Okay, so I'm going to be picking up a 302 out of a 92 stang and making it carb then hopefully dropping it in my wrangler. Problem is there's a lot of ways I see these swaps being done and if i can I'd like personal input to narrow it down.
I see that specific adapters are made to adapt the engine / trans / t-case but I would like to know which trans is best mated with the bigger v8.
I was going to go the route of a ax-15 with a stage 2 clutch and leave it at that seeing as I wont be wheeling the truck for a while, the np-231 bolts right up, and it'll do okay for street use.
I was even thinking along the lines of keeping the T-5 trans bolted to the 5.0 and maybe running a divorced transfercase seeing as I can't find any adaptors to mate a t-5 with a np231.
My current set up is a 5" lift on stock D30/35 axles running 36" tires with the baby 4 banger BUT with the v8 I'll be upgrading to D44 axles front and rear with 4.56 gears.
If anyone doesn't think the ax-15 will hold to even DD this set-up what transmission can you recommend?
EFI is the only way to go honestly....your gonna spend some cash converting it over. Either way, if you want a stick I'd put a Ford truck tranny in it...auto? C6...you really need to tell everyone what your intentions are with it...trail? street? etc etc
The ax15 is an okay choice when mated to a ford block, and it actually the only manual transmission that Advanced Adapters recommends when using a ford v8. But if you think that switching to a carb is a good choice both time and cost wise, then you don't really seem to care about what people think. So mate whatever junk yard tranny you can find to it.
Personal preferece as everything else....me? I won't buy an adapter for anything....waste of money. I'd start with getting your motor ready to go and then decide. I can tell you this though...your never gonna get a divorced case in there without issues so I would stay away from that.
I wouldn't....I have an ax-15 in a jeep I got from a guy that has a 360 dodge in front of it and its half blown up, and the motor is the biggest turd I have ever driven. I have sold 4 ax-15's in the last few months to replace blown up ones in stock jeeps. I'd put a ford tranny behind it and go on. You can get a Zf fairly cheap and keep the overdrive.