Been wanting to start a build thread on my Project. Plans are to build a good stout driver with decent power cheap as possible. lol as if thats possible!! Here is how my father in law bought the jeep. He made me a deal I couldn't pass up. He bought the the jeep really cheap to rob the motor, trans, lift, tires, wheels, and winch for his jeep. He offered to do all the body work, paint, and bed liner on this jeep (he's a body man) then sell me the rolling chassis for $1500 so the project started for me.
Sorry if you notice I might be a little out of order on some things, trying to get the thread up to my current status of the build.
Got a SM465 out of a 1986 C10 with the hydraulic clutch.
I know its just a 10 bolt but will work for now until I can afford a Dana 60 Down the road, don't think I'll find one of those in a Junkyard ever. It's a 30 spline 8-lug 10 bolt out of a 1991 3/4 Suburban so should hold up ok under the jeep. Only has 3.73 gears so those will have to get changed to match the rear. AAM 14 bolt Full Floater from a 2001 Silverado 3500 with 4.10 gears and open carrier. Gonna stick with these gears and ad a Detroit Locker. Went with this one instead of the earlier 14 bolt for the factory rear disk brakes and E-brake.
I also got the NP241C from the 1991 Suburban and a NP241D from a 1993 Dodge RamCharger. The idea is to some how utilize the Dodge one so I don't have to buy a SYE.
On to the body work. Don't have to many Pics of the beginning stages of work, didn't think about taking any but heres what I have.
Here's where I grafted in the part of the Cowl from the CJ thats different then the YJ where the defrost goes into the windshield frame.
Stripping old bed liner from the tub was the hardest part of prep!!!
Wish I took more pics on how to do this but hopefully you can get the idea. Cutting the new hole for the Larger heater blower motor. Used that piece of flat bar for a center so the pilot bit on the hole saw could stay centered.
Thanks for the replies. I get a lot of ideas from forums so I try to create build threads on projects the best I can for others to get inspiration from.
So was gonna go with a LM7 5.3 from a Junkyard because it would have only cost me $250, and found a couple but not that just right one yet. Was on CL and came across this Gem. Its a 2006 LM7 5.3 Complete PCM and harness for $600. The guy said 78,000 miles and that maybe but I pulled the valve covers and oil pan and it looked brand new, still shinny metal.
Here's the bird nest of wires I ended up in making the standalone harness lol. Big thanks to Brendan Patten at LT1swap.com for the "how to" on his website and reprograming of my PCM. Here's it is running on the stand testing the harness before I buttoned everything up.
Great Work So Far!!
How do you have a junkyard with Jeeps in them, Ours here in Michigan any jeep is picked clean in days lol its like word of mouth too...
Cant wait to see the final assembly.
Haha yeah I couldn't believe my eyes either. They all three came in there almost at the same time. I go to my two local Yards at least once a week!! I pretty much stripped the Green CJ5, only thing I regret not getting was the Dana 300 T-case. I really wanted to get the whole tub and roof from the CJ10A but the Junkyard wouldn't allow me to.
My best two finds in the junkyard is a 1969 Ford Galaxie 2dr 390 and 1972 Chevrolet Nova 2dr 350, I made a bunch of money on these two reselling parts.
Sorry if it seems like a bunch of random pics of parts and junk. I promise it will come together at some point!! lol
This is the product of two very very long hot days of grinding and swinging a BFH. Got all brackets removed that I could, so when the new stuff gets here all I gotta do is remove some paint and weld em on. No more sway bar or track bar crap. Incase your wondering I took the shock mounts off because I'm going with the F-250 mounts.
While I was at it removed the old bumper that the previous owner hacked up.