Since I'm still in the gathering parts I won't be much help as far as diagnosing the problem, you will have a lit more luck trying your luck at jeepstrokers.com, plenty of guys there will be able to help.
Slight update that came up today, although not directly related to this build, it does effect it. One of my co-workers just did an engine swap on a 02 WJ 4.0, and has the old engine laying around. He asked me if I have any use for it, and me being me, I said yes..... I'll find a use for it.
This got the gears turning, I've got the 68-231-4 cam and lifters laying around, and I've been looking for an excuse to get that Skat stroker crank.... Just a mild port cleaning on the head, grab a set of 4.2 rods to put with my crank, grab a set of .040 over 4.0 pistons through work..... And then I remembered that O'Reillys has a machine shop at the headquarters in Springfield, MO that does engine work. So I called out there and asked about the process of getting work done, the parts are shipped out with a work order from the store and sent to Springfield, works done and it's shipped back. I asked about how the process works, cost wise for employees and the guy didn't have an answer, but he did give me the number for the machine shop, I'm going to call on Monday. I'm going to venture to say that it won't cost much, if anything at all since it's mostly just labor, and the shipping is all going to happen weather my engine is going or not, it would just be hitching a ride.
I think I already have a guy interested in the motor, which is a good thing, to help fund the cost of the items needed to finish the build. I'm including the crank, cam, and lifters I have already, block and head too, as well as some of the other odds and ends laying around. The only thing I'd be getting out of it is the Skat crank, a JBA header, and his old engine. And since this person is comming back to work for O'Reilly, I'll let him buy all the rest of the part needed, bearings, gaskets, pumps, etc.
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