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Unread 03-01-2012, 08:09 PM   #61
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Unread 03-01-2012, 08:33 PM   #62
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The videos are a great idea. I love how detailed you are in explaining your steps!

The only problem I saw is your welder is red and not blue....just kidding. I have the Miller version of your welder and its awesome! Until you figure it out, I recommend using .30 wire...and when you get tired of buying the argon gas, and when you realize you cant weld outdoors with our south TX wind using the shielding gas you will switch to a flux core wire.
You can do some beautiful welds using the gas, but only inside the shop. A little breeze and weld goes to ****.

How much did you pay for the engine/trans adapter? and how do you plan to set up the clutch? are you gonna use some type of linkage or hydraulic?

I am down in McAllen if you need a hand. I only ask you have some Coors on hand.
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Unread 03-02-2012, 06:47 PM   #63
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Time for todays update.

Got the firewall primed.



And painted!



Tomorrow I am going to work on getting the frame cleaned and painted, and try to finish getting the engine transmission and transfer case cleaned up and painted. Then either Sunday or Monday they will be going back in!
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[URL="http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/1980-cj7-first-jeep-build-1243620/"]80 CJ7 "The Kraken" - a project 25 years in the making[/URL] AMC 304 V8, NV4500, Dana 300, Dana 44, 9 inch, M.O.R.E. SRS, YJ tub.

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Unread 03-02-2012, 07:30 PM   #64
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Nice build! You can't even tell there was ever a bullet hole there.lol
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Unread 03-03-2012, 10:46 AM   #65
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Nice build! You can't even tell there was ever a bullet hole there.lol
Thanks, it is coming along slowly but surely.
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Unread 03-03-2012, 12:59 PM   #66
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You should check the price of cj's. He did ok. Didn't you buy a 2005 LJ? I'm sure it wasn't overpriced! C'mon man, try to be supportive of our fellow jeepers.
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Unread 03-03-2012, 04:44 PM   #67
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You should check the price of cj's. He did ok. Didn't you buy a 2005 LJ? I'm sure it wasn't overpriced! C'mon man, try to be supportive of our fellow jeepers.
I am not sure what you mean by this?
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Unread 03-04-2012, 03:27 PM   #68
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Well only one picture for what I got done today, but it is a good one!



Finished cleaning and scraping on the motor earlier today, finally was able to mask it off and paint it up. I am really happy with how it turned out, especially with how the cast aluminum valve covers look on it.

I also got my bell housing painted, and started cleaning up the transfer case, the T case was filthy, and even more fun, I broke both of my torx bits trying to remove the 6 bolts that hold the input shaft in place, so I wound up having to drill them out. That was not fun. Luckily I was able to get one of them out in one piece and will be able to use it as an example to get some new ones.

With a few whacks from a hammer I was able to loosen the stubs up enough to pull them out with a pair of vice grips. Tomorrow morning I have a doctors appointment, after that I am going to be heading down to the parts house to get the novak conversions input shaft swapped in, then I will finish cleaning up the transfer case, get it painted, then bolt everything together and it will be ready to be stuffed in!

The next thing I have to worry about is finishing some cleanup on the frame rails, then I am going to paint them with Rust Oleum Undercoating. Then I will be ready to slide the drivetrain in place, and to start seeing what will have to do for a transmission cross member.

Hopefully I can be driving it by Saturday because that is when the temp tag on my other truck runs out.
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AT3 US Navy 1999-2003

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Unread 03-05-2012, 11:48 AM   #69
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Hey man lookin good so far. Good to see somebody else doing most of the work the hard way lol. Outside instead of in a nice shop or garage(wish i had that option but oh well). I am about to do pretty much exactly what you are doing in a week or two. I am going to be pulling my 258 and dropping in a sweet 304.I need to get some pics of it,it is one sweet looking engine. I really like what you did with your's cleaning it up and painting it to match your jeep looks real good. I have a buddy that is going to help me with my engine swap and let me use his basement to do it. LOL we will be hitting the rafters too since his house is an older one and who ever built it only ran the basement 10 blocks high.
I am planning to pull the front clip before I pull it into the basement and that should give us just enough clearance to get the engines in and out. good work so far man keep it up.
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Unread 03-05-2012, 01:02 PM   #70
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Hey man lookin good so far. Good to see somebody else doing most of the work the hard way lol. Outside instead of in a nice shop or garage(wish i had that option but oh well). I am about to do pretty much exactly what you are doing in a week or two. I am going to be pulling my 258 and dropping in a sweet 304.I need to get some pics of it,it is one sweet looking engine. I really like what you did with your's cleaning it up and painting it to match your jeep looks real good. I have a buddy that is going to help me with my engine swap and let me use his basement to do it. LOL we will be hitting the rafters too since his house is an older one and who ever built it only ran the basement 10 blocks high.
I am planning to pull the front clip before I pull it into the basement and that should give us just enough clearance to get the engines in and out. good work so far man keep it up.
Thanks man, it has been and adventure.

When you do your swap I strongly recommend the MORE motor mounts, they are really well made. They bolt on in the factory location, and will make everything go real smooth.

Pulling the clip is a good idea, I kind of wish I had pulled mine, but it wasn't too bad of a deal. being my first jeep project I didn't realize you could pull the engine trans and t case out of a jeep as a whole unit. That is how I plan on putting them back in.
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Unread 03-05-2012, 01:54 PM   #71
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Looking good man. Love to watch a good CJ buildup.
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Unread 03-05-2012, 02:25 PM   #72
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Looking good man. Love to watch a good CJ buildup.
Thanks!
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Unread 03-06-2012, 03:52 PM   #73
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It was a long day today I spent all of it getting the input on the transfer case swapped out and chasing parts. It took a bit to find the counter sunk machine screws that I had to drill out, I also picked up some 1/4-20 studs for my valve covers. Will finish installing them tomorrow I locktiteed them into the heads hoping they will not back out. I have some nuts that are about an inch long I am going to put on them. will make it where I can tighten them with a socket or wrench easily.

Tomorrow I will finish cleaning up the transfer case, paint it and reseal all of the covers. and then it will be time to mate the engine tranny and transmission. I was hoping to have all this done yesterday but we had a tree down at the house so I spent it messing with that.

There is still a lot to do but inching closer all the time.
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AT3 US Navy 1999-2003

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Unread 03-06-2012, 08:41 PM   #74
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Just tracked the stuff I am waiting on from quadratec It will be here tomorrow morning. This is the fender flares and the dual battery tray. This should be everything I need to get the front end put back on and get it running.
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Unread 03-06-2012, 09:20 PM   #75
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Maybe I have missed it but what kind of fender flares are you getting?
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