Just joined up, mostly so I can see attachments, but also because I'm going to be in the market for a Dakota soon.
I bought a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7L new and have driven it for the last 14 years. Last month, at 250k, it dropped a valve seat, so I bought a Junkyard Jasper with 12k miles for $2k and just finished the swap last weekend.
The old block looks good, so I'm sending it off to the machine shop, and if they don't find anything wrong with it, I'm going to rebuild it over the winter. Come spring time, I'm going to be looking for a Dakota to put it in.
I'm inevitably going to have some questions, but the first is which Dakota do I want that meets my criteria? Sport, slt, sxt, etc... there are so many different packages, it makes my head spin.
- 4 doors
- power seats & windows
- remote entry
I'm thinking this is the SLT, but with so many packages/trim levels, I'm just not sure.
I know I need a clean and straight chassis, but I'm wondering how hard it is to source new body panels, beds, seats, and other cosmetic pieces.