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Old 01-06-2006, 02:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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late 70's cherokee chief?

I am interested in swapping out the 727/am208 tranny/t-case combo from a late 70's cherokee chief into my 87yj. will the steering column from the cherokee fit my jeep? it is tilt steering btw.
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yes, perhaps with minor modification.
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just some fyi here no flaming intended! if a fsj had a tf727 its 80 or newer...
and most column's in that era were chevy tilt column's
but it should fit,maybe some minor mods as posted before!
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what would it have if it were not a 727? it is a am208 though? i crawled under it and looked at the tag. on the column i can tell that mine has the bright light switch on the turn signal stick. the cherokee has it on the floor. is this a major mod?
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what would it have if it were not a 727? it is a am208 though? i crawled under it and looked at the tag. on the column i can tell that mine has the bright light switch on the turn signal stick. the cherokee has it on the floor. is this a major mod?
You mentioned that it was a late '70s Chief. That would have a TH400 auto tranny and a Quadra-Trac (QT) transfer case. NP727/NP208 combos did not start until 1980 an any FSJ. Some easy ways to tell: If the rear diff is offset to the passenger side = QT behind an auto transmisson. Are there manual hubs in front? = May be a NP208 BUT some owners put a "part time" kit from Mile Marker on the QT that required locking/manual hubs.
Best way to tell is find the tag in the transfer case and see what it says.
Remember, CJ7s with an auto had the QT case so it'd fit fine.
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If it is a stock, late '70s Cherokee with an automatic, it will have either the TH-400 and a Quadratrac transfer case or the TH-400 and a Dana 20 transfer case. The rear axle for the Quadratrac version will have the pinion offset to the passenger side several inches as the rear output of the t-case is aligned with the front output. The rear axle for the Dana 20 version will have the pinion pretty much centered as the rear output of the t-case is aligned with the mainshaft of the transmission.
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i was told it was a 79 cherokee chief. it is an auto and the t-caase tag says am208.
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What side is the front pumkin on, driver's or passenger's? They switched to the 727/208 combo in 1980 and at the same time moved the front pumkin to the driver's side.
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The 400 was never offered with the dana 20, only the QT case.
If the Cherokee is driver side drop its a 80 or newer. 79 and older were passenger drop.
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The TH400 was offered with D20 from '63 up till '72 (Starting with the J100 and J300 which became Wagoneer and Jtruck respectively and evolved into their own nameplates @ '65). In '73 it became an extra option along with the Quadratrac till '75 and then it only became available with std trans till '79.
The body may be pre '79, but someone could have changed the drivetrain from a newer one (with the rotted frame problem that '80 up had in salty areas) along with the axles. I almost put a '84 GW body on a '76 frame so I know how "easy" it is. (3 days work, then I found a J truck instead and scrapped the other project)
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i was told it was a 79 cherokee chief. it is an auto and the t-caase tag says am208.
This wouldn't happen to be a yellow Chief, would it? I was lookin' at a yellow "'79 Chief" in Tennessee...
Anyways, if its a driver's-side drop front axle, lockout hubs and a AM208 t-case IT IS NOT A 79. The 727/208 combo = what you have - is fairly long. Take a measuring tape and make sure it'll fit. Might make your driveshafts VERRRY short. Next ya gotta adapt it to your motor. Or were you going to use the motor from the Chief? What motor is in the YJ?
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i have used wag tilt column in CJ tub, you have to change the tin collar at the lower end of the column.

wiring is just wiring, you can move the hi - lo switch..
i have owned fsj's with th400 QT and 400 / d20

and yes, the 727 208 would be waaaaay long in a yj...
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Old 01-17-2006, 07:50 PM   #16 (permalink)
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You could go with an IH 6 cyl 727 and D20 setup. It's an AMC 6 in the IH (The V8 ones are different)
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