1984 Jeep XJ Pioneer
Phillip contacted me and asked me if I would restore an XJ. Initially I said no, But when I heard the story of him wanting to build it for his fathers 60th B-day and that he wanted a early low back seat XJ. I said OK. So Phillip found a XJ and sent it to me from Oregon, it was rusty and rusty, so he looked and patience paid off when he found a correct color 1984 Pioneer with a great interior! Once that jeep had arrived at the shop we proceeded to rebuild and customize it. First off we yanked the lethargic 2.8 V6 and 3 speed auto painted the engine compartment and put in a stroked 2.8 with a 3.4 crank, massaged heads, Comp cam, edelbrock 4BBL intake, Holley 390 carb with a custom intake. The jeep did not come with A/C so we robed the system from the first XJ, using chevy blazer v6 parts for the motor we made it an A/C jeep. A Novak built 700r4 backs up to the motor with the stock 231 transfer case. We also installed a teraflex 2″ lift, Eaton E locker in the rear, magnaflow exhaust, rebuilt the axles and brakes while we were there. A custom Lokar shifter and Novak transfer case shifter fit into the original slots actuate all the gears. The 31×10.50×15 BFGs are on restored Jeep wheels and look great. The matching spare is on a Smittybuilt bumper and tire carrier and we modified the dealer installed brush guard to accept a 9500LB bulldog winch and Hella lights. The body was in great shape, only requiring a buff and minor touch ups. On the interior we installed loads of sound deadener and new carpet, new headliner, and just a good scrubbing with all new weather seals round out the Jeep. This was a VERY cool build. it was challenging for being our first XJ and being a very early model. Some parts were hard to find, and some had to be scratch made. Don you are a lucky man! Having a son like Phillip to do this for you must be rewarding! you raised that boy right! I hope you guys enjoy this super cool, retro XJ. and thanks you for the business!