Originally Posted by David K.
Do you have a 4 or 6 in there now?
To go to the V8 you are adding 2-5K to the cost because of hte axle.
If you already have a 4.0 and are feeling up to it, buy a $600 4.0 from the bone yard and stroke it yourself. I forget who, but there was talk a month ago about someone doing the budget 4.5 or 4.6 themselves. You could do that for short money and not do the tranny till it broke, if it broke. Not to mention the welding that will be involved with a non jeep engine.
You could do that for such cheap money compared to the 351/302 that will need axles, tranny, tcase adaptor, something to interface with the guages, shifters/ linkage and wiring. All that on top of an expensive engine.
What ever you do, from my experience (ongoing 4.3) I would def. get the same model year engine as the one you are replacing. All the money you save by stroking you can put into performance parts. IMHO
sounds like you are not having fun dave?
just finished building showmejeep's bored 4.3 yesterday, just need valve covers and accesories installed... to do a tbi, its a lot easier than the cpi motor that you went with...
$$ on the donor, $300 wiring, $140 motor mounts, and thats real close for a tbi swap! i have @$1600 in mine, and still have the donor to sell. i'd say more reliable hp than a stroker motor too, just my opinion there though....
you'd need a new rear axle regardless of the stroker/swap decision, so thats not a consideration here.
bring that thing to Mo and we'll get it figured out for ye dave....
or take it to NY and let don get it finished for ye, think we'd both work for alcohol...
OP, keep us posted on your decisions, and take plenty of foto's to post up!
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