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Old 01-02-2015, 09:00 AM
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I had an 84 M1009 and converting to 12v was the best decision I ever made on it.
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Old 01-06-2015, 07:23 PM
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I've got everything home and ready to go, just need some warmer weather to get started.
I'm considering putting the waggy body on the blazer frame, thoughts?
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Old 01-10-2015, 01:33 PM
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Turns out the waggy has a 4" longer wheelbase, so I'd have to mmove the rear axle back some to make it look right, along with all the other BS to get body mounts to line up.
Looks like the plan of just swapping everything to the jeep is the way it will happen.
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:03 PM
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Any updates? I'm interested in this buld.
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Old 02-18-2015, 02:46 PM
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An update would be great. Please?
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:29 AM
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How is it coming along? I'm new to this site. Building a j10 with a 6.5 td. The 6.2/6.5 have the same mounts as a small block chevy. Go get yourself some sbc swap mounts, that's what I have. I could post pics of them if you would like.
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Old 05-03-2015, 01:15 PM
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Sorry folks, I've been moving slowly on this jeep.
I went back to school and continue to work 60 hrs a week.
I got the suspension done, and the cucv axles under the jeep, and my friend Jacob is going to
do the engine swap because I am busy with school.
Here is a teaser shot. I'll post more when more progress is made
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:47 PM
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It's coming along a little quicker now. The CUCV drivetrain is in now, and the heater core had been modified with one my buddy had laying around for a chevy nova. The steering ended up being super easy! We used the waggy tie rod and drag link, with the CUCV rod ends, and it's perfect!
My buddy is working in the wiring to re-pin the bulkhead connector for the CUCV to work in the waggy, and we have to find some hoses to work with the BJ's 4 core fsj radiator, but it isn't far now.
Still need to come up with a plan for driveshafts, but we might be able to use the CUCV ones because the wheelbase is pretty close and we used the blazer axles along with the drivetrain.
So far the only welding we've had to do has been for the shackle flip in the rear and the advance adapters motor mounts.
We used the blazer gas tank and filler neck. So far the only parts we didn't already have between the waggy and the CUCV have been the heater core and the radiator hoses. I'm really happy with this budget build so far. My buddy is going to fab up a full 3" exhaust, and we have the turbo stuff from a 6.5, but we'll likely leave it off for now and just try to make it dependable without the turbo first.

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Old 05-11-2015, 12:56 PM
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Oh and for the hydroboost, Jacob cut and threaded the CUCV pushrod, and milled an aluminum adapter for the pedal. It looks pretty trick:



And here's a pic of the Frankenstein steering as it is now. We may
change that if there are any issues, but for now it looks like it will work:



Sorry for the crappy cellphone pics, these have all been an afterthought once each item was checked off the list.
I'll take better ones when it is finished
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Old 05-11-2015, 01:06 PM
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IMHO, do the turbo now. You have to change a lot of little things for the turbo. Do it now. You will be much more happy.
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Old 05-11-2015, 03:00 PM
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Mark, I really appreciate advice from you, since you have already been down this path.
The thing keeping me from the turbo setup at the moment is time. I have 3 weeks off of
school before I go back full time, and I am afraid that if I don't make hay while the sun is shining, this jeep will sit for another 3 months until I get another break.
At least running without the turbo is still running, and I can drive it. Finishing a degree while
working 14-24 hour shifts puts a lot of projects on the back burner.
I'll get around to the turbo, as well as an overdrive transmission in August or possibly as late as January. I'm also in the process of patching holes in my xj, so I have to get one of them back together so I don't have to commute in my TJ or on my motorcycle even in the rain.
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:24 AM
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Can someone please get me a picture of an engine bay side bulkhead connector for a grand waggy, that shows where each wire goes?
I sold the original motor with the wiring harness and everything, and now i realize that I needed a bulkhead connector. One for an xj plugs in, but I need to see a waggy one to know where to put the wores. Thanks!
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Sorry it's been a while, and photobucket raped my photos, but this build has been running great for a couple of years now, daily driven, and has been driven to Moab from Middle TN, and wheeled all over. It's still not turbo'd, but Jacob has all the parts laying around for when he decides to mess with it.
I've been wheeling a 1980 hilux with a fuel injected Ferd 302 and 35's lately, but may start another FSJ expedition rig soon.
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Old 12-31-2017, 03:10 AM
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That's great. How does it drive compared to the old drivetrain? MPG?
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:18 AM
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It's a little slower than it was with a 360 and a 4bbl carb, but can cruise at 75 all day, and if we keep it around 65 or 70, we've seen an average of 26mpg on highway road trips.
It's actually very economical. Revs are a tad high above 70 anyway, so we try to adhere to that as a max cruising speed.
It has 4.10 gears and 35's now.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:16 PM
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It's a little slower than it was with a 360 and a 4bbl carb, but can cruise at 75 all day, and if we keep it around 65 or 70, we've seen an average of 26mpg on highway road trips.
It's actually very economical. Revs are a tad high above 70 anyway, so we try to adhere to that as a max cruising speed.
It has 4.10 gears and 35's now.

That's fantastic. The best I had with my 4BT was 25.2 in one tank.
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Old 01-08-2018, 08:02 AM
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Well, unfortunately, my diesel waggy is on the chopping block once again.
It turns out that Jacob has too many vehicles, and hasn't been driving the waggy much in the last few months, because he bought a Ford Raptor.
He's asking 10 grand, so it probably won't sell quick, since the wood grain has faded and it isn't as pretty as it once was.
Either way, it's on Nashville Craigslist under 1988 Grand Wagoneer.
Check it out if you'd like to see pictures.
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