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1974 Cherokee

Postby berettajeep » Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:36 am

This will be my "build" or make things better and reliable. :D

The start: '74 Cherokee S. 401 auto. I am the 3rd owner. Everything is stock except Hella H4 lights and a Carter Comp carburetor.

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Have not driven it much since I bought it other then the hour drive home when I got it and the 10 minute drive to the DMV. Want to fix some things up first.

Things I have done to it already.

1) Replaced the wipers, which could have been original. There were terrible and of course it rained the night I drove it home.

2) Call me crazy but I decided to put hose clamps on the fuel line where the fuel filter is. Yeah it had none. :shock:

3) Replace vacuum plugs on carburetor that were split.



Things I have bought but still need to replace or secure to Jeep ( Live in a apartment with on street parking only. Just snowed last night)

1) Cap, Rotor, Wires, plugs, Air fliter, PCV Done

2) Fire extinguisher. ( Hopefully it will never be needed but is there if I do.) Done



Things I just bought at BJ's Offroad

1) Door locks Done

2) Side marker lens to replace the broken passenger front Done

3) 21 circuit fuse box.

4) LED tail lights. Done

5)few misc. items


Things I just ordered from Serehill, here on the forum.

1) His headlight wiring upgrade with fog lights. ( Don't have the fog lights yet. This will make it so much easier when I do add them. ) Done

2) Tailgate window wiring harness.



Things I want/ need to do.

1) Alternator upgrade. I see there a few different write ups on the subject. Have Alternator, brackets. Waiting to install

2) Change to a volt meter. Done

3) Fix/ replace exhaust. Has duals with cherry bombs on it now. One pipe is rotted. Done

4) Needs passenger floor repaired. May have to do a temporary fix now since I no longer have a welder or a place to weld. Temporarily done

5) Rear tailgate window does not work. I have no key for it either ( Why I am replacing door locks.) Not sure if switch on dash, wiring, or motor is bad yet. How hard is it to convert to manual? Can it be manual and electric together? I have not even looked into anything on this yet. Have Serehill wiring harness

6) Other minor things that pop up.

7) Outside mirrors. All I have is the drivers side, and it is small. Done


Things I would do if money was no object. :lol:

1) Complete body rebuild. Like everyone else I hate rust.

2) 5 speed manual. I prefer manual transmissions.

3) Fuel injection on my 401.



This won't be an exciting build thread. Just my way of documenting what I do.


Edit 8-28-14
Removed electric brake.
Removed most of the A/C stuff.
Removed the points distributor and replaced with HEI.
Replaced all vacuum lines to heater switch controls and T/C.
Working wipers
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby chevelleguy » Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:18 pm

Welcome and good luck.
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby FSJ Guy » Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:52 pm

[quote="berettajeep"2) Call me crazy but I decided to put hose clamps on the fuel line where the fuel filter is. Yeah it had none. :shock:
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Yep. You're a rebel alright!!!

While you're at it, think about replacing all your rubber vacuum hose AND fuel lines. That'll help ensure that the fire extinguisher remains un-used.

I'm curious as to how bright the LED taillights look in full sunlight. We love pictures. (Hint, hint) : D
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby jaber » Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:36 am

Welcome to the Network... Image

Thats a beautiful Cherokee, nice find.

On your tailgate, you can only do electric OR manual, unfortunately. Serehill also makes a harness to fix the wiring, and a good lock smith can key it to your new door keys. You might have to take the lock out for him though.

The AMC car guys have been putting the AX15 behind their 401s and are loving it. A Dana 300 transfer would give the proper front output. ;)

Junkyard TBI is within your reach... :D
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby berettajeep » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:16 pm

Well yesterday was a very nice day (Sun and no rain!) here so I did some stuff to the Jeep.

1) Replaced the plugs,wires, cap and rotor

2) Added door locks ( I know if someone really wants to get inside they will, this will deter the lazy ones.)

3) Reattached my rearview mirror. ( Well technically I did that today, but I glued it to the windshield yesterday.)

4) Replaced the passenger front side marker lens.


Today I drove it to get an estimate on a new exhaust system. I got to really look underneath too.

What I have now is 2 inch pipes. Previous owners cut the Y-pipe, capped it and ran the passenger side. Driver side was then made. Both run into Cherry bombs then exit out the rear.

For $800 I will get 2.25 or 2.5 ( I don't remember now :oops: ) pipes from the manifold back with new Cherry Bombs.



Jeep dieseled bad when I got back home after I shut it down :x I don't like that. ( Don't think many people do.) I will have to do something about that. Any suggestions?
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby Tad » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:03 pm

Very nice looking Cherk.
I wish I was making that sort of progress on ours.

