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By request:DIY Hemi Swap

I'm doing my own Hemi swap with the kit from AEV. I was trying to figure out how many hours I have into so far and my best guess is around 20. Some of those were spent just standing back with a cold one in hand trying to decide what to do next.
I pulled the body off for easy access to everything from the top and to make it easy to maneuver the six foot + powertrain into place by myself. The body off went pretty good. Disconnected everything and used a chain fall bolted to the floor of the jeep with the seat bolts. Did this in my garage with an eight foot ceiling so pulled the front all out also so I could roll the chassis out from under the body after raising it high enough. Wheeled it out into the drive and powerwashed everything as clean as possible.
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Then pushed the chassis back into the other side of the garage and pulled the old powertrain out and cut, chiseled and ground out the old motor mounts.



welded in the new mounts



Dressed the new powertrain while its hanging



Slide it in and bolt it all down



Everything lined up perfect. Happy as hell.




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Not enough hours in the day. Its hard finding enough time for this, and work full time with a couple 16hr shifts a week thrown in.
I'm also going to do the full POR15 treatment to the frame before putting the body back on.
I'm thinking another week or two and it will be mobile.

Yesterday 9-18-08

Got the exhaust system in this morning before work. I Have been very impressed
with the quality and fit of everything from AEV so far.








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Man, that's outstanding. How tough was it pulling the body like that? Wasn't there a billion wires to disconnect?

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Man, that's outstanding. How tough was it pulling the body like that? Wasn't there a billion wires to disconnect?

Great work.
Not that bad to do. You can pretty much see everything that needs to come apart. The benefits of doing it that way far outweigh the hassle of trying to work in the engine bay and laying on your back under it. Most of the stuff to disconnect needed to be done either way.

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Not that bad to do. You can pretty much see everything that needs to come apart. The benefits of doing it that way far outweigh the hassle of trying to work in the engine bay and laying on your back under it. Most of the stuff to disconnect needed to be done either way.
Yeah, the more I look at it, that's what I'm realizing about the wiring. Great job. Can't wait to see the finished product. Are you going to spray the bottom of the tub while you have it off? I would.
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Yeah, the more I look at it, that's what I'm realizing about the wiring. Great job. Can't wait to see the finished product. Are you going to spray the bottom of the tub while you have it off? I would.
I really had not thought too much about the bottom of the tub. I planned on rino lining the inside of it. I guess I should be doing the POR15 treatment to the bottom of the tub rather than the frame.

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Very nice build. Just curious, does the throttle still drive-by-wire or is there a cable?

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Nice work!!! One of these days Id love to do the same thing.
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I am so jealous. Oh to be rich. Thanks for sharing, congrats. Keep the photos coming.
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You make it look easy.

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I would not be able to sleep until I was done.... Looks Great so far


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Man o man! You are def not skeered to jump in with both feet and git r done!!!

Looks great! New engine? Did you buy everything from AEV, or just the install kit? If you dont mind me asking.

Keep up the good work!

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That is awesome One day I will try my mechanic ability on a project that glorious! In the mean time, Hundy, if you ever do a swap, I got dibs on the Supercharger....

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Nice work,you're very talented to be able to take on a project like that by yourself
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nice job! someday i'll do this too.

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Good Job, can't wait to see it in person.....

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NICE!!! What is the build cost for DIY!!??

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Amazing !! When you get time we want all the gory details. Good Luck, hope everything goes perfectly.

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Finished with the POR15 treatment over the weekend. That's some nice but messy stuff. Also completed everything on the body side. Removed all the clutch related stuff and moved the steering shaft over for clearance on the new motor. Hopefully will be able to make the time in the next couple days to mate the body back to the chassis.
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Very nice build. Just curious, does the throttle still drive-by-wire or is there a cable?
Wire, everything is the same.

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Looks great! New engine? Did you buy everything from AEV, or just the install kit? If you dont mind me asking.


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Picked the new crate motor up on Ebay last Jan, got the trans from a recycler, the kit from AEV and all the rest of the required parts from MoparOnlineparts.com for wholesale cost and no tax. Did not have to chase anything down. Everything just showed up at the house Total investment a hair over 10. Hours=Did not count. Nothing I would have rather been doing with my time than building my Hemified Unlimited.

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A hair over 10? That is really reasonable! I may have be in touch to walk in your footsteps!

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That is no small job, very nice work
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Nice work, 10 grand huh.... I see a personal loan in my future...haha

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