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B2CARPEN 10-01-2014 01:05 PM

B2CARPEN's 2000 Jeep TJ 4.7L Stroker Build
 
Hi my JF buddies!! It's been quite a while since I've been active on this forum due to some prior time restrictions, but now I finally have the time to document the current project that I've been sloooowly working on the past few months... very exciting :2thumbsup:

Background...
About two winters ago the 4.0L developed a loud knocking noise that I originally thought to be a collapsed lifter, so I decided to park the jeep in my garage until I found the time to tear into the engine. A few month ago I began disassembling the engine and removed the cylinder head to gain access to the lifters and investigated to see if any were heavily damaged enough to cause the symptomatic knocking noise. They were all collapsed, but not smashed or pancaked. This only meant that the issue was in the lower end and most likely a broken piston skirt (very common issue for high mileaged jeeps).

When i dropped the oil pan down for inspection this is what I found...

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...813_212832.jpg

This means that I'm looking at a full engine rebuild at best, but from a positive point of view this gave me the excuse to ditch the AMC 242 crank and stroke the motor :devil: and that's exactly what this thread is about.

The motor has about 185k miles, but surprisingly there were not many unexpected challenges that have popped up so far, but I intend to share this entire process from start to finish and ongoing thereafter. This should be a lot of fun and I will do my best to document as much as possible along the way... picture heavy! :duhrock:

more to come soon...

dayriesw 10-01-2014 01:35 PM

Look who is back now...

B2CARPEN 10-01-2014 02:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dayriesw (Post 25842930)
Look who is back now...

Your jeep transformed into beast mode! Damn :drool:

dayriesw 10-01-2014 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by B2CARPEN (Post 25843970)
Your jeep transformed into beast mode! Damn :drool:

Thanks Bud. Can't wait to see yours with a 4.7!

B2CARPEN 10-01-2014 02:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dayriesw (Post 25844010)
Thanks Bud. Can't wait to see yours with a 4.7!

It's good to be back wrenching on the jeep again Mike, I'm excited as well.

B2CARPEN 10-01-2014 02:46 PM

Organization is key when tearing apart something you intend on putting back together again, so lable, bag, and separate out every bolt, wire, part you plan to reuse or reinstall. I took the precaution to organize everything since I was originally planning on rebuilding the 4.0L, but it doesn't hurt even tho nearly everything will be replaced.

Here's some pics of the engine tear down...

Valve cover removed, everything looked so clean considering the mileage...

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...027_115444.jpg

Rocker arms and push rods removed...

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...629_194622.jpg

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...629_194753.jpg

Fuel rail removed, you can see how dirty these lil injectors are...

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...713_145459.jpg

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...713_231733.jpg

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...713_231554.jpg

Spark plugs were shot...

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...713_231401.jpg

Removed front of motor components (therm housing, water pump, fan clutch, move power steering pump to the side)

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...13_1455440.jpg

Wiring moved to the side and labled...

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...713_145723.jpg

B2CARPEN 10-01-2014 02:54 PM

Some other things worth mentioning... remove the spark plug rail, alternator, A/C hard lines and compressor (if you happen to have A/C), disconnect all cables, wires, and vacuum lines from the intake manifold so you basically have left the manifold and headers to still be remove and then the cylinder head.

Don't forget to drain the coolant from the radiator and do your best to drain the heater hoses into a bucket or container, remove the radiator hoses. Drain the oil!! You do not want to drop that oil pan when it's filled with oil, you will be sorry.

B2CARPEN 10-01-2014 03:19 PM

Intake manifold removed, you can see the years worth of grime and carbon buildup ...

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...713_211753.jpg

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...713_222958.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...713_222751.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...713_220402.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...713_220246.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...713_220235.jpg

B2CARPEN 10-01-2014 03:26 PM

Next were the Exhaust headers.. (fyi - the bolts for the intake and exhaust were not as bad to get to as everyone makes them out to be, you just need a good set of socket extensions with a wobble ends, these will make your life so much better)

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...720_160052.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...720_155924.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...720_155902.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...720_155727.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...720_155400.jpg

REDLYNER 10-01-2014 03:27 PM

Well, look who is drinking some awesome sauce.

Subscribed.

B2CARPEN 10-01-2014 03:39 PM

Then you can safely remove the cylinder head, which weighs 60lbs and is filthy and covered in oil (bad valve cover) and just plain sucky to lift off the block, just be careful and take your time. Once it's removed then you can remove the oil pan and gain access to the connecting rod bolts, you will slide the pistons straight up and out the top of the block.

So everyone who asks "can I remove the pistons without removing the head??" The correct answer is no. Even if u get it out after nicking up your crank journals, how do you plan to get new pistons installed? And if you have any real mileage on your engine (like mine) then you MUST take the block to a machine shop anyway... don't take short cuts here...

Pics of the cylinder head removed, removing lifters out from the lifter bores using an extended magnet, oil pan removed, in reverse order lol...

http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...813_210410.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...813_210248.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...813_210230.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...721_234534.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...720_234701.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...720_234355.jpg http://i972.photobucket.com/albums/a...720_234257.jpg

B2CARPEN 10-01-2014 03:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by REDLYNER (Post 25845378)
Well, look who is drinking some awesome sauce.

Subscribed.

Thank's brotha, good to have you on board! :cheers2:

B2CARPEN 10-01-2014 03:41 PM

Many more updates to come... have to head out to the machine shop now. I will report back soon.

Imped 10-01-2014 03:50 PM

Holy ****, he lives.

B2CARPEN 10-01-2014 03:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Imped (Post 25845786)
Holy ****, he lives.

Lol yes indeed and my jeep will live again soon too


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