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ratmonkey 04-03-2009 07:17 PM

ratmonkey's build. In progress: 3/4 ton and 37's
i've gotten to the point where i'm totally unhappy with my drivetrain. in the coming weeks i'm going to be swapping out my motor and transmission, i'll document the tranny and motor rebuilds here as best i can. with all the tranny problems people see here that are mainly wear related, it'll be nice to show everyone just how simple it is to pull a chrysler transmission apart for a simple rebuild.

right now i've got this in my powertrain.
junkyard 44re that's slipping in 1 and 2 just like the one i replaced(rebuilding with aps parts)
318 with some bolt ons, those being;
hughes engines f1 intake manifold
iron ram 1.96 heads
harland sharp 1.7:1 roller rockers.
turbo city intake
24lb/hr matched injectors.
summit digital ignition box
accel coil and wires.
swapped in an np242 as well.
what i'll be doing
360 with flat top pistons(shooting for 9.5-10:1 compression)
new cam that i still haven't decided upon yet. probably in the just under .500 lift area with the roller rockers' increased ratio
double roller timing chain of course.
all the bolt on parts from the 318, and a tune from kolak to get it all purring properly.
the transmission will get a racing master rebuild kit and a transgo shift kit. leaning towards manual shift at the moment as well.

after and during this i'll be tackling all the squeaks and clunks in my suspension.
i'll be picking up the 360 tomorrow or monday and doing as much prep work on it as i can during next week as i've got a layoff then. if i have time i'll throw my transmission back together so that i can get you step by step on how to pull it apart.

ratmonkey 04-04-2009 07:56 PM

ran out of light putting the tranny back together so i can pull it apart with pics for you guys, i've got a tatt app tomorrow at noon so i don't know if i'll get it then. only took about 45mins and 1 beer to get it together from everything torn down except the valve body. too bad i started so late in the day on it.

here's a pic of me after a day at the mud pits for a jeep get together. sadly i didn't win muddiest rig. this was after a slight rain. :)

here's a pic from my first engine top end rebuild. with the hughe's engines f1 intake, eq iron ram heads, and h/s 1.7 rr's. the rockers and intake look sharp as all get out.

also visible is a junction block for upgraded under hood 4ga power wire. this will be replaced with 00 welding cable when the new engine goes in.

Jones 04-04-2009 07:58 PM

Is that Kevin's prerunner front bumper?

ratmonkey 04-04-2009 08:04 PM

couple photos from just after i got my 4.5" lift on, still rocking the 245/75/16 mtr's on the stock rims.
bout a 2-2.5 foot deep wash out.

ratmonkey 04-04-2009 08:08 PM

new 32x11.5 bfg at's on soft 8's.
good shot of the sliders too

in hind sight, with the type of terrain found around here, i'd be much better off having gotten a set of km2's or gone with the larger mtr's again.

shot of the intake on the work bench.

old heads and lifter galley from when i redid the top end, sadly i didn't take many pictures of this project.

ratmonkey 04-04-2009 08:09 PM


Originally Posted by -ZJones- (Post 6948315)
Is that Kevin's prerunner front bumper?

that is kevin's prerunner bumper, it has racked up 3 deer kills with nary a scratch thus far.

ratmonkey 04-06-2009 02:01 PM

got the yard pulling my "new" 360 today, anyone in nw pa want to lend me a trailer for a day?

ratmonkey 04-06-2009 02:23 PM

for other people's reference.
the top two solenoids are your governor pressure solenoid(facing into the trans) and gov press sensor facing rearward.
the other two, facing towards the valve body on the side are the tcc lockup and od shift solenoids, they are one assmbly and are sold as such.

beauty shot of the crystal lenses, corners, and signals. unfortunately it's sleeting outside right now.

ratmonkey 04-06-2009 02:27 PM

if your mirror looks like this
it's time to drain the electro reactive fluid from it, this is for the dimming mirror function.
mine did this after getting a pretty severe side shock when i slid into a curb. surprised the mirror isn't more isolated from the body than that.
use a utility knife to pry around the molding that holds the two panes together. some people can get it to drain, i just removed the whole thing.
there are two wires on it, one at the bottom inner corner and one at the top inner corner that'll need snipped if you need to pull the molding and outside pane.

here's a clear mirror again.

that's all for today folks, this sleet is killing my hands.

ratmonkey 04-07-2009 02:21 PM

let the fun begin. just thought i'd get a shot of it in the back of the jeep before i started pulling it apart.
came out of a 96 ram 2500 work van with 112k miles on it. should still be good but i'll figure that out when the teardown starts. it sure is dirty though.

should have the proper motor mounts and i know it's got the right flexplate.

ratmonkey 04-07-2009 07:03 PM

cylinders look good, outside is dirty as all hell. i'll still get it a .030 bore and hone though.

Virmagicus 04-07-2009 07:25 PM

Awesome man ! Won't be too long !

ratmonkey 04-07-2009 08:37 PM

gotta wait for the tranny rebuild kit from aps, cam and pistons from hughes engines, and of course machine shop time.

ratmonkey 04-08-2009 12:59 PM

my new rear axle shaft just arrived, got a bent flange or shaft, didn't pull it all the way to figure out how bad it really is, pictures to follow.

CTeunuch 04-08-2009 02:54 PM

may i ask why you chose that intake? also, good luck with the build, should be nice when its done. do you plan on upgrading the axles?

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