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Unread 12-28-2012, 06:10 PM   #181
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These are the jeeps I'm seeing down here...so ridiculous


Go throw some mud on it.

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Unread 12-28-2012, 07:31 PM   #182
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Unread 12-28-2012, 09:00 PM   #183
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Thats disgusting!
Those wheels are something else. Look at it this way though, it's probably very clean. Perfect platform for building.

I *think* I finished the harness tonight. There are no loose ends, except for a few unneeded grounds, and one other wire that's unnecessary (forget what it is right now). I'm going to neaten up the wire as best I can, then start plugging everything in. I don't want to sung anything down until I know the right length for the wire and know the ****er will start.

Next up is the radiator, tranny cooler and lines, and power steering. I should be able to get some fire after that.
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Unread 12-29-2012, 02:41 PM   #184
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I got most of this junk plugged in on the Jeep. Everything looks to be in order. I'm going to do a once over on the pin outs and splices just to double check everything. Goal is to get the dash to light up tonight. I have to get the alternator, battery and starter wired up before that happens.

After that, goal is to get the engine to start. Might be a few days before that because there's a long list of stuff needed before I can make it fire.
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Unread 12-29-2012, 03:20 PM   #185
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I see your coming along just fine without my help

Good work Jason, you think the wiring will be the most difficult part of this?
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Unread 12-29-2012, 03:30 PM   #186
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Yep, it's moving along. You can come help whenever you want.

I would say that the wiring is the one task that has probably taken the most time. It's not hard, it's tedious. You have to understand what all these wires are doing. Others have said it, but it's true; getting started is the hardest part. There are two huge piles of wires that you stare at, deciding where to begin.

Of course, I have no idea if any of this is going to work because I haven't started it yet. Ask me again then.
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Unread 12-29-2012, 05:05 PM   #187
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10 second video of the dash lighting up when I hit the key. Fuel level reads, volts read. Everything I would expect to light up does.

I smelled fuel, then heard a pop, so I cut it off, Got out and smelled HEAVY fuel and seen it on the top of the front axle. Disconnected the battery to investigate. I forgot to hook up the fuel line from the pump to the engine, so it was just squirting fuel all over everything. I guess the fuel pump is working.

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Unread 12-29-2012, 05:17 PM   #188
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And here's something curious: That video clearly shows the miles at 155656. I took a picture before I tore everything apart so I knew what came on during the bulb test, and the miles showed 155657, one more mile. It's really of no consequence, just a curiosity. I don't think I've moved it at all since the original pic.
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Unread 12-30-2012, 10:55 AM   #189
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I plugged my code scanner in to see if I could "communicate" with the computer, and it pulled up 2 codes. Evap something or another (makes sense since it's not plugged in) and coolant temp sensor. Turns out I broke the coolant temp sensor. I ordered a new one today, along with a few other odds and ends. Should be here tomorrow.

Now the goal is to make it run. I need to plumb the transmission lines to the radiator and aux cooler, plumb the power steering lines and aux cooler, plumb the radiator and heater core lines, hook up the vacuum lines, repair the PCV tube, repair the distrib cap, and paint then install the headers. I think I should be able to at least start it after all that is done, and troubleshoot whatever I screwed up.
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Unread 12-30-2012, 05:42 PM   #190
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I modified the transmission cooler lines to fit my setup. The Dodge originally had everything routed to the passenger side. So both lines from the transmission connected to the radiator and aux cooler here.


My new radiator has connections on the bottom, one on each side. So I had to shorten one of the Dodge lines so it would mate up on the driver side. I also figured out how to mount the aux cooler behind the Jeep grill.


Then I re-bent the cooler lines so it would fit behind the Jeep grille and mate up to the new radiator.


Everything should be pretty good. One line might need to be shortened a tad.

I also painted my headers a satin silver. They are currently baking in the oven.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 08:33 AM   #191
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I noticed a few things last night while working with the radiator. I extensively updated my running list of issues on the first page of the build thread. There are many other to-dos that are not directly related to the goal of swapping the engine, so I've omitted them from the list.

