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Old 06-10-2014, 12:44 PM   #1
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95 Rio Grande 350 motor swap. Here we go.

Just started the labor work last night (Monday). Got my fenders and grill w/ radiator off. Tonight I will get the exhaust off and undo the motor and tranny mounts and the rest of the external motor crap undone. I am pretty much on my own and have no help so everything for me is twice as much work if not more. I am putting a 87-95 TB motor in my 95 wrangler. Pretty much a stock deal. I will be using a edelbrock 1406 electric choke carb with an assassin intake. I bought the assassin ram head headers and the Novak motor mounts and tranny conversion kit for a 700r4 with the 23 pline TC input shaft to the NP231j (factory) TC. So pretty much going from a standard to an auto. I changed the TB motor into an old school type with an HEI dist. Bought the old school brackets V belt type off of Ebay at what seems a reasonable price. Using a one wire Alt. Also using the power steering pump from the 350 motor just took off the serp pulley and replaced it with a v belt pulley. Bought a Champion three core radiator.

Right now I'm into this thing about 3000.00. I believe I have most of what I need. No plans at present to change out axles or add electric fans or any of that noise. Like I said pretty much in the fledgling phase just getting started. I will post pics tonight if I can figure out how. I hope to have this thing in by the weekend. But I'm sure not running. If you have any questions or concerns or even advice I am open to listen. I'm sure I'll need plenty of help along the way...Thanks for reading...will let you know how tonight went tomorrow...

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Ready to see some pics! I'm in the finishing up stages of my swap. Its been a fun project so far. If you haven't seen the thread already check the second link in my sig. it sounds like your off too a good start but it may contain so info to something you don't know. Plus it has links to many other Chevy swaps.

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The D35 rear axle will fail being powered by a 350 engine. You WILL need to upgrade the axle. With that much torque, you may want to think about 1 ton axles. Just a thought.
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:18 PM   #4
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Than you very much. As I already have questions so I will be checking out your build!
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:22 PM   #5
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taking it out!

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Old 06-12-2014, 07:28 PM   #6
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Sorry it takes so long to get back to the progress but I work till late in the evening go strait to the garage when I get off. Then it time to shower and go to bed when I get in....
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:29 PM   #7
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Got her pulled all the way out tonight....The whole thing by myself.... It can be done..Just gotta be creative..
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:32 PM   #8
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Out with the old.

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Old 06-12-2014, 07:34 PM   #9
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By the way....motor and tranny, radiator... 4 sale...approx. 3500 miles on a complete rebuild....
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Little further

On Thursday after getting the motor and all pulled I was doing a little investigating and realized the TC shifter was not going to hook up to my 700r4. So I went to the inter web....again....and found a TC shifter adapter for the NP231J TC from Novak of course and it was pretty sweet looking, and a little pricy @ 150 and some change. I must say at this point that's no bad compared to what I got in it this far. I also went to Advance Adapters and they make an adapter also but claim it may or may not only work with their tranny adapter...but for $55.00 I said lets see...Its on its way. I also ordered a G2 gears TC rebuild kit for about $110.00 without the new chain from 4wd. I will see how mine looks when I get it out and decided if I need a new one plus I guess they come in two widths and I didn't want to order the wrong one and have to go through all the trouble of sending it back and resending....
My plan is to UTUBE the directions for the TC rebuild. I have already watched a couple of them and I think between all I should be able to get er done!
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:57 AM   #11
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Saturday morning.

