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Old December 1st, 2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default 1983 FSJ Cherokee build - 4bt Cummins etc.

Some of you have seen this Jeep already, but here's a quick rehash - I picked this 1983 Cherokee up this summer. It was originally a Military Police vehicle from a base in florida. It was bought and brought up to Michigan a few years ago by a Minister who used it to tow canoes for a youth group. He installed the roof rack and approx 5 inch lift. Its never seen salt and is very clean. I'd say the body is 99% and the interior 90%. Motor is a 258 built up by Clifford, which I just sold. Even the A/C blows cold!



After driving it for the summer I've decided to build it up a bit for a shop advertisement/toy/daily driver. Since the 258 four speed combo was getting 8-10 mpg, I decided first on the list is a motor swap. The plan is to use one of my 4bt cummins motors and a five speed. Future plans may include bigger axles and such. I'm shooting to have it running for Snofari, so we'll see!

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Old December 1st, 2011, 11:46 AM   #2
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I've got this 88-98 ARB bumper left from my abandonned burb project. The lines are near perfect. Pic makes it look wide but its not.



I'd have to trim the fenders to fit, but thats about it. Should I use it?

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Old December 1st, 2011, 11:50 AM   #3
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Why not?
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Old December 1st, 2011, 01:39 PM   #4
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I would not. It hides the Jeeps unique front end!
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Old December 1st, 2011, 06:43 PM   #5
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I kinda agree, but it depends on what you want to do with it. The ARB looks okay infront of the 80's grille, but if it were mine it would be getting a Rhino chaser grille and M-715-ish winch bumper....of course it would end up OD green with M-715 fenders too....
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Old December 1st, 2011, 06:51 PM   #6
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Very nice FSJ. Subscribed.

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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:28 PM   #7
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I kinda actually prefer the plastic grille on the two doors. I've seen them done up with the old grille and round headlights and they make the body look too short to me. However, for whatever reason I really like that look on the four doors and trucks. Just personal preference. I feel I have to do something, and like the ARB. I'm no fan of the tube bumper look.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:39 PM   #8
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before you chop the bumper, if you're interested in maybe selling it pm me a price!!!
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 11:51 AM   #9
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Easiest way to pull motor from lifted truck with cherry picker - take off wheels and drop to ground with hoist.

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Old December 3rd, 2011, 12:01 PM   #10
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My hillbilly siphion contraption to get gasoline out of tank. Cheap electric fuel pump and a battery. For longer jobs I add my battery charger to the mix.

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Old December 8th, 2011, 10:44 AM   #11
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This is a first for me. There is no room to remove motor from front of bread van without taking the body off the frame, but, it looks like I can squeeze it out the door.

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Success! But only after removing the trans, which was a major pain.

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Old December 8th, 2011, 04:34 PM   #13
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What are you doing with the rest of the bread van? Bet it would make a sweet redneck parts storage shed.
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What are you doing with the rest of the bread van? Bet it would make a sweet redneck parts storage shed.
It would, but its going to the scrapper, unless someone wants to give me more than him for it.
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It would, but its going to the scrapper, unless someone wants to give me more than him for it.
Full pic and estimate of scrap value?
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Old December 8th, 2011, 07:39 PM   #17
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subscribed for a 4bt swap :-) i need to find me a bread truck for a motor :-P
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Old December 9th, 2011, 08:40 AM   #18
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There has been debate online and in bench building sessions whether or not the chevy bread truck adapter will work with the stock chevy 3500 or 4500 bellhousing. The answer is kinda-no. The top slave bolt is covered by the adapter, although there may be room to grind to clear. Otherwise modification will be necessary.



I'm not even sure that I'll be using this setup, as I have several options. But I figured I'd post it for the info.
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Old December 9th, 2011, 08:46 AM   #19
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pm me the price of scrap on the bread truck and a pic if you would...I know someone who wants it...he has bought a few of them so he's not fucking around
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This project may start to get real interesting. I just purchased an A-pump 4bt from a 98-99 Case Skid Loader and I am now currently researching the feasibility of using this motor.
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