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ZJ 5.9L Restoration

Discussion in 'Cherokee' started by Gideon_Rah, Jun 1, 2018.

  1. Jun 1, 2018 at 8:03 AM
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    Gideon_Rah

    Gideon_Rah [OP] Member

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    About a week ago I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a 1998 5.9L Jeep GC.

    The Jeep needs a lot of work but that's ok. I have always wanted to work on one of these and now I have the chance.

    I have decided to post my progress on this thread as others will probably have some of the same issues I run across and this will provide a source of information for other like minded individuals.
     
  2. Jun 1, 2018 at 8:04 AM
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    Also epic Jeep pics.
     
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  3. Jun 1, 2018 at 8:53 AM
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    I have identified these issues I would like to deal with:
    1. Grommets on suspension need to be replaced. Track bar, drag bar
    2. Shock absorber on steering stabilizer needs grommets replaced and the tube is rusty.
    3. Coolant leak (minor) under front of engine.
    4. Transmission leak (very minor) under transmission pan.
    5. Fan has been bipassed with an electric switch in cab.
    6. Rust body (cosmetic mostly)
    7. Obvious wiring issue in sterio. As lights flicker intermittently.
    8. Front axle is broken. (CV joint is torn and it seizes up. Axle has been removed)
    9. Crack in windshield.
     
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  4. Jun 1, 2018 at 8:59 AM
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    Getting the vehicle dependible on the road is my main priority.
    1. I have started by pulling the steering damper shock off and I am reconditioning it. It should be done by tonight.
    2. I am trying to find a replacement from the front drive shaft that won't cost me an arm and a leg. Considering replacing it with a u joint if at all possible. I would rather service a u joint routinely than replace a CV shaft every time the boot rips.
    3. Need to find out of I can replace the grommets on the suspension instead of replacing the entire rod.
     
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  5. Jun 1, 2018 at 9:21 AM
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    OFFGRID Well-Known Member

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    Howell fuel injection, header, HEI distributor, TH350, NP208, SOA lift with YJ springs in the front & GW springs in the Rear. AMC20 with G2 1 piece chromos trussed, Dana 30 with G2 chromos and 760x ujoints and MM Stainless Hubs, Geared 4.56. Tom Woods shafts, Metal cloaks, Caged, 37" Toyo MTs.
    Are you IFS or solid front axle? It sounds like IFS if you have CV Joints.
     
  6. Jun 1, 2018 at 11:13 AM
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    20180601_130059.jpg
    Not IFS.
    I believe a pic is worth a thousand words also it's much easier for me to explain things with them.
     
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  7. Jun 1, 2018 at 11:14 AM
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    Here is a pic of the broken front drive shaft. 20180529_174629.jpg
     
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  8. Jun 1, 2018 at 11:33 AM
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    JW>STech>EVOcage>MagnaFlow>SpiderTrax>RockHard>TF>SpringTail>67design>Bolt>GPCA>Curt>
    That looks like a drive shaft
     
  9. Jun 1, 2018 at 11:38 AM
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    I meant drive shaft sry.
     
  10. Jun 1, 2018 at 12:53 PM
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    I agree. Get you a normal drive shaft with the double cardon on Tcase side and a 1310 yoke and ujoint on the pinion side. I would call Tom Wood's Custom Drive shafts and get them to hook you up. Hands down my favorite for lots of reasons. 1(877)497-4238
     
  11. Jun 1, 2018 at 2:27 PM
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    That's okay as you got a decent list of tasks to perform that will be an interesting build. The suspension is not stock so replacement parts/bushings might be available from the lift manufacturer. I'm wondering whether the work/expense for pressing in bushings would be be cost-effective. Subscribed....
     
  12. Jun 2, 2018 at 3:24 PM
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    Over the course of the week I removed the shock on the steering stabilizer, removed ALL the paint and rust with a wire wheel, removed the single rotten grommet (the other one was missing entirely) primed and painted it. Then added new polyurethane grommets from energy suspension.

    20180602_155513.jpg
     
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  13. Jun 2, 2018 at 6:21 PM
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    Seems like we've been here before. Is that a yellow shock?? :cool:.
    Subbed to your build dude. Still lookin forward to those epic jeep pics thou. :).
     
  14. Jun 2, 2018 at 6:34 PM
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    Thx hope I have some to show soon.
     
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  16. Jun 2, 2018 at 6:44 PM
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    My first jeep was an XJ. Current jeep a JK. But there's some thing I like bout those ZJs. Nice dude....:thumbsup:.
     
  17. Jun 7, 2018 at 12:47 PM
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    Minor update
    Installed steering damper
    Next I have to replace the tierod ends in the drag link.
    It's minor but at least it's progress
    20180607_124945.jpg
     
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  18. Jun 13, 2018 at 5:39 PM
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    Minor update.
    Tie rods are either terrible or worse. I'm pulling the tie rods and drag link.
    20180612_181108.jpg 20180612_181058.jpg 20180612_181042.jpg
     
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  19. Jun 13, 2018 at 6:33 PM
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    I now have the replacement parts but it seems like every time I have time to work on putting them on, it starts raining.
    Hope to have the new drag link and tie rods on by Friday evening.
     
  20. Jun 13, 2018 at 6:35 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine Moderator

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    Rain? Not sure what that is here in AZ...…...
     
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