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Unread 10-21-2012, 08:54 PM   #16
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I am planning on the same. I got my Cherokee for free but it was an auto so I had to buy the AX. It is has the case off now, waiting for a press so I can rebuild it. I think my 4.0 may need a rebuild as well. It seems to run okay but I cannot measure much compression on it.

What are you going to do for the hydraulic clutch pedal? That is all I have left to figure out.
I plan to use the pedals out of the Cherokee, as they are supposed to be interchangeable. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/4-...e-swap-455084/ has a good outline of how to swap in a set of pedals - he got them out of a junked YJ.

How many miles on your donor motor?

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Unread 10-21-2012, 10:38 PM   #17
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How many miles on your donor motor?
206,750 on the odometer. It runs but I do not measure any compression with the rubber tipped probe and I cannot get the screw in version to screw in.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 10:39 PM   #18
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Finished the engine clean up and reassembly this afternoon and started on the intake and accessory mounts. Hope to have the motor ready for the clutch and transmission hook-up by next weekend.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 10:43 PM   #19
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206,750 on the odometer. It runs but I do not measure any compression with the rubber tipped probe and I cannot get the screw in version to screw in.
Sounds like you may have the wrong end for the compression tester - did it come with swappable tips for different thread types?
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Unread 10-21-2012, 11:56 PM   #20
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Lookit this build thread! Sign me up! I had an XJ for many years. They may be Chrysler, but they are a damn fine rig if you ask me.
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Unread 10-22-2012, 08:51 AM   #21
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Sounds like you may have the wrong end for the compression tester - did it come with swappable tips for different thread types?
Yes, and I used the tip that worked in my 258, same plugs. Also, compared the threads 1000 times. Not sure what the deal is but I could not get it to thread. Was going to make a new tip out of an old spark plug but getting that ceramic out of the center is almost impossible.
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Unread 10-30-2012, 11:26 PM   #22
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Only a little progress this weekend. Felt like all weekend and spent most of the time on the couch. Did get the alternator, AC compressor and PS pump cleaned up and brackets cleaned and painted as needed. Mounted what I could back on the motor, but it's time to dig into the main part of the project and start tearing out the 258 and tranny. I'll probably finish cleaning the manifold and other under hood stuff before the main event.
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Unread 10-31-2012, 12:13 PM   #23
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Thats looking good man!
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Unread 12-28-2012, 06:37 PM   #24
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Well, after three months I'm back at it. Finished up the engine work - got all the accessories back together and installed, so here we are ready to go. I have a 4 day weekend ahead, so I hope to have the motor and tranny in by Tuesday so I can start on the fuel wiring and other small stuff the following weekend.

Here it is ready to start:


One last look at the old motor - it looks naked without the the winch!


Goodbye old cold blooded beast!
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Unread 12-29-2012, 10:43 PM   #25
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Well, day two got me to this point before my wife drug me away to exchange some Christmas presents


As with any jeep project, I found more work to do along the way. To pull the transmission tomorrow I'm going to have to pull the center console and seats so I can get the floor plate up. I would need to do that anyway since the new transmission is longer, so may as well do it now. If I have the seats and console out I may as well clean up the floor and put some liner paint on it to cut down on the noise and rust. If I'm going to have the seats out it will make it easier to replace the fan with the Blazer motor, so may as well do that. And I was surprised at the amount of rust on the master cylinder and firewall on the drivers side.



So I guess this means a good cleaning and paint for the firewall along with a replacement master cylinder.
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Unread 12-30-2012, 04:31 PM   #26
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Just discovered why I always had problems with the clutch binding. The drivers side motor mount was torn in two! And a couple of mount bolts were only finger tight... Glad Jeep buried it under the exhaust pipe where you would never see it.
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Unread 12-30-2012, 07:20 PM   #27
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Looking good so far. Goodbye V belts, hello serpentine
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Unread 12-30-2012, 07:26 PM   #28
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Houston, we have no motor...

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Looking good so far. Goodbye V belts, hello serpentine
Odd thing is, this was one of the rare CJ's with serpentine belt instead of V belts.

Goodbye old 4.2!




Now to wire wheel and pain the firewall and pull the transmission and transfer case.
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Unread 12-31-2012, 02:10 AM   #29
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Dang, yep I didn't even look at the old motor to notice haha
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Unread 12-31-2012, 11:04 PM   #30
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So guess what I found while I was digging out the transmission and transfer case? It appears the master cylinder had a small leak in the rear seal and had been leaking down the firewall. I now have a lovely rusted mess inside from the steering column down to the floor, so just that much more work to do.

After pulling out the seats and interior I have decided to go ahead and pull the dash and clean up all the wiring mess while I am at it.

Does this EVER end
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