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Signed up a while ago, but didn't keep up with my build


Specs as of now, pics to follow

92 long bed,  did months of rust repair and started building.

Currently 2wd, longarms and 5 inch lift up front

8.8 rear, 4.10 gears, 4 link rear with tj coils to level front

2005 6.0 lq9 with a  big cam, lifters etc and a hot tune   485 at the crank

4l80 trans

did the late model xj interior and nose, mostly done




whats left of the parts donor


will post some more pics when I get them uploaded

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definitely need more pics   :D    is the engine in the final position?  what are you doing for a hood?

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Photobucket is uploading slowly but here are some more pics.   I have a big lj wheeler so I wanted to build something fast that still had the offroad look. The engine is in final position. I have 2 hoods, I am going to trim one  to fit with the truck manifold for now and see how I like it.  I am talking with a friend who works at a gm dealer about a take off  lsa supercharger so it may need a hole in the hood anyway.


rear 8.8 and 4 link set up



front set up


this was kind of the inspiration for this build.  2wd kinda baja style


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I agree, the motor is enough by itself.  My starter truck was a mess, between lots of rust, cut up wiring, and crappy repairs.  I have basically went down to a bare shell, did rockers, floorpans, half a trans tunnel and some bedside repairs before I even started anything new.  Did frame reinforcments, links front and rear, 8.8 rear , relocated fuel tank and all new brakelines, and gutted the interior before starting the work on the motor swap.

     After doing the motor placement and the 4l80 which is quite a bit larger than a aw4 lol, on to wiring.   The eng harness was easy, used a lsx4u harness and worth the money,  just hookup and go.  Used a painless chassis harness for everything else and it took some time to make it work with all the Chrysler switches with the 98 xj interior.  Done now, but several weekends of wiring all alone. 

   finishing up odds and ends now, hoses, translines and a punch list a mile long, but hope to finish upo the bodywork and paint over the winter and be able to play with it next year.

This is my 3rd LS swap and I'm done after this, 05 lj, 68 commando


68 commando, 4.8 ls, th400, sadly had to sell to finish building the lj


05 lj, 5.3, th400, 60's 40's lots of other mods


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fiberglass is not a floor





rockers both sides, prob the easiest repair I did


Had to move dash mounts a little for 98 interior, chose to keep it simple


ahh wiring, everybodys favorite


you don't realize how much wire is in a modern car till you have to install all of it


marking out Chrysler wiring to painless harness



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