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post #31 of 81 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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Called the Novak place I got the transmission from for directions on installation and found out they put the wrong adapter on it. It wouldn't be so bad but the main shaft that holds all the bearings is different as well. So, I'll be shipping it back to them to put the correct shaft in and adapter on.

Really getting pissed off at those guys. The only bright spot will be the amount of shipping they will have paid when this is all sorted out. It'll end up at over $700 if nothing else goes wrong.

Not much else to report. Bought a water pump and ordered an HEI distributor. Bout $200 for the pair. Plan to get back on it tomorrow night.
Man that tranny shit would be a piss off, can't imagine how pissed I would be, reminds me of the time I ordereed a Crappy tire rebuilt engine and waited a month to get it got it all installed and the motor had a knock. OMFG I was livid especially considering that Canadian Tire wanted to ship that engine back before sending a new one out.
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Ya, I'm not doing any bodywork. Don't have the parience for it. I'm gonna take all the good stuff off the white one and put it on the red one than repaint it white.



Here's a cool pic.



In this one you can see the bumper in the back of the jeep. The frame was so rusted that when someone tried to pull me backwards it pulled the frame apart at the shackles.



While trying to get unstuck I was shifting a little too aggressively and pulled the shifter up out of the tranny

For the record, I was high centered not stuck and I am definitely not the skanky, scrawny dude on the right.
I wouldn't bother with body work its a 4x4 the uglier the better. I had a F-350 with a 9 inch lift on it and 39 inch tires. Problem was the truck was my transportation and was worth to much so then you don't torture it the same way. I used to have a 83 Chev half ton with a hockey puck body lift and 27 inch mud tires that I put through way more hell then that F-350. Why cause it was ugly and I could wreck it and not feel bad.




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post #32 of 81 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Got a call from Novak today. They said my transmission was done and would be shipped out today. When I asked about the guy who had been helping me they said he'd been let go. He seemed like a cool dude and although I was pissed off I didn't want him to lose his job.

Now I feel like a dickhead but hopefully he gets a pretty big unemployment check.

As far as the jeep, I'm a lazy ass and have done nothing but find a couple parts that I'll need during assembly. Once the transmission gets here I hope to make some good progress though.
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Awesome thread! Makes me miss my Jeeps.
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I haven't updated the last couple times I've done anything because the progress has been so miniscule. Found some brackets, replaced lost bolts, surfaced the oil filter adapter, painted some stuff, and bought some fluids.

Have a pretty good batch of pics, but it's storming here so my phone won't email Hope to have some pics up soon...
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Rain let up and some pics got through

Spent a couple hours trying to flatten the oil filter adapter. With it being on top of the oil pump gears the clearance here greatly affects pressure.

The grooves are plenty visible in the adapter before lapping. I honestly thought sandpaper would suffice but apparently it leaves deposits in the aluminum and is a no no.

Before


So lapping compuound was in order. Lapping compound can be used in a variety of ways but it's basic use is the removal of metal. My lack of a large piece of glass in the house forced me to use alternate resources for finding a completely flat surface. Coffee table it is.



The trick is to add oil or more compound to increase lubricity and avoid the drying out of the surface. Figure eights are a good way too maintain a flat surface. I do regret spending so much time on this piece and only got it to serviceable condition. I should have just bought a new one and saved myself the time but it was good practice.

It looks much better and would be fine to run probably but I'm still debating on using it.



Stay tuned for updates

After scanning my post there are a number of grammatical errors that should be ignored. Too tired to edit...
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All the work will be worth it when you're out off-roading!
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post #37 of 81 (permalink) Old 08-12-2011, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Had rain the last few days so I'm making some excellent progress. The pics aren't showing up on my work pc so I'll put up a more involved update once I'm at home and can tell if they're working.

Hope to have the engine running and the break in done with this weekend. This is what it looked like at about midnight last night when we headed out. The little parts are nickel and diming me to death but I can't wait til it's done

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Sorry if anyone was looking for an update. I should have done it the other night but have run into some snags and frustration more than anything has kept me from it.

Basically the engine is completely together other than the alternator bracket. I was just going to use the ones I had off the 304 because the 304 is the same size as the 360 and I assumed they would be the same...wrong.


A battery won't last long enough to break in the motor and I need to figure out the bracketry sometime anyway so the engine is at a stand still.

I've been in contact with a salvage yard I deal with but the one person that works there that I trust has been sick. It's funny because Mandy is the only girl there and she's head and shoulders above the dudes as far as knowledge goes.

I'll have her find me all the brackets for a 360 so it's done right. I would rig up something but if you're even the slightest bit off you can spend days replacing belts that have been thrown off and ruined, and end up doing it right in the end anyway.

Right about now I'm cursing AMC for not using the same stuff because there's a large group of people going wheeling in a couple weeks and I'd like to show them up in the worst way. They drive new Wranglers, Toyota crap, Rhinos, etc.

Hiopefully I can get it sorted out soon and be out there kicking ass and talking smack
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I hope you get the alternator bracket problem fixed. You have to show all those fools up with that beastly looking 360 you got!
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Found an outfit called bulltear that had a custom bracket for the alternator. Only five dollar difference from salvage parts so I'm happy.





It's not much of an update but at least it's something
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