so i figured I would do a build thread because each of the build threads that i read through when planning this conversion offered some different piece of advice that has been helpful to me and i hope that I can help someone else out.
So heres what's going on:
My wife's 93 YJ, which is now mostly an offroad toy, but also the spare car if one of our others die, has been a great rig so far. It has the 4.0 HO, ax-15, np231, dana 44 front w/ detroit, GM 14 bolt rear w/ govlock, Toyo MT 38x14.5x16s.
It's been great but, sadly the head gasket popped on us recently and I figured it was time for a change. I put a turbo diesel in my samurai and i love it so i figured i would us the head gasket as an excuse to put one in her jeep as well.
I also decided this was a good time to switch things up in the drivetrain. I picked this up for $100
mostly for this:
I'll be swapping the AX-15 input shaft into the Toyota r150 and then putting a single toyota transfercase with trail creeper 4.7 gears in it. I thought about dual cases, but her rear driveline is already short and i think that 4.7's should be fine for her.
I picked up this very well maintained 1980 300SD for $500 and drove it home
First things first
then on to more important things
The 300SD's current state
next is to make a little bit more room
called in a buddy for some help
tore off the intake and exhaust manifolds, the turbo and the valve cover to do some cleanup and adjustments.
about as clean as its going to get
painted it with some flat black header paint, looks much better than rust colored
valves adjusted, everything painted and cleaned up (except for my garage floor)
Thats about where i'm at right now, im waiting on trying to track down a used trail gear v6 adapter for my tcase.