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Old 07-29-2011, 11:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking at CJ5 project

My buddy told me he has a cj5 no motor, tranny on stock axles. Its set up for a sbc. Its sitting on bald 35s. He said i could have it for $350. Im thinking about making a cheap trail rig out of it. I have a sbc 350 already. Im thinking i can put this motor in it, a th350 tranny and unsure on transfercase. You guys think i can get this thing up and running under 3k? I can do all the work myself.
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you should beable to aslong as you can do all the fab work yourself. asfor a T case ive always liked the Dana300 but i dont know if it can be mounted to that trans.

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There are a lot of variables to consider; how much you want to do with it, where you plan to get the parts, how much work can you do yourself?

You already have the engine; a trans and tcase shouldnt be too hard to find for a fair price. Do you plan on keeping the stock axles, upgrading, or swapping? You said the tires are bald, you plan on replacing them? How is everything else (i.e. body, frame, brakes, steering, etc.)?

Every build is different, come up with a clear vision of what you want in the end, then figure out what parts you need to get there, and come up with a total cost. Then double that cost to get a realistic number.
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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autos and Cj5's aren't friends. The rear driveshaft in a stock 5 is short and it gets really short with an auto.
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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autos and Cj5's aren't friends. The rear driveshaft in a stock 5 is short and it gets really short with an auto.
^this is important. With my manual I had a 12" rear driveshaft. With an auto it would be even shorter.

You could get that rig running for that money if you keep the stock axles, have the motor, and get a manual trans and transfercase cheap. If you get new tires, you will have to do all the fab work yourself to try to meet your budget.
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I want to stretch the front and rear end to get more wheelbase. What are the shorter automatic trannys? or how hard is a manual tranny to set up
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I want to stretch the front and rear end to get more wheelbase. What are the shorter automatic trannys? or how hard is a manual tranny to set up
The stock manual tranmission for my year was the T-5 or the T176. Behind a V8 the T176 is the one I would use, matched to a D300 transfercase.

Check out www.novak-adapt.com. They have a really good information section. Check out the year of jeep you have on there, and it will show the automatic tranmissions offered stock, which will be shorter to match the wheelbase.
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