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Old 01-18-2010, 09:07 PM
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Well last week i was looking for a nice Cherokee for the GF and came across this gem. Its a 96 Cherokee Sport... 114K miles on it, runs great... rolled lightly. So i thought.. what better truck for a beater on the trails. Went and looked at it and fell in love.. haha. Picked it up this past saturday and went to work. Got it home and cleaned it all out and got what was left of the windshield out of it. Then today i picked up a set of 31" baja claws for it on stock steelies and a complete roof from an 89 XJ and a set of doors from a 94. Hopefully now i can find a cheap lift and everything on the truck would have come off craigslist. No pictures of it yet... just the ones from the add. Ill try and get some better ones along with build progress. john



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Old 01-18-2010, 09:13 PM
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nice man sounds like a steel. how big are you going on the lift?
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:19 PM
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Im only looking to go about 3".... that way ill keep my costs down.
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:29 PM
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yeah and no drive line b/s too worry about
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:25 PM
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Heres some more pictures of it after i threw the tires on last night. Need to trim the fenders and rip out the plastic shields.




Picture of most of the damage to the roof.
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Well i finally got around to doing the roof this week. Gutted the truck the past two days after work. Found some rot in the florr so that needs to be patched.. but anyway. Found some common points on the two roofs and decided to make my cuts there. Cut the roof off the truck first. Then dug the donor rood out of the snow and made my cuts in the same spots, leaving a little extra to play with. Had my buddy come over to help me place the roof on and it fit great! Just have the outer skin welded on the post right now so i can get everything placed right as i do the other side and then the windshield posts last since they are a little bent. Ill finish up the other side and plate the insides of all the posts with some 18g that i have laying around. Hope you guys like my progress...









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Old 03-04-2010, 09:10 PM
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Holy lots of work bat-man. Looks like your doing it right though. I'm intrested in seeing how this ends up. Craigslist rocks.
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:15 PM
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That is some dedication! G/L bro. Looks like you got a handle of the major stuff. What are you gonna do about the floor?
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:22 PM
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Ill cut out the bad stuff, have some 18g that i can weld or rivet on. Seam seal every thing and then some bedliner on the floors. Ill drill some extra drain hole and put plugs in them so when the truck fills up with water i can drain it quick.
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:40 PM
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Wow that is really amazing. I am impressed with your dedication to this man.
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You seriously need to show the PO your work. They'll trip out for sure. Well done.

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nice find and even nicer job of repairing it!! keep up the great work..
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Originally Posted by johnny-b-bad View Post
Ill cut out the bad stuff, have some 18g that i can weld or rivet on. Seam seal every thing and then some bedliner on the floors. Ill drill some extra drain hole and put plugs in them so when the truck fills up with water i can drain it quick.

Awesome! Best of luck. I can't wait to see this finished
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Damn!! Wish I had that talent and dedication. Good work!!
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Forgive my ignorance, but did the Cherokees come with sun roofs from the factory? Or is it an aftermarket sort of thing?
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