Recent content by Mike Alfano

  1. Mike Alfano

    VM 2.8 turbo diesel frame-up TJ build

    Every kid who has worked on it has also signed their name with a sharpie on the inside of the 1/4 panel....1/4’s are both full of names!
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    VM 2.8 turbo diesel frame-up TJ build

    The auto shop at the school is back on and we’ve already started working on the Jeep. In November, on the last day before auto classes ended we discovered a crack in the lower tank on the rad....ordered an all aluminum 4-core rad with a built in fan and shroud out of Gaylord, Michigan. Students...
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    VW TDI Diesel Sahara

    Just came across your post! Awesome swap...great job!
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    VM 2.8 turbo diesel frame-up TJ build

    Thanks! Seems lately that we're taking one step forward and two backward. We were filling up the radiator the other day and a student noticed a leak....he went to investigate the source and found the plastic bottom of the rad was cracked....somebody must have dropped it because it was holding...
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    VM 2.8 turbo diesel frame-up TJ build

    I've never bought new rims and tires for any car I've ever owned but the TJ is definitely getting new rims and tires.....only problem is that I don't really know what I want. Any ideas as to rubber and rims would be welcome. Thanks again.
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    VM 2.8 turbo diesel frame-up TJ build

    Thanks. 73 Nova....awesome car...would love to see pics if you have..... Thanks for looking at our build....it's been 2 1/2 years and 5 semesters.....everyone who worked on it are anxious to see it go......but not looking like it will happen till next quadmester....which is in February. Still...
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    VM 2.8 turbo diesel frame-up TJ build

    Thanks! Students definitely had a great time building this thing!! A good number of students that have graduated have kept in touch and are patiently waiting for the shakedown trials.....they want to be present for the first run.
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    VM 2.8 turbo diesel frame-up TJ build

    Wipers, power steering, tranny cooling all done. Seats are in, lower rad hose is also in. Pretty much all that is left to do is heater core plumbing, upper rad hose, intercooler plumbing, hood and mounting of the cabin fuse box. Drive shafts have to be made from scratch so will have to trailer...
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    Project Felicity: 06 TJ Wrangler RHD V2403 Kubota Diesel Swap

    Awesome job! You have way more patience that I do dialing in the turbo and fuel like that!! Unreal. And how you crammed all that hardware under the hood!? Great job....I'm very impressed ......
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    VM 2.8 turbo diesel frame-up TJ build

    Ran into a little problem with power steering plumbing...thought we could just join two halves of the power steering pressure line (steering box half from a TJ and the pump half from a Liberty) with a brass compression union. Turns out we can’t because the two halves have different steel line...
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    VM 2.8 turbo diesel frame-up TJ build

    How’s things going with your diesel swap?
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    VM 2.8 turbo diesel frame-up TJ build

    I have about 7 thousand into the project so far...have had a few people already asking me if I would be interested in selling it. It would take an awful lot for me to part with it. I can’t wait to drive it...it’s all mine!
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    VM 2.8 turbo diesel frame-up TJ build

    Thanks..I’m the teacher , not the student...and I agree with you.. Cheers, Mike
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    VM 2.8 turbo diesel frame-up TJ build

    Super excited to be back in the Auto shop in face to face classes. We hope to finish most of the work on the Jeep before the middle of November when the term ends. Over the summer I gave the intercooler to a real good friend of mine along with a couple aluminium elbows. the in and out ports...
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    Project Felicity: 06 TJ Wrangler RHD V2403 Kubota Diesel Swap

    Thanks, it's a Dodge/Jeep color....called Hydro Blue.....only change we made was the shine....added flattening agent to the clear coat......will have to be re-cleared once it's finished because the various body parts and tub were painted at different times and my brother didn't write down the...