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Just did a complete rebuild on the motor (283 Chevy SB) with mild torque cam,
Edelbrock 600 cfm carb and headers. Also rebuilt the AX-15 transmission. Will do the transfer case this winter or next year. Also going to paint it next year, a darker brighter and lightly metallic blue.
Took the rear seat out and built a storage box and added two Pioneer 6X9 speakers into it, with room for a sub woofer should I go that route. And added 4X6 Pioneers into the dash.
Nothin' fancy, but damn I love this thing.
 

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Fine looking ride with good attention to detail.
What're the specs?
Post a side shot.

How does it do in traffic with no fan shroud?

Good luck, L.M.
 

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Mac, I just added the electric fan to this. Initially I was using a SS 7 blade fan housed in a shroud I had to build myself. It actually did fine at lower speeds, but not as well on the highway. I did build my own winch mount about 4" lower than the OEM, allowing more air flow, but I'm still concerned about that.
I have discovered that my temp sending unit is off considerably. My temp gauge will show 212, but an IR heat gun shows 185 at the sender. Ordered a new sending unit and will be able to tell more come Tuesday when it arrives. Just idling and a slow test run around the neighborhood shows good results. I likely won't run it on the hwy until the new sending unit is in - just to be safe.
 

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Here's a side shot: taken after I was experimenting with ice driving in 2WD. I think you can see how well that went.
This jeep was born in 1989 as an Islander - 4.2 in-line 6. The 283 in there was cast between 64 & 66. Until now it was actually a bone stock, never touched motor. It's now bored +.030 and the crank turned - .020. The only parts I didn't replace were the carb and alt. Everything else is new. Did add an overclocked high volume water pump, and I do intend to switch to Evans waterless coolant soon.
Did put a 2 1/2" lift kit and had to lower the transfer case 1" to take pressure off the U-joints.
One thing I'm not pleased with are the 302 (or is it 307s? can't remember) gears. Think I'll eventually change those to 355s. My understanding is I can change one step without changing housings. Right now it's just geared too tall.
 

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I'll bet you're glad you had a shovel.

What is Evans Waterless Coolant? I've never heard of it.

You should be able to go to 3:55s (look for automatic transmission) or 4:10s (look for 4cyl.) with your existing axles.

With the SBC you might even want to upgrade to a Ford Explorer 8.8 rear axle assembly. It's a fairly common upgrade. Search this forum for explanations and procedures.Try to find one with LSD rather than open. I would expect to easily find one with a 3:55 ratio and look a little harder for a 4:10.

NOTE: I think it's 3:55. It may be something close. I'm sure of the 4:10.
The front and rear ratios must match or you'll destroy your transfer case.

Good Luck, L.M.
 

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Nice job! That 283 fits like a glove and will give you plenty of power especially if it's bored out 20 over. 600cm carb...hey we don't care about fuel mileage anyways right? Careful you don't start sucking cats out of trees when you get on it! LOL Sweet looking Jeep! What tires are you running? Sounds like you're gonna re-gear anyways.
 
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I definitely agree with Luckymac about the Ford 8.8. Do not spend one nickel changing gears or anything else on that Dana 35. It's days are numbered living behind even a mild V8. These short wheel base Jeeps sure do come around on you quick on slick roads.
 

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DDjeep is right, and I love that you did a 283.
 
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