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Old March 15th, 2008, 07:50 PM   #1
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Here are a few shots of my current project. It's a 86 XJ that came stock with 2.8 that was busted and a missing trans when I acquired it.

As it currently sits, it now has newer 4.0 XJ springs in the front. I have the small block mounted along with the 700R4 and 207 t-case. The t-case linkage is now finished and works great. Need to do the shift linkage to finish off the trans. I'm waiting on money so I can get the radiator and a boatload of small crap to wrap this up.

Here it is in all it's glory.







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Old March 15th, 2008, 07:53 PM   #2
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My wifes camera does take good pics doesn't it.
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Yeah. It took forever for them to load cuz they were so big. But yes, mommas new toy take good pics. Need to take that on the next quad trip.
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Old March 15th, 2008, 08:03 PM   #4
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I agree, but I'm sure that won't go over well at all.
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Old March 15th, 2008, 08:05 PM   #5
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Something about a fart in church I think.........
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Old March 15th, 2008, 08:05 PM   #6
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Looks great. It reminds me of the Cherokee I bought for 50 bucks 10 years ago so I could do some off roading with my buddies. The thing was a blast and a tough little thing too.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 01:54 AM   #7
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Love the bowtie on the front end. What calling it the Chevy Cherokee
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Old March 16th, 2008, 02:54 AM   #8
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super clean x-j it should be wicked with a small chev!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old March 16th, 2008, 06:46 AM   #9
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I like the ram-horn headers.
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It's a 1 owner with over 200K on the clock. Got it for dirt.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 09:23 AM   #11
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nice. that the engine your going to be using or just a mock up?
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Old March 18th, 2008, 06:30 PM   #12
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Just a mock-up engine. Good short,block, junk vortec heads and a swap meet intake to check clearances. Going to start building the exaust pretty soon. The mounts I used are more or less modified Advance Adapters mounts for a CJ that I got cheap. It now bolts to the stock locations on the frame.
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Looks like a good start for a project.
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Not a whole lot to report, but I did get alot of things done. The engine I'm going to use arrived a few weeks ago, and I started building my brackets for the alt and power steering. I actually used bungee straps to check belt alignment while I was building my brackets. Not the rubber ones, the style that looks like a rope.

Here are pics of the finished brackets.







I also got the manifolds ground down to clear the valve covers better and to look better.





Here it is ready to go.



I also picked up a set of 15x8 chrome soft 8's for later.



Here is the rad I'm going to use. It fits between the steering box and the pass frame rail, just. FYI, it's a Allstar that's 19x22".



And the shift linkage I'm going to use. I was going to make my own, but sorting out all the angles and positions made it better to just get this. It will connect to the stock floor shifter.



Pretty much all that's left after this is pull the mock up engine along with everything else and power wash the bay and get everything ready for the real engine. Then all that's left is 100+ little things to wrap up. I hope to be driving this by fall.
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Old September 10th, 2008, 03:48 PM   #15
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Been tinkering for a while, massaging things and brainstorming on other issues. Here are a few progress pics.












I am thinking of building a different motor mount arrangement as the upper control arms are about 2-3" from the mounts. If I decide on a lift, then there will be no issues.

Wacha think thus far?
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I like it, you don't see too many engine swaps done to Cherokees, I'm deffinately looking forward to seeing this things progress. Don't know much about chevy stuff, the 700R4 is a manual tranny correct? What are you panning on doing for axles?
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The 700R4 is a overdrive automatic. That and the 207 t-case came from a 4.3l 4by S-10. As for the diffs, I'm going to use them as is. It still has the stock 30/35 combo. I'll eventually stuff a 9" in the rear.
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Any progress lately?
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Actually, yes. Been getting alot of the little things done.

The Lokar shift linkage works great so I can use the stock floor shifter. I'll have to get pics of that. Mocked up the driveshafts, of course the rear will have to be cut down a bit, but it fits the S-10 t-case. The front shaft, also S-10 sourced will have to be stretched a bit. It also fits the front diff yoke. My only question for the front shaft is leave it as a 2 joint shaft, or do a cardon style shaft at the case.

The wiring harness is good to go. I still need to sort out the belts and rad hoses. Shouldn't be a big deal.
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Old January 9th, 2009, 01:33 PM   #20
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coming along nicely... when it's all done you could strip the donor mill to a shortblock minus crank and
1. weld crank to plate steel, stick other end in ground, attach mailbox to plate. My grandpa did this with an old detroit diesel crank in the 1960s. It's still there.

2. Clean and paint engine. Find a chunk of plexiglass and set it on top. Bolt it down somehow, and you have a pretty neat table. Works well to hold snacks and beverages in the garage, and looks stunning next to the 1970s couch in there as well.
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