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Unread 10-25-2011, 11:29 AM   #16
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Well ran into a bit snag today, rear shackle is not compatible with the CJ lift springs I was using. Nor was it compatible with the shackle eye I ordered, so I will order a new shackle eye, and I wound up using the waggy front springs since they had a similar lift.

A small mod is going to have to be made to correct the shackle angle, but it wont be a bad deal at all.

Here are pics of it sitting on 3 wheels for a test of the ride height.





I really want to see it on the ground all the way, then I can get to work getting the 304 transplanted in.

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Unread 10-28-2011, 05:56 PM   #17
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Got to drive it tonight for the first time with the new front suspension in, it rides like a dream, all the death wobble is gone, it goes down the road straight and true, ride is amazing. I am so in love with my Jeep.





I still have some things to do to the suspension, I have to put my Currie u-bolt plate on the drivers side, I still have to get the rear brake line in and get the rear brakes bled, and lower the E-brake lines. Also have to get the right shackle hangers for the rear. As soon as I go this thing is going to be really coming together fast.

Next I need to get the transmission built so I can get new drive-shafts made, the front drive-shaft is now too short, and I suspect so is the rear.

So as soon as the transmission is built I will be stabbing it and the 304 and getting the front clip switched over.

Then it is a matter of fixing some rust, swapping the good heater out of the other jeep over, and with that I should be pretty close to having it on the road, going to be a lot of work, but it will be well worth the while.
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Unread 10-28-2011, 09:00 PM   #18
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Nice build, good luck with it.
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Unread 10-28-2011, 09:34 PM   #19
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keep the tan color it looks great, nice start on a lol build good luck. whatz next?
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Unread 10-28-2011, 09:43 PM   #20
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keep the tan color it looks great, nice start on a lol build good luck. whatz next?
It is staying tan for sure, going to paint it Rust Oleum Kakhi

Next I need to get the NV4500 and Dana300 built, then I can get them and the 304 stuffed in. As soon as I do that I can get new drives shafts built, once it is road ready I am driving it to Alaska.
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Unread 10-30-2011, 06:51 PM   #21
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Unread 10-30-2011, 07:29 PM   #22
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Awesome Jeep. Glad to see your keeping a CJ alive!
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Unread 01-17-2012, 01:05 PM   #23
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I don't have a lot to report on the jeep right now, I am up in Montana, been here the last 2 months and the jeep is in Texas.

When I get back in a couple of weeks the plan is to do the few things it needs to make it road worthy then sell my truck. Going to just rebuild the SR4 for right now, I am starting a new business, once I have it up and running I am going to turn around and buy a TDK frame, build a Chevy 350 for it, NV4500, and the Dana 44 front and a Dana 60 rear.

Right now I am mostly concerned with getting it to where I can use it as a daily driver for a while.
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Unread 01-17-2012, 06:54 PM   #24
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You sound ambitious! Keep us posted as you progress. I am interested to hear your thoughts on the TDK frame. I have been wanting to buy one, but am leery.... I have seen too much aftermarket products that need modifying and for the price they want, not to mention the $500 in shipping, that thing better be awesome! Since you plan to run the Dana 300, i dont think you will need an Atlas, the Dana is stout.
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Unread 01-21-2012, 04:27 PM   #25
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Well the big news is today, I got my bell housing ordered from Advance Adapters, as well as a new center force clutch. And I ordered the kit from Novak Conversions to hook the Dana 300 to the NV4500, Next on the list is a set of M.O.R.E. engine mounts for the 304, and I will be pretty close to having it together. Hopefully this stuff will start arriving about the time I get back to Texas.

Also on my short list is a new wiring harness from painless and a 140 amp power master. If I have the funds remaining I am going to get a 2nd optima yellow top, and do the dual battery conversion.

When I can get to this point, I think I will be doing really good.

Also on the way back Ia m stopping at Collins brothers in Dallas, going to get all the control cables for the heater, going to yank the dash, pull the heater box, and clean it thoroughly and install the new controls.

Also need to find a good passenger door, mine has issues. Also contemplating doing a YJ tailgate conversion.
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Unread 01-22-2012, 10:28 AM   #26
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Looking good! Let me know if you need a hand or two.
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Unread 01-22-2012, 01:58 PM   #27
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Looking good! Let me know if you need a hand or two.
I appreciate it, I am probably going to be looking for all the help I can get, so I can get the motor and tranny in, I broke my back in a car accident last summer, I am still healing from that. This is why I didn't finish the jeep before I took off for Montana, I was in too much pain to get it done.
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Unread 01-28-2012, 01:51 AM   #28
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Well I have been ordering parts like crazy, Leaving Sunday for Texas, Friday I will be back in Corpus to finish knocking it out. I am really looking forward to getting this thing on the road where I can drive it, hopefully 2 weeks time I will be driving it with a 304 between the fenders and the NV4500 in the tunnel.

Once I have it running and driving and all shook down, I will start worrying about axles, going to narrow the Waggy Dana 44 for the front, going to see if I can find a dana 60 for the rear, also might go with a high pinion 9 from currie. We will see how the money situation is when I get there.

One thing I am dead set on is getting the ARB air lockers and 4.10 gears in the axles.

It is going to be a bit odd having a 27% overdrive, 33" tires and 3.07 gears. I may not be able to use overdrive much until I get this remedied. If the 304 will pull it, I should get some pretty bad *** gas mileage.
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Unread 01-28-2012, 11:01 AM   #29
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that thig is beastly!

The wagoneer has a 304 in it?
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that thig is beastly!

The wagoneer has a 304 in it?
Supposedly, I need to check the numbers when I get back, i have already scrapped what was left of the Waggy, the engine is sitting in the back of the jeep now staying dry waiting to be put in.

And I keep calling it a waggy, it was actually a Cherokee, I am not sure if it was the original engine, I may get surprised though and find out it is a 360
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