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Old 08-28-2011, 06:13 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I feel bad because the updates are so few and far between but I'm making good progress.



Noticed the water pulley was rubbing on the crank pulley so we pulled it off and turned the lips down on the lathe.


The pulley looks good now but the all thread they sent was ugly compared to the rest of the setup. Ended up using a spacer off the old bracketry and replaced the all thread with a long grade eight bolt. Painted it, drilled it out to size and cut it to fit on the lathe. Looks much better with the color contrast imo.


The hexagon piece they sent was also too long. It was making the belt go on crooked and we can't have that. Cut it down about three hundred thousandths and it was good to go. We also replaced the three eights bolt that ran through the octagon piece with a 7/16 bolt that filled the hole through it. It was turned down on the ends to 3/8 using the lathe and tapped to fit.





Here's how it looked when I left Saturday. Had to take the radiator off the stand to install the balancer and pulleys but almost everything is hooked up now. Had to get some flexible radiator hoses to make it work and the only things before breakin needed are a few plugs for various things, fitting for the oil sender, wire up the starter, and put fuel in the tank. Hope to have a video of it running up soon.
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:08 AM   #42 (permalink)
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The engine is officially sort of running Had more than a few setbacks, one of which is a good sized blister on the top of my foot but a video should be up tomorrow.

Got to the shop a little after 6 and got right after it. Plug wires on, fuel filter, oil and temperature sender, and a few other odds and ends.

Had to fill it with coolant through the thermostat housing since the radiator sits so low on the stand. After getting the housing off, started filling it only to find some plugs missing in the block. Coolant on the floor Cleaned that up, found some plugs and filled it again.

We were about to fire it up when we couldn't find the timing light. Jeff had loaned it out and it took 30 minutes or so to find the guy and get the light. Back at the shop now, but we don't have any gas, ran and got that.

It's not wanting to start so he adjusts the floats and try again. It comes to life. We bring it up to around 2000 rpm for break in when we notice the alternator isn't charging. **** it, if the battery dies we'll charge it and try again.

We're about 10 minutes into the 20 we need when the pcv coupling I connected the two lower radiator hoses with has melted on the ends and the hoses blow apart. I'm trying to turn the ignition off on the stand but it has a toggle you have to turn off that I didn't know about.

So I'm sitting there with 190 degree coolant spraying my feet trying to turn this piece of shit off and it won't work. My buddies yelling something I can't hear over the open headers so I turn the ignition the other way grinding the shit out of the starter Once the panic subsides somewhat I can make out that he is saying OFF! I hit the switch and it dies, three more gallons of coolant on the floor we clean up once again.



In this pic you can see the two ends of the hoses if you look close. This time I used a coupling made to handle the heat Have to take the upper radiator hose off and fill it again and since we have to start over we swap on the old alternator thinking that's the charging problem. We were wrong, it still isn't charging. **** it once more.

We start again and bring it back up to rpm. Sumbitch is sounding good and we run it for a while.



After 15 minutes the little crappy nipple we have on the outlet that would normally go to an overflow tank blows apart on the radiator sending another three gallons of coolant onto the alternator and shop floor





It's hard to tell from the pics because I'm hurrying to take them but you can see the spray on the left hand side. The engine is probably good to go now but we're gonna change the oil and filter and tidy up a few things before running it again tomorrow. If everything works out, I'll have a video to post

Once the engine is good to go I'll be putting on the clutch and transmission and begin the install into the red jeep. This seems to be taking forever but it's gonna be well worth it. Obstacles are gonna be conquered like mad!

Thanks for reading as always. Comments would be nice too
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:22 PM   #43 (permalink)
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I can't believe it took me this long to get just the engine running. At this rate my Jeep might be done by next winter

My friend just sent me the link so check it out. Goldberg voice, HERE WE GO!!!

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I haven't read the whole thread but what you got for a cam in that thing. It sounds lumpy when you had it running at the beginning.
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It's similar to a popular chevrolet cam but I can't remember the specs off hand. It's a split duration with a little more on the exhaust side. Not too much lift, .488 I believe. It seems like the duration is 208 or 210 @50 thousandths but I'm not sure. I just texted my buddy for the part number. I'll get some exact specs up soon.

I did mess with it some last night. Jeff thought he'd found the charging problem but he didn't. I changed the alternator back to the new one and it's still only showing 13 volts. I've got a small oil leak at the front of the pan that will have to be dealt with but if it's only leaking a half quart or so when I go out I won't be too hurt.

We were ringing on it quite a bit too and the coupler failed again. This time it blew the lower hose completely off and cracked the coupler almost in half spraying my buddy with coolant this time. Got quite the lol when he started running

It's running really well though. Idles great at about 700 rpm, no dead spots, and seems to pull up to 5200rpm or so. I think it'll work out well.

I'm emailing a pic of my blister and the cracked coupler and will post them along with the cam specs here in a few.
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I was a little bit off on the cam specs, not surprising. It's not an Edelbrock brand cam but it's the same specs as their performer cam. 204-214 @.050, 448/472 lift on a 112 lobe sep.

Here's a shot of my foot the day after burning the shit out of it. I've gotta get some boots



And the coupler after failure. I'm gonna try to get some money out of O'reillys for my pain and suffering

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I haven't read the thread, but just wanted to say that hopefully you're a better engineer/driver/what ever you need for this hobby than a photographer. It looks almost like you're making an art out of putting the camera focus on anything, but the object you want to show
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I haven't read the thread, but just wanted to say that hopefully you're a better engineer/driver/what ever you need for this hobby than a photographer. It looks almost like you're making an art out of putting the camera focus on anything, but the object you want to show
I suspect you don't know what I'm trying to take a picture of but thank you for nothing. My blackberry isn't the finest camera out there either so lick my blister
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Pulled the white jeep into the shop to take the transfer case out today.



Got the case out but it took longer than expected because one of the u joint strap bolts was rounded off. Cut it off with a die grinder.



There sits the best transfer case ever put in a CJ. One cool thing is that the 1980 version is the shortest by three inches. It should help me with driveline angles and be much more forgiving during install as far as transfer case location.

On a side note, the transmission leaked out what looked like chocolate milk. Glad I'm not using it.

Pushed the jeep back out of the shop to make room to take the engine back off the stand.



Got the engine off with no problems but when I went to put the clutch on my pilot bearing doesn't want to go into the back of the crank all the way.



For ease of installation I want to have the transmission on the engine and put them both in at once. I'm not sure if I was sent the wrong pilot bushing or what but Novak isn't open until Tuesday

It's supposed to be really nice weather wise tomorrow so I'm sure I'll have an update sometime. As always, thanks for reading
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