I got up early this morning (habit) (Saturday) and pulled the TC from the motor and tranny. Took off the OEM TC shifter and got it ready to be washed up for the rebuild kit. I also cut out the motor mounts from the frame with my torch. That takes about 15 for me anyway. I'm no torch hand but its done. I cut as close to the frame as I could to save on grinding time. At this point I'm still thinking this is the easy part. Cant really do a lot till I get my 700r4 back from the rebuilder and get the TC rebuilt and re mated with the tranny adapter and new motor.
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:06 AM   #12
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Few more pics

Take it apart and cutting em off!
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:49 AM   #13
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looking good. take several pics of that shifter when it comes in if ya don't mind. I have to build one for mine soon, the site says it wont work without their adapter which has kept me from buying it, it does look super nice
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:31 PM   #14
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Making great progress for a one man shop. Keep up the good work
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:37 PM   #15
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Thank you guys...Today (Sunday) I went to town and got my plugs (AC Delco) and oil filter. I started around 2pm on taking apart the TC. I will not take any pics of this process due to all the Cussing I did towards what I thought was the end of rebuild kit install. Its funny now but after about 6 hrs of back and forth to the house to watch the utube build videos when I had question and back out to get the work done my ole feet have had it. Then to get it all together and find I forgot to put in the spring on the shift fork. I even reminded myself several times to NOT forget the stupid spring. Anyway, I did get it back together with the new bearings and seals. I will say if you try this u need patience and if u cant get a bearing to come out there is probably a snap ring in front of it!!! The output shaft bearing looked like it had just a seal in front of the bearing so I thought I would kill two birds with one stone and just knock out the bearing and the seal would push out with it...NOT...After hammer and bigger hammer then even a bigger hammer I thought lets just take out the stupid seal first. And there it was......The stupid C clip was between the bearing and the seal...
Anyway job was done and the transfer case is ready to go....I hope....lol.
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:03 AM   #16
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I haven't forgot to post just kinda at a stand still so far this week. Waiting on my Transmission to get done. Its at a fellas house I work around and he is giving my a good deal to rebuild it so I kinda have to be on his time. I did get my TC bracket from Advance and this evening when I get home I will put my OEM TC shifter on it. There is some grinding to be done to be able to move it over to the new bracket. I will get pictures of it hopefully tonight or so. When you plan these details out for so long it seems you forget them when u start going at it. At least for me anyway. I had totally forgotten about the heater core and how to get there from the new engine. So I have that to get done. Another reason to write things down as your planning your build and re read them occasionally. My problem is I take notes at work and leave them, then go home and redo them again. As I keep saying the work has not begun yet. My fears are hooking up everything to make the 350 run and gauges all work.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:24 AM   #17
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Today is Monday the 23rd of June. My goal is to try to have this running by the 4th of July...will see. I got my tranny back this morning. The guy that I work with that was doing the work finally got her done so this evening will be the start of going back in to mock up mounts.
I called Speedway and Painless about a wiring harness that might make things more simple and was told there was nothing out there they knew of for this application. One said "its all there" which he's right it is. But you just gotta figure out where it all goes...lol. I will send some pics later today. Note: I am running a 700r4 tranny and where I got my tranny rebuild kit has advised of a way u can wire your tranny to shift into overdrive without buying actual lock up kit. This works off a 12v source and there is no brake switch or toggle switch needed. I guess we will see. When the time comes I will let you guys know how well it works or don't work.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:52 AM   #18
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Little more work and a few pics nots posted yet

Made my own rear bumper. Put in the 4" led lights and as you can see I didn't get my backup leds right on the money but they are in and functioning good. The grill was done last night. I used Plasti Dip its a rubber coating that comes in a can. Supposed to be flexable and durable. will see....
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:24 AM   #19
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I have been pretty busy at work so the jeep has been on the back burner a bit. I think I have located where I'm going to put my motor mounts probably burn them in this evening. I will take pics and post. I have the fan and fan clutch on so I'm about 4 inches from the stock 350 replacement radiator and about two inches from the firewall. Only issue I can see is my advance adapter TC bracket is locating against the back of the shifting cover. My fix for this is either to cut out this area a bit or I can drop the tranny cross member about 3/4 or so inches. I may push the motor forward the 1/2 inch also. Will see.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:05 PM   #20
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More pics may not be in order of operation...

Cleaned off the old 4 banger motor mounts. Torch and a 4" grinder. About a 30 to 45 min. job.

