Rhino - Casting Out Satan
Exorcism and Aftermath
here's Carl tearing Satan ou with his bare teeth!
of Satan and his feces was the easiest part of this project. With the
help of a good friend (thanks, Carl!), we had the entire front clip,
drivetrain, and every trace of wiring stripped out of the Jeep in about
three hours! Removing the front sheet metal is really necessary and
prevents bashing into the fenders while removing the engine and reinstalling
the new one. It also makes it ten times easier to work on the motor.
that there was a gaping hole where an engine should be, it was time
to figure out what to do next. The old drivetrain leaked from every
seal, every cover, and every plug. I was totally sick of the constant
drip of oil and having to put cardboard under the jeep if I didn't want
an Exxon Valdez experience in my garage or driveway.
an 'empty' Jeep is the best time to get under it and really clean it
up. I also decided to change all the seals and gaskets on the new motor,
transmission, and the transfer case.
that this was also the perfect time to do some repainting/rust-proofing
while I was at it. After talking to a lot of people, I decided to try
out a couple new products. The first is POR-15 paint. The second is
rubberized undercoating. Click here (sidebar
1) to find out more about how these products turned out.
or any disassembly, it's a good idea to take a lot of measurements.
I found out that the stock engine is offset to the driver's side
1.25". It was also 22 inches from the floor to the lowest part
of the oil pan. I also measured pinion/driveshaft angles, front
axle to oil pan clearance, rear pinion/driveshaft angles, and
distance from floor to lowest part of the transfer case.
The nice thing
about disconnecting all that stuff from an engine that will never
go back in is that you can cut with reckless abandon and not worry
too much about it. The Iron Duke has a LOT of vacuum lines.
Note: When cutting
wires, watch out for electrical plugs/connectors. Many of these
are re-used with the new harness, so don't cut on the wrong side
and discard the plug. The plug that connects on top of the transfer
case (for the 4WD light on your dash) is one example of this.
With the help
of the holy 4WDSU magazine, Carl casts the demons out of the motor
and the rest of the jeep to prevent future breakdowns and problems.
I found it an
easy task to remove the transfer case first. This makes the engine/transmission
combo easier to balance on the hoist, and easier to maneuver once
it's out of the jeep.
Using a pressure
washer is the way to go! However, be prepared to clean up the mess
of flying goo and grime. I hooked up the hose to the power washer
from the hot water heaters in my house. Using 120 degree water and
soaking the engine with degreaser beforehand is a great cleaning
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