79 Chief Golden Eagle

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  1. 89wrangler

    89wrangler Not a new member

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    This is technically not a build for those keeping records, more of a get it running/driving thread. I guess it would go here.
    Picked up this Chief a while back off the site. Sitting in weeds for years, appears was last tagged in 01. The known was all original condition, TH400/Quadratrac with bad transfer case,AC, tilt, Cruise, rear defrost, power rear window, factory wheels, factory grill guard, factory am/fm/cb, according to OD 102,000 miles, basically no body rust which is rare, a small rust area on passenger and driver side floorboards which is very common. Appears to have been under coated from factory between frame rails, including inside rails. Brakes work, but need new pads. Haven’t checked rear yet. Tires were shot. Was told jeep ran when parked...
    The rig was FULL of trash, car parts, clothes, shoes, beer from 02, empty beer bottles/cans, tcase parts, so needless to say with clothe interior it is trashed. Will deal with later once I hopefully get it running. The good thing, unbelievably, is there were no rodents living in there so no dreaded piss and shit stinch inside.
    Goal is to get it running, driving 1st, then work on what else doesn’t work, a good wax job, tires. Then drive around with a big grin!
    Just got home
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    Some of trash inside

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    Broken tcase
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    Replacement 1339 with part time kit installed
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    Stay tuned...
     
  2. 89wrangler

    89wrangler Not a new member

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    Dropped the gas tank as I figured it would be rusted inside since there was no gas cap on it. I was correct.
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    So, in with a new poly tank. Had to order new sending unit and pickup and they were shot as well. Thanks to @rodney eppes for making me look at another chief on Facebook market place, found this tank in the process!
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  3. McCracken

    McCracken Lip Snatcher

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    Nice find. Lots of extras on that model. Roof rack, spoiler, chrome accents, A/C. Not a fan of the wagon wheels but definitely a solid contender for a comeback.
     
  4. doc

    doc Well-Known Member

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    Had a dark red & an orange Cherokee Chief in high school...loved them. Look forward to updates!
     
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  5. 89wrangler

    89wrangler Not a new member

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    waiting on parts...

    I discovered that when the Tcase chain broke, it also took out the top of the housing and along with that one of the adapter mounting ears. Thanks to @1-tonmudder I have one of those coming as well. Hopefully will have all the parts here tomorrow, hopefully..
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  6. ColeTrickle

    ColeTrickle New Member

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    I love my 78 Chief. Ain’t gonna lie they drive like shit, at least with the AWD. Nonetheless still a cool vehicle to have!
     
  7. junkxj

    junkxj Well poop!!!!!

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    Cool rig, following along on the rebuild!!
     
  8. ghost

    ghost Well-Known Member

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    Love those old tanks....
     
  9. 89wrangler

    89wrangler Not a new member

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    Yea, I love the Chiefs as well and actually really enjoy driving them. In the snow as they are a beast. I have a 79 Chief,360/4sp/D20 in the shop stripped I need to finish sanding and paint. When I saw this one, I figure if I could get it running and driving, it will scratch the itch until I can it done.

    Prior 77 chief I drove for years until the rust took its toll
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    My 79 Chief with the 77 grill conversion. I ended up trading it for the AMX I have. I tell myself that when I get the car on the road, it will have been worth it..lol

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  10. ghost

    ghost Well-Known Member

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    Oh you have an AMX too! Is there a tread on it?
     
  11. DAWGTOY

    DAWGTOY Well-Known Member

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    ahh another AMX. my brother still has the one he bought new in 69.
    red with white stripes 390 go pack auto. it's been repainted / restored twice. all stock.
    and it still sits covered in his garage unused----pity.
     
  12. 89wrangler

    89wrangler Not a new member

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    No, not yet. I traded the Chief for it being told that it had a 401 engine, had been professionally built with just a few hundred miles on it, needed brake work, a door, paint and a few other odds and ins, hadn't been started in a long time. Drug it home, turned motor over by hand, removed valve covers to inspect and make sure it was oiling, has roller rockers, heavy duty springs and it was spotless on inside. Has torqer intake and Holly 700 carb. No reason not to believe original owner now. There were no cid numbers on the side of the block where they normally are, which baffled me a bit. After some research I found out it was an early service block (good thing) and after running numbers and measuring the stroke, determined it was actually a 390 block which was a big bonus. Added fuel and it fired right up and sounds wicked! Got brakes fixed and drove up and down the road a few times. it is Fast, at least when it hooks up...lol. Got the door and found two NOS hinges to replace the ones that where bent and that is where I am at. Bought a damn JKUR and it took priority..hopefully more work on it this summer.
    Oh and it is Big Bad Orange, go pack, 4 speed, tracloc. according to the numbers they built 131 of these in 1970. :D

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  13. 89wrangler

    89wrangler Not a new member

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    Got the tcase pulled. When that chain broke, it really fubared the case! Makes one wonder what caused it.
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    Inside was extremely clean as well as the trans fluid. Hopefully it is in good shape.
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    New one with part-kit installed, complete with some left over Moab dirt.
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    Still waiting on gas tank parts that were supposed to have been here last Wednesday. Said USPS “lost” the order. Yea right, never was picked up, which makes it hard to lose. “Reshipped” Friday to be here Tuesday. At least this one was picked up.
     
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  14. paradisePWoffrd

    paradisePWoffrd Recovering Project Junkie

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    I wished multiple times that someone made an adapter to put a different tcase in place of the qt.
     
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