When I finally got my Tranny back (700r4) with the Novak adapter on it I started try to fit my Advance Adapt TC shifter bracket (approx. $55.00) to the tranny. As you can see I had to do a little adapting myself with a die grinder. It was that or I had to start cutting on the bracket.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:39 PM   #21
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Got it in.

Got the motor and tranny all in at one time. I'm not sure if I'm just not doing this right or what with all the trouble I read on here with the other builds but my motor went in pretty well especially for one guy doing it all.

First I have to say that the Novak Motor mounts make things ALOT easier. They are able to adjust so many different ways it makes it easier to locate your motor.

Second. While under the jeep mating the TC with the tranny I noticed I had a nut but could not fine a stud for it. I missed a stud that is located on the driver side bottom just beside the tranny mount. The stud was two short to get a nut on anyway. So...that said at some point I may be having to go back and redo some of this...But not till it goes boom. I'm not a rock climber or mud bogger so hopefully this may never become a problem.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:02 PM   #22
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Transfer case shifter thru the floor.

The TC shifter Adapter with the Novak Tranny adapter married together and the tranny mount placed on the tranny cross member. The actual TC shifter was almost touching the back of the open hole to the driver side. So I cut about 1.5 inches on both sides of the shifter and about one inch to the rear. When you put the cover back on you will never know it is cut.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:18 PM   #23
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Everything in place so I located my Novak Motor mounts 2" from the rear of shock tower. The tranny mount bolted right up to the center set of tranny holes located in my tranny cross member about the middle. It was like it was made for that location. I did not have to put any holes in there and that was good. They are in line with the other holes so it makes the location easy.
With this said my Dist cap which is a two wire hei is located about 2 inches from the firewall. I did have to extend my TC linkage about 2 inches. Didn't need the whole 2 inches but left a little extra on there for good keeping.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:31 PM   #24
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Finally In.

Ok its in there. Now all the work begins. From here I will need the Forums help. I have no idea what wires are going to go where for the most part. I did mark them as far as where they were at on the old motor. I have no idea how to reference them on this motor. I'm talking about the oil pressure and volts and water temp. I know the speed O works off the transfer case. And I know I don't have to re gauge. As I said if you can help here then it will be appreciated. I think I'm pretty well caught up for now. If you have any questions about what I've done please let me know I will answer them the best I can.
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:12 PM   #25
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I have a 350 TBI in my 93 Wrangler. Also running a 700r4 tranny and a Chevy 208 transfer case w/ driverside drop down. Motor, tranny, and TC came out of a 92 silverado 1500. I used a Painless Wiring harness on mine and it worked awesome. I ran it thru the firewall and have the ECM behind/ above the glove compartment. Everything is going to stock 30 and 35 axles w/ 4.10 gears, 4" lift, and 33x12.5's.


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The Stock jeep fuel pump kept blowing out the orafis in my throttle body, I just modified my factory bucket in the tank to hold a stock pump for a 92 silverado. I see your going carb so it might be different fuel pressures.
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I can't help at all but I am very interested in following the thread. I am buying a 95 Rio Grande tomorrow and when the current I4 craps out I want to replace it with an I6 so this thread should be very useful. Thanks for posting everything.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:09 AM   #28
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I'm still following the thread. I haven't given up yet. I have it running just have to figure out the wiring mess! Will report a few things this evening about what I have done and problems I came across. I do have my exhaust on the motor running shifter in and just waiting for a "MONSTER" (name brand) 700r4 universal shift cable before I can actually get it going down the road.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:28 AM   #29
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Man sounds like u are knocking this project out. If u was in the Tulsa area I would come give ya a hand. I have a 95 wrangler and just finished dropping in a chevy 350 with a 4L60E with I think it is the 241C TC. I pulled it all from a wrecked 94 silverado. It took me 2 yrs to to get smart about the engine... long story. ... got it drivable, so the next step is axles and a lift. When I dropped in the v8 it really dropped my front end to where my axle is right next to the engine mount cross member... I am planning to do a SOA lift and add a leaf on the front to even it out. Do u have A/C on ur jeep?
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