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Unread 05-31-2010, 07:38 PM   #151
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I would look into either buying or making a flat skid plate. That should bring it up quite a bit from where it is now. Looks like if it were flat to the frame it may bring it up two inches or so? That would get you alot closer to where you want to be and would also increase your ground clearance quite a bit, its win win

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Unread 05-31-2010, 09:34 PM   #152
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I would set the angle and make a flat skid that incorperates a tranny pan skid as well. That tranny pan wouldn't hold up to much if any abuse. The stock skids not a whole lot stronger either.
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Unread 05-31-2010, 09:41 PM   #153
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Here is my LT1 Yj. I loved it but I sold it to build my Scrambler.
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Unread 06-01-2010, 03:54 AM   #154
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I bet you can tilt that back a deg or two with no harm and make a smaller spacer. The flat tranny pan is nice but looks like a fair amount of fitting and fab. Don't forget about the firewall though - tilting brings you closer to it and I believe your motor mount is fixed.
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Unread 06-01-2010, 04:35 PM   #155
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Hey - I just noticed you are using an AA-like engine cradle and have a T350. I had the same setup and sat the tranny mount right donw onto the skidplate- no tcase drop used. The stock mount holes were even used to bolt the mount down. I did pull the engine 5/8 back from the stock motor mount locations to do this.

Your build is looking nicer than mine did!!
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Unread 06-01-2010, 04:39 PM   #156
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Oh- you have a different tcase adapter. I used a Novak adapter to my Jeep tcase and the tranny mount came down right into the existing mount locations. No big deal though. Nice work.
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Unread 06-02-2010, 09:36 AM   #157
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My research has led me to belive that the angle of the engine should be level to 3 degrees of back tilt? Dead level leaves me 3 1/2 inches above the skid plate after removing the drop kit on the skid plate. Do I just fab up a 3 1/2 inch spacer?
I measured my driveshaft on my truck YEARS ago based upon info from Inland Empire Driveline Service which was supposedly the EXPERT on drivelines.

They say that the "standard" for engine angle is 3 degrees below level. So I would start with that. It also makes sense to do that because it's pointing more directly at the pinion that having it flat would (unless you have the front of the motor seriously low).

Next Inland says to have the pinion point 3 degrees above level. This way the pinion and the tranny shaft are parallel. Not necessarily on the same plane, but parallel.

Next they say to draw an imaginary line between the center line of your tranny shaft and the center of the pinion.

Then measure the angle between your pinion / tranny and that line. This last angle should be less than 5 degrees.


Basically they say that less than 5 degrees ensures maximum life for your u-joints.

I'm not sure that my current setup follows these rules to a "t" but it's pretty close!!
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Unread 06-02-2010, 12:06 PM   #158
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The motor should be tilted back between 3-5 degrees, the rear pinion should be aimed straight at the transfercase yoke minus 2 degrees with your sye.
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Unread 06-09-2010, 08:16 PM   #159
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Ok, I'm going with 3 degrees. I decided to keep the stock exhaust manifolds, I don't think I need anymore power than the stock vette LT1 makes. I removed the heat sheilds then blasted them, then hi heat powder coated them. I'll get some time tommorow to clean and restore some of the front engine bolt on's. Like my $25 craigslist oven......

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Unread 06-10-2010, 07:06 PM   #160
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Cleaned up LT1 parts.....

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Unread 06-12-2010, 12:16 PM   #161
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I finally bought an LT1 too - it should be in next week. You are a really good parts cleaner! What are you using to clean them?

Awesome deal on the oven - I love craigslist! I also got an oven for a rentals prop but beat your deal - free!
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Unread 06-15-2010, 07:20 PM   #162
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Windex, carb cleaner, wire wheel on a drill and a ton of time and elbow grease.

Brought the jeep home for a few weeks, got some engine accessories mounted. Yes the grass needs cutting....



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Unread 06-16-2010, 08:21 PM   #163
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Got the a couple more parts mounted, getting harder to remember what went where....even with pictures.

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Unread 06-17-2010, 07:55 PM   #164
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Yes the grass needs cutting....

lol mine always needs cutting, but the jeep always runs.
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Unread 06-17-2010, 08:13 PM   #165
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mavrick331,

This is a great thread, just found it tonight and you sir are a rock star!

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