Ok, so I wandered ocer here from my usual YJ hangout because I've got a CJ related question.
I'm deep into a complete frame-off on my 94 YJ, and in the process I've gathered a 302 Ford small block Windsor, mated to a NP435, followed by an EB Dana 20. I'm here to ask 2 questions:
1) How is the Dana 20 mounted from the factory? I know some CJs have them and was curious as to see (pictures would be nice) how the factory hung it between the framerails.
2) I'm looking into a homebrew twin stick setup. I'd like to see what you've all come up with.
I don't know how alike or not the EB vs CJ Dana 20s are, but my instinct says that at least the case should be similar. If it matters, the NP435 is from a ~1976, and the D20 cast says 1968. Center output, T style shift. When I bought it, it came with the shifter but none of the linkage or plates, so I need to fab that up, and figured it would be the perfect opportunity to go full out twin stick.
Awesome. Thanks. I'm thinking just some DOM crossmembers between the frame rails with poly isolators. Let me 3/8" belly skid word about just protecting it all instead of double duty holding it up like was factory in my YJ. Does that sound feasible to you guys?
Also, the case is cast iron. If I bring out the old stick welder and get the appropriate rods, what do you think about welding additional ears or mounting points onto the case of both the 435 and the 20?
On most Jeeps, the mount is either on the factory adapter (T18) or under the transmission.
You know, I originally set out to get a t-18, but most places or people wanted $500+ which is no bueno. I got my 435 with adapted 20 for $300. I couldn't pass it up, especially being that it came from a EB and already had the correct bell housing and all.