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Old October 6th, 2009, 18:29
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Project "Yellow Snow"

My newest project...a 1997 Cherokee Country with 236,000 miles that came from Tyler (XJ&CHZ4ME). As far as I know, its the original engine, transmission, and transfer case. The transmission and transfer case are smooth as silk but the motor is presumably on it's last leg, it has a bit louder than normal ticking noise (hence part of the name REDZONE, the other part comes from it's painstakingly red color). I'm going to try doing a synthetic oil change and running Lucas oil treatment through it to see if it quiets it down, if not, I will be thinking about swapping in a spare motor that also came with the deal.

I already have a full 6.5" lift kit sitting waiting to go on, it's hopefully going to go on tomorrow or Thursday. Jason from Rough Country treated me right once again hooking me up with coils, leafs, shocks, brake lines, drop brackets and their new track bar...all the essentials. I also have the TNT Customs (Trek's) bellypan to put on, but still have to buy the arms which are a relatively large expense, that will be the long-term solution.

Anyway enough with the chit chat...here are some pics...











The roof braces must have been glued back down because now it's dented pretty severely...



Factory door panel pockets which are somewhat rare in 97-01s. Too bad the PO decided to bautch speaker grilles onto them.



PO broke the seat bolt off and neglected doing anything about it, so the seat sits at a great angle











I am in the process of converting the interior over to the 99+ full charcoal to eliminate the light gray. I've gotten the carpet and dash done already, just looking for a few odds and ends to finish up the rest. Also got a factory CD/Tapedeck combo in with a woodgrain dash bezel (since it should have had one anyway). The outside has changed a bit too with a cowl hood and non-dented hatch on it now, it looks quite a bit different. New pics will be up tomorrow or the next day with the lift.

Oh by the way, assuming it holds together, this will be what shows up to all events including WF '10 with me.

Thanks for looking and let me know what you think.

-Collin

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Old October 6th, 2009, 19:04
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Re: Project "REDZONE"

Looks good for a project. My 01's roof is dented the same way, not sure how it happened.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 05:39
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a new project for you and more money towards the farm funds for me! A win-win combination!
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Old October 7th, 2009, 05:47
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Re: Project "REDZONE"

Nice, Collin! Is the MJ no more?
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Old October 7th, 2009, 08:41
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Re: Project "REDZONE"

You like to stay really busy,don't ya?
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Old October 8th, 2009, 09:27
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Old October 8th, 2009, 10:12
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the manche is making it's way elsewhere for storage and may be resurected as a project in the future.... (he told me this past weekend that was the plan)
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Old October 8th, 2009, 10:32
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the manche is making it's way elsewhere for storage and may be resurected as a project in the future.... (he told me this past weekend that was the plan)
Right on. Collin and his projects!
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Old October 10th, 2009, 00:26
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Re: Project "REDZONE"

The Comanche is just sitting in the garage under my house right now. I have no heated garage to work in in the Winter so unfortunately that will be my hibernation and studying time for the most part, trying to get all my Jeep projects finished up in what's left of the Fall.

Back to REDZONE...Started lifting it today and it's being very temperamental with me. Both front leaf eye bolts and one LCA bolt were seized in the sleeves. Tomorrow it will be time to grind open the leaf springs to get to the offending sleeves. One drop bracket is more or less on and the rear axle is completely out. If I can actually wake my lazy ars up at a reasonable time tomorrow I still plan to have it 99% if not 100% complete by tomorrow evening. I will definitely post pictures.
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Old October 10th, 2009, 05:46
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post up some pics of the Christmas ornament once you get it lifted I am excited to see it lifted, but more excited to see the vast array of colors you have on the rig now .l. .l.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 17:02
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Looks like a cool start, I like the rims!
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Old October 12th, 2009, 18:47
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they were for sale last I knew.....
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Old October 13th, 2009, 06:51
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they were for sale last I knew.....
The Moabs sold last night...

This thing has fought me every step of the way as far as lift goes. Both front leaf bolts were seized in their sleeves. After hacking the left leaf spring and bolt into several pieces I finally got it out, the right one is still in the leaf, it doesn't even seem to be backing out of the welded nut, it turns, but not much is happening. I also had one of frame side LCA bolts seize up in it's sleeve, so that had to be cut out as well. Without a cutting torch, removing the full packs can be a pain...especially on a Jeep with almost a quarter million miles. Anyway, the front is most of the way done, it turned out pretty big, I'm happy with it.







I hope to work on it some more today and it will be finished either tomorrow or Thursday. It's going down to Tyler's for paint this weekend if all goes as planned, so hopefully it will all be one color again. I'll keep you guys posted as more work gets done.

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Re: Project "REDZONE"

i dont no but i kinda like the green front end
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Old October 13th, 2009, 07:54
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i dont no but i kinda like the green front end
Then you would've really liked the Comanche I was building Watson, the whole thing was going to be that color.
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