I'll let you know if I sell it. Probably won't be cheap though. I'm not sure if I would want to keep it if I got a bigger one. I want a gooseneck because they haul better. I'd be looking for one that I could fit 2 Jeeps or a Jeep + pop up on it. I've also seen truck campers tied down to the gooseneck; I might try that.
Actually, there has been a little progress. However, since the weather is finally nice, I expect very slow progress on this build while I maintain a few things on the 2005, and maybe even get some wheeling in, among other things. (I have a new steering stabilizer that needs to be installed, and I need to figure out what to do about the brakes. I need an upgrade, but word around the campfire is the Vanco kit is no longer in existence, or unavailable indefinitely, and that was really my only choice.)
I started the cut for the highline:
I used my jigsaw with a new blade to make the cut. I thought this would be easier to keep straight than anything else I have in my cutting arsenal. I cut the driver side first and it's pretty straight. The passenger side came out a bit better. For that side, I put some tape on the hood, then merged two of my squares and drug it across the top of the fender and the tape, making an indentation 3.5" above the fender. I then put a couple more layers of tape on that line and it helped keep the saw nice and straight. This is how I will do my next one.
I started fitting up my fenders, which I bought as a DIY kit from a small vendor here on JF. My initial impression is not that great. None of the holes line up correctly. The tub side are cut too low, making the piece too high, and the grille side don't line up at all (holes are spaced ~2.5", the grille is spaced at 3".) Nothing that I can't overcome, but it's going to add time that I don't have to make everything fit correctly. I should have just bought the tubes and cut the rest myself so I could control the quality better.
Right now I have the front fenders removed and I've been driving it without a top, fenders or front turn signals, and tape on the hood.
Over the past few days I have read your build and must say I am completely impressed. The quality and attention to detail you have put into a Jeep which was initially a beater I find amazing. I too am getting started on my own v8 swap, I have a 97 4cyl auto which holds 5 psi oil pressure on a good day. For my donor I picked up a 98 Durango with the 5.2 and an auto tranny. My question I know you are going to loathe is about the wiring. I have looked at several builds and seen what everybody has said on just getting started and it will make more sense. My question is I know that you must use the donor engine's ecu. Do you do your wiring splices to change the 3 pins at the ecu or at the factory jeep PDC? Sorry I know this must seem a dumb question I just have yet to rip the Jeep apart but am looking for another Jeep harness to do the wiring without having the Jeep in pieces.
Thanks for the complements, but shes still a beater for now. You have to use the donor pcm to get it to run. I did my wiring a little differently than others have. I'm out of town right now, but can get details for any questions you have next week. I used the jeeps grey pcm plug, and the black and white plugs from the donors wiring harness. I did this because most of the grey plug stuff needed to stay, and the black and white was primarily engine control. There are two other plugs that need to be melded in the harness. (c103 and c104?) Others have used the jeep pcm plugs and spliced every sensor. It didnt make sense in my case.
My basic understanding is that you want to modify the c103 and c104 plugs on the engine side of the harness to retain the plugs. basically the donor does have these plugs so you are doing the splicing from the engine side of the jeep harness and the engine side on the donor harness. In doing this you will keep the firewall side of the jeep harness (including the PDC) alone and stock appearing. In spending an hour or so staring at my two harnesses this is what seemed to make logical sense to me, however I am often wrong lol. Thanks for the help it is appreciated.