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Old 09-21-2016, 12:40 AM
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Gonna Be A Long Build

First off let me thank everyone that offers help. This is my first Jeep and I cant wait to get in done.
I have a 95 that had a 2.3 that was trashed two pistons with wholes in them and a spun bearing.
So I have it most of the way torn down now about to pull the body off of it and blast the frame and patch anything that needs it. My idea is to put a 1st gen 350 carborated motor in it with the chevy tranny not sure about the rear and front end was thinking about putting them in out of a k10 blazer will they work and how big of a pain will it be?

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Welcome, a lot of resources here for your project.
In my case I did a frame off restore/SBC (Gen 1 - carburetor) conversion that sounds similar to yours. I used a NV3550 transmission from a newer Jeep with an adapter between the GM bell housing and the transmission. A Chevy transmission may be OK but I am not sure about what transfer cases work. I swapped in a Ford 8.8 rear axle (common install, well documented here).
The wiring for the Gen 1 carburetor engine was pretty simple to splice into the much stripped down Jeep harness.
I used the Jeep in tank fuel pump with a regulator to take the pressure down to carburetor levels.
I had a custom exhaust made that used rams horn cast iron manifolds feeding into a Y-pipe cross over under the transmission, dumping into a 3" exhaust with the muffler next to the transfer case.
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Old 09-22-2016, 05:38 PM
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A few pics from the start
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Old 09-22-2016, 05:46 PM
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:02 PM   #5
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Looks very familiar, actually my rockers were worse. You can buy floor plans and rocker patch panels from a variety of sources.
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:11 PM
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They r on there way new floor pan body mounts tube finders and rockers.
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:01 PM
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Got alittle more done today
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:04 PM
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Pulled the body off the frame
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:08 PM
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Only one little hole in the frame shouldn't be too hard too fix. May have to replace some body mound brackets any suggestions on where to by them
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I had some bad body mount brackets but it was only the top so I welded a plate over the old and drilled a new hole for the mount.
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:29 PM
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Thanks that's what I had figured doing to the mounts also. Ok have a digital question and I have read a lot of different post but have conflicting info. I have a 78 k5 that I am planning on using the axles out of and whatever else I need also putting a 350 with a Chevy Tranny and transfer case question is what all do I need to convert the axles
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Ok would I be better off if I could get my hands on a ax15 tranny and a 44 rear end out of a grand Cherokee?????
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I am not sure but I believe the Chevy transfer case can be married to the back half (output end) of the Jeep transfer case that would allow you to use the GM transmission with no adapters. The 44 rear end is generally thought to be a good choice but I don't know how the Grand Cherokee suspension is compared to the YJ. Hopefully others will chime in.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:02 AM
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yea me too i need all the help and advice i can get lol... i think in the long run it will be a better choice than the chevy front and rear end for the app i want to use my jeep for i want to drive it not haul it lol not sure if i could get it road legal with the chevys. i also found a ax15 tranny i can get them both for $400 as long as they r good i think that is a fair price..
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Gosh, that frame is in bad shape. You have your work cut out for you on that one!
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:30 AM
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really I thought it was in pretty good shape actually. only has one small hole in it guess ill see this weekend when I break out the sandblaster....
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In some cases long is better, mine took 4 years. Just have fun doing it.
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Welp selling my AX5 tranny tomorrow morning and going to buy a AX15 and a Dana 44 for the same cash.... not a bad upgrade I don't believe...
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Mocked up the axles
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Got my frame paint going to blast it and paint it tomorrow hopefully
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Almost got it blasted. Ran out of daylight
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Had a beautiful lady helping me bast it
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Coated with kbs rust blast ready to paint in the morning... and had cleanup help
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Frame turned out great
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The frame cleaned up real nice. I'm in the same boat as Scooby, it took me 4 years to build mine too. The biggest challenge with a long build is keeping to the plan. There is too much time to think of bigger and better things "while you are at it". Good luck and keep up the good work.

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