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Unread 09-28-2009, 10:29 AM   #1
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Gonna start my own build thread now as it looks like its going to get expensive quick. Long story short engine overheated and demo'd piston in cyl1. I've checked thru most options I can think of and have decided to go with a crate engine replace. Either from QTech or a second source I'll identify shortly. My 87 wrangler is running a 258 with tf999 and a 231 tc and 97k miles. A weber has been swapped on already so I'll tune and rejet as part of my build.

many obvious things like ujoints were already replaced by PO. He had done quite a bit of work on this prior to selling it.

replace 258 ( thermo, waterpump, etc,etc,etc )
check over auto trans, new seals, rebuild if needed.
check over 231 rebuild, new seals as needed
drop gas tank, replace sender, new fuel filter.
review replace brake lines as needed
service front and rear brakes as needed.
nutter
repair rusted panels under and near front roll bar and driverside floor.
replace mirrors
tune rejet weber
replace 4wd vacuum motor.
extend exhaust pipe to back of vehicle.
install fender flares tha will cover tires
considering a 1 to 2 inch BL
rockers
Hopefully this will make it realiable and get it thru NJ emissions with no issues.

Questions does it make it that much easier to pull and replace engine that its worth the effort to pull the grill and fenders?
and what is the routing of the front brake line running from the prop valve to passengers side brake


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Unread 09-28-2009, 03:05 PM   #2
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sorry to hear about the engine. Glad to hear about the build. looking forward to hearing more about ur jeep
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Unread 10-17-2009, 05:00 PM   #3
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Should start the tear down tomorrow or monday. I have off from work the last week in Oct so I'm hoping most of the parts are in and ready to go. Will order the engine monday. I think I'm getting it from autopartswearhouse.com 3 year 100,000 mile war. I've found a local shop to freshen up the trans for 350-450. I've been cleaning the garage and organizing. Had to build a workbench and move all the yard crap out of there.
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Unread 10-17-2009, 05:08 PM   #4
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how are you planning to patch the holes in the tub?
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Unread 10-17-2009, 05:16 PM   #5
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my front brake line runs down the advance adapters 350 motor mount and over to the pass side to a mount, then splits off into a rubicon express braided steel extended brake line... dont know if that helps you lol. id say run it wherever its easiest for you, and as far out of the way as you can.

as far as taking the fenders and grill off, it makes things alot easier. i would do it for sure.

just wondering.... why not go with something different? seems like alot of coin... why not drop a 4.0 or a 3.8 in there?

anyways, sounds like a fun project.. take pics and keep us updated
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Unread 10-17-2009, 07:20 PM   #6
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my front brake line runs down the advance adapters 350 motor mount and over to the pass side to a mount, then splits off into a rubicon express braided steel extended brake line... dont know if that helps you lol. id say run it wherever its easiest for you, and as far out of the way as you can.
Mine looks like an inverted rainbow just swinging away behind the oilpan


[/QUOTE]as far as taking the fenders and grill off, it makes things alot easier. i would do it for sure. [/QUOTE]

Yeah I'll def be doing that

[/QUOTE]just wondering.... why not go with something different? seems like alot of coin... why not drop a 4.0 or a 3.8 in there?

anyways, sounds like a fun project.. take pics and keep us updated[/QUOTE]


Future project is to stroke it and/or go with a 4.0 FI head. But this is the fastest and cheapest route back up and running. 1300 for the engine plus the rebuild to the tranny. Everything transfers with out issues. A few other odds and ends but I know exactly what I have at that point drive train wise.
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Unread 10-18-2009, 05:31 AM   #7
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here is the body work that needs to be addressed.
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Unread 10-20-2009, 11:56 AM   #8
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Got a bit delayed but I'll start tonite after work. I've got the jeep in the now mostly clean and organised garage.
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Unread 10-20-2009, 02:28 PM   #9
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Looks like a good place to work on it. You could just take off the grill and leave the fenders on if you want, I left mine on and had loads of room to work. Good luck!
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Unread 10-20-2009, 06:22 PM   #10
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So first time takin a fender off. Took the DS off took longer then I expected. compressor keeps blowing the breaker so that slowed me down and the bottom fender to body bolt wouldn't break free with the air ratchet so I had to go underneath and hang on a wratchet one click at a time till it was freee enough to finish off. So tomorrow I get the grill and otherside fender and if I have time start on the armor.
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Unread 10-22-2009, 06:10 PM   #11
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Last night got the fan, radiatior and grill off. Remind me to choke the engineer that picked those clips that spin to back up the bolts. Taking a break from it tonite but will shoot for PS fender and armor tomorrow. With luck I might get the shafts off too. Searching Craigs List for an engine stand and hoist, anyone in South Jersey area have one or both I can borrow for the few weeks I need it? Ordered this today.. Marshall Engines Engine Long Block

1962.02 incl tax and core, I get 450 back. Found the shop to rebuild my tranny.

More pics once I get everything off and I'm ready to pull the engine.

Will be scrounging thru the local yards for odds and ends this weekend.
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Unread 10-25-2009, 07:54 PM   #12
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Should be ready to pull it tomorrow. Got just about everything disconnected. Just have TC and Tranny linkage and rear shaft left.

The PO removed the vacuum motor from the front axle there is a small black plug in the opening. Can someone look at the pics and let me know if anything besides the vacuum motor is missing or damaged at least as far as you can see.
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Unread 10-26-2009, 06:39 AM   #13
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Bump... just a little help with the front axle vacum motor question.
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Unread 10-26-2009, 09:57 PM   #14
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Guys I have to order that part... CAn someone please look at the pic of my front axle and confirm all I need is the vacuum motor... I'm wonderng how it mounts there doesn't seem to be anything to hold it on?
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Unread 10-26-2009, 10:01 PM   #15
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This is what mine looked like on my '91 YJ as I removed it for the first/only time ~5.5 years ago. I no longer have it since I swapped to manual hubs & 1 piece axle for the passenger side.

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