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Old September 12th, 2008, 12:56 AM   #1
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I'm starting my build with a 94 Wrangler 2.5L 5 speed stock axles, tube fenders, 2.5 inch bds lift springs with 1.5 inch lift shackles and 33" Trxus MT's . I've been fairly happy with my Jeep thus far but I feel it's time for a small upgrade. I've been able to do test in 2 wheel, go almost everywhere I wanted to go but it always requires the liberal use of the element speed which I don't really feel is wheeling, example: a 2wd truck with bald tires will go anywhere if you push the skinny pedal enough but also, if I don't keep my Jeep in the 4500 to 5500 rpm range it can't spin the tires well enough to push it through most things.






The plan:
LT1 motor, preferably post 94 so the optispark is vented (they put these engines in corvettes, hence the name of the project)
Not sure on trans yet, please make suggestions
NP205, dana 300 or NP208 depending on what's available to me
Ford Dana60 rear
Remove fenders and integrate fender into hood
Comp cut rear and extend wheelbase a few inches adding bent tubing to the sheet metal for increased strength
D44 front, not sure from what though.
SOA and shackle reversal retaining the lift springs
racing seats with 5 point harnesses
strengthening roll cage with frame tie in and some more bracing
Swingout tire carrier.

I plan on fabricating as much stuff as I can like the rocker guards, motor mounts, and skid plates.

My goal is to run 37's or 38's. I'm not sure how big it's going to be with the 2.5 inch bds springs with spring over, if it's too big I'll probably step it down a bit.

Give me suggestions, questions, and concerns. I'd love to hear em!

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Old September 16th, 2008, 10:13 AM   #2
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your dumb jk talk to my cousin he might have or know some one thatll have a chevy front axle for ya.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 10:25 AM   #3
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SOA plus big motor = spring wrap. You would need a bar to stop it on the rear.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 10:49 AM   #4
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You likely know this but the LT1 was a widely used engine with many variations and stats. I would narrow it down some or you may end up with an LT1 out of a Caprice/Impala(not that there is anything wrong with them).
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Old September 16th, 2008, 01:31 PM   #5
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I did end up getting an impala LT1, I was going to pick up a vette one but this one had lower miles, aftermarket throttle body, and headers! Here are a few pics, I'll snap some pics of the Dana 60 soon too!



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Good solid running engines. IIRC the B Body LT1's were rated around 260HP off the line. You should see more than that. What year is that LT1 from? I had thought the optispark problem 'plagued' the first few years of the LT1's in the B Bodies.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 05:32 PM   #7
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It's out of a 96 Impala SS, I'm going to replace the optispark while the motor is out of the Jeep, probably with an Accel unit. I need to get my welder gun replaced (warentee crap) before I can start fabrication of the mounts and such. I need a tranny and T-case as well before I get too far.
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if you want to run a hp 44 front out of a ford. you can run a 700r4 and a 231 or 241 t case.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 07:22 PM   #9
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Hey those TruXs look familiar. The new build looks good
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I kind of want to run a manual trans but don't want to buy expensive adapters. I'm kinda looking at a 4l60e and 231 out of an s10 considering the 4l60e was behind the lt1 to begin with and I wouldn't have to get the computer reprogrammed. Really looking for what is available to me to make the final decision. I'm waiting on the front axle to see what xfer case I end up running.
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Old September 16th, 2008, 09:06 PM   #11
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Oh, and those truxs tires have definitely gotten their use since i bought them from you. I might actually put some bigger ones on the Jeep when it's close to being done.
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There are a few good Impala sites that you could get some good tech info on the LT1.
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Made some progress on the Jeep today, I got the engine pulled and ordered my v8 motor mounts and some racing seats from JC whitney.

http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/I...D:100000432737

Pretty good deal on those seats I thought. I have some out of an 88 van-dura my buddy stole the engine out of. They got rained on and stink like mold. My friends gave my Jeep the nickname of the mossy oak lol.

You have no idea how hard it is to pull a motor with a gravel floor pole barn. It took all of us to push the engine hoist back enough to be able to put it down.


My check engine light came on.


Oh thats why!


Me and the 4 angry squirrels.


The crack team of mechanics...generally not osha approved.
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that chick looks batshit crazy !
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why dont you ever call me for these projects. or dont you want an osha approved supervisor on the job...lol
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Idk, you usually don't approve of my ideas and become scarce when I start a project. lol

But anyways, I got a NV3500 and NP241 Saturday, today my motor mounts came in, and my seats came on Friday. Now all I need is a front axle, radiator, spring perches, valve covers, and a new optispark (don't really need it but better to replace it now than later). I'll snap some pics tonight!
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Okay, a few updates. I have the drivetrain completely ripped out. I picked up a 4 core V8 conversion radiator and ford taurus fan friday, and a 78 F250 HP D44 with 4.10's and flat top knuckles. Unfortunately the radiator doesn't fit into the YJ so I think i'm going to try and find a CJ grille and hood for cheap.

My SRS is about half done, I need to pick up bushings tomorrow and my friend is making me some boomerang shackles at his work. The hangers are welded onto the frame but I'm going to do some bracing because i'm using 3/16" and I'm stretching the front about 3 inches so the bolt hole is actually past the end of the frame. I'll post pics tomorrow.
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Sound like its coming along. Shoot me a PM next time you are wrenching, if I'm free I'll stop by and supervise
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Will do, biggest problem is going to be moving the engine from one side of the pole barn to the other...well actually finding all the nuts, bolts, and sockets that fell in the gravel is going to be the biggest problem I predict. I promise pictures tomorrow the camera's battery was dead so it's charging tonight.
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plz but the right half uppers.......
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