I set the floor and firewall up in place to make sure previous measurements were correct. They were exactly right but it was still nice to confirm before I go welding in the engine mounts. Also checked the radiator position to see how it would all fit within the engine bay. Then setup my engine mount jig 175mm further back so the engine sits the same distance off the firewall, but centres the front axle in the wheel wells. Had to raise it 3/4" above the what it was in the engine cradle originally to clear the diff mount, but is still an 1" lower compared to the original floor height. Having it this far back will give much better front to rear weight balance for better handling as well.
Made some new mounts up. Bit overkill being 102x150x6 mm RHS, (4"x6"x1/4"), but had the perfect internal size to match the engine mounts on the block.
Tacked them into position then put the cradle back under the engine to test the fit and make sure the angles and position was perfect. Fitted like a glove and just pushed the bolts through with my finger. Everything cleared just as I wanted as well so the jig was worth making.
Right side shown and also it fully welded in.
So here you are looking at the rear suspension setup
on the Grand Cherokee upside down. I am hoping to reuse these brackets on the
Willys. All the suspension mounts are made with HSLC, (High Strength Low
More spot welds to drill out! This reinforcement plate on the outside of the frame supports, from left to right, the swaybar, coil and shock mounts. Remembering that it is still upside down. The next picture also shows another bracket which is duplicated on the other side as well and is what the panhard rod frame bolts into.