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Each and every Redline Rebuild starts with a plan … and most go off the rails at some point. The original scheme for the Jeep 4.0-liter straight-six gets a revision this week, but, happily, for a good reason.
The whole idea behind the selecting the Jeep was a quick in-and-out rebuild using stock parts. Davin has done plenty of stock rebuilds, and there is nothing wrong with restoring a solid design to factory spec. Well, we all say it’s fine to leave well enough alone, but, given the chance, most of us will take the more fun path. For the Jeep, this approach makes a lot of sense, because Davin can bump up displacement without even opening the aftermarket catalog or ordering custom pieces.
It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Davin thinks so—until he reads that pieces of a Jeep 4.2-liter straight-six’s rotating assembly can be combined with a 30-thousandths of an inch overbore in the 4.0-liter block. Suddenly, Davin has a 4.6-liter engine on his hands.
Of course, it’s not exactly that easy. Davin talks through the exact specifics of why plans like this one must be thought through.
Beyond that shift in plans, there are also a whole bunch of RockAuto boxes to open in this episode. With fresh parts gleaming on the shop table, it is not long before the paint is dry on the block and assembly begins.
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