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31  Technical / Mechanical / Re: Engine Swap on: May 20, 2010, 07:09:04 AM
I bet your wife is happy to see the eye sore is almost gone Smiley
yep. Hopefully I can get to Roth Steel some time next week.  Am I going to need the title to turn this thing in for recycling?  I hope not, because I dont have it.

Don't forget to grab that clutch master cyl. 
I grabbed everything.  The car is completely stripped.  I have the entire pedal assembly. I also took the brake booster and master cylinder, steering column, cruise control, and a bunch of other things that may be potential upgrades.
32  Technical / Mechanical / Re: Engine Swap on: May 19, 2010, 07:34:21 AM
I just sold the 2WD tranny minus the bellhousing, so a bellhousing swap is still an option.  I was only thinking about the clutch force but didn't consider the weight of the larger flywheel - that a good point. 
33  General Category / General / Re: New Photos on: May 19, 2010, 07:21:52 AM
sounds like its time for power steering?
34  General Category / General / Re: New Photos on: May 18, 2010, 10:12:11 AM
I saw the pic of Hans' roll over.  Did he break anything?  Any other major breakage? 
35  Technical / Mechanical / Re: Engine Swap on: May 17, 2010, 01:36:22 PM
here's what the car looked like

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The engine is a little crusty, but it seems to run good and doesn't have any leaks.  The lifters are real noisy, but the factory service manual says that the hydraulic lifters in this engine get air in them if the motor sits for too long.  Apparently it's normal for them to make noise for up to a 1/2hr.  Also, I plugged in the code reader and there were no codes, so thats a good sign.

here's the engine coming out

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I was able to remove every wire in the entire car without cutting anything.  I have all the sensors labeled and I have the factory manuals for both cars.  The majority of the sensors are on one main harness that plugs into the new computer.  The only splicing I have to do is for the ignition, computer power, speed sensor, O2 sensors and dash cluster (idiot lights, fuel, temp and tach).

So if I do the wiring myself, that leaves the motor mounts and the clutch to figure out.  I think I'll pay the $200 or $250 for the custom motor mounts and save myself that headache.  I still haven't decided what to do to adapt this engine to my drivetrain.  While the engine bolt patterns are the same, the bellhousings and clutch are not.  The bellhousing for the 2.0L is wider to fit a larger flywheel and clutch to handle the additional hp.  I can either buy a modified 1.6L flywheel and bolt my tranny up as is, or I can do a tranny swap and bolt my t-case to it.  Unfortunately, this is a 2WD car so I'd have to get a junkyard tranny to do that.  I may be able to do a bellhousing swap with the tranny I have, but I won't know until I get my tranny out and compare the input shafts.  The only problem with a bellhousing or tranny swap is that I would have to convert over to a hydraulic clutch system. 
36  Technical / Mechanical / Re: Engine Swap on: April 30, 2010, 06:58:51 AM
Yeah - I'll be going from 80 to 130hp.  Here's a writup of what the swap looks like:

I'm not sure yet if I will spend the $400 to have my wire harness modified or trying to figure out the wiring myself.
37  Technical / Mechanical / Engine Swap on: April 29, 2010, 05:37:18 AM
It looks like I'll be getting that 2.0L for my Tracker.  The donor vehicle was totalled in a roll-over.  I get the whole thing for $500.  I'll try to take pictures and post the progress once I get into the swap. 
38  Technical / Suspension / Re: Scrappy build on: April 28, 2010, 09:28:15 AM
looking good!  let me know if you have any extra link material from the build that you want to sell.  I'm getting ready to put a rear 3-link on the samurai.
39  Technical / Mechanical / Re: driveline on: April 28, 2010, 09:24:07 AM
it will probably end up having more vibration if you run one CV and one U-joint than if you run 2 U-joints.  The only way to do it right would be to have a custom double CV driveshaft made.  In the end, it would probably be cheaper to find a new rear axle in the junkyard with a centered diff.
40  General Category / General / Re: who wants to wheel on: April 28, 2010, 09:14:57 AM
most of the rides we do are only open to club members since they are on private property.  Do you think you would be able to make to one of the club meetings?  They occur on the first wed of every month.  I can get you directions if you're interested.
41  Classifieds / Wanted / Re: Tubing bender on: April 05, 2010, 10:45:36 AM
I was thinking about buying one of these:,6614.html

a few magazines gave it a good review.  At $400 (including 1 die set) this is the cheapest real tubing bender I've found.
42  Classifieds / Wanted / tires on: October 28, 2009, 05:49:35 PM
anyone have any 31 or 32" mud tires for sale?  ideally I could use them on 5 x 5.5" rims.
43  General Category / General / October ride in Harlan, KY on: September 14, 2009, 04:37:54 PM
I'm taking a road trip to an off road park in Harlan, KY next month. you can check out the park web site here:

I'm driving down on thusday, Oct 22, and driving back on monday, Oct 26.  Leave a post if you are interested. 

44  Classifieds / Wanted / Re: divorced transfer case on: June 24, 2009, 04:21:05 AM
I was toying w/ the idea of converting my father's 2WD '83 chevy pickp to 4WD.  I'm trying to get a rough idea of price.
45  Classifieds / Wanted / divorced transfer case on: June 17, 2009, 05:21:47 AM
does anyone have a divorced transfer case with a drivers side drop?
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