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Mark's 81 Cherokee Build

The wife bought me a '81 Cherokee for my anniversary back in June.

So the build begins...

I bought a CUCV for the axles and odds and ends. You know: M-16 mounts, brakes, TC, steering box, suspension mounts, springs, hydroboost brakes, TC floor shifter, power distribution center etc.

the stripping has been a bit painful in the July heat here in Dallas but. It's all but done now.







Here's the parts truck..






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post #2 of 98 Old 09-08-2010, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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7/31/10
I need to thank my buddy Dale. I couldn't have done it without him. The spare hands were priceless.

Brought the jeep back to the house yesterday. Transplanted the D60 this morning.

It was a bolt in affair. I disconnected shocks and brakes. removed the ubolts and front shackle bolts. About that time Dale showed up (0800). We then removed the front bumper and brush guard. They're not going back on!. With the D44 disconnect and out of the way, we cleaned the springs up (30 years of dirt and grime).

We then measured everything and decided to reuse the stock springs over the 5/4 ton chevy springs. The spring perches were within 1/4" on center and the D-60's locating holes were oblong. It bolted right up. We unbolted the brake line brackets and retrofitted the chevy lines to them. The stock hard lines matched right up.

I still need shocks and I still need the high steer arms to connect to the steering box.

















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post #3 of 98 Old 09-08-2010, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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8/7/10

I found a NP241C from a GMC jimmy that needed a tail shaft for $100. All Terrain Fabrication in Plano is installing a slip yoke eliminator kit (comes with a tail shaft).

The guy who sold me the TC has a son with a YJ that's buying the axles. He offered $400 for them. I was asking $500 but he's going to pull the rear axle and GET THEM OUT OF MY DRIVEWAY TOMORROW!

This should thrill the spousal unit.

So to date:
1150 for jeep
1400 for M0118 CUCV
-300 sold parts off CUCV
-400 sold axles off jeep
100 for TC
~600 for SYE kit and installation.
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$2750 so far


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post #4 of 98 Old 09-08-2010, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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So the guy that bought my axles showed up last night to pull and pick them up. We did a bit of horse trading. I got a working and complete Warn 8274 in trade for the old axles.

It upped the total expenditure a bit but I think it was well worth it.

So to date:
1150 for jeep
1400 for M0118 CUCV
-300 sold parts off CUCV
Traded axles off jeep for Warn 8274
100 for TC
175 for TH700R4 + TC
~600 for SYE kit and installation.
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$3125 so far


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I had a line on a $500 crate 350 out of a Z71 and the a$$#@t sold it out from under me without even calling first.

So I hunted around and found this 5.3 for $750 complete less the headers...



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8/10/10

I threw on the winch bumper last night just so I could get it off the driveway. I'll finish bolting it in place this evening. I also want to clean up the winch and paint it. I think I'll install and function check it first.

I did some measuring for the rear springs. The jeep has 2.5" springs that are 55" long, the pins are 26" from the front and 30.5" from the rear and 43 5/8" apart. the CUCV had 3" springs that are 54" long, the pins are 26" from the front and 29.5" from the rear and 43 5/8" apart. The jeep pack is 1.5" thick and the CUCV pack is 3.5" thick.

By the time I inboard the springs and fpli the shackles I'll have ~6.5" of lift not including the difference in axle diameter, larger sping arch and pack thickness. I'll reduce that to ~ 2" by removing springs.

I think I'm going to cut the rear jeep mainspring to the length of the front pack and add it to the front pack to reduce sag and stiffen them up.







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8/16/10

I got the gas tank out Saturday morning and started pulling the tranny and t-case. Finished pulling it Sunday so the guy I sold it to could pick it up . I got $300 for it

I pulled most of the front clip. All that's left are the inner fenders and the hood.

Lifting the winch bumper off alone was a bear.

I'll get some pics tonight.





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8/29/10

I got the rear axle in and it back on it's own feet. It's sitting about 1" off the ground on stands because it has no brakes.

The springs are inboard about 3.5" total and shackle flipped with the rear hanger next to the frame.

The chevy springs give about 2-3" more lift that the stock springs. I'm planning on beefing up the front sping packs by adding 2 of the rear stock leaves. I'll also remove 2-4 of the rear (chevy 5/4 ton) springs.

Right now it's sitting real high but by the time I adjust the packs and add the 37's I epect it to end up near this total height.

















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I can't wait to get home to rework the steering. It'll be monday before I get to touch it.


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post #13 of 98 Old 09-12-2010, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!

I borrowed I bigger compressor from Dad. Now to procure a blasting cabinet.


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My 5.3L showed up last night. I hot wired the rear glass and set it in the cargo area.

I didn't get pics but the *** end didn't squat at all. I'm definitely going to have to pull a few leaves out of the rear packs.


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Oh man this thing is going to look sick! I was really close to buying a 79 cherokee a couple weeks ago. Mint condition and original owner, but the price wasn't right.
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