Spent some time yesterday working on a heatshield for the intake. I'm planning on wrapping the header as well, but I'm trying to cut down on some under- hood temps and heatsoak. I'm probably going to cut a finished one out of 1/8" carbon fiber. It's nice having a spare Jeep to mock things up on.
We have come up with a solution for a common heat soak & vapor lock problem in 1997-2004 Jeep models with inline 6 engines. DEI's Easy to install heat protection kit reduces heat soak on the fuel rail and injectors, in turn reducing vapor lock and keeping fuel cool.
I picked up the engine from the machine shop today. I think that I have everything else I need to get it put in, but I'm going to wait until after a trip I have planned in a month before swapping it out.
One of our metal suppliers screwed up and sent us some non-conforming 1/8" aluminum sheets. They didn't want them back so I decided to cut some up and make a cargo basket for the Jeep. The basket turned out pretty good, now I just need to fab up some brackets and maybe a Jerry can mount.
How will it mount and how much time will it take to make mine? TAKE MY MOONEEZ!!!! Seriously though, I would love something lightweight and easily removable. Just something capable of handling a Dometic cooler that I only need half an excuse to buy I have a Savvy bumper with integrated receiver but we've been warned over and over by Blaine not to tow or use a cargo basket with them because of metal fatigue.
Small amounts of progress. The head is on with the new cam, lifters and head studs. I degreed the cam and finish assembled the timing chain. Now I am waiting on some longer main studs. The 4.0 studs were too short to work with the girdle and the stroker crank. I got with ARP and they are sending me some longer studs.
I took it out to Crossbar Ranch in Davis Oklahoma yesterday. We had a pretty good day overall. The weather was perfect, no breakdowns in our group, minimal damage (except for some rock rash on my wheels) and the place wasn't super busy. The Jeep ran good overall, but there were obvious areas for improvement. Hydro assist steering, better tires and lower transfer case gears are definitely on the list for future mods.