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post #31 of 1069 Old 08-03-2011, 03:52 AM Thread Starter
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Most of the articles I have read say no. Hopefully someone else can give more detail


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Spring Over is not for you.... yet





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post #32 of 1069 Old 08-03-2011, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Little progress today. Mostly pictures
Removed the harness

Hanging next to the S10 fuel pump

Transfer case done

Filter fitting screwed in

Filter on

Empty bay

Work in progress

Picking up the motor mounts tomorrow

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Spring Over is not for you.... yet





My 2.5 to 4.3 swap thread
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post #33 of 1069 Old 08-03-2011, 07:13 PM
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When I installed my drivetrain, I used the engine hoist to remove the body off of the frame. You have no idea how simple this was and much simpler it was installing the drivetrain. Once the body was off, I put the transmission crossmember back on and put the drivetrain "on" the frame complete. I rested the transmission and transfer case on the crossmember and used a floor jack with wood blocks to support the 4.3. I then used NOVAK mounts and "C" clamped them into position. Once I was sure were the engine mounts needed to go, I then had them welded in place. I have enclosed photos so you can see how much room I had in the engine compartment. The only problem I had was the transmission crossmember had to be modified to fit the new mount and to lower the tranny. The transfer case was too close to the body for my liking.

I hope this helps.

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Going to remove the front fenders. I also like the idea of ripping the YJ skid plate in half so the TC mounts in place.
Read that it wont fit because how its clocked.
Think its going to be alot of learn as I go. I have all weekend to get the mounts burned in. After that theres no time limit on finishing. THe engine in will feel like a major accomplishment.
Thanks to all JF members that are seeing me through this

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Spring Over is not for you.... yet





My 2.5 to 4.3 swap thread
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/4...begun-1237704/
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post #35 of 1069 Old 08-03-2011, 07:35 PM
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Can't wait to see the finished product man. Keep up the awesome work!
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post #36 of 1069 Old 08-03-2011, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Its moving quickly

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My 2.5 to 4.3 swap thread
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post #37 of 1069 Old 08-03-2011, 07:49 PM
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I am having trouble with posting these photos. I hope they go through now.

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Another attempt...at posting photos... I hope these help.

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When I installed my drivetrain, I used the engine hoist to remove the body off of the frame. You have no idea how simple this was and much simpler it was installing the drivetrain. Once the body was off, I put the transmission crossmember back on and put the drivetrain "on" the frame complete. I rested the transmission and transfer case on the crossmember and used a floor jack with wood blocks to support the 4.3. I then used NOVAK mounts and "C" clamped them into position. Once I was sure were the engine mounts needed to go, I then had them welded in place. I have enclosed photos so you can see how much room I had in the engine compartment. The only problem I had was the transmission crossmember had to be modified to fit the new mount and to lower the tranny. The transfer case was too close to the body for my liking.

I hope this helps.

Take care,
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Damn. That newness and shine

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post #41 of 1069 Old 08-03-2011, 08:42 PM
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I originally got the jeep from my little brother. Once the body was off... I stripped the frame down and bought an DeWalt angle grinder with about ten sanding "flapper" discs. I couldn't afford to have the frame sand blasted. The guy wanted $500. A great price, but I didn't have it. Anyway, three hours later, I ground all of the bad welds and splatter smooth, well, most of it. I then hit it with primer and then some Eastwood paint. The parts were collected over a period of four years, I just bought them as I had the money. I then stored them in my garage until the day to put it all together came. I wasn't in a rush, and I wanted to do a few things differently. First, I wanted to make it super easy to work on. If it wasn't needed, it went. Also, as the photos show, I rerouted everything to be super clean and easy to get to. I mean, lets face it... sometimes Jeep engineers had their heads up their bottoms with some of their designs. Second, I made this jeep for me and what I like to do with it. Third, since I spent so long saving up and buying parts for it "bit by bit", I actually could choose what I thought were the best parts for what I wanted. I decided to go with a new electrical system and start fresh. That Painless kit has been sitting in my garage for almost four years... just aching to get put into the jeep. I will post more photos since I finally got it working. I hope it helps you with your work. I learned a lot of mistakes the hard way, sometimes that is better, sometimes it isn't. If I can help you, please let me know. You are one of the posts that I keep up with. You look like you are doing a great job on your jeep. I would have removed the body and the fenders though. It makes it a lot easier!!

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post #42 of 1069 Old 08-03-2011, 08:44 PM
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This has me considering an engine swap sometime in the future....not on my DD though, haha

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post #43 of 1069 Old 08-04-2011, 01:12 AM
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Wow that looks realy nice Jeepster I would be afraid to get it dirty.
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post #44 of 1069 Old 08-04-2011, 01:47 AM
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That looks awesome. I thought you might be done when I first started reading the thread and saw how fast you were progressing.

Makes me feel like a slacker for having my Jeep sitting for so long. But, I have some pretty good excuses for that unfortunately.

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post #45 of 1069 Old 08-04-2011, 04:18 AM
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Jeepdude1987,
Thanks. I think I have just added your word "craptacular" to my vocabulary. Hey, all jeep owners know, you do what you can... when you can. I owned an original 1942 WWII Willy's. I was just researching the where, how to get and price of parts when my wife became pregnant. That project was put on the shelf. I eventually had to get rid of it and the new owner did an outstanding job restoring it!!! Anyway, this jeep sat in my carport for almost four years. I didn't do anything to it but collect parts. I tried to keep it simple, but there were some things I splurged on. I realized my wife and children were going to be driving this vehicle at some point so I wanted better brakes. My wife has a Grand Cherokee. I realized we had the same D35 rear axles so I scrapped the YJ's drum brakes for ZJ rear disc brakes. It was almost half as much as some aftermarket jobs I see out there, and much easier to get parts for. Anyway, everything looks shiny because it has been in the garage... in boxes. I don't expect it will stay like that once it is on the road. But it is nice to have photos of it to remind you.

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