My teacher just sold me a ford 302 out of his F-150. He said he can give me the transmission too if I want it, but will it fit my Jeep? If not, what tranny will I need to buy?
Are there any other mods I need to make?
i havent done a swap yet, but i plan on it very shortly. anyway, i have done a TON of reading, and agree that that engine will fit well with an adaptor. as for the tranny, what are you looking for in a tranny, and what tranny did he sell you? ford trans's work good in jeeps because ford xfer case's use a drivers side drop for the front driveshaft. going with a ford drivetrain in a jeep allows for easy conversions because you dont need to buy expensive conversions from chevy(or other) to jeep xfer cases.
although there is still a lot of work involved, you may save money by going with a ford drivetrain.
things you will still need to do with ford drivetrain:
1. purchase a conversion engine mount
2. purchase a new(custom) exhaust system
3. purchase new(custom) driveshafts for front and back.
4. adapt for new clutch linkage(if manual trans)
5. new radiator(big enough for new engine)
6. some other odds and ends to finish things up, like carb. linkage, etc.
i hope i helped a little without too much jibber jabber. if you still want more info(from a not quite expert... me) feel free to ask.
Yes, I can get the whole sha-bang from my teacher.. 302, tranny, transfercase, and maybe axles.... If I were to use the complete ford drivetrain, I would need custom driveshafts, right? Also, would the shifter holes line up? It is a 92 wrangler.
Can you give me some prices on some of the crap I will need to buy? Im starting to price out the whole project...
well, im no expert. especially on ford stuff, but i think both a 302 and a 305 would both work well. personally i love chevy engines, but like i said before, chevy transfer cases cant be used in post 87 jeeps due to the front pumpkin being on the driver side. i have also read a lot about the ease of which a ford trans can be adapted to a chevy engine. this is why i am chosing that setup.
for me, the "right cost" is going to involve me buying a used trans and xfer, but i think i can afford a new engine. so that will be the route i am taking. for you, you may be able to afford all new, or maybe only all used. basically there are ways to adapt almost anything you can find. especially if you can pull an entire working drivetrain from an existing vehicle. that may be the best way to go, because it can be done so inexpensively. well, once again, i hope i helped a little without too much talk.