88 Cherokee Piston Slap? Nope, Cracked Flexplate

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  1. May 30, 2017
    Focker

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    Update: This thread started out in the "Ebay and Craiglist" section, but turned into a purchase and repair.
    The journey starts on Post #32.

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    Still seems like a good deal...Right? I'd lose the big tires.

    1988 Jeep Cherokee
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    Daryl

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    Translation: Motor is toast.
     
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    Howard Eisenhauer

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    For that much I'd take the toasted the engine & spread marmalade all over it & enjoy the experience while it lasted.

    And if the engine is toasted so bad it's burnt black & crumbling apart then a little fresh bread will fix it right up. :)

    H.

    p.s- I like the tires :D
     
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    Focker

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    It's rigs like this that make me sad and glad that I don't have a trailer.
     
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    I've always liked that body style. If I was in a position to do it, I would jump on it.
     
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    ITLKSEZ

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    Looks like a no-brainer to me, you get a heck of a beater. Lockers, winch, 36s... Looks like fun.

    And the motor might be mis-diagnosed and something cheap and simple to fix.
     
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    BobH

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    Yah, like add 2 qts of oil and you're good.
     
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    Focker

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    You guys are killing me... I contacted the seller... We'll see what transpires. :rolleyes:
     
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    Focker

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    We're meeting at 4. :whistle:

    Smittybilt winch.
     
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    ITLKSEZ

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    I once paid $200 for a '65 CJ5 because the guy thought the engine was going to self-destruct. The noise he was fearing was just the rubber overflow tube for the radiator smacking against the fan blades.

    You just never know.
     
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    Howard Eisenhauer

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    DrDanteIII

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    I miss my 2 door xj. I'd be all over that.
     
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    Focker

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    I'll probably be under it...Fixing the Death Wobble. :susp:
     
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    My Dad had the exact same rig but only 31's on it. That thing was an awesome wheeler. The intake bolts come loose and cause them to idle funny, may be the problem.
     
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    Focker

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    :sneak:
     
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    I'd put a plow on it. Looks like a deal even if it needs an engine.
     
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    Twin2

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    like the 2DR rigs . worth a look . hey didn't daughter want one :whistle:
     
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    Focker

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    Yep...She heard me talking to my wife about it.

    I always tell my wife I'm jumping on a deal to "flip" it...But she never seems to remind me when I end up keeping things. :sneak:
     
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    Focker

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    I looked at my wallet and didn't want to part with my $. I told my wife I'm probably going to call the guy and let him know I've changed my mind about looking at it. My wife yells NO, DO IT... GET IT... You need another project! o_O
     
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    I loved mine, wish I had another.

    Great at high speed on dirt roads at night.

    Driver's doors tend to fall off but the hinge can be welded back on easy enough. Check the floor pan and rockers for rust. And lose those goofy tires.
     
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