Ok, I'm going to attempt to finish this Jeep in a month and a half. As of right now, it is a rolling chassis. I am currently attempting to figure out how to route the fuel lines (there were none when I bought the chassis), as well as the brake lines. Everything I have done soo far has been a direct result of the information I have found on this website, so I decided I should give something back by posting my build up. Hopefully it will help someone with theirs, as well as giving me the opportunity to bounce questions off of you guys. I attempted to sell this Jeep as a Knee-jerk reaction to a military move, but I have decided to try to get it into one piece before I leave, so that I still have a Jeep. Here is my progress soo far (some of these images may look familiar if you follow the classified section).
Came home today to brand new fuel lines and brake lines from 4wd.com. Unfortunately one of the fuel lines was kinked. This jeep started as just a frame (no brake lines or fuel lines). Does anyone have pictures (with labels) of the fuel lines? I know they should only go one way, but they all look the same to me.
I got all of the brake lines and the new proportioning valve put in today. Picked up a nice looking transmission and transfer case today for $250. Also, dropped the 304 block to a new (new to me) engine shop this morning. He was not impressed with the machine work of the "racing engine" machine shop. I wish I would've known about the new shop in the first place. Hopefully this guy won't let me down.
I started building the 304 today, however, the rear main bearing doesn't fit. To be more specific, it won't fit the crank. There is also a gap at the back of the bearing. The Clevite part number checks out correctly, but it's not right. Has anyone else run into this problem?
Finally got the trans installed! The crossmember had to be re-drilled. I'm pretty sure I have a crossmember for a newer T4/T5 trans. The tail shaft isn't perfectly lined up, but I think this will buy me the time to find a new crossmember or a 4 speed trans.
Now it's time to get the driveshafts extended. I found a guy in Nashville that will do both driveshafts for $100. That sounds like a pretty good price to me. So, I'll drop them off on Monday, and pick them up in the afternoon. I'm a little surprised that I only need about an inch on each shaft. I figured that a 7" lift would need more.
While I'm in here today...has anyone ever tried to put a T150 or T15 into a 80-86 CJ-7? Mine is an 81-ish, but I spent 3 days trying to get everything lined up. I'm curious if maybe it was just the crossmember that caused my problems. I have the 80-86 crossmember, but I think the 76-79 may have bolted right up. Unfortunately, I don't have the older version.