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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.