1979 Cherokee Chief Restoration

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Re: 1979 Cherokee Chief Restoration

Post by JuniorFab » Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:03 am

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Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:18 pm
Oh man, what a score! And you have the textbook definition of a perfect patina. Congrats!
Thanks. Hard to admit this here of all places, but I'm not really an FSJ guy. I just stumbled onto this beauty and got started. It sure turns heads now that I am driving it around. I have a friend living in PA that says these rigs are super popular in his area and on the East Coast.

Going to do the interior in a neutral tan color and ask my paint/body guy how we can best protect the finish as it sits today. Likely, just leaving it alone maybe the best thing to do. Every cleared patina vehicle I have seen is shiny and not certain that would look very good.

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Re: 1979 Cherokee Chief Restoration

Post by SJTD » Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:10 am

That look's not my thing but seems to me you could apply a satin or flat clear rather than gloss. How they make it stick I don't know. I suppose a scuff with 600 would do it, maybe courser. 600 Might make it too glossy but maybe the top coat would get rid of it. Too course and you'd see the sanding marks. Maybe find an old hood or door to play with.

At least it would look better than the phony baloney rat rod type look.
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Re: 1979 Cherokee Chief Restoration

Post by fulsizjeep » Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:33 am

Very impressive thread! Congrats on a great low mileage find. :-bd :fsj:

I would like to add that you should probably remove the fan from the heater box and clean the fan and box out. It is a good place for rodents and insects to build nests. It also collects the crud the gets through the vent where the wipers attach. That cover can also be easily removed to get access to the vent on the top side. The vent cover is not screened and it's amazing what can collect inside the vent system.
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Re: 1979 Cherokee Chief Restoration

Post by SJTD » Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:32 pm

Good point. The fresh air vents should be removed and the duct cleaned out too. That's the bottom of the fresh air system.
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