Redneck Home-Made Jeep Turbocharger!

About: I am a teacher who enjoys environmentally responsible woodworking. Most evenings will find me in the shop working with my now 8 year old son Shay who is both my greatest helper and biggest fan.

I have a little, underpowered 1961 CJ5 with a 4 cylinder motor.  I always thought it would be fun to try an turbocharge it.  So starting with a junked Saab I did just that.  Be sure to watch the video and check out the description for a link to the build log.  I talk about sourcing and sizing the turbo, how to mount and cool it, the troubles and successes I had as well as reasoning and methodology.  For anyone interested in trying this themselves the build log is a great place to start.

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    well that would explain why you done it that way i only made the comment of the bad starting but as they say if it ant broke dont fix it lol

    Starting it remains an absolute nightmare when it is cold and you are right that is because the carb is so far away from the intake. I am thinking of an electronic ignition swap as a crutch to help it.

    In a modern system yes but that requires boost referencing, something that is much harder to do on an engine that lacks any computer air/fuel or timing controls. This would be similar to the set up run on a corvare, it is called a draw-through and because the carb is not fed boost pressure it dosent need a pressure hood or boost metering of the air/fuel. As for the timing I upped the curve manually and deal with it. Unless you are saying it will not work and to that I would only add that it is 3 years old and has many 1000's of miles on it. It works.