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Unread 04-02-2010, 12:20 AM   #31
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Hey Jeff, nice build! I just stumbled upon this thread, seems like everyones jeep is having surgery this spring. Looks really nice, I'm jealous of the engine..(actually I'm jealous that you've gotten this far..lol) My motors out, got my sbc almost ready to go in, will prob test fit this weekend. I went with the M.O.R.E mounts, they're in getting powder coated now. (Fatman, I'll let you know how they work out). Jeff, what exhaust are you going with? It looks like GM manifolds, but I cant tell for sure. I want to go with a header sys, just not sure which one, any ideas? (not outside the frame, I have step bars). Keep up the good work, check back later...
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Unread 04-02-2010, 06:16 AM   #32
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Hey Jeff, nice build! I just stumbled upon this thread, seems like everyones jeep is having surgery this spring. Looks really nice, I'm jealous of the engine..(actually I'm jealous that you've gotten this far..lol) My motors out, got my sbc almost ready to go in, will prob test fit this weekend. I went with the M.O.R.E mounts, they're in getting powder coated now. (Fatman, I'll let you know how they work out). Jeff, what exhaust are you going with? It looks like GM manifolds, but I cant tell for sure. I want to go with a header sys, just not sure which one, any ideas? (not outside the frame, I have step bars). Keep up the good work, check back later...
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Thanks!

The exhaust manifolds are for a vette or something.
They are Rams horn center dump with a 2 1/2 inch outlet.
I actually picked those up from a guy on ebay so that I would not have to grind off any accessory brackets on the manifolds.

I did not want headers, I have them on a truck I have (Edelbrock Stainless) and can't stop the leaks.

It will have 2 1/2 duals with yet to be determined mufflers.

We want to see pics of yours.......



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Unread 04-02-2010, 08:38 AM   #33
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if you don't mind me asking, i was just wondering if you could throw a ballpark figure of how much this has cost you?
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Unread 04-02-2010, 01:43 PM   #34
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if you don't mind me asking, i was just wondering if you could throw a ballpark figure of how much this has cost you?
Well that's a good question.....

The wife isn't here so I'll try go give a good answer and yes I have lost my mind!

So far just for the engine swap I have around $5300.00 in it, that number will continue to climb.

That is the FI setup and all. I still have to make a decision on a radiator, fans and Hoses.
I am building from scratch and even had to buy a bunch of brackets and bolts.

Before I am done I will be replacing the power steering pump, steering gear,gear bracket and shaft.

Also she is going to get hydroboost brakes and AC.

There are cheaper ways to do this, but I wanted to go all new.

Click on my build sheet in my signature and you will get and idea of what I'm talking about.

Now I'm depressed.



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Unread 04-04-2010, 04:34 PM   #35
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Made some progress Saturday.

Finished all of the plumbing at the rear of the jeep.

The extra rubber line that is loosely tied up is a temporary tank vent line to the front of the jeep.
I'm thinking of using copper to run the tank vent line permanently.






Looking at this I'm gonna add a clamp to the line from the liquid check valve to the roll over valve.
We also finished the wiring at the rear. Tank sender and fuel pump.


Fuel filter.


We wired in the speed sender and reverse as well.


Happy Easter

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Unread 04-06-2010, 01:31 AM   #36
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Hey Jeff, thanks. I know what you mean about leaky headers, but I'm gonna give it another shot. Kind of hit a snag this weekend. My MORE mounts dont quite fit as I expected, gonna talk to them tomorrow. My engines still out, due to this, so I have to get a move on. Still have a little top end work to do, but I could still do that with the engine installed. Mine was planned as just a quick swap, with a restore coming in a year or 2. Well, those were the plans anyway. I'll try to get you some pics soon. Keep up the nice work
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Unread 04-07-2010, 07:13 AM   #37
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My MORE mounts dont quite fit as I expected, gonna talk to them tomorrow. My engines still out, due to this, so I have to get a move on.
When I was doing my research for parts I was reading the PDF on the more mounts and they were saying that the engine can only go one place.

I was thinking that this could cause issues. That was the major factor in my choice of the Advanced Adapters mounts.


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Unread 04-07-2010, 08:54 AM   #38
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Project is looking good Jeff. I have been running the SBC conversion in my '79 CJ5 for over a year now. It works perfect with tons of power. I used the same Ram Horns for a while. The only real major problem that I ran into was excessive under hood heat. These manifolds have a hard time exiting heat and have been known for years to burn out valve cover gaskets. But, they do fit good for this conversion. I just recently switched to headers and couldn't believe the difference in power and heat. Just wanted to give you a heads up in case you ever have trouble. Also the headers work great with the serpentine brackets. The SBC has plenty of power in these CJs and it will be worth all the money and labor. All smiles, buddy!
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Unread 04-07-2010, 03:51 PM   #39
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Project is looking good Jeff. I have been running the SBC conversion in my '79 CJ5 for over a year now. It works perfect with tons of power. I used the same Ram Horns for a while. The only real major problem that I ran into was excessive under hood heat. These manifolds have a hard time exiting heat and have been known for years to burn out valve cover gaskets. But, they do fit good for this conversion. I just recently switched to headers and couldn't believe the difference in power and heat. Just wanted to give you a heads up in case you ever have trouble. Also the headers work great with the serpentine brackets. The SBC has plenty of power in these CJs and it will be worth all the money and labor. All smiles, buddy!
Good to see you back!

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Unread 04-08-2010, 01:26 AM   #40
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Good to see you back!

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Thanks, buddy. I have been so busy on projects and other forums. I started back on my Jeep project again, so Im back! Glad to see you are now working on the conversion! Looking good, buddy!

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Unread 04-08-2010, 03:47 AM   #41
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Hey Jeff,
I may have hit the panic button a little soon on the mounts. I did have to do a little cutting, a little bending, but with minimal tools. Got some pics I'll post soon, so happy now, I can at least try and stick the motor this weekend, cam and lifters came in 2 days, awesome!
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Unread 04-08-2010, 07:06 AM   #42
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Just saw your thread today Jeff. Great job and even better that your boys are right in there helping out!! I like that part.
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Unread 04-15-2010, 12:37 PM   #43
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jealous

I'm jealous of your awesome 350 AND that red Alabama clay! I'm in the land of sand here in FL.

Very nice man. Thanks again for the paint suggestion. I love that fine texture paint. Did my whole roll bar and it came out like a factory finish.
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Unread 04-15-2010, 07:22 PM   #44
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Just saw your thread today Jeff. Great job and even better that your boys are right in there helping out!! I like that part.
Thanks! My boys are my life.

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I'm jealous of your awesome 350 AND that red Alabama clay! I'm in the land of sand here in FL.

Very nice man. Thanks again for the paint suggestion. I love that fine texture paint. Did my whole roll bar and it came out like a factory finish.
I think that half of the red clay is still under the jeep!

The other half has been tracked in the house by the boys!

We made a little more progress last weekend. We installed the FI harness and the oil and temp gauge hook-ups.

We then drilled for and installed the dash insert so the inside of the jeep is done!

We tested all of the electrical hook-ups as well as the fuel system.
No leeks and all of the functions work that we wired up!
Still working under the hood to clean up the wires and re-route stuff.

The jeep will be lonely this weekend as I get to work.



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Unread 04-16-2010, 12:00 AM   #45
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Ah, yeah... that work thing! That gets in the way for me too!!
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