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The state of my conversion so far...
Posted 03 August 2003 - 03:54 PM
<a href="http://www.ultimatevirgin.com/cropperr/" target="top">www.ultimatevirgin.com/cropperr/</a>
Click on "Parts Wagon Dissasembly"
(I know - I need to work on my site, but it's functional at least...)
Anyone who's interested in doing a 2WD to 4WD conversion would be interested to know what I've run into so far. The diff hanger nuts are already in the frame - they weren't bieng used for anything at all, but they are there! I'll run a tap into them and clean out the grime before I use them tho. The hole for the height adjusting bolt is there too - under the seat, with it's little rubber plug still in it. The tranny tunnel opening to the interior (where the ****er comes through into the cab) is radically different in size. I'm sure it's nothing a little bit of sawzall action can't take care of, but the 2WD's opening is WAY smaller, and the wrong shape. I would have to measure some more, but it looks like the shifter on the 2WD comes through the floor farther back than the 4WD's does. Never noticed that when driving, but it's probably a good 6 inches difference.
Anyone have any sugestions for shock / strut brands? The shocks from the parts car are so bad that I can compress them by hand (with no effort), and they will not expand on their own
I'll comback and update this thread when I get the 2WD dismantled as well.
Any comments / sugestions are welcome
Posted 03 August 2003 - 04:04 PM
Posted 03 August 2003 - 04:27 PM
Posted 03 August 2003 - 05:30 PM
General, have you thought about getting the shifter cutout from a 4wd to use as a template or weld-in piece? good luck.
Posted 03 August 2003 - 06:09 PM
Posted 04 August 2003 - 11:43 PM
Posted 05 August 2003 - 01:32 AM
And another thing - what about the lo-range light? In my 2WD, the wires don't seem to be present for the lo-range switch on the D/R selector. I have the switch, but nothing to hook it to. Pretty sure my dash has the light..... oh well - guess it doesn't matter that much really.
Posted 05 August 2003 - 01:48 AM
ask bratsrus1 (jerry) he may know about the 4wd levers, he modifies them for ea82 trannys in ea81 bodies
Posted 05 August 2003 - 02:06 AM
Tonight a friend and I pulled the 2WD's tranny - pretty easy actually - just a bitch cause it's so damn heavy. One thing I noticed right off having them next to each other, is that the 2WD tranny is basically the same as the 4WD tranny, with a different "tail" on it. Except the 2WD is a 5 speed. Got me thinking.... is there any way to put that fifth gear into the 4 spd D/R? Probably not, or someone would have done it by now, but heck - I figured I would ask. At least someone might know what the reason is for that not working?
Posted 05 August 2003 - 02:23 AM
at least messing with ea81 4wd swaps you dont have to piss with that dern 2-pc driveshaft, which is a B to do with anything short of small fabrication equipment!
good luck on the rest, once you get the shifter hole figured out then the rest should be cake. at least its not an rump roast-o-matic, one would be a behemoth to wrestle around
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