I don't even really know where to post this one.
I was given a 1975 Cherokee Chief by my uncle when he found out I was building a Wrangler (he lives in Minnesota, I'm by Chicago).
I haven't seen the ol' thing since like the 90's, he said he had to get something newer this year 'cause his wife won't ride in it anymore, and winter's comin'.
It has a 360 with a 4 speed trans. and he believes it to have a Dana 20 (?) transfer case in it..?
He also said it has Dana 44 axles in the front and rear. It has a title, but I dont need the Cherokee.
I had been talking to "Ibuildembig" about doing a Dana 60 and 10.25 swap.
With the thing being a freebie, would it be possible to swap the 44 axles in to the Wrangler, and if so, how much abuse could it handle..?
This will be a D.D., seeing lots of mud and trails but not alot of Rock Crawling. I'm not a farmer, or a construction worker, just a retired guy. After the axle swap, there are plans for a V-8 Conversion, with an overdrive trans.
I'm a proficient welder, and aircraft mechanic. I just haven't done anything like this before.
Any advice will be GREATLY appreciated, feel free to chime in, seriously.