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Old 01-08-2017, 10:51 PM
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WELCOME TO PROJECT GOLIATH
So I'm buidling my first jeep ( I'm 17 years old ) and want to share my progress, mods, repairs etc. Jeep will be basically build from scratch.
This thread will be filled up with pictures! stay tuned.

It's 2001 cherokee 2 door, with 4.0, automatic transmission, 231 t-case.

After first bath:





Then we moved to the bigger shop and I had to wait with the build

Few weeks ago I finally started!




I thought it's good to start with major repairs. So my engine didn't have good oil pressure. Pressure was about 25. I decided to took out the engine.




Of course I was doing it first time so it took me about a week to take out the engine.










It's finally out!

Then I took all the parts apart








It took me about week to prep everything, then I primed the engine and all parts. Ready for final color!







I decided to paint it black silver and red







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Old 01-09-2017, 12:36 AM
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Why did you take out the motor due to low oil pressure?
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:14 AM
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So first, it's easier to work on it when it's out. Second reason is I wanted to paint the engine and replace other parts in it. third reason is that the I will change the color of the car and I want to paint the engine bay too.
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did you rebuild the motor or just clean it up?
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:00 PM
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I'm basically rebuilding it now. About 70% new parts.
I also painted it while it's out
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Glad to see the two door getting some love! Let me know if you have any questions regarding the doors. I did a lot of digging for a while looking for parts.
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Old 01-10-2017, 01:35 PM
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I might need some parts ( front clip and maybe some interior )
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SUBBED looking forward to this one
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Old 01-10-2017, 07:56 PM
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Parts for the engine that I already received:

- Diamond Power oil pump
- Diamond Power full gasket set
- DNJ water pump
- DNJ freeze plugs
- Crown thermostat
- Crown timing chain guide
- Crown camshaft bearing set
- Crown water pump coolant tube
- Crown oil filter housing orings
- King rod bearing
- King main bearing
- Rugged Ridge TBS
- NGK V-POWER spark plugs
- 4 hole injectors set


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get the head magnafluxed, dont know if the xjs had the same problem with cracked heads but im assuming they did. my local machine shop charged me $25 to get my head tanked and mag'd, both of the 4.0 heads i had were cracked so i just bought a TUPY head so i wouldnt have to worry about cracking anymore.
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Yesterday I started to prep my engine bay for paint.
Now I need to find best way to paint the bay without taking all of the wirings out.


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Old 01-12-2017, 08:47 PM
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interior stripped!
Slowly getting ready for the new paint.
( If someone have a front clip for sale in decent price please let me know )




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Old 01-14-2017, 11:06 PM
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I took out the transmission and transfer case today. It will make painting much easier.









When I took everything out I found a little spot of rust... ( It's Florida jeep )




Then I took out the rest of my interior












But what is this?!




The rusty spot is not that small when you touch it with the hammer...


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Bummer man....new floor pans in the immediate future I see
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Originally Posted by Martlor13 View Post
Bummer man....new floor pans in the immediate future I see
Yeah man...
But I have other ( wrecked ) xj on the yard and I will probably cut out this piece and weld it together in my 2 door
New panel is like $80...
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