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Unread 06-15-2010, 05:39 PM   #121
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I'll be in Vegas the first week in July.

You going to have it ready by then to take me for a ride?

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Unread 06-15-2010, 06:53 PM   #122
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I'll be in Vegas the first week in July.

You going to have it ready by then to take me for a ride?
At the rate I'm going with this thing I don't see that being a problem, as long as you mean July 1, 2013
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Unread 06-16-2010, 03:50 PM   #123
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The T176/Dana 300 is in and....THE SKID PLATE DOES NOT LINE UP!!!!!!!!WTF!!!!!! I am quickly losing my mind with this build. If anyone following has an 83 CJ7 with an AMC V8/T176/Dana300 please post a picture of the skidplate bolt locations so I can see what set of holes are supposed to be used. Can it be that I have the wrong skidplate? Are there different ones, all three CJ7's (79', 79', 83') that I've owned had this same skidplate. Can it be that the V8 is causing the drivetrain to sit in a different location? IDK...On the bright side, I'm getting my workouts in by lifting and bolting up all these transmission/transfer case combos repeatedly.



The dana 300 hangs lower than the dana 20 did.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 04:03 PM   #124
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Probably not what you want to hear but why not just bolt it all together, jack it up to the frame and drill holes in the skid plate to match the holes in the frame? They've already got a bunch of different holes drilled already, what's the problem with adding three more per side? That's what I did with mine way back when. I think your making it more difficult than it needs to be.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 05:24 PM   #125
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Probably not what you want to hear but why not just bolt it all together, jack it up to the frame and drill holes in the skid plate to match the holes in the frame? They've already got a bunch of different holes drilled already, what's the problem with adding three more per side? That's what I did with mine way back when. I think your making it more difficult than it needs to be.
I did that when I had the Muncie in there and made a couple of new holes in the skid and one in each side of the frame, I'll try it again with the T176 and see how it works. I was hoping to get lucky enough to use some factory holes.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 07:44 PM   #126
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At least you can take out your frustrations out on Tactical Ted standing over there in the corner of your garage.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 08:12 PM   #127
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Are there different ones, all three CJ7's (79', 79', 83') that I've owned had this same skidplate.


The dana 300 hangs lower than the dana 20 did.
The skid plates from 76-79' are different from the 80-86' skid plates. This was due to the use of the D20 used up to 79' and the D300 used afterwards. Is the skid plate you're using look primarily flat across the bottom or does it have a section on the right rear side which hangs down lower to allow clearance for the 300?
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Unread 06-17-2010, 05:10 PM   #128
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The skid plates from 76-79' are different from the 80-86' skid plates. This was due to the use of the D20 used up to 79' and the D300 used afterwards. Is the skid plate you're using look primarily flat across the bottom or does it have a section on the right rear side which hangs down lower to allow clearance for the 300?
It's flat across the bottom no "shovel" as guys refer to it, here's a picture of it. I noticed while searching the forum that there were different ones out there and figured this was the problem, thanks for the heads up:

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Unread 06-17-2010, 05:18 PM   #129
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At least you can take out your frustrations out on Tactical Ted standing over there in the corner of your garage.
Yup, I get good use out of it!
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Unread 06-17-2010, 06:29 PM   #130
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I would say that you need a 1980-1986 skid plat instead of the older one you got there then.
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Unread 06-18-2010, 06:59 PM   #131
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Can't find a 80-86 crossmember locally and bolting up the original crossmember to the transmission mount and jacking it up to find locations for new holes was a no go. The original crossmember I have overhangs each side and there is no horrizontal surface to drill new holes in. I picked up another 10 feet of tubing and will start on a new crossmember for the t176/dana300. This one needs to be about two inches longer side to side and 1 inch longer front to back. This will alleviate the other issues I had with my first two attempts and give me the ability to make each of my down tubes out of one piece of straight(easier) tube instead of multiple pieces with different angle cuts. I'll reuse the mounting plate off the other one I made. I guess if I would have planned this build out on paper I could have avoided all this... But what fun would it be then? Hopefully I'll have some fabrication skills by the time I'm done with this build.

I cut all the tube for the crossmember today. I must have learned a few tricks the first two times around because everything fits together much nicer than the first two I made (and no wasted cuts)...I'm sending it off to get finish welded by my friend and I should have it finished shortly.
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Unread 07-09-2010, 01:43 PM   #132
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I sold off the Muncie and made back my initial purchase price for the whole Jeep. I figure the fewer transmissions i have laying around, the less of a chance I have at changing drivetrains again. Work and other projects have been keeping me busy lately. I got my crossmember back and will hopefully get some time to finish it. Has anyone put a clocking ring on their Dana 300? The Dana 300 seems to hang pretty low and I found a clocking ring on ebay for about $70.00. I dont need to run it flat but raising it up and inch or two would be better for ground clearance.
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Unread 07-11-2010, 06:42 PM   #133
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All tacked up and ready to be final welded...



Hopefully the next post from me will be when I bolt this thing up for good at the end of the week....
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Unread 07-11-2010, 06:58 PM   #134
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That is some more cross member! Looks very good. Can't wait to see everything bolted back up. I feel like I am getting close too, and the anxiety is killing me!
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Unread 07-18-2010, 07:00 PM   #135
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I bought a set of five Cragar series 365 wheels today for this build. I originally planned on reusing/repainting the american racing steel wheels I already had but i needed to buy two more because I only had three good ones. The american racing wheels were $75 each and the Cragars are $39 each. For the price of three american racing wheels i got a full set of five Cragars and saved myself some prep/paintwork.
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