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Unread 06-24-2007, 04:51 PM   #1
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Gathering parts for Axle swap, SOA, and V8 swap...

Okay, I have the following items so far and I have only spent $800. This is what I have...

Dana 60 Rear -- Mid 80's 3/4 ton Dodge Van -- $75
Dana 44 Front -- '78-'79 Ford 3/4 ton truck -- FREE
Chevy V8 Vortec 350 -- '98 Chevy 1/2 Pickup -- $600
SM465 Tranny -- Early 80's Chevy Blazer -- $100
NP208C T-Case -- Early 80's Chevy Blazer -- FREE (came with tranny)

Items that I need...

spring perches
lower shock tabs
motor mounts
radiator
Detroit locker for D60
4.88 gears for D60 & D44
drive shafts

I know there's more but I am in a hurry right now...

I did measure the tranny and t-case that I got out of the Blazer and it is about 4' long and the tranny and t-case that is in my 4-banger is about 3' long. Will I have an issue getting the new tranny and t-case to fit with the new V8? It looks like I will end up with a VERY short rear drive shaft. What set-up should I be looking for as far as the rear drive shaft goes? I am having a problem finding a computer that is programmed for the V8. Painless makes a complete wire harness and computer that comes pre-programmed for $1275 plus tax (local parts store). Does anyone know where I could get one or have one programmed for this set-up or if there are any other options out there for I would greatly appreciate it.

I have a new BDS 3.5" lift on it now and a 3" BL. I was hoping to get rid of the BL all together but I think with this t-case I will have to keep it. Am I correct on this since the front drive shaft off of the t-case is about 4"-5" lower than the stock one in the Jeep? Thanks again.

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Unread 06-24-2007, 05:38 PM   #2
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idk about you needing to keep the 3" BL, i would think 1" would be plenty, maybe a 1.5" BL if you can find one....3" is just scary.
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Unread 06-24-2007, 08:17 PM   #3
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for the t-case you might be able to buy a clocking ring. also i think that rear shaft length will only lead to broken u-joints/shafts w/ a V8 and bad driveline angles. i would think about stretching it. and anything painless sells is over priced but they do all of the work for you and most of it is just a simple plug in.
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Unread 06-24-2007, 10:10 PM   #4
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Is there any other places to buy the harness and computer? I know the drive shaft angle will be a bad one but what can I do to correct it? I don't want to stretch it if I don't have too. Thanks.

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Unread 06-25-2007, 04:03 PM   #5
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Just bumping to the top for anyone else's ideas and comments. Thanks.

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Unread 06-25-2007, 04:22 PM   #6
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keep in mind your shifter placement will probably dictate where exactly you set the engine mounts but moving it as far forward as possible and using an electric fan would help regain some of your lost rear driveshaft lenth.

have you considered using an np231 with the swap? with a heavy duty chain, super short slip yoke eliminator, and an adapter ring to go with that sm465, you shouldn't have many issues....
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Unread 06-25-2007, 04:39 PM   #7
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i have the 4.3 in my heep, with a 700r4 and 231c hd.
the rear d/shaft is longer than a 4.0/aw4/231j, both slip yoked...
my motor is far enough forward to get to the bellhousing bolts from under the hood, but far enough back to get a sbc in there if the need(want) arrises..
your angles will be fine.
if you dont do a "stretch", get the spring mounts that will allow you to move tha axle back and inch....i used the MORE ones and love them. free stretch front n rear for free...
i also used the painless harness, excellent customer service and backup. worth the $$$ imo.
good luck and keep us posted!

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How did this turn out?
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