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Old January 30th, 2010, 02:55 PM   #61
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Got the driveshafts done. D&R did a good job again. Those will go in once I get bolts for the front.

Got the shortie headers. They fit like a glove and clear everything.


I just need to build the exhaust now. And tackle a few little things.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 05:01 PM   #62
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Looks like things are coming together nicely.:)
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Old February 5th, 2010, 08:21 PM   #63
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Finished screwing the headers on and re-ran the plug wires. I'm not real happy with those now, but they'll do for now.




Like my shafts?




Got a trans temp gauge in too. No, it's not a knee knocker. Plenty of room.




I gotta put rear brakes in it cuz the current ones are junk. I'm going to replace the hard line front to rear and the lines on the diff, rusted thru and put a YJ rear hose on it, it's longer than XJ. That is next. Then I think I can tackle the exhaust.

Oh joy.........
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Old February 6th, 2010, 09:03 PM   #64
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Did you finish this project ?
I have a 86 ... lol .. same damn interior !
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Old February 6th, 2010, 10:48 PM   #65
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It'll never be done. As for being driveable, no it's not.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 11:01 PM   #66
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none of them are ever done.
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Old March 21st, 2010, 06:12 PM   #67
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Whatta about now? on the road?
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Not yet. Singing the no money blues again. It'll be there when I wanna tinker with it later.

I did do the rear brakes. Yay for me. :yawn:
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I think I'm getting the ambition to work on this thing again. Not alot left, run brake lines, build the exhaust and a few trivial things.

I did score a cowl hood that I'm going to refine and finish. Should be nice.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 01:50 PM   #70
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I think I'm getting the ambition to work on this thing again. Not alot left, run brake lines, build the exhaust and a few trivial things.

I did score a cowl hood that I'm going to refine and finish. Should be nice.


Cowl hood should look sweet on that thing.
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Cowl hood should look sweet on that thing.
The only problem is it's going to look out of place on a stock looking XJ. That can be solved with more money.

BTW, you still have those rear springs you got from Unclebeaner?
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The only problem is it's going to look out of place on a stock looking XJ. That can be solved with more money.

BTW, you still have those rear springs you got from Unclebeaner?
nope gone as soon as the next day came.
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I am doing almost the exact same build except mine is a 1985. It had the 2.8 with TF tranny and a NP249 T-case. It is the same exterior color but has a beige/brown interior. I see you tore out everything from the engine bay. I was trying to save most of it but I love the clean look of yours. What did you do for a wiring harness? Can I use the same gas tank? Does'nt it have an in the tank fuel pump with a return line? I'm installing a moderately modified 350 with a turbo 350 tranny. I ordered a novak adapter to keep the NP249. I also got the novak motor mounts. I will be getting the shorty headers and aluminum radiator later. It's not going to be a crawler or anything, there isn't anywhere to wheel around here. I just want it to bust some big drifts in winter time so I thing the NP249 should be adequate. I would like to get some advise from you if possible. I will post some pics too.
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My underhood harness is all stock, just thinned out and added a couple wires for various things. I'm running the stock gauges with stock senders, gotta keep the sleeper look.

My gas tank is stock as are the lines all the way up front. I picked up a return style mech fuel pump and added steel line to mate to the stock location.

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A return style mechanical fuel pump? Not sure what you mean. I have never heard of a "return style mech fuel pump". Where did you get that? I am old school. All I've ever done is sbc's. I put an electric pump in one once but that's the extent of my knowledge of things. Also, what is the electic fan out of? That's a perfect fit. Do you have this thing on the road yet? It looks pretty nice, I hope mine looks as good. I am going for the sleeper look also.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 07:01 AM   #76
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A return type of mech pump is standard issue on most GM cars/trucks in the early-mid 80's. One line in, one for the carb and the small one is a return. The fan is out of a 80's GM front driver. I trimmed it and made brackets to mount and seal it to the rad. Not on the road yet, I'm taking my time picking at things but hope to be driving it in a few months.
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Thanks for the info. It's lots of help. I got the transmission back from the shop yesterday and will be dropping the whole thing in this weekend. I think I will tear all the underhood stuff out and rebuild like you did. Looks nice. I'm going to do some painting before it goes in though. Can't have that beautiful sbc sittin' between some rusty rails.
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I powerwashed my bay before the swap, nice paint under the grime. Depending on what you do, you might want to think about some kind of lift. Even a budget boost would help the upper control arms from crashing into the motor mounts. I did the budget boost (2" front spacers and shackles in the back) I added a bumpstop spacer to keep anything bad from happening if it does bottom out.
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Yes, your engine bay looks pretty nice. I power washed mine also, but it doesn't look as nice. It needs some touch up. I was thinking of a little bit of lift. A couple of inches. I don't know anything about lift kits, but I think I could figure it out. Where can I find a "budget lift" like your talking about? And how hard is it to install. I still have the stock springs in the front, but do I have to swap those out if I'm going to lift it anyway?
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If you were to put a regular lift on, then the stock front springs would go. If you did a budget boost, you would put the spacers in and lift the rear (shackles or add a leaf) and get longer shocks, BTW JK take off's are a good replacement for a budget boost lift.

I do lifts on almost everything for a living so it comes easy but if you can read instructions well and do some research, it shouldn't be too hard to do. And are mechanically inclined.

Here is one example.
http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?partID=12650
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