My First Jeep - A 71' Commando Learning Experience

Discussion in 'Jeepster Commando and Commando Tech' started by Luke V, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. Sep 27, 2017
    Luke V

    Luke V New Member

    Grand Junction, CO
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    Good Morning, I just read through your thread and it looks like it will be an awesome build with your son. I still have a 46' Ford that I rebuilt with my father in High School and still drive it to this day! As for the body, it only took four of us to lift it off and one person to roll the frame out from underneath. I also removed the from clip so the body wouldn't have to be lifted so high and it was lighter. Hopefully I'll get back to mine in a bit, and I will definitely be interested to see how yours turns out.
     
  2. Sep 27, 2017
    Luke V

    Luke V New Member

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    While I'm on here I will give a little update. I have been doing a bit of research and a lot of looking. I can't for the life of me find a Buick 231 or 350 anywhere near where I live. Every junk yard says they haven't seen them for at least 10 years. Crap! So, I've been looking at the Vortec 4.3L for an engine swap. I like the fact that it's smaller then the V8 chevy's for the limited engine bay space and can, with an adapter, be mated with the 3 speed already in the Jeep. I also found an adapter that will mate the 4L60 with the Dana 20. So many decisions, I want to have everything planned out before I go down one road.

    I do know that there are a lot of Blazers and S10's for sale and for cheap. I'm very tempted to buy one and start the transplant from there since junkyards want about $900 for a 4.3L with accessories, but no transmission.
     

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