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Unread 06-02-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
OrangeCrush79
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1979 CJ5 Skidplate Removal and Engine Drop

Greetings as this is my first post. Removed skid plate to change tranny and t-case fluids. Wasn't aware that was the support for the motor, tranny and t-case. Crawled around under it for 3 days learning my way around things. Came across posts tonight mentioning luckily nothing fell out while I was crawling around. Am now afraid of the possible issues I may have caused by leaving everything unsupported - engine into firewall studs, broken motor mounts, fan into radiator. I'll be replacing the tranny mount, stud with bushings before replacing skid plate. Question is how level is the motor supposed to be ( it is the 258 )? I didn't take note of this before removing the skid plate. I'm noticing that right now it appears as tho the head is resting against the firewall, skid plate is still off but I have a jack under the bell housing. Any guidance much appreciated.

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Unread 06-02-2013, 10:41 PM   #2
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Can't say that I've ever measured the angle on mine, but a typical engine is mounted with the back about three degrees lower than the front. Your head shouldn't be resting on the firewall. Give that jack a couple of pumps to get the rear a bit higher.
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Unread 06-03-2013, 12:33 PM   #3
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Jack it til you can get the skid plate on and you'll be okay. Check your motor mounts for tearing if none they will be okay.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 05:57 AM   #4
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Thanks, guess I won't really know until I get everything back together and attempt to bolt back up. Assuming I'll notice an issue with the driveshaft / trans if things aren't lined back up properly.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 09:56 AM   #5
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If you mount everything mounted to the skid plate properly it can't move a whole lot.
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