Except for the stupid hood thing someone did to ours they are very close.
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By the way we are the third owners also :D
What is your VIN?
Ours is very low.

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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby berettajeep » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:17 pm

My last 5 digits are 26383 everything else is the same. So a couple days younger then yours...
Yours is white up top ( I like that) rear side vents( I want those), passenger side mirror, bumper guards...

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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby CherokeeJim » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:00 pm

74 Z codes keep eluding me. I decided to make my 77 Cherokee look like a 74. I want a 74 Z code really bad!! Nice Z brother!!
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby CherokeeJim » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:01 pm

This 74 Z code belongs to a FB friend of mine named Yuji in Japan.
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby Tad » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:17 pm

berettajeep wrote:...Yours is white up top ( I like that) rear side vents( I want those), passenger side mirror, bumper guards...

We like the white also, pretty much plan to keep the exterior stock looking. The red interior paint has to go along with the padded dash.

I'd offer to send you our side windows when we pull them but they are probably not worth the shipping cost and the AZ sun has really put a hurt on the seals. We have a very nice set we are going to replace those with. It will be a bit as this is a slow project but when I pull them we can see if you have not found some closer.

We have the non-matching side mirror thing going on like other folks do, cable remote on driver side, manual on passenger side. not sure where that is headed.

I was able to get a very nice bumper guard replacement from a buddy a few hours north of here so at least those match now.
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby berettajeep » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:31 pm

CherokeeJim wrote:This 74 Z code belongs to a FB friend of mine named Yuji in Japan.
Cool. Is this the same Cherokee that has side pipes to it that I have seen on Youtube?
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby CherokeeJim » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:31 pm

Yes Sir, its the same one.
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby CherokeeJim » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:32 pm

Yuji has removed the side pipes since that video and went with the 5 slot wheels.
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79 Cherokee 4dr EFI 408/TH400/1339/31s
'82 J10 5.3L/4L60E/Atlas 3.8/SOA with 2" front springs and 6" boomerangs/ 63" rear GM springs inboarded/D44FHD and Ox locker/high steer/14Bolt and Detroit 4.56s/ 4wheel disc brakes with hydroboost/37" Pro Comps
74 Cherokee, 401/TH400/1339/31s
71 J4000 short box on Cherokee frame/4.3L Vortec/TH400/D20/ D44s/4.10s/33s
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby berettajeep » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:35 pm

Tad wrote:I'd offer to send you our side windows when we pull them but they are probably not worth the shipping cost and the AZ sun has really put a hurt on the seals. We have a very nice set we are going to replace those with. It will be a bit as this is a slow project but when I pull them we can see if you have not found some closer.

We have the non-matching side mirror thing going on like other folks do, cable remote on driver side, manual on passenger side. not sure where that is headed.


Yeah the shipping would probably be crazy. I have a set of truck mirrors I will be putting on eventually.
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby berettajeep » Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:06 pm

Well dropped the Jeep off to get its exhaust replaced. I will get it back tomorrow or Friday.

Replaced a couple fuel lines and the filter. Need to do a couple more but I didn't have the right size.
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby Red Mistress » Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:44 pm

Cherokee is my favorite Jeep of all times.

Sporty & family all in one.

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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby CherokeeJim » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:08 pm

Mine too ^^^ :-bd :-bd :-bd :fsj: :fsj: :fsj:
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79 Cherokee 4dr EFI 408/TH400/1339/31s
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74 Cherokee, 401/TH400/1339/31s
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby berettajeep » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:21 pm

Received Serehill's custom headlight relay harness http://www.fsjnetwork.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=1789 today. Looks very good and I can't wait to install it.

I got the one with the fog lights wired in. I don't have any yet but when I do in the future it will be a simple add on. :-bd
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby berettajeep » Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:25 pm

Picked up my Jeep a few hours ago after the new exhaust was installed.

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2.5 inch to the end of the transmission then becomes 2.25 inch. I like it, its not super loud unless you really give it gas and it is much better then the 2 inch system that was on there.

Noticed a few things too...
-Master cylinder is seeping where it mounts to the booster ( which with my luck will turn into I need to replace the wheel cylinders and calipers cause the bleeders won't open up...)

-Coolant is puking on the ground. Previous owner replaced the whole cooling system ( Water pump, radiator, hoses...) everything but the radiator cap. :P And since I don't have an overflow tank, I will be adding one.

- The carb hates me... I will be staring another thread asking for assistance with it viewtopic.php?f=10&t=5147
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Re: 1974 Cherokee

Postby berettajeep » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:03 pm

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Mirrors installed. Eventually I will remove the stock mirror and make some kind of cover for the outside and inside, but I am in no hurry to.
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