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Old 07-29-2011, 06:09 PM   #91
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Got the Jeep turned around in the garage and started doing some work on the front axle;








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Old 07-30-2011, 12:30 PM   #92
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Looking good KJ I think tube doors would provide more protection not that you need it but better safe then sorry and with the right bends you can make them pretty nice looking.

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Old 08-07-2011, 11:59 PM   #93
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Didn't get as far as I had hoped this weekend, but I got the spindles/hubs/caliper brackets for 3/4 ton chev calipers on, as well as removing everything around the motor to pull it.



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Old 08-08-2011, 05:45 AM   #94
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Looks good so far. Can't wait to see it finished!
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:34 PM   #95
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Thanks!

Here's the current status. Got the motor/trans/t-case pulled. Got the frame rail clean-up started.



Advanced Adapters HEMI-TJ brackets clamped in place...





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Old 08-26-2011, 01:04 AM   #96
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:52 AM   #97
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Well, the Hemi and 545rfe transmission arrived! Got it unloaded out of the truck, cleaned up a bit, and mocked up between the framerails. Using the Advance Adapters motor mount kit makes this a piece of cake...





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Old 09-07-2011, 04:13 PM   #98
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Dang that things gonna be a beast! Can't wait for the you tube vids of it in action.
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:21 PM   #99
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:38 PM   #100
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A little bling never hurt
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:50 PM   #101
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Ok, so the Hemi is in. I burned the mounts in and got the trans and motor set back in place. Advance Adapters headers and gas pedal bracket will probably be here today. Ill have my stock TJ auto shifter assembly Monday, and the grand cherokee gas pedal next week sometime. Then its a matter of saving my pennies for the engine harness!

I ordered the remaining 8 johnny joints for the front 4-link, as well as the jam nuts and tube inserts. Tube inserts and jam nuts will be here Saturday. Id like the next step to be getting the Jeep back on the all 4 tires, so that means building the front 4 link next....

Here's how it sits with the Hemi in its new home:

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Old 10-08-2011, 07:41 AM   #102
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Got the Jeep turned around in the garage and started doing some work on the front axle;







That front diff bridge looks like a bullbar in itself let alone needing a front bumper ...
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:46 PM   #103
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dude, that thing is sick. you really need to finish this so we can stop drooling over it. i second the request for videos when it's on the trail. great work sir.
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:06 PM   #104
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Ill get some more pics....I've got a bit further on the build, just been busy...more pics up in a bit.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:19 PM   #105
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UPDATE TIME:

I got my grill and behind-the-grill hoop back in place. I had to cut the hoop off to get the 4.0L out and the Hemi in, so I cut it flush with the frame and now have it so its removable with 2-bolt flanges on the bottom to the frame. It will also tie in to my coilover hoops.

My AA headers and pedal bracket, Currie johnny joints, 06 grand cherokee gas pedal, and auto trans tunnel cover arrived and those are next...

Now that the grill and hoop are in place I can measure for a radiator...









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Old 11-01-2011, 06:20 PM   #106
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Got further with the 4-link. I got the Artec Industries lower link frame and axle brackets, upper link axle brackets, and coilover tabs. I made my upper link frame brackets and got everything tacked in place. Entering the numbers in the 4-link calculator puts me right about 55% antisquat, which from what I read is close to perfect for a front application. Coilover hoops mounted and coilovers set.





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Old 11-01-2011, 06:21 PM   #107
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A bit more done, got the bumpstops mounted. Next is getting the inner fenders to fit again. There is A LOT of clean-up work to be done, paint & powdercoating....







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Old 11-01-2011, 06:23 PM   #108
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Sitting on the rollers once again. 4-link complete.



I have been doing some little items here and there that need to be done. Finished the cage-to-frame tie-ins, got my front calipers painted and installed. I mounted my adjustable proportioning valve for the rear brakes, and ran my CB cable and mounted the antenna. Next up will be plumbing the brakes and getting the steering completed.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:25 AM   #109
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You must be getting close now, it must be slowly pushing you to finish off that last little bit here and there.

Keep us posted, it will be a beast up in the trails.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:29 AM   #110
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Its getting closer, but still a long way away. From the outside it may look like its almost ready to go, but I still need to get the Atlas transfer case, get the engine wiring harness, radiator, etc. Haven't even been able to fire the motor up. Then there is exhaust, trans mount, skid plate, rear bumpstops, drivelines....and tires on beadlocks.
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:15 AM   #111
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Just an amazing project. My hat is off to you.

Are you keeping track of the budget for this build?
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:39 AM   #112
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Awesome project i love jeeps with the rear end of the tub cut out!!
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:43 PM   #113
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woah wild project man! keep up the work!
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:03 PM   #114
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Just an amazing project. My hat is off to you.

Are you keeping track of the budget for this build?
Nope, not really keeping track of the budget. I find that if I do I want to throw up.

The major items for the build were obviously the motor and trans, which I got for $2750 shipped. Ill need an Atlas t-case which will be about 2 to 2500 bucks, and the tires and wheels, roughly 1400 for wheels (beadlocks) and 2K for the tires.

There is a LOT of little stuff that adds up. One thing that I haven't picked up yet that I really need is the engine wiring harness. I really want to get it so I can fire the motor up and get it running....but that's about 1,500 bucks!
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its probably been said, but whats the proposed tire size? not that the current tires dont looks beastly...
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:08 AM   #116
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44's would be SWEET lol
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:19 AM   #117
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College_fishman, you aren't too far off. Going with some Goodyear Kevlar MTR's in the 42" flavor, wrapped around some Raceline beadlocks.
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College_fishman, you aren't too far off. Going with some Goodyear Kevlar MTR's in the 42" flavor, wrapped around some Raceline beadlocks.
good lord. im jealous...
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College_fishman, you aren't too far off. Going with some Goodyear Kevlar MTR's in the 42" flavor, wrapped around some Raceline beadlocks.
In June or July I will be selling a like-new set of 40" Kevlar MTRs on Trailready HD beadlocks. You can see the tires in March at the swap meet in Puyallup. Currently, they're brand new, but I need them for a week in June.
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