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Discussion Starter · #21 ·
is there a way to pull the inner steering box brace from inside the "frame rail" or is it welded in?
 

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It is welded in
 
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I picked up a portable band saw and cut off the front frame flanges, cut out some 3/16" plate, bent the sides and dimpled some 3" holes in it.



its not in its final location, just sitting there, I wrapped it around each side 3 inches, I will weld it, and will also add some L-braces on the inside of the rails, along with a piece over the top. First thought the wind needs to quit so I can weld all the cracks up in the frame rails. Thinking I might run another piece off the bottom under the steering box as a skid.
 

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Yesterday would have been a wonderful day to weld outside... if I had gas for the welder.

So being at a stand still on the front I moved to the back, pulled the rear bumper and hitch, while I was under there I noticed this




so now I get to replace the fuel tank, luckily one of the wrecking yards near me has a couple for $57

Then I pulled the carpet out of the rear and started a cut and fold on the rear quarters but I think I got lost somewhere lol






I have done the cut and fold on other Cherokees but this time I decided to just cut it all off with the thoughts of lengthening the rear wheel wells, then I will just plate in what's left.
 

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Hmmm, lengthening the rear wheel wells? Do I see larger tires in the future?
 

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Hmmm, lengthening the rear wheel wells? Do I see larger tires in the future?
I already have a set of brand new 33's for it I just haven't bothered switching yet. I probably should have gone with 35's but I bought them before I got the 4.88 gears.
 

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I am looking for a set of F150 leaf springs to replace the messed up pack thats in there, that will move the rear axle back 2 inches.
 

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Will that new gas tank still fit?
 

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Will that new gas tank still fit?
The tank will be moved up, I am going to cut a hole in the floor and mount the tank half in the cab and half under, I had planned on doing this even before seeing the smashed tank, then build a cover over the tank. I will have to relocate the filler neck but have not decided what to do yet. I am half way thinking about chopping the top off the Cherokee (of course it will be caged).
 

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What some do with that tank is put plexiglas in the rear window and fab a filler neck etc in it
 

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What some do with that tank is put plexiglas in the rear window and fab a filler neck etc in it
I thought about doing that with sheet metal, wouldn't have to worry about breaking the glass off-road, we have a lot of narrow trails with trees around here.
 

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That would work too
 

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Saturday I worked on the XJ a bit, was able to do some welding before the wind started to pick up in the afternoon. welded up all the cracks i could find (and it was a lot), right now the cross member is only tack welded in place but already adds more stability, without the cross member I was able to push the front back and forth.




The center line is dimple died (my kid loves running the shop press lol) the 2 offset holes are for the radiator lower mounts.


 

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Saturday I put a new water pump, coolant pipe, thermostat, and thermostat housing on



I also removed the heater valve and replaced it with heater hoses from a 2006 TJ



Than pulled the front axle so I can get it into the shop and rebuild it (sleeve the tubes, gears, locker, ball joints, hubs, DOM/Heim joint steering )



when I unbolted the steering from the pitman arm, I have never had this happen before.... the tie rod end just fell out of the pitman arm, I have always had to beat on it or use a pickle fork lol.
 

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I'm not going to post a step by step of rebuilding an axle, I'm sure most of us have seen that before. But... here was my issue yesterday an getting the ball joints out, 3 of them were not that hard, add some pressure from the ball joint press, tap the axle C with a hammer a couple times and the ball joint pops loose and can be ratcheted out. This one on the other hand, I couldn't get enough pressure on it because the leverage of the breaker bar just kept trying to knock the jack stands over so I used a small chain hoist to leverage against the other side of the housing, added a little pressure, couple hits of the hammer and popped right out.

could I have used an impact on it... sure, but I don't like to use impacts on press tools like this, it usually just ends up messing the tool up and this is my tool not a rental lol.


and yes I know its a mess, I have 20 pounds of shop sh!t in a 5 pound bag.

 

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Now that's using your dip stick...lol... your garage is immaculate compared to mine...I'm not even kidding:(
 
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Now that's using your dip stick...lol... your garage is immaculate compared to mine...I'm not even kidding:(
I really need a bigger shop, I have stuff crammed on shelves and in boxes but at least its a cement floor and a roof over over stuff. its actually a 1925 carriage house. cant get the jeep in but I can get an axle in and walk around it without tripping on too many things lol
 

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Have not done anything on this in a few weeks, had to order some bearings, brakes, and u-joints. Had a death in the family and funeral Friday, also Rodeo's for my son the last 2 weekends. All the parts are in now and nothing planned for this weekend so hopefully I can get something done.

 

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Have not done anything on this in a few weeks, had to order some bearings, brakes, and u-joints. Had a death in the family and funeral Friday, also Rodeo's for my son the last 2 weekends. All the parts are in now and nothing planned for this weekend so hopefully I can get something done.

HELL YEA!!! How's the boy doin with it?
 
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