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Old 06-06-2010, 11:09 AM
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First Jeep since my CJ2A!

Hi all,

An old friend recently gave me a 1997 Grand Cherokee, which I am in the process of trying to make roadworthy. My last jeep was a '47 CJ2A that I owned back in the late 1970s, so this is pretty exciting.

The Cherokee looks pretty decent, but had been left outdoors, with a window open, for 2 years (YUCH!) Before being parked, the previous owner was told by a Jeep dealer that it needed work in the front and rear axles, to the tune of about $1100, but he didn't recall the details.

That said, we threw cables on it, it started right up, and was able to drive itself up onto the car carrier for the 250 mile haul back to its new home in Northeastern PA.

I've since cleaned it up, gotten rid of the mold, fixed up some tears in the upholstery, and the thing looks pretty wholesome, all in all. (See pics at http://www.rootwerx.com/Jeep/)

It's got 130k on it, and the engine sounds great. Now we're trying to figure out what's what with the drivetrain.

I have a local friend/mechanic with a shop and lift where I can work, but he's not an expert in 4WD, so I'm going to want to bring it to someone who really knows what they're looking at before I start replacing parts willy nilly.

Soo - if anyone can recommend a shop/mechanic in this area (I"m about 40 miles NE of Scranton PA, 45 Miles SE of Binghamton, NY), that would be great. The Jeep can run and drive, but obviously, I'd like to drive it as little as possible until In know what's wrong with it.

Thanks.

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Welcome to the Garage....many experts here that will help, im sure!
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Re: First Jeep since my CJ2A!

You came to the right place. Lots of knowledge here. That old ZJ has a lot of life still in her. Great job on the seat!
By the way, I have a '47 Willys myself.
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Re: First Jeep since my CJ2A!

Thanks to all for the warm welcome and kind words. I'm really thrilled about this acquisition, and am looking forward to having it on the road. Need to find someone who really knows what's what - I can spin a wrench okay, but my diagnostic skills are pretty rudimentary, and are just about nill south of the bell housing . . .

As for my regular mechanic . . . a few years back, I acquired a really clean AMC Eagle with a stalling problem. He diagnosed carburetor problem, so I bought a brand new Weber made specifically for that engine.. Didn't help. Then he concluded that the engine was shot, so I bought a rebuilt unit, installed it . . . still couldn't make it run. Disgusted, out of money, I sold the whole mess for a few hundred bucks. Later learned that it took the new owner about an hour to diagnose the clogged charcoal canister and have it driving like new. Soooo . . . I'm not about to start replacing stuff until I have a better idea what needs replacing . . .
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