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Location: Vancouver, WA, near Portland, OR
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Re: early cherokee questions
The 360 AMC is a good motor, only weakness is oil pump gears are in the timing cover and wears with high mileage causing the oil pressure to drop. TH-400 tranny is bullet-proof. Q-trac is a good xfer, just need to replace the chain every 60-70,000 miles and keep the special oil in the case. It can be converted to part-time with Mile Marker kit and then use ATF instead of Q-trac oil. I'd not get the kit with 16% overdrive as it raises your gearing, (lowers numerically), and will not be beneficial for towing the Jeepster. The kit w/o o.d. doesn't come with a chain, so if you need one, it's extra. Dana 44's front and rear are great. I can't remember if '74 had electronic ignition. If not, you might want to update. Great rig. Most mechanical stuff interchanges with the Waggie.
'66 Jeepster Commando