Been lurking for some time now and thought I would share my build that has been in progress for the last 7 months. I am on a budget and also have to build this in my backyard, so money and the weather are huge factors in this build. What started out as a 2.5L to 4.0L swap has turned out to be a full blown transformation build.
It started when i purchased a 87 Cherokee for $300 just for the motor, I purchased it sight unseen and had my father trailer it up to me. I soon discovered it had a now broken 700R4(with all the adapters) and a D44 in the rear. Ecxited about the D44 I did some searching and found a SOA D30 with 4.88's,lockrite and high steer adapter for $200.
Now it has turned into a SOA build as well.
I traded the broken trans and the adapters for a AW4, set of stock springs and a frame with factory 4.0L mounts. I parted out the rest of the cherokee for a total of $400.
For this build I felt that the seperated frame was needed for all that is being done to the YJ with minimal downtime. I wire brushed the frame and used Rustoleum bed liner spray on it, then placed the Motor/Trans/Transfer case in its new home with a refurbished 4.0 head and all new gaskets. Visited the local Pick a Part for a 4.0 intake and fuel rail.
The D44 has been fitted with 4.88's and Auburn limited slip(no laughs please this will eventually be changed out for a OX locker).
That is all for now if weather permits my brother in law will bring over a backhoe to swap the tub to the new frame in the morning. photos coming soon. sorry for the long read.