check with your local DMV before putting a lot of effort in to what may be an illegal engine swap...don't know how it is where you are, but here you have to use an engine the same year or newer than the vehicle receiving the engine, and you have to keep all of the pollution control equipment functional from the engine (so you couldn't swap from FI to a carb here)
Illinois doesn't give one f*ck if it's a pre-OBDII vehicle. Thank god. I've had some "race cars" that were OBDII and it was a total pain making them emissions compliant. Basically anything 1995 or older they don't test. It's fantastic. Thanks for the heads up though, I know it can be a real problem for people in other states.
More and more and more wires are getting disconnected and tagged. Gutted almost all the interior. Body mount bolts are soaking in penetrant. I have the day off on Thursday so hopefully I get something significant done then. Spent the night in the garage until after 1am even though I have to be up at 5:45 for work! Time flies when you're having fun I suppose!
Thanks man. I got everything done on it except the stars doing that tomorrow. Kinda doing it in between school and work whenever I can and watching paint dry. I'm in northern Utah so no I don't think you can help but thanks! I'm actually just painting chrome overlay and I'm kicking myself for not sanding it but it should turn out okay.
Got the 8.8 set and gutted. Waiting on my MORE mounts to weld on, first I have to grind it all down and weld the tubes, then prime and paint.
The interior mostly gutted.
Taking a quick break, before breaking my back.
It was just me and one other dude pulling the tub by ourselves. It involved a few floor jacks, a high lift or two, lots of wood, some steel sawhorses, and a complete disregard of personal preservation. If anyone from OSHA saw any of this, they'd have shat bricks. Well hey, after it all I can still count to 20 on all my fingers and toes, so no harm done.
In accordance with Murphy's Law, as soon as we finished dropping a nut lifting the tub off, a family friend showed up with his big hoist. Oh well, that's just the way things go sometimes.
Ready to rock and roll.
Yanking the old tired heart.
At some point you have to just walk away and let sleeping dogs lie.
From here, waiting on the 8.8 mount kit from MORE. Still have to figure out wtf I'm going to do for motor mounts, AA and Novak are readily avaliable, but both are constantly flamed for quality and strength. I'm contemplating building my own, the garage has a really really nice new MIG and I have an old stick welder in the shed, but I really have no idea on even where to start with that kind of build, maybe I'll just wing it, that seems to be how this is all going anyway haha. After work today I'm going to head over to Harbor Freight and grab an el-cheapo sandblaster to clean the frame and really see where I need to do some welding patches. I'm really on the fence about doing a shackle reversal kit at the moment too, there won't ever be an easier time to do it, but I've heard mixed reviews. I have to blast, weld, prime, and paint the 8.8 as well, just waiting on the perch kit. Oh, and two shock towers are shot, so I've got to deal with that too, lame. I'll keep JF updated as best I can through all this, It'll inevitably begin to slow down as I have to wait for parts to come in and things like that, but progress marches on.
Question: is there any reason NOT to get the torch out and blast the 8.8 factory perches off? The grinder is taking a toll on my hands and I've got more than a few "battle scars" from removing the first 2 yesterday afternoon. I was thinking the heat may or may not warp the tubes, but I'm not sure. Thoughts on the hot wrench fellas?
They say wiating is the hardest part....... on parts in the mail that is. Basically I ripped out and sold the d35 on craigslist, power washed the frame, and cleaned the ever living sh*t out of the garage. It was becoming legit dangerous with every fluid from the jeep barfed all over it. So some purple power, a power washer, and a big bag of oil-dri were in order. I've got my DS flange adapter, still waiting on perches. QUESTION: with the larger axle diameter and retaining SUA orientation, I'm guessing that the rear of the Jeep will actually LOWER just a tad. Anyone have any idea how much exactly? I'd like to offset that loss of lift via boomerang shackles.
Moving the frame around with no rear axle wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. You just have to use your noodle sometimes to figure things out!
Then after everything was clean and put back tidy and proper, I decided to relax a little bit in something I threw together which I have dubbed "the man hammock". Life is good.
Question: I need new spring eye bushings, BUT I need the ones that go through the frame. I'm having a hard time finding those specifically. All I'm seeing are the shackle bushing kits, which from the looks of it are just for the part where the spring goes through the shackle, not where the shackle bolts to the frame. The rear frame sections on my rig are all rotten and I'll be making some of my own replacements, but i need to know what size bushings those are before I tear it all apart, because I still need the chassis to be mobile around the garage and can't have it all chopped up and stationary. Besides, I'd like to just have it all ready and knock it out in one night. Thanks guys. Links would be appreciated as always.