Time to document my build, I had a thread going but it was very slow and non despcriptive.
Bought a completely stock 97 wrangler with 55,000 miles for 6k.
First thing to go was the motor
Next was the transmission, transfercase, and a few other things and then its time to start putting the new motor in
First thing was too grind off the old motor mounts and start to get the new ones in place, I got my new motor mounts from novak and the instructions showed me exactly where to place the new ones, very handy. Tacked the new mounts in and its time for a test fit.
After about 3 hours of playing with it the motor was in place. Now comes the hard part. I decided to use the AX15 transmission so I ordered the conversion kit from advanced adapters along with a new slave cylinder part# 716213, clutch kit, flywheel, throwout bearing part# n1430 and a few other odds and ends. I got the transmission completely assembled with new bellhousing and transfercase bolted on. For the flywheel I got a 168T when I needed a 153T by mistake. First problem was that I needed new bolts to get the flywheel to bolt to the motor. They were 11mm bolts and no one anywhere stocked them, and the ones from the old automatic flywheel were too short for the manual flywheel. I ended up having a machine shop custom make them for me. So finally I got the transmission mated to the engine.
The transmission ended up being about 3 inches farther forward then stock so a little modification was in order
Up next was the wiring. Not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Most of my time was spent doing research. It ended up being, power to the pcm, fuel injectors and spark plug wires were the only ones I touched. I am still using the stock gauges so I left the jeep pcm in there. Heres the mess i used to try and get it working before anything was set in stone.
Got it to turn over but it would not start. Turned out to be the VSS. Put the jeep on the trailer and brought it to get the VSS disabled and a few tuning modifications. And she lives! Finished up other small things like heater hoses, clutch lines, clean up the wiring, exhaust, driveshafts, and so on. Couple days later:
I ended up putting just short of $3k in the swap for everything. I ended up selling the old drivetrain and other parts for about $2500, So I only about $500 out of my pocket.