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Old 06-02-2012, 01:14 PM   #1
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1995 Jeep Wrangler 305 conversion project

I am starting a conversion project for a 1995 YJ. Here is the progress so far.

New engine mounts welded forward to fit the Chevy 305

Drivetrain kit installed and bolted in.

4 inch body lift done.

Engine wiring removed from old harness.

New manifold bolted for 4 barrel carb.

Temp sensor installed.



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Old 06-02-2012, 01:16 PM   #2
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I am heading to the junkyard today to pull the harness and bolt-ons from a 79 Camaro. Should be nice and simple by the time I am done.....

One thing that always bugs me is how complicated vehicles are now. It will be nice to build simplicity into a vehicle.

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Old 06-02-2012, 01:18 PM   #3
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Drivers side shorty header done.... figuring out exhaust and fuel today. (after I raid the junkyard for Distributor, Coil, Alternator bracket and wiring.
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:20 PM   #4
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ok, Got my alternator bracket and alternator mounted, Header on the passenger side on, Riser and 4 barrel carb bolted down, new distributor in but not set, starter wires on, brake booster hose and vacuum advance hose on but still need a check valve for the brake booster line.....

Good days work on the Jeep...


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Old 06-03-2012, 12:38 AM   #7
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4" body lift, ouch any reason you chose a body lift?

Any reason you chose a 305? and a carb?

TBI is easy, 350s are a dime a dozen (and a direct swap for your 305).

I see your still running the Vacuum CAD front axle lock system, to simplify that whole mess, how about checking out this thread:

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/repl...el-163873.html

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Old 06-03-2012, 01:33 AM   #8
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The 4 inch body lift gives a little more wiggle room with the conversion. Doing a suspension lift at a later date.
I purchased it with the 305 in it and mounts welded already. So for cost sake I kept it. Did carb because that is the experience I have. At some point, once I have it all running properly, I will switch to a TBI just to make sure it performs better, but I had the carb and can use the parts that will come off it on later projects too.
I am in Minnesota....

Thanks for the link.
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Aren't you going to have emission issues with the carb installed since the Jeep was MPFI originally?
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Just out of curiosity have you checked you fan clearance? It seems to me that your motor is sitting a little low in comparison to the radiator, from the pic.
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X2, not sure I agree with the need for any body lift
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Aren't you going to have emission issues with the carb installed since the Jeep was MPFI originally?
If you are referring to vehicle emission tests then no, as MN does not do them anymore.
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Just out of curiosity have you checked you fan clearance? It seems to me that your motor is sitting a little low in comparison to the radiator, from the pic.
Had everything mocked up and fit well. Fan clearance is good. I think my angle looks funny in the picture. It is not nearly as drastic as it seems.
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X2, not sure I agree with the need for any body lift
It is easy enough to take down of off completely if I do not like it.
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Thank you guys for the spot check. I want to make sure I am doing this right and do not miss anything. Any other things that might hang me up in this project?

(just so everyone knows... it is carb and mechanical fuel just to get it going as it is a daily driver. This will change later to TBI... maybe in a few months)
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Yup, gauges, inline fuel pump, power steering hoses off the top of my head
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It is easy enough to take down of off completely if I do not like it.
Remember, when/if you remove that 4" body lift, everything changes under the hood, you might have more room now, but lose 4" later and it throws everything off, main thing that comes to mind is your fan/shroud/radiator alignment. Power steering lines and fuel lines may suddenly come in contact with the body with no easy/cheap/quick fix (new lines and routing may be necessary).

If you plan on removing the body lift, i would think its better to remove it sooner then later to avoid issues like these...

Besides, 4" i would think is unsafe if you get in an accident, the possibility the body would shear right off those bolts really scares the crap out of me, but I dont run a Body Lift....
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not to hate b/c you are on a budget but I would chuck that 305. It looks like stock truck heads and intake. unless your goal is to turn gas into noise its going to dissapoint. as it sits its likely making shy of 180hp.

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