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Project Glacier

Here I will be documenting the build of a 1990 Jeep Cherokee Laredo.

Most of the modification and restoration will be focused on creating a very capable, comfortable, and reliable vehicle for winter driving.
I plan to have most of the restoration completed by the end of 2020 with a total budget of $20,000. The interior could take another year or so.

First on the list was find a rust free, running, and driving XJ with a clean title.
I was looking for something that would get through the following months of snow and ice, as well as provide a good platform for the build.
This one was purchased at a public auto auction in November 2016 for $1000.



It had to sit through the summer months while I set up the new shop, purchased tools, and gathered enough parts to start making some real progress.
As of October 2018





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I will be keeping the best recent pictures here.

11/21/18
3.9" Lift / General Grabber 33.3" x 11.8" On 17" Wheels








Here will be listed all parts used (including shipping) as well as associated costs. I will be leaving out shop supplies and tools.
The estimated retail is also listed.




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First up: New battery and cables

This was a set of cables I made some time ago. They will eventually be switched out with one of my newer sets.

Old Wires





Connections Cleaned




New Cables







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New Spark Plugs and Wires










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Got the sanding cabinet done!




Cleaning Up The Factory Coil








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Getting The Cav Fab Alpha 4-Link Ready For Install







Prepped & Scuffed With A 360 grit Pad







The Control Arms Were Sprayed With Dupli-Color Gloss Clear.

I was going to spray the entire kit clear, however there was too much welding spatter. The control arm mounts just didn't look right.
Next time the set comes off it will likely be re-done with Cerakote Titanium colored ceramic paint.













And here's where my memory card went corrupt. Unfortunately I lost a lot of the prep and tear down pictures here.





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New 295/70-17 General Grabber X3 Tires Mounted on Used Pro Comp Series 7089-7865 Wheels.

Wheel Specs:

17"x8" With 5" X 4.5" Bolt Pattern - 4.5" Backspace - Flat Black

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Parts Pile Is Starting To Stack Up.








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Drilling For The Front Bump Stop Spacers.

I wanted the JKS spacers, but their price is outrageous.
I picked up a set of round stock plates on ebay: 6 2.75" Inch Diameter 1" Long 6061 Aluminum
Then got some 1/2" 13 X 3.5" Stainless bolts and hardware from lowes.
The total cost was around $35.00



Drilling And Tapping For Spacers





Spacers Drilled, Cleaned, And Clear Coated.





The Top Plate Was Finished With A Step Drill


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Cleaning The Axle Shafts

Side Note: Don't use a hammer to remove your u-joint unless you like dents in your axle shafts.
I quickly found out that a vise works just fine.













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After Clean-Up





I ordered the wrong U-Joints. Looks like the previous owner switched to the 297x axle shafts.




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Refurbishing The Front Brake Calipers

The garbage de-icer my county uses turned my calipers to ***** of rust. Only 400 miles on them.
I will be painting my calipers and hubs from now on.

I pulled out the pistons (left the seals) and dropped them in Evapo-Rust for a couple days.






Sprayed with Dupli-Color silver caliper paint




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Brake Rotors Carefully Cleaned With Muriatic Acid And Painted.
I had to put on the 3M Versaflo space-suit with an acid vapor cartridge for that one

Wheel Bearings Cleaned With Loctite Naval Jelly, Wire Brushed, Then Painted






New Brake Dust Shields From Quadratec

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Used JKS 2001 Swaybar Quicker Disconnects


After Getting The Full Treatment



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I Tried Something Different With The Swaybar

It was extremely pitted. After stripping it down I chemically blackened it, then ran over the surface with 600 grit sandpaper.
After that it was clear coated.

The prothane bushings are actually 7/8" from a CJ. It was a tight squeeze.
ordered the exact size the first time around, but they ended up being too loose.

Soon I will be swapping it for the larger V8 ZJ sway bar.








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