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Old 07-23-2017, 06:29 AM
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I picked up this retired NC Highway Patrol Cherokee a few weeks ago. When I picked it up the PO had completed the following:
- RC 3.5 lift
- Replaced floor pans
- Cut and folded fenders, rear quarters, and bumpers
- rock sliders

What this awesome NCHP Cherokee needs:
- Exhaust from cat back
- Finish sanding/painting the under body
- Repair a few minor rust holes, under rear seat and trunk
- Repair all the drilled holes from the NCHP equipment, tran tunnel
- Replace insulation foam and carpet
- Repair/replace radio antenna
- Change all fluids
- Wheels and Tires
- Electric AUX fan
- Tighten front end to eliminate popping sound, probably need to tighten track bar mount
- Replace cowl
- Repalce wipers
* Pass NC inspection*

The day I got her




New Wheels and Tires



Cowl and wipers replaced
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Old 07-23-2017, 08:49 PM
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It was over 100 today so I was only able to tighten the track bar frame mount and install an extra AUX electric fan. I'm wondering if anyone else has had a popping noise after lifting their Cherokee? If so, how did you fix it? Tomorrow I'll get the jeep inspected and will start driving locally.
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It was over 100 today so I was only able to tighten the track bar frame mount and install an extra AUX electric fan. I'm wondering if anyone else has had a popping noise after lifting their Cherokee? If so, how did you fix it? Tomorrow I'll get the jeep inspected and will start driving locally.
Usually that's caused by a loose track bar or bad balljoints, assuming the popping noise occurs when turning.
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:31 PM
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Got the NCHP Cherokee inspected and cruised around a bit today. It rode out well. The popping sound seemed better, also I need to figure out how to fix my rattling exhaust. This week I'll slowly start repairing the rust holes and Highway Patrol equipment holes.
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Little update:
I've been able to do little things here and there while the little one naps.
1) spray the inner fender with cheap bed liner




2) install new rear hatch shocks ($30 amazon) in about 5 minutes. I wish I knew how easy it was 15 years ago. I used my head to support the rear hatch with my 2 previous Cherokees.



3) clean up some surface rust under the radiator overflow bottle







4) start plugging up the Highway Patrol equipment holes.



** I'm looking for a full console but haven't found anything in gray or in that great of shape.
I might go with the old saying if it ain't broke don't fix it and continue on with the hard to find mini console.

Next the next few days I'll plug equipment holes and repair 3 rust holes. Then, prepare for insulation installment and carpet.
1) trunk area
2) under rear seat
3) passenger floor pan
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Old 08-04-2017, 04:54 PM
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Took the gas tank and cat back exhaust out due to the tank leaking and needing to place an exhaust hanger






The muffler was a complete pain to take off considering I just clamped it on a few weeks ago.

Then, I grinded all the rust spots and equipment holes in the interior.










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Very cool project man!
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Old 08-04-2017, 07:05 PM
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Thanks Twisted. The Golden (Honey) Badger looks pretty sick.
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Couldn't hit the grinding wheel up tonight, so I hand/electric drill sanded the sliders to the frame and threw one coat of flat black rattle can down.


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It looks like I'll need to seam seal the rock sliders then throw a few more coats of paint on.
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More sanding and painting.


Gas tank area



Under rocker



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Are you this Junior Brown?
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Yep. Check out the song Highway Patrol.
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Getting the interior trim removed to spray the truck with bedliner and glue the insulation in the front.

The PO cut the fender wells and left a huge gap.





I'm trying to figure out ways to repair this huge gap.

ANY IDEAS?
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Aside from sheetmetal, i've seen some people weld tubing, emt, filler rod, etc to fill it.
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