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Old 03-28-2012, 05:54 AM   #1
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5.3 V8 swap

Finaly got started on the swap I got a few videos up on youtube to share with you all.


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Old 05-19-2012, 10:29 PM   #6
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Man you're really going all out aren't you? This build is going to be amazing when you're done!
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:43 AM   #7
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Man you're really going all out aren't you? This build is going to be amazing when you're done!
Thank you Right now I'm pricing out stuff for a body lift so my body will clear the engine and I can determine where exactly to put the mounts on the frame rails..

I was thinking about using 2" diameter UHMW polyethylene I like that it wont squeak on the body an it has good resistance to abrasion. I can get a 4ft chunk for a little over 35$ before shipping. That's about the same price as what I can get a 4ft chunk of steel round stock at the local steel yard... A kit would but nice but there is no way I'm paying $150+ for a hand full of plastic spacers an bolts...
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What transmission are you planing on using?
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:00 AM   #10
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Yea lifts can be pricy. What transmission do you plan on using?
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:47 AM   #11
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Yea lifts can be pricy. What transmission do you plan on using?
I have an ax15 I'm going to use. Sorry for the delayed response. Any way I got the body lift done for less than 60$ Very pleased with the lift blocks them selves but it looks a bit much installed ... looks like cheating to me lol I'll leave it for now but I may end up cutting it down.
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Just some advice. Be very careful selecting materials for body mounts and hardware. I knew a young man who was killed in a wreck with a truck with a homemade body lift. I know things like that are rare but do happen. The truck hit the guard rails and the body kept going. a bit of over engineering would be called for! just my 2 cents
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Just some advice. Be very careful selecting materials for body mounts and hardware. I knew a young man who was killed in a wreck with a truck with a homemade body lift. I know things like that are rare but do happen. The truck hit the guard rails and the body kept going. a bit of over engineering would be called for! just my 2 cents
Indeed; It never hurts to be careful. I used grade 8 hardware and I believe the solid steel blocks are stronger than the commercially available plastic spacers... I think the weakest point is the threads in the stamped sheet metal body mount channel. I very much dislike that design. Further more I intend to tie the roll cage into the frame... Thank you for watching and the advice is appreciated!
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Dude, this is awesome.
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I finally got around to editing the video of the transfer case rebuild. I also had to send back the engine mounts to novak adapters to exchange them for their new style mounts. I had contacted them looking for the old instructions as they were not on the web site any longer and they strongly suggested I exchange the old mounts I had previously purchased over a year ago for the new ones... good ppl they are. I have the old ones boxed up and ready to ship back but I do not foresee any problems they are always pleasant to do business with once I shake this sore throat ill start putting the new engine in !!
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I'm stuck until I get the right transmigration mount bracket.

Has Anyone ever modified an ax5 bracket to work with an ax15? I think I could just add another hole in the bracket but I'm not sure if its the same length without one the right bracket to compare with.

I added a post in the wanted section but I'm open to suggestions... no junk yard leads in my area an there is no way I'm paying the dealer 170$ for "maybe the right one"...
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Dude, this is awesome.

Thanks! Progress is slow but steady...
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Looking good! I just finished up my 5.3 YJ conversion. Its worth all the hard work!
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Looking good! I just finished up my 5.3 YJ conversion. Its worth all the hard work!
awsome! got any video of it together?
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Got back to working on the jeep after some down time. I'm Cutting out the rot on the bottom of the frame rails and replacing it with 3/16th strapping.

I'm having some problems deciding how I want to go about attaching the belly pan to the frame. I'm going to build a custom pan and I have thought about welding angle iron to the side of the frame and bolting the pan to the angle iron.

The problem with this is it could get hung up on obsticals... (Not like there are many big rocks up here in Vermont) just mud holes. I also thought about putting the angle iron on the inside of the frame an still extending the pan flush with the outside of the frame rail.. but I dont think I like that idea either

I just dont like the internal captured nuts. Up here in the rust belt things like that dont last long, all of the captured belly pan nuts in this frame had rusted free!!! I want to build this to be serviceable years to come. An exposed nut an bolt can easily be torched off an replaced where a captured nut usually means drilling an taping a broken bolt.

Any suggestions/ideas?

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Looks like a good project@@!
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Indeed it is lol.
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Man, this is the post I have been looking for!! thanks for posting the videos. I am about to start one similar as in Engine and Trans, not quite in depth as the body and frame repair though. anything I should look out for?

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