I think I'm going with a Rad support mount similar to this by nemisis. I like to have the ability to unbolt the fenders and drain the coolant and drop the grille forward to access the motor/accessories.
Finished up the Rad support today but phone died and only saved one pic of it smart phone my A$$. Here's the lower portion, the outer sheet has a slot for the factory clips and the other side of the 2x2 tube has 4 slots and a locating hole. I'm using all the factory clips and snaps just like the jk to keep a nice clean look. All aluminum used was 1/8" for strength, whole assembly should be lighter and stronger then stock. Tomorrow I'm mounting the warn lights and ill post more pics. One again guys thanks for lookin
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"soothing agricultural implement/personal servant/Walter Mitty multidimensional access utility device conveniently travels on pavement when necessary and often keeps me warm/cool/dry/soothed as needed."
Here's the oem replacement I picked up cheap to cut up and test out before I cut the other ones. The hood might be hard to make but should be worth it there's going to be more extra room under the hood then I thought. Phones camera is cracked.
Here's the adapter for the np205 its a th400 to np208/241 stock adapter. The Ford np205 is 31 spline input so I just need the 32 spline from a gm case to match the gm trans. No need for the $550 advance adapter this whole setup (tcase, gm sdapter, gm shaft) cost me $450.
Grille/Rad support almost done. Still need to gusset the light mount and build the mounts to the frame. The fenders will also bolt to it under the light mount. The bottom and top tubing is 1 3/4 sq. 1/8 wall the sides are 1" solid sq. stock and the all sheet metal is 1/8.
Hood will take some work but with all the extra room gained I don't mind. There's over a foot between the motor and grille. The jk tub is wider by around 2" that's why the hood fits over the fenders. Cutting the inner structure of the hood will make it easy to move a little at a time and replicate each change from one side to the other.
Mounts for the fender to grille are done (forgot a pic get one tomorrow) here's the beginning of the upper mount. Just have the last two pieces left that will tie into the firewall. Building everything on the welding table to ensure its all trued up and the angles are exact on both sides. Probably starting the hood tomorrow.
Welded the cast aluminum mount to a piece of box tube cut with a hole saw then welded the flat end of box tube to the Rad support. Dug up a pair of old ballistic fab adjustable link mounts for the frame side.
Didn't have room for the radiator cap so I cut it off welded it shut and I'm modifying the water pump just like meziere's smaller pumps. They only made 35 and 42 gpm pumps with the integrated tank I have a 55 gpm. Here's a pic off their site.