Another update. We did put the engine and transmission in, but it took at least 4 tries. The trouble was with the clutch fingers adjustment. The pressure plate was a good half inch out of spec, so we adjusted the fingers as per the TM, but then the clutch wouldn't disengage even though the shift fork was hitting the bellhousing. We ended up putting the fingers back where they were when I got it, hopefully it works, or I'll end up pulling the engine again
I also pulled the head off to check things.
There was definitely some grime and debris on the pistons that needed attention. I had cleaned the piston on the right in the photo. Also it was interesting to find out the motor has been rebuilt at some point. Pistons are 30 over. I put a new head gasket on, and replaced 4 studs which refused to loosen their hold on the nuts. Hmm. now that I'm looking at the pictures, it looks like there may be some damage on the second bore from the left. I didn't notice anything at the time, so hopefully it's just a fleck of greasy carbon. I didn't use any kind of sealant on the gasket (my research on here showed both ways of doing it), so I guess I'll know if there is a problem when I get it started!
Before the tub went on, one more pic of how my hat channels turned out. Not bad for bending them myself, using clamps, a hammer, and the edge of a table for 2 of the bends!
As I am going 12v with an alternator, we made a trip to the wrecking yard. I came back with all the wires I will need, a horn (not correct, I know but necessary to be street legal) a ford style alternator, the bracket for the alternator off a 6 cyl ford truck from the 70's, a coil, voltage regulator, solenoid, and battery cables - all for $3O.
I modified the bracket, and here is what I came up with:
The only trouble is it sits too high. There are a few extra fittings on the bottom of my oil filter housing, so I had to loosen the bands holding the oil housing and slide it up. It will work for now.
With the motor in, the next step was bolting the tub and fenders and grill on. This was really fun, because the jeep began to look right!
I'm VERY glad I left all the dents in. It definitely gives it some character. It does sit higher than my bro's jeepbecause of the tires. I will have to use this set up till I can afford skinny tires. I ended up selling my combat rims, but do have 5 skinny 16" wheels.
I thought once the motor was in, that it wouldn't be long till I tried to start it. There were a couple snags. Turns out my temp guage doesn't work, and the fan blade from the generator is a 6 blade "push" fan which won't work for a vehicle. Also the radiator leaks. I need to order more parts, and get everything wired!
I gave the jeep treatment to my laptop! Does this count as jeep fever?