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post #1 of 64 Old 05-12-2017, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Project goliath zj

* WELCOME TO THE PROJECT " GOLIATH ZJ " *

Few weeks ago I realized that my other project ( 2001 jeep cherokee XJ 2 door ) will be a VERY long term build. I decided it is time to build something that will be a quite fast project. Well... came out as always... But there she is! Project Goliath ZJ

The white Grand Cherokee was sitting in our shop for months. Neglected and in not very good shape inside and out. I decided to pick the zj for my new project.

Let's start from the beginning... This is how she looked like when I decided to start the build. A lot of surface rust ( jeep was sitting in the fabrication shop )

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Time to clean this thing up a little bit.
The interior was garbage
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Time to take everything out.
Now I'm looking for some black interior.
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My old engine ( 5.2 magnum ) has worn piston rings and it's smoking a lot...
Decided that faster way is to buy a different engine than fixing current one.
I found one on craigslist one hour drive from my location, with ( as the seller claimed ) 200k miles on it for $100. Seller said that the engine doesn't burn oil and there is no knocking. Finally bought the engine for $80

When I was taking out parts from the engine I saw that it was SUPER clean inside, no oil / carbon build up or anything like that. After I took out the oil pan there were honing marks, pistons were almost new, new gaskets all around, new water pump, new injectors, new belt, new freeze plugs all around and no paint on the engine at all. I asked my buddy ( mechanic ) what he think about it. He said that the motor was rebuilt from top to bottom not that long ago! LUCKY!

Decide to just lay a fresh coat of paint, and put the new gaskets on.

Here's how the engine looks now. I didn't finish it yet ( lack of time )
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* project update *

Went to the junk yard yesterday and bought some parts for the 4wd conversion.
Some transfercases ( 249 and 242 which I'll be using ), rear Dana 44A with Quadra-drive ( hydraulic lockers ), transmission for 4wd, and some other stuff like shifters etc.
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* QUICK UPDATE *

I wasn't at the shop long today, because I went to pick up my new, future project.
But I have a quick update on the engine build. Intake is in place
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post #7 of 64 Old 05-15-2017, 09:26 PM
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If Goliath-ZJ is any indication of what the future holds for Goliath-MJ, I'll hang around to watch.
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Well... it finally started to look like an engine
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Well... During last few days I did some progress on the build.
New engine is ready to put in.
Old engine is out.
Now it's time to start cleaning undercarriage and engine bay. whole engine bay is covered with nasty, orange water stains.

off course I flooded the shop with tranny oil and coolant...
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post #10 of 64 Old 05-28-2017, 09:47 AM
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Cleaned the engine bay today. It took about 8 passes to clean it from all this nasty stuff.
Well it didn't t turn out as good as I wanted it, so I think that I might buy some white chrysler paint and spray the whole engine bay with it to make it look fresh and ready for the new engine!
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So the engine bay, after today, looks like this. Only few harnesses more to take out and I will start the "paint prep" process.
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Engine bay is stripped. I left the harnesses, because there is no way to take them out without removing the dashboard, and ABS pump, because I can't break the loose on the bolts, and don't want to strip them.

( you can clearly see why I want to paint it )
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My motor and transmission mouns are worn out. Actually the rubber inserts are separated from the housings.
I looked at the stronger motor mounts, because I want to upgrade from rubber to poly. The cheapest I found was $180 for the set of three ( 2 motor, 1 transmission ). Thought it is really pricey.
Well. I'm gonna make my own then.
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