Alright, I think its time to get a build thread going and I have some time to write it..LOL
Long story short.. I am a Cummins diesel fanatic, Have/Had a 95' Dodge (now totaled) as a play vehicle and it was time for a new ride for my daily commuter. I have always been an offroad truck guy but the last 3 years I had a Mitsubishi Evo for my daily ride. I built it and put 400HP to the ground and it was fun but time to move on and get back to my roots..LOL I needed 4WD, good fuel mileage and something that can haul the baby and baby gear. The budget is around 8500 and I had my wifes blessing to do what I wanted. Somehow, someway.. I came across a 4BT swapped vehicle getting near 30 MPG and the rest is history...
I started doing research to see what the best platform to work with would be and it seemed the be the Jeep Cherokee and the swap has been done before. And the search began for the right one.. I wanted a clean somewhat newer body style. I started to search craiglist and happen to find a gem that was close to me..A clean rust free 97' with 5 speed. Brand new 4.5" Rough Country lift. It was perfect.. Another long story short.. ended up driving it home for 2800.
The engine is another long story..I was looking at diesel swapped wranglers and saw a video on youtube of one with For Sale with a phone number on the back window.. I knew the area code was local to me and on a longshot decided to send a text asking if he still had the Jeep for sale( video was a year old).. Later in the day I get a response... No, but I have an engine for sale and we began talking...Again, long story short.. 2 weeks later I have a complete 1999 P-Pump 4BT delivered to my garage with intercooler, piping, downpipe, the whole 9 for 3000. I actually had the engine before the Jeep ! I was putting it into something.. LOL
My plan is to swap the engine in using the stock AX15 trans and transfer case and retain the stock location so I don't have to get into driveshaft and axle work right now. The AX15 is a pretty stout trans so it should be up to the task. Later on, I would like to swap in a Dana 300 twin stick or Atlas T-case and rebuild the axles to handle abuse. I want to retain the current suspension as much as possible but we will see what happens. I heard the starter might interfere with one of the upper control arms. I am upgrading the steering linkage to the Currie CurrectLink setup just to have some HD steering.
So now I have the engine and the Jeep and it's parts gathering time... I love shopping !!
Located a Ford Adapter plate/ bellhousing setup off the forum. Thanks Cobradriver !
Dual 12" electric fans - 48.00
Derale adjustable wiring kit- 48.00
Cummins rear sump pick up tube and parts to flip the pan from front sump to rear- 86.00
Genuine Cummins engine paint- 23.00
Advance Adapters AX15/ Ford adapter- 280
JD Jeeps engine mounts - 375 pricey but look good and should get it done.
Correct pilot bearing
New throwout bearing- STILL NEED
New Slave and hose to work with Jeep master. Novak makes a nice one...STILL NEED
Goodyear flex radiator hose/ maybe some plumbing parts.. Not a big deal.
Well I think thats a good start! We'll go from here. ANY and ALL suggestions would be appreciated !! Here are some pics for now.. Thanks!