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Old December 9th, 2014, 09:39 PM   #1
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My first true Jeep - My first build

I picked this up last December for what was a steal (about $800), in my eyes at least. I drove it around all spring and summer with various issues and temporary fixes to get my money out of it, and I sure did. Now I'm starting a frame off build...in a single stall garage

This is my first build. It should be interesting

The reasons for the frame off:
-Frame rails are cracked in several spots
-Needs a new tub
-Needs new fenders (probably homemade flat fenders)
-Maybe a V8 swap? cost dictating

About the Jeep:

AMC 258 i-6
T-176 4 speed manual (with a spare I'll try to rebuilt eventually)
Hedman headers and Offenhauser intake
Brand new Edelbrock 550 Carb
Shackle Lift
33" Discoverer STTs


Here's some pictures. As she sits now, the front clip is off and there's one last body mount left before the tub can come off.. I think.
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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:30 AM   #2
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rock on. fix that jeep
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Old December 15th, 2014, 09:08 PM   #3
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Busted the rest of the tub to disconnect and popped the steering column out of the box tonight . Tub looks pretty salvageable.....

Ready to remove and dispose of. Now to recruit some muscle and find a new tub.
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Its a Jeep thing.
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Getting there. Looking forward to cleaning up the frame. That shackle mount will be fun.
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Patched up the frame last week. Just about every bolt that comes out of it is seized and shears inside the frame.

The sway bar is no more, turns out there was one bolt on the passenger side holding it on. I don't really get it above 50mpg and don't ever plan to so I patched those sections and did not put the mounts back on. If figure it wasn't doing much if it was on by one bolt anyway.

I found a potential buyer for my 258 and will be pulling that and dropping in a 350 sbc.

Here's where I need some insight:
I have a (2 actually) T-176 and from what I've read, that will hold up to a mild V8. My plan is to purchase the Advance Adapters bell housing so I can keep my clutch linkage and the Dana 300 while keeping cost to a minimum here.

Other parts I'll need (from what I can tell):
-3 row radiator with hoses (found a thread on this)
-Engine Mount kit (Weld on from Transdapt $73)
-clutch plate/pressure plate for SBC
-Exhaust routing

Is there anything I should pull from the 258 that I will need? I assume I can use the starter from the Jeep? I haven't found anything on that.
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I stumbled on this:

http://www.novak-adapt.com/knowledge..._engine_mounts

Which seems to be a good guide that I'll follow. the 350 I'm using is carburetor so that seems to simplify a lot.
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Old January 27th, 2015, 07:42 AM   #8
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The 350 went in on Saturday with Advanced Adapters conversion bell housing, a new flywheel, and clutch.

The tub sitting on the frame is like the light at the end of the tunnel. I've been graciously granted a few days off after I put in my two week notice at work, so hopefully the tub will get cleaned up and ready this week.
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