Replacing the stocker with a new stocker- a take out from a Hemi swap, removed with 300 miles on it. Next up:
Rubicon Express 2" lift/level
Detonator yellow Sahara fender flares
New bumpers w/Sahara trim
New soft top
Body color interior trim
Covercraft neoprene seat covers
Moto Metal rims with Nitto Terra Grapplers
New engine is IN and purring like a kitten! Working the logistics of buying and shipping the Jeep, locating and shipping the new engine at reasonable cost, plus watching the growing pile of expensive parts had me doubting my master plan of building an awesome Jeep for $15K. The engine went in so smooth I saved several hours of labor today and they were able to use that time to install the grill mesh, remove the fender flares and all the factory decals. New wheels, tire and bumpers will be here Monday. The battery sounds weak but that may be from sitting....
Eventful day today- finished front lift and ball joints, installed new front bumper and ran into some issues in the rear...
got the front wheels on....
At the rear, an axle seal was bad and had soaked the parking brake pads, the rear brake pads were shot and the soft top I was hoping to save had rotted out where it was bungeed to the upright as the previous owner ran without windows....
Next up- paint and install Sahara fender flares and bumper trim
paint and install interior trim kit
install new soft top
install grill bar
install hood and fender decals
install Covercraft seat covers
WASH the damn thing