Strange T176 mounting question
So before we get started, I am about to go into work, and due to weather, I am unable to crawl under the Jeep outside to really dig into things and check it out.
Working with a late '79 CJ7 258/t-176/d300, D30/Ford 9"
was originally equipped with a t400 trans
When I was last under the newly acquired CJ, I saw that the PO, evidently during his tranny swap, bolted the trans to the motor, and relocated the skid plate WAY far forward on the frame. Had to drill completely new holes in the frame, and to make it that much nicer, he also cut some large enough holes in the tub floor to get to the other side of the 10" bolt running through the frame. Trans and t-case are still appearing to be seated appropriately in the skid plate, but it makes no sense that he would have had to move it so far forward. The shifter is also very close to the front of the trans tunnel plate cover opening, and there is no tunnel plate cover. 258 seems to be in the correct spot, mounts look right. Am I missing something? Again, I haven't dug too deep in there yet, but is it possible that this is simply a matter of the wrong trans mount causing this? I would really like to put the skid plate back in it's proper placement where it doesn't look so bad and have such an overhang on the sides where the frame narrows out. Would also like everything to just be in it's proper place and connected the right way. Also gonna need to get a clocking ring for the D300 I believe as he had to do some significant body "trimming" (read hacking) to get the twin stick on the t-case to work. Went way into the pass side floor (I would say about 3" down the side of the trans tunnel.
I NEED A SINGLE 15X8 MICKEY THOMPSON OR SIMILAR ALUMINUM BULLET HOLE WHEEL!!!!