My buddy, E-Rock talked me into starting a project. I picked up the 1998 Jeep (XJ) Cherokee. She’s pretty rough with 277K miles (allegedly 150K of that was flat towed behind an RV). It has a 10" lift, 35" tires, control arm extensions, cross over steering, chromoly axels, ARB air lockers, and rear disk brakes already. The front and rear bumpers have been re-done, along with rocker panels, and the gas tank has a skid plate on it. Some of this stuff I don’t know what it is and have had to research them myself, but E-Rock has a 1998 (TJ) Wrangler which is basically the same vehicle
He also threw in two transfer cases, as spare transmission, CO2 bottle (for the lockers), spare axel, sway bars, and some other spare parts. The previous owner, jokingly, told me he would sell me all the parts on the Jeep for $5k and throw in the Jeep for free.
It drives and runs, but she still needs a lot of love. First off a whole new exhaust is planned so it will pass emissions, otherwise I won’t be able to register it. The previous owner lived outside of the city and didn’t have to pass emissions. The winch needs a new relay, it needs new shocks, and springs in the rear, a spare tire (I have the rim), and sway bars for a start. Here she is parked at my house before any work has been done.
Here is E-Rock playing around with his Jeep (TJ) Wrangler, driving it up my 35" tires without any other of his tires even leaving the ground. Apparently this is a Jeep thing. I think I have a good partner for this build. He is loving it, I spend money on parts and he gets to play with them. It’s like Christmas for him when new parts arrive.
You can tell this thing has been sitting in the desert sand for years. Had to give the exterior a good wash down. E-Rock told me, “I don’t work on muddy Jeeps”. I need to degrease the engine too, I think I can handle that.