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So my 89 Comanche (with a complete 95 XJ drivetrain) has been having overheating and shifting issues , after several failed attempts to fix it I have been looking for a good drivetrain to replace my current one....

 

So I located this 93 Cherokee with 49k miles at Daveys Jeeps .

 

I paid $1350 for it because it's wrecked in the left front.....

 

 

It's a clean body besides the LF damage....

 

 

The interior is nice and clean .....

 

 

 

So by now you're probably asking why this is in the project vehicle section ....

 

The more I looked at the Cherokee the less I wanted to take it apart . My initial plans was to use the drivetrain and sell the body/ interior to recoupe some of the money , but I may drive it as a replacement for my rusted 99 Cherokee or flip it .

 

I had the majority of parts to fix the damage , so I started taking the front end off along with the front axle which was pretty bent .

 

 

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Wow, 49K miles.  MINTY!  Nice find!  Should bring a nice profit if flipped.

 

That XJ, with the paint and body fixed would bring $6-7K here in Colorado.

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Wow, 49K miles. MINTY! Nice find! Should bring a nice profit if flipped.

 

That XJ, with the paint and body fixed would bring $6-7K here in Colorado.

Thanks Troy ! The major downfall is the salvage title , it really isn't bad damage at all and I have the mopar fender , bumper and several other parts I acquired from the dealership ( which has more than enough paid for itself ) . It's basically untouched besides the large Yosemite Sam mud flaps and a gimmick corrosion protector .

 

It's clean (not perfect) but clean for 25 years old ....

 

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That salvage title is no big deal since buyers aren't likely to finance it.  It'd still bring big money.

 

A 2dr auto 4x4 that clean will cause excessive drooling over on NAXJA......

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Salvage title would probably only knock 1k off the price here. Especially if you included the pre fix pictures so the buyer knew why it was totaled. I just picked up a '96 Classic with 189k for $1,500. I would have killed for this '93 at $1,350.

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It's clean (not perfect) but clean for 25 years old ....

 

That's a gross understatement. Those springs and axle look like it's only taken a couple of short drives around the original dealership's parking lot. In the summer. Did you clean and paint everything under there?   :yes:

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Don : I lightly cleaned up the leaf springs and painted everything to prevent it from rusting . If you stick your finger in the frame holes it's clean and no rust present . The exhaust (muffler and tailpipe) were rusty and replaced those with a mopar muffler and walker tailpipe . Still has the original brake lines and the are in good shape ( with the exception of the LF brake line damaged in the accident ) .

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That Cherokee is a keeper! At the very least for a year or two.

 

Use your 99 rust bucket for the power train.

That was one of my thoughts , orsell the rusted Cherokee and use that money towards a drivetrain. I've had the Cherokee since 36k miles and kept up on the maintenance, so I've got some decisions to make ....

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That Cherokee is a keeper! At the very least for a year or two.

 

Use your 99 rust bucket for the power train.

That was one of my thoughts , orsell the rusted Cherokee and use that money towards a drivetrain. I've had the Cherokee since 36k miles and kept up on the maintenance, so I've got some decisions to make ....

 

 

So, tell me where you are going to get a power train you know that much about how it was maintained and all the issues in it's history?   Then you have the "possibility" of a full interior swap also to the 97+.  Yes lots of work and not everbody's cup of tea.  In the end, how many dollars is the rusty 99 going to get you?

 

If I were going to put a used engine in my truck, I would want one like your 99 with a full history all most as much as a new factory long block.

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So my moms husband called me today and wants me to do some side work for him . He has a 1964 tbird that he's restoring for a couple doctors and he needs the drivetrain removed so the body can be sent out for media blasting . While the body is gone he wants to dress and freshen the motor along with upgrading the brake system for better stopping power .

 

So in payment / trade he agreed to do the bodywork and paint for free , which is good trade in my eyes . If I spray automotive paint anymore ( with a respirator) it's difficult to breathe for several days .

 

And a big thanks to Neohic ( Ben ) for coming through with some factory grey floor mats in great shape , they will look great in the Cherokee ....

 

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Looks good, I keep it and use the drivetrain out of the rusty newer one.   Something about bone stock, plain jane that sticks out anymore.

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Haven't touched this for a long time , I have been collecting parts though . I've been going back and forth to keep stock height / tires or a small lift and 31s , I have some OME 930 coils and OME cr033rb leafs and corresponding OME shocks /steering stabilizer / nice 31s and was thinking of putting gambler wheels on too . I'm just debating  if I should keep it stock like it is ( but fix it of course) or lift it , just wondering if I will make it less appealing to both parties if I do sell it when I'm done 

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1 hour ago, Strokermjcomanche said:

Haven't touched this for a long time , I have been collecting parts though . I've been going back and forth to keep stock height / tires or a small lift and 31s , I have some OME 930 coils and OME cr033rb leafs and corresponding OME shocks /steering stabilizer / nice 31s and was thinking of putting gambler wheels on too . I'm just debating  if I should keep it stock like it is ( but fix it of course) or lift it , just wondering if I will make it less appealing to both parties if I do sell it when I'm done 

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You had me confused with the MJ pic while talking about an XJ.  :laugh:

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2 hours ago, Strokermjcomanche said:

Also went to the junkyard and found another 2 door with a nice original rust /dent free fender and hood , and hey they're green too 

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I've never seen an XJ or an MJ with the fender off and the flare still on!   :laugh:   The local yards here jack up the cars that way too.   It makes me nervous every time I even LOOK under one of them.  

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10 hours ago, PCO6 said:

I've never seen an XJ or an MJ with the fender off and the flare still on!   :laugh:    

 

 

me either.  I stared at the image for a whole bunch of seconds trying to figure out what was... different...  

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I pulled a hitch off a Jimmy at Pnp once and at one point noticed that one their welded wheel piles of a jack stand was only sitting under the sidewall of the spare tire. Needless to say I hastily crawled out from underneath and was a lot more delicate with the removal after that. 

Despite yours being wrecked, it's still looking in much better shape than my completely original '92. Mine has lived a life of gravel roads and it shows. Currently debating whether mine is worth saving or not. 

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