budget was under a $1000 and was looking for one that was ugly but would run and drive with minimal work. I have done multiple motor out builds and just wanted soemthing to mess around with while I build the turbo system for my Toyota pickup. Well I found this “gem” on the local marketplace and met the guy and seemed like everything made sense. They bought it to run tough truck at local fairs so I assumed it would run and drive with minimal work. Only “catch” is it had no fuel tank (going fuel cell I was told) and the starter was out. So I took his word that it ran and drove as they were basically in the middle of building it. Here is the pictures when I first bought it. It is a 2000 Jeep Cherokee 4 door sport 4.0/AW4 4x4, with 230k on the clock.

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-15-2019, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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First weekend I had it was just a bunch of small stupid things trying to get it to run. I got a spare tank and fuel pump out of a parts Cherokee my brother still has, throw a Union on a brake line that was snipped, and reversed the ghetto battery relocation back to the tray. After some odds and ends and replaced fuses I could get it to fire off of brake clean but the pump wouldn’t turn on. Got it to run on brake clean long enough to hear that it had an absolutely terrible knock coming from the bottom end. Absolutely distraught I was just going to cut my losses and take it to the scrapyard the next day. The next day rolls around and I’m driving to the scrapyard and I’m halfway there when I decide, I’m not someone that gives up on a project. After some heavy research I deduce that the knock is either a rod bearing that has failed/spun, oil pump had lost pressure, or piston skirt was broken. So after some negotiating my dad let me take it and work on it in his garage and I got to work tearing it apart. I pulled all the bearings and they were perfect so I set to test oil presssure, that was also perfect so I settled on broken piston skirt. And that is what I found.
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post #3 of 18 Old 10-15-2019, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Now begins the process of doing a light motor rebuild. I got the a new piston and ring set and did a ball hone on the cylinder to remove any of the scoring. Did all new top end gaskets, new oil pan gasket, did new rod bearings and have it a good internal cleaning. Also I cleaned and checked all the gasket mate surfaces. I found the head had three leaking valves so I grinded and lapped those while the head was off. And I put it back together and here is where we are at as of today.
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post #4 of 18 Old 10-16-2019, 05:03 PM
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Looks like you know your way around an engine bay. I'm interested to see what comes of this.

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Looks like you know your way around an engine bay. I'm interested to see what comes of this.
Thank you! I have had a couple of motors apart during the last few years. I’m just a self taught 21 year old that is learning as he goes along. Today I got it back to my real shop and started mocking up the light bar and winch bumper. Also picked up my 3 inch lift kit.
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post #6 of 18 Old 10-26-2019, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Now begins the cleanup process and lift kit. I decided to tear out the front axle and clean it and paint some things before I assemble with the lift kit and shocks
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-28-2019, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Axle all prepped and ready to go. I went with JKU rubicon shocks with Street ray bar pin eliminators. Also undercoated the fender and cleaned all the mounts and painted calipers. I also began the fiberglass journey fixing my grill where the Previous owner kicked it with a boot. 😞
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post #8 of 18 Old 10-28-2019, 10:13 PM
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Looking good. We do alot of engine work with the block in the car at work. Replace alot of pistons and rings for oil burning. It's fun work. So what's the deal with the mustang?

its a rusty one

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post #9 of 18 Old 10-29-2019, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Looking good. We do alot of engine work with the block in the car at work. Replace alot of pistons and rings for oil burning. It's fun work. So what's the deal with the mustang?
thanks man! Sounds like fun work lol, like watching paint dry is fun. And for the stang is a 69 428CJ shell. Has a 390 FE/ top loader/9inch. Going to go mustang 2 front suspension and linked rear with discs all around. And either mildly built 390 or a 408 Windsor based stroker
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Nice

its a rusty one

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Got the lights on and wired, and the front liftkit finished up
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Nice work! I'm curious to see what the end result will be! Ill be watching.
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Nice work! I'm curious to see what the end result will be! Ill be watching.
thank you. My end goal is more to show people what you can do with a limited budget and limited skill set. After building my Toyota with a pretty liberal budget I found that personally it is funner for me to build something for cheap rather than to just buy the best of every parts, and I think it’s more relatable.
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Here is the progress as of today, rear lift kit finished, and all of the shock adaptors on. To run the JK rubicon shocks on an XJ you need front bar pin eliminators $15, and rear you need to press out the inner metal part of the rear shocks lower eyelet. They will give you a longer shock for 3-4 inches of lift. I also got the stock wheels prepped and painted and mounted with some 31/10.5 tires. The lift is roughly 2 inches in the front and 3 in the rear.
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On all 4 tires
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