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2 months and no updates... ...Yeah I know... ugh...so it's been a terrible 2 months for me... Let me explain.

In late June I started getting sick and then ended up very sick in July. By the end of July I finally let Mrs Tox take me to the doctor and within minutes of entering the building I was promptly rushed to ICU via helicopter. Fun times. And then my heart stopped beating 2 days later, thankfully while still in ICU... Basically, if I had kept refusing to go to the doctor for another 2 days I 100% would be dead. Over a week in the ICU later I was sent home with my heart still doing weird things that at least wouldn't kill me.

It turns out that a nasty little tick bit me and I got lyme disease. Specifically "lyme carditis" causing complete heart block.

I'm expected to have a full recovery with no long term dependency on meds or pacemaker or anything, but I have a 6 month expected recovery time to be back to normal life. It feels stupid to admit it, but I'm learning to walk again and I'm not allowed to drive or use machinery (such as an angle grinder :( ) for at least another 6 weeks until a doctor gives me back my driver's license. I've thought about doing trails (where a license isn't required) in my wife's Jeep or buying a UTV since off roading has been running so thick in my blood but I just don't have the energy for it -- especially if I need to get out and winch. Having been healthy my entire life -- and having built our entire lifestyle around that -- and only being to the doctor a handful of times, it's been a lot to realize how "lame" I am right now.

All that said, we've been staying positive throughout the entire ordeal and finding new ways to have fun.

Anyway, I have a couple of engine swap updates with pictures on tap from June that I'll be posting, but it likely won't be for another few months until I'm making progress on the swap again.
 

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That’s unreal, Tox. Glad that you are getting through it. Lyme disease can be serious stuff, but I never knew it could effect the heart like that.

Feel better, listen to Mrs. Tox and the docs, and hang in there. The rig will be there when you are ready. I definitely know what that is like.
 

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That's unreal, Tox. Glad that you are getting through it. Lyme disease can be serious stuff, but I never knew it could effect the heart like that.

Feel better, listen to Mrs. Tox and the docs, and hang in there. The rig will be there when you are ready. I definitely know what that is like.
I never knew either! Supposedly it's super rare with only a few cases a year. All of the doctors and nurses were super curious about what they were seeing and treatment has been day to day with milestones but no real eta on when I'd hit those milestones.

Speaking of the doctors, I normally understand what they're saying and the general concepts of their explanations. With my heart doctor I stopped asking anything more than basic questions because he was knowledgeable on a level way higher than I could hope to understand. I overheard the nurses talking that I was the "difficult" case the week I was in. I'm glad he got assigned to my case.
 

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Crazy stuff. all from a little tick. I am an outdoors guy in NW PA so I am very familiar with those little bastards, but had no idea Lyme disease could attach the heart either. I'm glad the Docs got it identified and you are moving in the right direction. Get yourself an RC rock crawler to play with in the mean time. They are a lot of fun and are definitely lower impact.
 

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Holy crap!!!

I'm glad you figured it out before it was to late. It's hard to believe those little suckers could do something like this. I wish you well and a fast recovery.
 

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I'm still alive! And finally getting back into the swing of things! Over the weekend I cleaned up the garage and am hoping to get started on the engine swap again later today or tomorrow.

For your viewing pleasure, here are some things I worked on right before getting sick:

The bolts on the bottom of the Atlas that come with it stick down toward the skid. To get more clearance between them, I countersunk the holes for flat head 5/16"-18 x 1" alloy bolts. Some of the holes go all the way through to the inside of the case so I stuck an ear plug in the holes while drilling to stop metal shavings from falling in.

 

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If you look closely at a some older pictures here I had installed the 3/8"-16 studs that are supposed to hold the Atlas to the adapter on to the wrong end by placing them into the transmission to keep the adapter on it. I learned my lesson, don't confuse 3/8 with 10mm. Lol!

Thankfully a mistake that's easily fixed:



I then attached the adapter to the end of the transmission using ARP (772-1005) m10 x 1.5 x 12mm bolts. I used a little smear of RTV on the face to make sure there won't be any water intrusion.

 

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I cleaned up and removed old wiring from the supercharger to get it out of the way. I'm considering removing my CB radio for good since I nobody else seems to be using them anymore on the trail.

 

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The accelerator pedal mounting bracket turned out way better than expected. If somebody created a jig to make these, they could be a product and would take less than 15 minutes to install.





Mounts to the stock gas pedal studs:



9/16" aluminum spacer to prevent movement:



The pedal is located forward of the stock position but feels very natural to me.

(I still need to round the sharp edges of the new bracket)



I drilled through the tub to add additional mounting holes:



To shape the tub to the correct angle, I removed the bracket and tightened a longer bolt with big washers that I could use to bend the tub.



Correct length bolts:

 

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I started in on getting the shifters in place.

First I got the Atlas shifter fully mocked up and shifting smoothly. I used Advance Adapters shift linkages for a 03-06 TJ (303002U).



Next I wanted to test the Winters/Art Carr shifter with the 6L80 to make sure everything is going to work.

Here's the parts I used:
  • Winters shifter 4L80E (187-1-9112-4013-1).
  • Radesigns tap shifter kit for the Winters shifter and 6L80E (Control Kit, Cable bracket, and Resistor Harness) (I don't see this on their website anymore).
It's shifting smoothly too.



Here's the 6L80E transmission side bracket from Radesigns:

 

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I'm waiting on a few materials to finish up the shifters. So I started laying out the new wiring harness from RPM Extreme. I'm starting to realize that there's going to have to be some back and forth getting all of the wiring in, welding, painting, making new brackets, etc. So expect to see it going in and out multiple times.





Overall it seems that it's really well thought out. I'm very impressed with all of the OEM connections they have on this harness. Almost everything just connects right up. I will have to add a few of my own connections though.
 
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