Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by supertrooper, Oct 15, 2010.
Very nice, I love seeing engine rebuild pics.
the engine is done. well, almost. my neighbor came over the other day to check out my progress on the 225 and he offered to take my grimy valve covers and oil pan to his work and bead blast them for free. when he brings them back and i paint and install them ill be done with the motor. cleaning up the bell housing is the last part of the drive train to do.
up next is to work on the frame and body. my plan is to pull the tub and clean, box, and paint the frame. im thinking of doing a saggy swap. still undecided on what i want to do for exhaust, im leaning towards 2 into 1 exiting at the left rear bumper with a single muffler and rear dump 231 manifolds or AA inside the frame headers.
got some parts today. i picked up some new wheels, procomp 15x8 rockcrawlers. i also went to the local pick-a-part and found a 75 buick skylark w/ a v8 and a got the power steering pump and braket. i also picked up a saginaw box w/ shaft from a late 80's cherokee. i was looking for some 4x4 chevys for some disk conversion parts but didnt have any luck. ill try another place that had a couple dozen old chevy trucks the last time i was there. i already test fit the p/s pump and the pullies line up great.
i rebuilt, painted and mounted the power steering pump. im still waiting on the seal kit for the saginaw box. on sunday finally got around to towing the jeep home from my uncles place. i didnt get any better pics because i had to rush to get it unloaded and drop off the rental trailer befor they closed. i had to get a couple new tire cuz two of the used tire i picked up wernt in good enough shape. i got a good deal on two 33x12.5/15 hankook MTs. below is a pic of how they fit with no lift.
That engine is a thing of beauty!!!!
In my opinion, the :v6: emblems are rare in that good of shape. My CJ5 is in great shape, but my emblems are very pitted and long since lost the paint.
i removed the wiring, heater, dash, ross box, column, brake master, and the pedal assemblies. while under the jeep i found that the four body mounts on the rear crossmember are going to need attention but the others look fine. the rear frame rail at the passenger side spring mount need to get fixed too any thoughts on how i should fix the frame?
shes a byoot!
i dont know how you guys just jump into an engine like that... im TERRIFIED to try to rebuild my 360... im afraid that if i screw it up, then i ll REALLY screw it up and itll be an expensive piece of yard art...
NIICE job... it looks fantastic and i like the engine color as well...
keep it going!!!
X2 Engine looks great. Are those rockers aluminum? Your heads look exactly like the ones on my 231 block.
i ordered inside the frame headers from AA and got them today. they fit good and the quality looks great.
my angle grinder died a smoky death the other day while starting to remove the old angle iron frame repair. i still need to get new one. i decided to have the frame sand blasted and found a place local that will do it for about $80. that seems better than spending a couple days wire wheeling the frame in the driveway.
i started cutting the tub for new tail lights and for a wheel housing notch. the hole wont be that big when im done. im 6'7" and need all the leg room i can get. when i get the seats mocked up ill fill in the big hole to try to maximize tire clearance. i already have a pair of empi racetrim buckets and i still need to fab the mounts.
i also go my new 2.5" front lift springs installed and started the disk swap. the wheel studs dont want to come out. i even got a shop press and the studs wouldnt budge and the POS harbor freight press bent. im returning the press and im going to get new hubs from herm since he has the best price for new ones.
Wheel studs? Are they swedged in? if so a press will do it but really makes them grunt. It might be worth it to take it to a shop that has a good quality press and have them do it.
i already ordered a new pair of hubs. i already bent one hub and for what the shops around me charge it wasnt much more to just get new ones.
i havent had much time to work the the jeep lately. i did get the front disk brakes installed. i also fabed up a seat mount and started filling in the hole for the wheelhouse notch. i ran out of steel to finish the seat mount and im still trying to figure out how i will make the passenger side flip forward.
Your wheel well notch came out great! Are you also going to do the other side?
im going to do the passenger side eventualy. i think i took too much out on the bottom of the notch. after i got everything tacked i notice that the tire will be really close. i think ill leave the top part where it is and bring the bottom of the filler panel in a couple inchs so it sits at more of an angle. hopfully that will give better tire clearance.
Just found and read through your forum. You did a fantastic job on your drive train, i must say. Looking forward to watching the progress. Good job and good luck!
6' 7" huh? Well you've got about 8" on me. Here is how my notch turned out. I made it to conform to the back of the seat as I too was concerned about the tire coming so close. Then I moved the rear axle back about 8" and it didn't matter. Your build is looking great.
The guys building the 56 CJ5 for JP Magazine have a simple design for the passenger side seat pivot.
Looks like you could make this work for your Jeep.
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