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    The Joop

    Well, it finally seems that ive collected enough parts to start building... Its a 88 yj thats gonna get a fuel injected chev v8 auto trans, full width dana 44 front, corp 14 rear . Suspension is going to be spring over with wagoneer front springs all the way around and hopefully clear tires around 38". Here are some pics of the frame with the springs mocked up just to see what things are gonna look like and some of the other parts for the build.
















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    5 months until the wheeling season opens again... think it'll be done by then?
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    Ha 5 months.... I was hoping I would have it drivable by summer but that all depends on time and money, I have little of either

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    This thing will be a beast.
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    Rescued the rear diff tonight, took a few hours to get all stripped down. Lots of hammering, double hammering ( two people at once ) air chiseling and heat. Im hoping to do a rear disc brake conversion, TMR has some fancy caliper brackets for a 14b that im thinkin of using. A couple pics of the ugly mess once stripped
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    I used the 14 bolt TMR brackets and they worked great. Rotors and calipers are from a 1975 Chev 3/4 ton 4x4 front Dana 44.
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    Thats the set up id like to go with

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    Quote Originally Posted by misfitmechanic View Post
    Ha 5 months.... I was hoping I would have it drivable by summer but that all depends on time and money, I have little of either
    Good luck to ya... this looks to be a promising build!

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    I hope it turns out, Ive been jeepless for over a year now and cant stand it. Been collecting parts for a while too.

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    Got a little work done on the jeep today. I had to bundle up because I was working outside in the nature bay. Got the old engine mounts cut off and ground nice and smooth. Next I gotta get some u bolts and make up some spring plates so I get my rear axle mounted up. I bought some sweet caliper brackets and spring perches from TMR customs and have the perches all fitted to the axle but waiting to weld them untill I can figure out my rear pinion angle. Just gotta get workin on it more.....
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    Looks good, thats one of the cleanest YJ frames I ever seen.
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    Thanks, my frame and tub came from california. I bought them from bleniumboy off this site last spring. My last yj was riddled with rust and I didnt want to deal with all the rust repairs again

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    Got my rear axle mounted up yesturday, and got some old dually wheels bolted up so I can roll it around a bit easier. This thing has gained a lot of weight in just one weekend
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    Mocked up the front end today. I need to move the front shackle mounts outwards on both sides to accommodate the wider axle, its3/4" wider at the spring perches and they definatly need to be beefed up. There pretty wimpy.
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    Got the front shackle mounts and spring plates made up, some better mock up tires and the tub set on the frame to get some ideas on engine placement. Looks goofy as hell with the little tires but I hope leaves settle down a bit once they get the full weight and some breaking in.
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    Some progress.
    Got the engine striped down and cleaned up, new freeze plugs, motor mounts and a fresh coat of paint. Its gonna get a new rear main and oil pan before the final install. Im leaving the old pan on for now as there is no point of bashing up the new one just mocking it up. Almost a professional rattle can rebuild. Also got the jeep rolled into the shop to figure out where I gotta put the engine mounts. I need to find the balance between clearance at the rad and rear driveshaft length before I weld the mounts. Is there enough clearance to run a pusher fan infront of the rad and do they provide enough air flow? If they do Im gonna keep the engine as close to the rad as possible to keep my rear driveshaft as long as I can.

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