First, for what everyone has said about the quality of this radiator, I'm a bit disappointed. It took close to five weeks to get it. Three weeks was the estimated time, and that conversation made me believe that 3 weeks was the absolute longest time it would take. (Two holidays passed between my order and receipt of the radiator, which may have played a part, but I never did get the tracking information I was told twice that I would receive.) The inlet tube isn't round, looks a little oval, like it was dinged. The draincock was bent too. I was concerned it would break when I bent it straight. Probably didn't happen in shipment because it was packed well. Some of the included fittings are VERY rusty. Keep in mind, I live in Michigan, so I'm used to seeing rusty metal, but these fittings look like they were picked out of a scrap yard. There was also no radiator cap. I don't know if one is supposed to be included, but there wasn't one. I'm sure I can find one, but it's more hassle finding one that will fit and work correctly.

The cooling fan doesn't look like it will clear the upper radiator hose. It looks like it's too big, and too close to the radiator to get a bend on the hose so it will clear. I've heard others have used a ZJ fan, but some part numbers look to work for the ZJ and the Ram. So I don't know if the ZJ fan is any different than the Ram. I may have to go with an electric, but they sure are expensive. I think I like the idea of having a off-on-auto switch for the fan, which you can't do with a mechanical one. Also, I may add a small fan to the aux tranny cooler which can be on the same switch.

The Jeep throttle cable doesn't work with the Ram engine. It's too long. Basically when the pedal is floored with the cable hooked up, the throttle body doesn't even open. I'm going to see if I can adapt the Ram throttle cable to the Jeep pedal.

The upper control arms contact the engine mounts under flex. There's about 1 1/8" of travel. Probably a combination of the 4 cylinder springs lower rate and they are probably pretty tired at this point. I noted about 5/8" drop in ride height when measured at the cowl with the V8 vs. the I4. I'm going to try the ZJ springs and add some bumpstop until I can do some real suspension work.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 08:52 AM   #192
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Sounds like you'll have to put this Jeep away for the winter as well.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 09:03 AM   #193
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Yeah, I know. It's getting closer.

I'm going to have to starting thinking about the transmission shifter again soon. I just called my local yard to see if I can get some of this stuff I need, and they told me to just come out there and root around in the yard, so I might do that later this week.
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Made huge progress today. Today I got the power steering lines figured out and installed the headers. (No aux cooler for now; will address that later.) I also did the maintenance stuff required to make it run. Changed the oil, transmission fluid and filter, distributor cap and rotor, heater hoses. Basically the **** I broke or needed replacing anyways.

I hooked up the battery and turned the key to start. Dash lit up. Then.... nothing. I didn't even look at a wiring diagram, wasn't sure if it would work, but I jumpered the clutch switch wire and turned the key, and it fired up.

Ugly Betty runs.

There's no coolant, and the radiator hoses don't work with my radiator, but I ran it for maybe 30 seconds total. All the gauges work, tach and oil pressure read good. (I was too damn excited the first time it started to even think to look.) Once it got running for a sec, it idled down real well. It sounds mean with just the headers.

I can't even tell you how stoked I am right now.
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Made huge progress today. Today I got the power steering lines figured out and installed the headers. (No aux cooler for now; will address that later.) I also did the maintenance stuff required to make it run. Changed the oil, transmission fluid and filter, distributor cap and rotor, heater hoses. Basically the **** I broke or needed replacing anyways.

I hooked up the battery and turned the key to start. Dash lit up. Then.... nothing. I didn't even look at a wiring diagram, wasn't sure if it would work, but I jumpered the clutch switch wire and turned the key, and it fired up.

Ugly Betty runs.

There's no coolant, and the radiator hoses don't work with my radiator, but I ran it for maybe 30 seconds total. All the gauges work, tach and oil pressure read good. (I was too damn excited the first time it started to even think to look.) Once it got running for a sec, it idled down real well. It sounds mean with just the headers.

I can't even tell you how stoked I am right now.
Congrats Video or it didn't happen!
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