I have been lurking about the forum here for years, and thought it was about time I tried to contribute. I figured I would share the things I have been working on. Keep in mind I am no expert, but maybe someone can learn from my mistakes.
Firsts the basics: The Jeep is a 1983 CJ7. The drive train consists of a 1978 Chevy 350 engine, 1972 SM465 transmission, Dana300 transfer case, Dana30 front axle and a AMC20 rear axle. My overall goal it to keep the Jeep street worthy while restoring it to a somewhat original appearance and improving performance whenever possible. It may see some difficult terrain from time to time, but but mostly it is a daily driver.
I bought the Jeep back in 2010. After a little maintenance (and a transmission swap), we went for a quick drive drive (4500 miles) up the Alcan highway and a four day ferry ride to my island home (in Alaska).
When I bought the Jeep the T5 was pretending to be a T4 (overdrive was shot) so I bought and rebuilt a SM465 and an adapter (from Novak.) After a lot of cursing and more than a little blood it fit right in.
Oddly enough the Jeep was still geared a little high with the 3.31:1 axle gear ratio (soon to be changed.) No wonder the overdrive went out. Other than the fact that it was a T5 behind a Chevy 350 (as if that wasn't enough) in overdrive (.86) at 2500 RPM with 32" tires it should have be going around 85mph according to my calculations
. In other words way to high.
Here you can see my hack job to make the SM465 fit.
A couple years later, you can see why that was a bad idea.
Note the big crack next to the mount bolts.
More to come....