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Old 12-24-2015, 08:34 PM
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Slowly slowly getting it done

Ok so its been busy at the shop but not on the 2Dr. Finally had time to get it in the shop and really dig into it. Well Eric dug into it I just supervised while I was running the CNC's.
The rear diff is assembled and looking good, did have to do a little casting flash removal to get the aluminum wheels to clear the calipers.


Then we/Eric set about removing anything and almost everything from this baby. Getting the 4cyl/4spd setup out was a big accomplishment, made it look like we actually did something.


Then it was on to the interior, removed seats, moldings and covers, head liner, dash and vinyl floor coverings.

Somehow he even got me to crawl under the dash to get the ECM out.
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Old 02-21-2016, 08:39 PM
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I got started on the front diff. laid out and welded the lower link arms and coil mounts. Then moved on to build the front truss. Since my upper radius arm mounts will weld to the truss top it seemed like a good idea to weld in some internal gussets.



All welded up and ready for the top. I painted the living crap out of the inside of the truss before I weld the top on, waiting for paint to dry now.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:23 AM
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Well the 6L80e and 241C are in the shop, the front axle is ready for new shafts and then final assembly. Then it can be rolled under the body for measurements for the radius arms. Yes I need a SYE setup for the 241.
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Well I test fit the 5.3/6L80e/241C today. Looks like no need for a hood scoop since I'm using a LS intake. Getting the GM 1 ton steering box should be easy also. I'll do the trans. cross member and rear link mounts next, then I can get the suspension set. After that I'll move on to the alt. and ps mounts. I've go a LS water pump to reroute the upper hose fitting and still need to look at trans and engine oil dipstick clearances.

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Did you sit in it and make vroom noises? Looks like your coming along nicely.
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Old 06-17-2016, 01:32 AM
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Did you sit in it and make vroom noises? Looks like your coming along nicely.
No not yet. Just did the Snoopy dance around the shop.
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Old 07-20-2016, 07:21 PM
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Steering box mount

I found a little more time to work on this. I'm using a 1 ton GM 4x4 steering box and I needed to build a mount plate for it. I went with 3/16" plate and a machined 3 spacer bushings to get everything setting right. Some precision hand plasma cutting the a few bends and it fits inside the body/frame perfectly. I'll have outside reinforcement plates also as well as a cross tube.

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Nicely done! Those LS engines are overrated tho.
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Nicely done! Those LS engines are overrated tho.
Thanks and......what!!!!!!! I'm just trying to be like all the cool kids on the internet.
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:11 PM
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I got the rear arm brackets done as well as the cross member. Transfer case came out tucked up pretty well, I'll bend a 1-1/2" hoop to protect it that will weld to the cross member.


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Old 07-24-2016, 12:21 AM
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GM motor swap

Be like all the cool kids swap a new GM motor in your build. So I say to myself I'll get a 5.3, cheap easy to find right? So I don't want to hack a hole in the hood of my XJ, so they say get a LS car intake, well then you need a Camaro water pump so the throttle body doesn't hit the water pump neck, but the new water pump pulley doesn't stick out far enough to be able to use the truck crank pulley, buy a Camaro crank pulley, then of course the alternator and PS pump needs relocated, but there is no room because the truck PS pump sticks out too far and is too tall, so you buy a TC style pump, remote reservoir and new pulley. Then of course you need to fab some brackets so in my case that means machine the new brackets for both the PS pump and alternator. That's simple, but then you realize the a/c pump will need new brackets too. So if the hood wasn't so low and the steering box wasn't setting so close to the motor all would be easy. Other than that it all bolts right up. So simple right?
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Old 07-24-2016, 11:01 AM
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Be like all the cool kids swap a new GM motor in your build. So I say to myself I'll get a 5.3, cheap easy to find right? So I don't want to hack a hole in the hood of my XJ, so they say get a LS car intake, well then you need a Camaro water pump so the throttle body doesn't hit the water pump neck, but the new water pump pulley doesn't stick out far enough to be able to use the truck crank pulley, buy a Camaro crank pulley, then of course the alternator and PS pump needs relocated, but there is no room because the truck PS pump sticks out too far and is too tall, so you buy a TC style pump, remote reservoir and new pulley. Then of course you need to fab some brackets so in my case that means machine the new brackets for both the PS pump and alternator. That's simple, but then you realize the a/c pump will need new brackets too. So if the hood wasn't so low and the steering box wasn't setting so close to the motor all would be easy. Other than that it all bolts right up. So simple right?

Could be worse. . .

You could have 'needed' to use a Hemi



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Old 07-24-2016, 08:00 PM
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There are no wrong needed engines, it is unique they all sound cool, well at least to me. Hemi, LSx, Coyote, DOHC. I read fun into those descriptions. It's a challenge doing motor swaps, but I have always enjoyed doing non-typical but still logical motor choices.
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If you want, I think I may still have my LY6 water pump, modified accessory bracket (to relocate the idler), and ps pump which will clear that car intake and line up with the truck crank pulley. You can have them for the cost of shipping if it helps your situation.

Here's what it looks like: http://www.offroadfabnet.com/forums/...2&postcount=12

I know how this can snowball. I messed around a lot with my accessory drive and ended up notching my subframe before I landed on my current combination. I just wasn't satisfied with where things were placed. I like what I ended up with because nothing is sticking up high, but I probably should have just ran what I had.
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There are no wrong needed engines, it is unique they all sound cool, well at least to me. Hemi, LSx, Coyote, DOHC. I read fun into those descriptions. It's a challenge doing motor swaps, but I have always enjoyed doing non-typical but still logical motor choices.
I didn't say "Wrong": I said "Worse", big difference.
Over the years I have done worse on more then one occasion.


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Thank you for the offer, but I have the parts, just whining about how it evolves.

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If you want, I think I may still have my LY6 water pump, modified accessory bracket (to relocate the idler), and ps pump which will clear that car intake and line up with the truck crank pulley. You can have them for the cost of shipping if it helps your situation.

Here's what it looks like: http://www.offroadfabnet.com/forums/...2&postcount=12

I know how this can snowball. I messed around a lot with my accessory drive and ended up notching my subframe before I landed on my current combination. I just wasn't satisfied with where things were placed. I like what I ended up with because nothing is sticking up high, but I probably should have just ran what I had.
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I hear ya. This whole thing seemed a lot simpler when it started. Funny thing is I think it could have been pretty damn simple if I didn't go off on so many self-induced tangents.

What are you planning for wiring/harness?
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I hear ya. This whole thing seemed a lot simpler when it started. Funny thing is I think it could have been pretty damn simple if I didn't go off on so many self-induced tangents.

What are you planning for wiring/harness?
Probably going to get a harness from 208 Motorsports, they are doing my tune also. I am intrigued to strip down my own but I have a tough time finding free time from filling orders to play with the build.
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Well I think I have a working set of alternator brackets that will allow me to mount the ps pump under and clear the steering. Yes I will paint them. I am ordering bolts and spacers now.
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Looks good from here

One thing about a Serp-system is the brackets are so much simpler.
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