I have owned 2 different Jeep Cherokees in my life, the first one I paid $800 for it, it had a solid body and ran really good, the front end however was wobbly. When I bought it the driver's window was gone and it had a piece of plexiglass in it. I bought it because prior to it we had a Ford Windstar that was wrecked, which my oldest son drove, and I told him I would replace the Windstar but it was gonna be with a 4x4 Jeep. So I found it on Facebook Market Place for $800, I drove it home! It always ran really good and I did not have to put any money into it in order to drive and use it, the tires were good on it and I tolerated the steering. Oh, and the power brakes did not work so the brake pedal was hard to push, my son was not impressed with it and chose to buy his own car, but it was exactly what I was looking for, something I didn't have to worry about scratching or denting in the woods and it never left me stranded!
After selling Jeep#1 (which I regretted by the way) I used my F-150 for daily driving and hunting, unfortunately it is a 2 wheel drive and there were places in the woods I could not go. Along with the 2 wheel drive limitation it has a long wheel base and could not make some of the sharp turns required in the woods. I considered many options on different kinds of vehicles and had decided on a Jeep Cherokee. Once I decided I wanted a Cherokee it then became - what year? What motor? Automatic? Manual? How much do I want to spend? How much work do I want to do?
I decided it needed to run and of course try to get it as cheap as possible. I searched Facebook MarketPlace and found lots of Jeeps. Some were in really rough shape or the 4 wheel drive didn't work and some just were too much for what they were. I was looking for a Cherokee that was not all jacked up and abused in the woods and mud pits, it turned out to be quite a search as a lot of them are used for driving in the woods and are heavily modified. I settled in on a 1993 Jeep Cherokee Country. It had the 4.0 Liter inline 6 cylinder that I wanted, it was 4 wheel drive, it ran and the 4 wheel drive worked. It looked like it had been sitting for a while so I had it towed home and the fun began.
I drove it off the flatbed and to its resting place for the next few months. My goal was to have it ready for, you guessed it, deer season! Once it was resting in the back I decided the first thing I needed to do was get the title squared away since the owner had lost the title and I only had a bill of sale. Off to the tag office with my bill of sale, which was scribbled onto and old envelope I found on the floor of it. Needless to say the lady at the tag office was not impressed at what I thought was pretty adaptive on my part, hey at least I got it on paper with his signature! As she looked down here nose at me she offered me an “official” bill of sale of the State that she told me I had to have filled out and taken to an insurance company that “bonded” titles. I never heard of a bonded title, she made it sound like I had took a shot at the pope or something by even buying a car without a title. Anyway, she gave me a list of insurance companies that bonded titles and off I went.
For those of you that don’t know what a bonded title is, I will attempt to explain in laymen terms - I essentially had to purchase, for $100, an insurance policy that protected the interests of the state in case they issued 2 titles for the same vehicle. I was required to buy a $5000 insurance policy to protect the state, what that meant was if Drove the Jeep around town and somebody produced a title for the same Jeep and we went to court over it, one of us would receive the $5000. The coverage is based on what the state determines is the value of your car, they valued the Jeep at $250. The minimum value, for them, had to be $2500, even though in their mind it’s only worth $250, and the pay off is double the value, hence $5000. All in all it wasn’t a big deal, just red tape, even though the the snooty lady at the tag office tried to make it sound like I was a criminal. Oh, I had to have a policeman come and look at the Jeep to make sure it wasn’t stolen and even he had to fill out a form for the state.
Once I got the title squared away I started disassembling, first taking lots of pictures before removing anything, pictures which turned out to be very valuable during reassembly. I should have had somebody filming the disassembly, that would have helped as well. The exhaust manifold had a big crack in it so that was first on my list, I went online and ordered it off Amazon. I found lots of the parts I needed on Amazon. I removed everything down to the block, the cylinder head I had cleaned, checked and all valves redone. New gaskets, new alternator, water pump, radiator, rackers, push rods, lifters, fuel injectors, sensors, coil, fuel pump, front fog lights and a hitch on the front. All of which was put together by deer season.
There are some photos below where the driver's side front fender is damaged on the white Jeep, that happened the day I let my youngest son drive it to his friends house on a rainy day, ironically the same child did the exact same thing, on a rainy day, and the exact same fender with the red Jeep.
There were a few hiccups and bugs to work out once it was on the road but so far, at the time of this writing The Jeep is running and driving good.
I have listed below the parts I used, all of which were good parts and worked great for my 1993 Jeep Cherokee.
Jeep Front Spot Lights
Jeep Front Hitch
Jeep Marker Light
Jeep CrankShaft Sensor
Jeep Rocker Arms
Jeep Shocks For HatchBack
Jeep Number 1
Jeep Number 2