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eyketurner 10-17-2012 04:37 PM

1995 Rio Grande LT1 Conversion
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Got some great build ideas from the forum. Thought I'd post a few photos of my build. After 215k miles on my trusty 2.5 I found a 5.7L LT1 from a totaled municipal squad with 66k miles. Picked up the motor along with a 4L60E and started the journey. Here it is coming back to the shop.

eyketurner 10-17-2012 04:45 PM

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Here's the YJ

eyketurner 10-17-2012 04:53 PM

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Found some Dana 44s from a guy in Pennsylvania.

eyketurner 10-17-2012 04:55 PM

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Here's the motor tear down.

eyketurner 10-17-2012 04:58 PM

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Motor in the final stages

eyketurner 10-17-2012 05:01 PM

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Here's a photo of the trans with the Novak adapter. Upgraded to 23 spline, starting to mount the Lokar shifter.

eyketurner 10-17-2012 05:09 PM

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Heres the 2.5 coming out

eyketurner 10-25-2012 08:45 PM

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Motor mounts go in.

eyketurner 10-25-2012 08:46 PM

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Fuel rail goes back on.

eyketurner 10-25-2012 08:57 PM

Here's a tip if your YJ is from the Midwest or Northeast. You're gonna break bolts....lots of em'. It doesn't matter if you drench them in liquid wrench or the special concoction you found on the forum. Buy yourself a nice tap and die set and a good cross section of bits. Here are my stubborn skid plate bolts that had to be cut, torched and impacted to finally break loose. Everything gets reset with seize compound going in. It's a pain, but I'm getting used to fighting these. Cheers!

eyketurner 10-25-2012 08:58 PM

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Here's the offending bolts.

eyketurner 10-31-2012 07:51 AM

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Skid plate waiting for paint

eyketurner 10-31-2012 07:51 AM

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Getting ready for the install

eyketurner 10-31-2012 07:53 AM

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Getting ready on the picker

eyketurner 11-16-2012 11:38 AM

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Going in, plenty of room

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