Had some time to travel up to the shop and snap a few photos:
Helped put together the front axle with its new housing while I was there. All the fenders are off and it'll be saw time soon. Just discovered today that the engine will need to be shifted about 4" to the passenger side so now I'm in the market for a new fan setup. The struts should be coming my way in a little over a month.
Even with pinion conversions it's just too long for me to want to do something else. The "fake" wheelbase mock-up for the front above is too much and it should be much closer to the frame, but compared to a stock TJ it'll be stretched some. The front will be a few inches and so will the back so my guess is between 100" and 110", probably closer to 110". Once we get the rear under for mock-ups some measurements can be made for links to see how everything will fit.Moving the engine over is a different way of doing things. I was thinking of that after the fact but it was a little tight with the Atlas back there. Cant wait to see how that turns out. What is your WB that your going for?
1.25". Pretty much this:What size hiems did you get?
With 60s you shouldn't have the problems I'm having since their driver drop is pretty standard and keeps you far away from the engine. If I was a badass and started with just a frame I definitely would do the axles first, but I'm working with the stock Jeep drivetrain. Your LJ stuff shouldn't have any fit issues and you can do the engine first.Nice project..
If you could do it all over again, would you have mounted the axles first, then the engine and trans? I know they were already mounted but... Work with me.
I am in the planning process for my LJ build and plan to mount the engine and trans first, then the axles.
Since it is just 60's :flipoff2:, I can mount either first...
Do you happen to know the width from misalignment to misalignment?
That's part of the plan. We got the engine shifted over about 2.5" before the transmission started getting close to the body. This pic shows the issue, although this was before the shift so it's not as severe now.Can you just run a multi-piece front shaft with a carrier bearing?
i need to update my thread so the many of us with mogged tjs can compare. i talked to one guy on another forum that shaved his bellhousing till he could touch the ring gear and ran a smaller dia. drive shaft.
i agree...... run the 2 piece shaft its what i plan on doing. plus you can angle the drive train a touch, alittle minor trimming and get really close to flat belly with just a motor lift.