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Hello, My apologies to Vlado and Hulkgreen for hijacking your threads!!!! Here are some pics I took after bolting the engine in. I am going to need a hood scoop. I had to locate the engine high to clear the panhard bar for the front ... JOIN NOW TO REMOVE TRACER

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Old 11-12-2009, 11:28 PM
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Hello, My apologies to Vlado and Hulkgreen for hijacking your threads!!!!
Here are some pics I took after bolting the engine in. I am going to need a hood scoop. I had to locate the engine high to clear the panhard bar for the front diff. I fabricated the passenger side motor mount, the factory Benz one would not work. I bolted 1/4" plate to the engine, welded 1 1/4" square tubing to it, and welded a 10mm nut to the tubing. The nut sits on the factory Benz motor mount pad. The motor mount brackets are 4"angle iron, 1/4" thick. I still need to get a drop pitman arm. I modified the radiator support to accept the 4.0 radiator. The engine and trans are bolted together. The transfer case is in, driveshafts connected. I enlarged the fuel tank filler and connected the fuel lines. I am going to finish the shift linkages and start on the wiring tomorrow.

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Nice handy work there forsure
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WOW!! I had no idea there was so much interference problems with the front suspension!

I guess I thought it would be more like the ill-fated Merce-Jeep (the MJ Comanche lost to Katrina). But, it appears that installation was 2-wheel-drive, and used rack and pinion steering:

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...e/8ee8b015.jpg

Otherwise, he had no problems setting the engine down low enough to clear the hood.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...e/0babd886.jpg
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:28 AM
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WOW!! I had no idea there was so much interference problems with the front suspension!

I guess I thought it would be more like the ill-fated Merce-Jeep (the MJ Comanche lost to Katrina). But, it appears that installation was 2-wheel-drive, and used rack and pinion steering:

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...e/8ee8b015.jpg

Otherwise, he had no problems setting the engine down low enough to clear the hood.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...e/0babd886.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...e/6545df7e.jpg
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y21...e/20cafd5d.jpg

Mark
That's a tight fit!!! It looks nice though. With the rack and pinion, he was able to keep the AC compressor. I could have gone a little lower, but wanted plenty of room between the engine and panhard bar. I shimmed the rear of the trans up about 1/8" to level out the engine/trans a little better. It's at about the same angle as it was with the gas engine.
I think a cowl induction scoop would look good on my Jeep.

John
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:53 PM
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Wow, it seems so weird to me that those old photos still pop up so many years later, . Ain't the internet great?!?

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Old 11-27-2009, 10:39 PM
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Here is a video of the engine running. I still need to finish the fan shroud, throttle linkage , and pitman arm, but i'm close!!!!!!!



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I received my drop pitman arm, it's still not low enough to clear the oil sump. Can I weld two pitman arms together? I have done some reading on this, and most people say don't even think about it! Anyone have any experience with this?

John
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This is some good work, ive really been wanting to put an om617 turbo in my 89' cherokee. Of course since its gonna be a light wheeler a small lift shouldnt be to much trouble to get the engine to fit down under the hood.

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Hey Benzer1,could you drop the steering gear to gain clearance? I am in the process to do the same swap,just waiting on my buddys cherokee for measuring. What trans are you using?
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I am using the A904 torqueflite, the factory trans that was in the Jeep. I adapted it to the OM617. Good idea about lowering the steering box, I may look closer to see what it would take. I found a way to lower the engine down so the hood will close. I am going to run an electric fan, so the water pump pulley does not need to line up with the radiator. My front axle is close to the oil pan though, I need to take measurements to make sure the axle hits the stops before it hits the oil pan!!! Good luck with your project, let me know if you need anything.

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