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Unread 10-09-2012, 06:17 PM   #16
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Finished up my poison spyder hood louver today. Did the sye on sunday, still gotta torque the yokes down, but it went pretty smooth. Now gotta replace all 6 trans skid nutserts and bolt the tranny in to figure out motor mount placement. Then novak cable shifter install. Still waiting for drivers side torque box channel and floor pan. Long way to go but its all gonna be worth it!

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Unread 01-05-2013, 07:35 AM   #17
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Update- finally making progress

So I turned my attention to the rusted out tub areas. It was real bad! The body mount channel on the drivers side was paper thin. Luckily Classic Enterprises makes a nice replacement, it was like $150 shipped, pretty good deal. The only problem was they only make it long enough for the 2 rear side mounts and my front was done for as well. So I found a place in PA that sent me a used front section. I also ordered new floor pans for the front and rear drivers side and used a piece of one of them to patch a hole in the passenger side. This was my first attempt doing something like this and it took forever, many weekends of cutting, grinding, welding and cussing. But it is all together now, not perfect ha but I think it will be ok. Finally I prepped the interior for Monstaliner Desert Sand color. Rolled it on last night and it looks great. Here's a bunch of pics. Next on the list is the motor,more on that later.
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Unread 01-05-2013, 07:41 AM   #18
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More Pics

Passenger side floor patch and mostaliner prep and final coat. I didnt go all the way up the tub in the rear, thought the contrast would look cool, but now I wish I did ha, oh well. Did the tail gate too no pics now.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 04:07 PM   #19
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Updates! Engine work progress

Its been a while but I have been hoarding engine parts for a long time and started putting it all together! Had the block cleaned, cam bearings/freeze plugs installed, and bored .030" over to true up the cylinder walls. Brought it home and painted it hemi orange, hope it holds up. Got some new heads from odessa cylinder head, supposed to be a thicker, stronger casting. Slowly ordered rebuild stuff, new pistons/rings, bearings and gaskets. Started assembly this past weekend and it went well for my first engine build. Only problem was I broke a piston ring , and after calling summit and federal-mogul was told I would have to buy a whole new set and that they didn't sell individual rings or single piston sets! I found a cheaper set than my originals but with the same materials and size so that should be here soon. Anyways, once that is done, the heads can go on and I can start buttoning it up. Hope to get the motor mounts welded in this weekend. Then its back to hoarding parts like all engine accessories, flywheel, clutch kit, driveshafts and the list goes on. Long process but its going to be worth it.
Heres some pics as of today
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Unread 04-24-2013, 06:01 AM   #20
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Nice build...Sub'd
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Unread 04-24-2013, 07:13 AM   #21
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I'm neck-deep in a 5.2 swap as well and have a 98 that I've been piece-wise restoring- I'm the original owner an have kept my tub/frame rust in check over the years, but 15 years old is 15 years old, and I'm in MD too, so I know how bad the salted roads are in winter.

I'm up in Anne Arundel, are you on the eastern shore or down south on the west side of the bay? I'm always game to lend a hand or if you need something welded, etc etc.

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Unread 04-24-2013, 07:32 AM   #22
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how much did you have to remove to get the body off the frame wires etc, and how long do you think it took you. I want to get my jeep repainted but don't want parts of it to still be black. Great work so far looks like you have been having some fun.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 08:08 AM   #23
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how much did you have to remove to get the body off the frame wires etc, and how long do you think it took you. I want to get my jeep repainted but don't want parts of it to still be black. Great work so far looks like you have been having some fun.
Hey thanks, the tub actually comes off pretty easy probably a day or two to remove all the attaching parts and lines. The wiring is all connected to the body anyways so most of it goes with it. Just raise slowly and check for any you might have forgotten, i forgot the one to the fuel tank ha i ended up just cutting it as the body was swaying on the hoist. I need to fix that still. If you run into any problems let me know ill try to help.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 08:12 AM   #24
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I'm neck-deep in a 5.2 swap as well and have a 98 that I've been piece-wise restoring- I'm the original owner an have kept my tub/frame rust in check over the years, but 15 years old is 15 years old, and I'm in MD too, so I know how bad the salted roads are in winter.

I'm up in Anne Arundel, are you on the eastern shore or down south on the west side of the bay? I'm always game to lend a hand or if you need something welded, etc etc.

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Hey im down in southern maryland, lexington park, think thats a couple hours from you. Hows your project coming? Its been quite a learning experience for me never done anything of this magnitude before. I cant wait to fire this thing up!
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Unread 04-24-2013, 11:37 AM   #25
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Hey im down in southern maryland, lexington park, think thats a couple hours from you. Hows your project coming? Its been quite a learning experience for me never done anything of this magnitude before. I cant wait to fire this thing up!
Me too, can't wait to fire it up!

Right now, the whole front clip is still off, I'm going to repaint the hood/fenders/grille/cowl, but I've got the mounts welded up, all new stainless brake lines installed, and I cleaned/por-15'd the whole frame forward of the firewall. (I had por-15'd the whole frame rear of the firewall last year).

Just finished up the wiring harness last night, I expect to have the engine/tranny sitting in the jeep by week's end, and to fire her up (minus radiator) by the weekend. Then it's just piecing everything together after that and buttoning it all up.

I'm going to run my ax-15 behind the 5.2 with a 3.9 dakota bellhousing and a ram clutch. Already sourced all those parts, they're just waiting to party.

p.s. I think you're just about 1.5 hours. I used to head down to solomon's island all the time on the motorcycle, and you look to be just across the water from there.

Anytime you need a hand let me know- or whoever gets their 5.2 running right first can help troubleshoot the other's, lol

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Unread 04-24-2013, 11:50 AM   #26
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Just realized you have the same book as me sitting out on your table "How to rebuild your Mopar Magnum," or whatever it's titled. That's sitting out in my garage right now as well
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Unread 04-24-2013, 12:27 PM   #27
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Just realized you have the same book as me sitting out on your table "How to rebuild your Mopar Magnum," or whatever it's titled. That's sitting out in my garage right now as well
Ha yeah its a pretty good book. Its cool we are at about the same spot progress wise and location, we will have to get together sometime for sure.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 07:06 AM   #28
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Motor is in!

Finally got the motor finished, minus a few bolt ons here and there.








Good enough to go ahead and mate the trans and get the mounts welded in. Originally I wanted to remove the alignment pin from the AA motor mounts and move them back a few inches to retain the stock trans mount location but, it didnt work out that way. The engine would have been riding hard on the firewall, so I decided to just move the mounts forward and modify the trans mount location on the skid.







Other than that everything looks good.Now to finish my wiring harness and then wrap up about a thousand other loose ends haha. I hope to be able to post a first start up video very soon.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 11:07 AM   #29
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i like the valve covers thats a nice touch haha
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Unread 04-28-2013, 11:54 AM   #30
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30 day tags and its torn apart , not very good advertising for High Point !

Nice work on the rust repairs , hopefully the rest of project will keep going smoothly .
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