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post #1 of 401 Old 05-10-2011, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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97 TJ 5.7L Hemi build

well been crawling around here for a bit now.. and figured it was about time i started my own build thread.

A little about me

custom car builder, fabricator. currently manage a collision shop. I have had several jeeps but this is the first one that i can call a build. I have always thought they needed a bit more power hence the Hemi. so when i had the chance to buy a clean 97 TJ with a 4 cyl I jumped at the deal and figured it would be a good bones to build the jeep I always wanted.

allot of progress has already been done but still have tons to do.

here is what i have done already.

repaint the whole jeep. as paint was falling off. updated interior.

custom d44 waggy axles frt and rear 6 lug and rear disc conversion.
used a TNT TRUSS for the front. custom cross over steering with one ton offset ball joints.

Rear with TNT brackets and home made truss. gm rear disc brake conversion.
currently trying to triangulate my upper control arms on my RC LA suspension lift so i can ditch my track bar.

and now to the good stuff with updates to come... 5.7L HEMI out of a 05 ram 2500 Pick up.

here are a few pictures and a concept from and AEV JEEP and a link to other PHOTOS if any one is interested.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1122922...qBkqOvk8Dq4wE#

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post #2 of 401 Old 05-10-2011, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Some more random photos
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over the last 2 nights i managed to get a few more things done. took the front clip off and pulled motor and tranny to get ready for the Hemi... pulled center console, shifter etc... pulled clutch pedal. the 4 cyl is so tinny compared to the 5.7L V8. i was sure to take good photos for reference as i don"t want to run into any problems getting this thing running again. i have my wire harness ready to put in the mail and send to Squire inc... one of the last pieces to the puzzle. I'm sure i will run into more things as i get closer but for the most part i have every thing i need to get this running. i have not figured out what to do with the exhaust or catalytic converters to be ca smog legal. if any one has some ideas i am all ears.
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motor is out
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pictures of the empty engine bay and TNT TRUSS.
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the harness that i have to send off and the engine, trans and transfer case ready to go in the jeep. still need to put a new chain in the transfer case and seal to transmission. next project is to install 1" body lift spacer needed for the HEMI swap. and to strip the motor of the harness, install exhaust manifold, and motor mounts to set into jeep. also need to get the original motor mounts cut from the jeep frame.
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this last week and weekends progress.

1. harness and computer was sent off to hot wire.
2. cleaned firewall up.
3. motor mounts were cut off the frame. and new AA were tacked into place.
problem number one... i think AA sent me the wrong motor side mounts will need to call them asap.
4. cleaned the Hemi of the original harness. and trial run into jeep. Problem #2 i found that i have the shorter of the two transfer case adapters. the one i need is 5.75" long not 4 3/8 with the stamping 52098690.
i will try the wrecking yard or order one new from the dealer.

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transfer case adapter to short.
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body lift installed. motor mounts tacked in place
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pretty sure these are the wrong motor side mounts. need to call AA Monday to see.
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motor test run. in and out a few times.
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Thanks. Can't wait to get it done. Lots of small issues to sort out. First call to advanced adaptors and order more parts. I hope to have it all put together this week but I'm pretty sure I will run into something else.

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