I got my engine from Advance Autoparts new Spartan/ATK I worked there for over 5 years left about 2 months ago but they still let me have my discount. So it saved me about $300, total cost was $1,436. Yeah it hurt the wallet but worth it. 3 year unlimited mileage parts and labor warranty.
Today I got impatient. I hated looking at my rear bumper and tire carrier in the back of the truck. So I took them to the the shop where the XJ is awaiting her power train transplant and in stalled them only took a few minuets. Very easy!
I meant on how you hurt the engine! But I dig the fab!
Oh,, I hurt the engine by heat soaking it. Clogged the rad full of mud. Under par stock fans that weren't working right. And boom!! Fried some rings and burnt some valves on the way home. Here some pics from the death trip. By the time I realized something was wrong and what it was I new it was too late. So I said the hell with it. I just sold my bike and have money for a new motor so I'm going to fry this one!! Held it to the floor almost made it home. But my buddy had to come get me when she finally stopped running. I never though it would ever have fired back up. I just knew I locked it up solid. I let it cool down then try to start it. At first the starter didn't even want to turn her. But finally it turned then about 20 seconds later, SHE FIRED!!! WHAT?!!!, no this can't have just happened!! Ok so as shocked as I was that it was even running, it moved under her own power. Eh barely! It was smoking, bad! Knocking, bad! Rattling, bad! Enough to intimidate a Cummins! Yeah it was bad! I really don't believe there are to many engines out there that would do this!! I love 4.0s!! So that why I bought a new one to replace it with.
I was offered a D44 out of a WJ today for $50. If he doesn't need it for a core. He said its making a growling noise. I'm thinking rebuild and weld on some leaf spring perches for the XJ. Defiantly going to keep on eye on this one. It would be sweet!!!
Went by the shop again... No progress. They are slammed!! But I did get a pic of the XJ with my old MJ I sold to my buddy that works there. The only pic I have of them together. I also got some high arc springs, from god knows what, that were out at the family farm. Hope to use them in a bastard pack to give mine a bigger boost.
Thought I'd share this. I made a recovery box out of a DeWalt saw saw case. In it I have (hopefully) more then enough to handle whatever I need.
1- 20' 10,000lb double loop strap.
1- 30' 5,000lb double hook strap.
2- 16' 3,300lb ratchet straps.
2- 18" axle loop straps. (Those are the blue ones)
1- pair of gloves.
An assortment of locking D-rings and clevises.
And it's all nice, neat and compact in rugged case with a nice carry handle. Very easy to do. I just had to use a dremmel tool to remove all of the plastic mounts that held the saw saw in place. That way it's opened up.
Today I helped set my motor in place and picked up the rest of the things I need for the A/C OBA conversion. The last pic is from the link above and what I'm going for. And painted my airtank. Also picked up new water pump, motor mounts and trans mount.
Today I got my hands on my triple electric fan conversion that arrived Monday. Also in the box was a T-shirt, stickers my switch panel that holds a 2" gauge. it replaces the factory ash tray, and a hand written apology note for taking so long to get it to me. Had to put the fans together. When I did I used Honda bond gasket maker on all the screws that hold the fans to the shroud and the screws that hold the motors to their housing. Per Rugsucka's recommendations. Should prove to be quite nice. I then ordered a set of powdercoated hood Louvers from Hylineoffroad. That should help get rid of all that hot air.