Thanks Skerr, I need to find another full sheet of this perforated stuff so I'm not welding in three separate strips across the top of the cage. Although the build title indicates otherwise I don't want it to look too ghetto so I may not add the vents to the hood. I've been thinking about it (before I start cutting) and it would really just make a mess under the hood anyway. Any rain or water or mud that falls through will collect and pool on top of the engine. I can add the perforated sheet to the side panels of the tube fenders where they meet the tub if I need them, but I think the extra open area that the tube fenders will provide will aid in air flow through there.
After driving my 79' 401/th400 CJ in this cooler weather and it not getting over 180* (even without the electric fans running) I've realized that it's a combination of the 110*+ desert summer temps and the addition of the auto transmission that is taxing the cooling system resulting in slightly higher than normal operating temps. I don't think this build will have those same cooling issue due to the manual trans.
The driveshafts that came on this thing won't work, the front is 2 inches short and the rear is 1 inch too long. So it looks like I'll be needing a custom front shaft and a 1 inch modification on the rear shaft.
I narrowed down my next project to running the exhaust. I need a set of factory AMC V8 exhaust manifolds so if anyone has some laying around PM me.
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