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Old October 22nd, 2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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Well im 17 and this is the 5th jeep i've owned. I bought it off of craigslist a week and a half ago. Came with a 468 chevy big block (.060 over 454) which is supposed to be close to 555 hp, 350 turbo, and a 205 t case. Also came with 3/4 ton chevy axle's, 44 in the front and a 14 bolt ff in the rear. I think its a 2.5 in lift with spring over. The guy used it as a drag jeep. It is a pretty clean jeep for being as old as it was.

Somewhat cobbled when i bought it, had fence post welded to the cage, had a second radiator where the back hatch was, had diff amounts of body lift on diff body posts.

So my attemps with this to to de cobble it and make it some what of a respectable trail rig. Im putting a small block in place of the big block, taking the 5in's of body lift out of it, cutting the fence post off the cage, clocking the 205, and a bunch of other randome things.

Future plans are to eventally 4 link front and rear and dana 60 king pin in the front

Updates to come, want to have ready for snofari

Day i bought it


Cut fence post off......

The nice exhaust system that came with it

more of it...

Yes, big blocks do fit



Pulled motor saturday (oct 17 2009)


Had body pulled next day (oct 18 2009)

Frame

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Old October 22nd, 2009, 05:58 PM   #2
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now that looks like a wild ride lol, the uses of fence post i have seen it used for a 6" bl on a k5

keep the updates comin
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 09:38 PM   #3
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wow 17 and this is your 5th jeep?
but are you sure you want to take that big block out of there? i think it gives it some originality. but still good luck with the build!
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X2, Keep the big block i miss my big block ill tell ya that much!!! plus in a jeep body and frame you should keep it!!!
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 05:34 AM   #5
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he left out one of the reasons he bought it is to put the motor in his 70 chevelle! and the tires hit the headders relly bad.

damn rain! we cant work on the frame with all this rain !
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Old October 25th, 2009, 03:28 PM   #6
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lol a small block will work just fine. Mocking up the motor now, will get picks soon.
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Old October 29th, 2009, 07:25 PM   #7
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got time away from school and work, and got the frame painted today. Pics soon


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Old November 1st, 2009, 03:16 PM   #8
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scored some 39.5 x 13.5 x 16.5 irocks on new 16.5 x 10 wheels! the new look !




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Old November 1st, 2009, 03:37 PM   #9
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I like your plans. Pretty sound all around. Good plan for pulling the BB if you want a trail rig.

What are those things hanging off the rear axle?

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Thanks, yeah I figured the big block would be a little to much for the application. lol And they're somewhat like a ladder bar for axle wrap, there cut off now.

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Got the motor/trans bolted in, thats just a mock up motor tho




It had 5in lowering blocks on the t-case mount. Ended up removing those, and butting the mount up to plate steel bolted to the frame and welding the mount to the plate for clearance.



Motor mounts that were on it were alot lower, cut the old mounts off and built different ones which are now higher on the frame.

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Old November 1st, 2009, 08:28 PM   #13
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I want to put the box back in the stock location. So i think im going to buy a high steer arm for it now untill i can afford both.

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Looks like they used a GM gear box, you might want to find a Jeep steering gear box for you cross over steering.
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they are the same box's

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they're are the same box's
A Jeep box will bolt on the inside of the frame and will work for cross over steering, the box that you have is off from a four wheel drive GM, If you want to keep the box on the outside of the frame, Then you will need a two wheel drive gear box for cross over steering.
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oh, i see what your saying now. I think i have a jeep one lying around somewhere
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What you doing with the BBC if your going to a SBC???
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he left out one of the reasons he bought it is to put the motor in his 70 chevelle! and the tires hit the headders relly bad.

damn rain! we cant work on the frame with all this rain !
^^ i believe this is what he had planned for it
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ahhhhhh and a fine Chevelle it is. Seen it in person. Very nice. My dumb ass just didn't read everything. LOL sry
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