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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-15-2000, 08:24 PM
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New Motor In! (But there\'s always something else)

Got the new motor in yesterday, we started it up, let it run for awhile, cooled off all day, retorqued the head and manifolds, RUNS GREAT! So, I figured I'd take it out this weekend, but figured I'd mess with the carb alittle. Adjusting the idle, glance over towards the radiator, there is a little jet of steam shooting from a pinhole leak in the top tank of the radiator! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img] It's always something! Oh well, have to wait till Sunday I guess. BTW, Ford dark blue looks cool in the engine compartment of a Jeep.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

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Brad which engine did you swap in?
Im getting ready to put my Jeep under the knife, for some major suspension and drive train modifications too.

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No swap really, just a same era 258 built to optimum factory specs, no tolerances being just OK, everything spot on. The Ford dark blue part comes in because I've always liked that color, and the 258 being somewhat similar to a 300 Ford I figured it wouldn't complain being painted that color. The AMC color was kinda sick IMO. (And I'm a closet Ford guy anyway, if I ever do a swap its gonna be a 351.)

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Right on sounds like a great upgrade.
It should be plenty torquey, thats what its all about.
Are you staying carbuerated or going to the 4.0 head or other form of FI?
Sounds like your just about ready to get back out on the trail anyway.
Im starting to really look forward to my swap, but I hate having the Jeep down for to long, Im just to damn impatient. I allways want to test it before the paint is even dry.

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Stuck with bone stock with the exception of the Weber that came off the old motor. Its nice having another motor to build, then just swap it in. The only other upgrades are an aluminum valve cover and rerouted and cleaned up vacuum line system. Even stuck with the stock iginition, haven't decided what to do there yet, have most of the parts for an HEI, but I think maybe I'd rather do the Ford TR thing, so jsut left it stock until I make up my mind. Even went with the stock cam, I'm one of those firm believers unless you are really going hipo, the factory knew what it was doing with the design, their tolerances are usually just a little sloppy, but that is easy to take care of when you are doing one motor instead of a whole assembly line. I have to give credit to where it is due, too, the bulk of the actual getting hands dirty work went to my stepson and his instructor at San Juan College. They were not allowed to get things just within tolerance, with the instructor and me looking over his shoulder everything had to be exact, for instance, all bearing clearances the SAME, not just within tolerance.

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Brad-
Congratulations!
Sorry about the 'accident' ... they ought to outlaw tri-pod engine stands just like they outlawed three wheel ATV's.
I'd be happy to torch solder your pinhole Sunday if needed.... I wanna see it!


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