I haven't posted in a very long time! I graduated college in May and now have more time to work on this project. I will post pictures as I dig them up to get it updated. The project has been on stand still while I was away at school. I did fix the frame rot which was quite severe as seen in the previous pictures. I had some good metal laying around in the garage so I fabricated a fix.
I was originally going to do a carbed sbc and sm465 swap for this jeep but decided a whole new direction for the drivetrain. I am picking up a 5.3 Vortec and 4L60e trans in the near future. I plan on using a chevy np231 and jeep np231 for the transfer case. I will probably do sye and tom woods driveshaft. For the axles I plan on leaving the front. I recently picked up a Ford 8.8 with lsd for cheap from a guy parting out a 97 explorer.
I have just started compiling a list of parts I will need to complete this swap... Its quite extensive but totally worth getting that 4banger out... SPG, Smiles Per Gallon
The jeep also needs some extensive body work as the rear corners, rear floor, passenger floor, rockers, fenders, and seemingly every body mount is rusted out. This is quite the project but will be fun to do in the next year.
I will get this updated soon! I hope to have this ready for some trails next year sometime.