Meet Red, my 81 Restomod Build

Belizeit

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To me, but then who am I, like the white letters facing in. I know some like them as you have them. Black rims probably look better the way you have them, but I have the white original rims and I just like the tires all black :)
 

zr10054

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No problem. I enjoy being able to help others out. That’s part of what makes documenting my builds so fulfilling. To be honest, I wish I lived somewhere closer to other Scrambler owners so that we could help each other in our builds.
I went out and took another picture with a straight edge. With the mounts in the position I told you in the first post, the back of the engine is 2” in front of the body mount bracket. (The straight edge in the picture is 2” wide. ) That places the back of the block 1 1/2” back of the spring hanger bolt. You should have a little under 2” firewall clearance on the passenger side with this placement. This is with the 5* tilt factored in. I’m thinking that the tilt might not matter as much with a manual trans but I’m worried about tunnel to trans clearance as is. I really don’t want a body lift...
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zr10054

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Randy, I can only imagine what we would have built if we lived closer to each other. We did pretty good living across country.
I thought I would throw out where I placed my engine mount Stump Jumper(Scrambler).
 

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Randyzzz

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It’s been really difficult since having to say goodbye to Jessie last week. I haven't felt like doing much of anything. But I know I will never be able to drive my Scrambler if I don’t work on it...so I decided it was time to finish hanging the exhaust. I built a hanger crossmember behind the rear shock mounts and attached the hangers. Don’t know why this took me so long- but it’s done. Next I need to figure out a solution for the skid plate/trans mount and then run some plumbing.

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Got shafted today! 😁 My axle shafts showed up from Quick Performance. These things are beefy! Especially when compared to Waggy axles. I’m expecting the disk kit on Monday, and the diff should be a few days after that. Here’s some pics.

New Shafts.
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Compared to Waggy shaft.
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Got shafted a second way today too. The Dealership where I have been working for has furloughed me for 30 days because of lack of business. Half of the crew got the axe. Dang Corona! I built my last Scrambler mostly while unemployed, looks like this one will be the same way. I’ll be able to get a lot done at least.
 

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Been working on the skid plate/trans cross member. The only drawback to using a passenger drop 241C is that they hang lower than the stock D300. I am modifying the skid to fit the contours of the 241C, but I'll still have to space the whole thing down 1" to make it fit. That's the plan for now- if it's too low I'll have to clock the case up. That means modifying the exhaust too. I'll post pics once it's finished- it's at the ugly stage right now. Can you say "Frankenskid"?

I also got the Fairchild weatherstrip kit for the doors in, along with some Crown Performance red brake lines. No judging allowed ;) Both items look great, IMHO.
 

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In the 2nd pic of post 192 is that a crossover (H) pipe just behind the T-case?
Looks great and sorry to hear about the temp working situation. We'll all be just fine when this is over, just have to keep a positive mental attitude.
I hope that when you bark the pipes on that thing it reminds you of Jessie barking!
 

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In the 2nd pic of post 192 is that a crossover (H) pipe just behind the T-case?
Looks great and sorry to hear about the temp working situation. We'll all be just fine when this is over, just have to keep a positive mental attitude.
I hope that when you bark the pipes on that thing it reminds you of Jessie barking!
Yes, that’s the crossover pipe. Thanks for the kind words. Somehow I don’t think the pain of losing Jessie will ever go away.
 

zr10054

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Yes, that’s the crossover pipe. Thanks for the kind words. Somehow I don’t think the pain of losing Jessie will ever go away.
I didn’t use a crossover or x pipe on mine and on the dyno I’m still getting 300 hp to the rear wheels. Not bad for a Jeep and I love the old school sound out of the dual exhaust.
Jessie will always be riding with you.
 
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Randyzzz

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Well, after hacking and welding on the factory skid, I’m just not happy that my new crossmember will be a little over an inch lower than on a stock CJ. I looked into building a custom crossmember/skid assembly, but even that will compromise clearance. I know I won’t be satisfied with that especially with a 2.5” lift and 31” tires. This is supposed to be my dream Scrambler not my “OK” Scrambler. So... tomorrow morning I’m going to order a clocking ring and see where that puts me. Unfortunately that impacts my exhaust pipe on the passenger side, so here comes some rework there too. I’m really hoping it doesn’t interfere with the floor... But...it’s not right until it’s right.
 
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