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08-02-2019 07:17 PM
RedJeepster1 Nice shop! Glad to see your back on the Jeep.

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08-02-2019 01:23 PM
Shop Build

Some pics of the shop build.
08-02-2019 01:21 PM

Alright I am getting good at the long absences. The jeep has mostly sat since Nov 2017. We moved in early 2018 and spent some time working on the new (old: 1916) house. Then the first half of 2019 building a shop since there was no garage or basement at the house. I did everything except the slab and I ordered the trusses pre-built. Anyway, the shop is basically done and I have picked back up on the Jeep build. It does crank and run. I had a custom converter made from PTC (3200 stall and lock up). Finally got the 8.8 brackets welded on and installed the rear end in the jeep. Measured and ordered a driveshaft and got that installed. Whats left: Shift cable, throttle cable, waste gate, cold side plumbing and BOV, finish radiator mount, rad hoses, rad overflow tank, power steering reservoir, belt, oil catch can (PCV), hook up rear brakes and e-brake, and finally wire in the boost, AFR and tach gages. Hopefully not too much time left to be finished. Some pics attached.
07-11-2018 07:42 PM
zachickling26 I’ve been reading through your thread. I am planning on doing a similar build and was wondering if you’ve progressed anymore since your last post?
10-24-2017 11:14 AM
AC/Heat Info

JeepTed I am not too sure on the TJ. My jeep never had a stock tach so I put an aftermarket one in years ago. I will be using that. Also the speedometer is mechanical so for the time being it will not work. Dakota digital sells electric to mechanical and vice versa adapters for speedos.

I do not have AC on the build. The heat is basically the same as stock. Two hoses from the engine to the heater core. As far as AC. I do want to put AC on the jeep eventually. I left space for a compressor on the passenger side on the block down low. I will make my own bracket for a Sanden rear exit compressor. I will have to figure out the wiring later. I know the GM PCM can turn the compressor on and off based on RPM so you don't damage it. Otherwise I kept the Jeep compressor signal wire to turn it on and off from the stock switch in the cab. I will probably just use that and turn the AC off if I'm getting on it hard.

I'm sure you can find better info about AC than what I know.
10-09-2017 02:43 PM
Originally Posted by Sawhub View Post
Once again, sorry for a long delay. The build is still ongoing. I will have some updates posted soon for everyone. Thanks for your interest!
Awesome! Glad to hear. I have a few questions about your wiring and AC.

How did you get speedo and tach to work? I have essentially the same build going (just in a TJ) and I don't understand how to get those working.

And, did you retain AC?
Did you re-bracket it and move it higher? Which bracket did you use?
How did you get it working? Tie into the Jeeps harness; run new wires; use the LS's wiring? I'm really confused about that.

10-08-2017 11:54 AM
Sawhub Once again, sorry for a long delay. The build is still ongoing. I will have some updates posted soon for everyone. Thanks for your interest!
10-04-2017 02:43 PM
JeepTed Is the XJ build still in progress or is it complete?
12-18-2016 03:26 PM
Teeshock Someone's been busy! Your PDC relay plate is a neat idea.

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12-14-2016 01:13 PM
Some Updates

Not a lot done on the XJ. I did get the radiator temporarily mounted, uncapped the stock truck injectors and got a 2000-2004 Grand Cherokee brake booster and master cylinder.

I will start my 4L80E rebuild soon. Got the kit already here and the trans is torn down (tore it down like a year ago)...

A friend of mine and I pulled the engine and trans out of his 86 F150 5.0 Auto. The trans started slipping and eventually quit moving the truck forward at all. We ordered a rebuild kit and rebuilt the trans. It was Ford's AOD (Auto Overdrive 4 speed). Not a difficult rebuild just time consuming. The Forward clutch pack was totally cooked. Pics below. Took about 2 weeks total on and off for everything. The truck started right up and the trans seems to work great so far! We were pretty excited about that.

I finished the table legs and table. My wife and I think it turned out really good. She painted the base to look rustic/antique. I am happy with it and the Harbor Freight wood lathe worked great.
11-10-2016 12:25 PM
jboy416 Ya transfer case.

I'm planning my own build right now. I have a LQ4 4l80e and some tons sitting in the garage floor. I will be building a 408 stroker with forced induction. Most likely a eaton m122 (I already own it) or the tvs that on the 6.2 ctsv.

I am just running through transfer case options before going full atlas.
11-08-2016 09:25 AM
Sawhub Torque Converter? or are you asking about Transfer Case. This conversion is 2WD only, so no transfer case. For converter I would like to run the Circle-D 278mm converter. But I will probably cheap out for now and run stock.
11-07-2016 06:27 PM
jboy416 Hopefully I didn't glance over it but what are you doing for a TC?
10-24-2016 06:04 AM
Wiring, Table legs and Football

The wiring is almost done. Just have the OBD2, Engine light, Spedo, Tach, and TCC to finish. This portion of the project has taken the longest by far but is (to me) one of the most important for functionality and to make the build as clean as possible. The fuse and relay block are done. I made a "Power distribution block" and ran a wire from the starter to the block, alt to block and then to all my fuses/relays. I will then have a wire from battery (in the back) to the starter (1/0 gage wire because it was free).

The wiring can be slightly overwhelming during the process but just keep working and stay organized. It will all come together nicely as you can see in the pictures. I have a somewhat before and after picture of the wiring.

The hot side exhaust (minus the downpipe) is officially finished. I finished welding the V-band flanges on and put an O2 bung after each bank collects together. I will run a wideband in the downpipe.

My wife had been wanting a farmhouse table for the dining area for quite some time now. We both liked the turned legs the best but they are fairly expensive. I decided to buy the Harbor Freight 33" wood lathe and try to turn the legs myself. Never done woodturing before except little pens/pencils. Please be very careful if you decide to turn, it can be dangerous. Anyway, I attached a picture of my very first attempt. I am pretty happy with it and now just have to make 3 more to match....

Also, I am a big Georgia Tech fan and alum! So, Go Jackets!
10-16-2016 06:25 AM
Teeshock Awesome thread. Subbed.

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