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Old 04-10-2013, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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78' Cherokee Chief Build

What I started with:
1978 Cherokee Chief
360, TH400, quadratrac w/low range
Jeep was literally a barn find with somewhat low miles so I will race the motor for this coming season until I find a lq9.
Jeep will be raced at Line Mountain and possibly some East Coast events and wheel to wheel.
I'm currently 3 hours away from the jeep in college, but I figured I would go ahead and start this now and get some input and advice.
And... the pics

I recently just discovered the FSJ website but can't register for some reason, I didn't know how many people were looking for chief parts and I just throw them away. I still have some if your looking for something.

















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Old 04-10-2013, 11:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Where I am currently at...



Frame is boxed and ready for some paint.



Just ordered lime green paint for the cage and a light gray for the body.
The original chief decal will be replaced.

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Old 04-10-2013, 09:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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gonna be sweet look forward to pics.....even though it has a "frame"
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Bad ass build. Should be fun! Bet you are no where near me, want that roof rack
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Roof rack may be junk now, its at the bottom of the scrap pile. I could check in a few weeks if your really interested.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:44 AM   #6 (permalink)
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This is going to be cool
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In... was just given this heap.

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Old 04-14-2013, 02:04 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If you had read the forum announcement at the top of anyone of the forums on ifsja.org you would have seen what you needed to do to register.

Nice build so far. I like the tube work.

Keeping it leaf sprung for now?
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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This looks like an intense build. I can't wait to see the final result.
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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If you had read the forum announcement at the top of anyone of the forums on ifsja.org you would have seen what you needed to do to register.

Nice build so far. I like the tube work.

Keeping it leaf sprung for now?
Alright thanks, I didn't even bother looking at the forum since I couldn't register.

And yes, It will be kept leaf sprung. I'm a poor college student right now, I dumpster dive for scrap metal and have more money in the shocks than the rest of the jeep. Leafs sprung vehicles do just as good as linked ultra 4 cars, if not better with this kind of racing.

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Now I kinda feel bad about smashing the glass out of mine...
I'm jealous you found a 401.

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Old 04-14-2013, 08:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:18 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Why do u have $$$ resi shocks with leaf springs?
Just link it... And do coilovers!
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I rather put the money in a motor. Someday I'll link it.
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Do those shocks accept coils?
Save up a few pays, buy brackets, rod ends and some link tube.
This thing would be sooo much better linked. The shocks are the expensive part!!
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:23 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Do those shocks accept coils?
Save up a few pays, buy brackets, rod ends and some link tube.
This thing would be sooo much better linked. The shocks are the expensive part!!
I'm sure they could be built to accept coils, anybody have any info on that?
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:34 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Back home from school, got a little more done. Ready for some paint on the frame and cage.

I need some ideas for resi mounts that will hold up to some high speed abuse. I can't see spending $60 for some little weld on tabs.?





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Old 06-04-2013, 08:27 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Progress has been slow, I don't feel like doing much after laying blacktop all day.

Frame is painted, raised side rocker bars, added rear resi mounts, battery box mounted, skins cut out, front clip is now mounted.





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Old 06-05-2013, 05:34 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Thumbs up

Just got my Old Cherokee Also.
We seem to be going different dircetions with our builds. But that is way cool.
I'm patching rust holes, and doing sheet metal work. You did a complete different style of sheet metal work.
I'll be watching this one.

FWIW THOSE OLD PARTS BRING GOOD MONEY!!!!

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Old 06-05-2013, 04:37 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I had too much rust to fix... I was planning on keeping the whole body, but less weight = faster.

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Work has been rough but I managed to get some more done. There is a race in 2 weeks, so the countdown begins.

Just about all the aluminum has been cut, just need to weld on tabs.





Also painted and mounted the wheels/tires.



Lots too do. Wont have the body painted in two weeks but I kinda like the "Rat Jeep" look.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:14 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I would recommend doing a shackle reversal up front. It was one of the best mods we did on our Wag when we raced TREC.

Also put a cross member under the motor.

And truss the axles.
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I plan on linking the front eventually. Do people often break axle tubes while racing?
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Bending for sure. Breaking sometimes. Go ahead and truss both axles while you're doing it for sure.
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Bending for sure. Breaking sometimes. Go ahead and truss both axles while you're doing it for sure.
This was after one good hit...

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This was after one good hit...

Damn... that is one interesting break! Wonder if other fatigue factors were involved in that tube, such as previous welds and/or other stress?
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