Hey all -
I won't rest until I get past this engine/tranny install stage...
Okay, so I ordered engine mount brackets from JWJeep.com. They should be here by the weekend. The engine mounts on my chassis were for a 4-cylinder and the engine I am dropping in is a 6-cyl. I am installing the new engine mount brackets in the place they need to be to fit my engine. Here's my concern: The transmission mount is pretty much set and so is the length of the drive shaft. So, if I am off by even a 1/4" on the placement of these brackets, when I go to install my drive shaft, it either won't fit in OR it'll fit with a gap between itself and the yoke it's going in to.
I am stressing over getting the bracket sin EXACTLY the right spot so my drive shaft will fit exactly. Is there ANY "play" in the set-up, if I am off by a bit? How can I make sure I am welding these things in the exact right spot? Where should I take measurements from? I do still have the old, rotted chassis - should I take measurements from it and transfer them to the new one?
I am almost inclined to hoist the engine/tranny (they are together) in there, attach the tranny to it's mount, attach the drive shaft - then mark on the frame where I should weld the engine mount brackets. IS this my best course? Am I thinking too much?