I just picked up a rebuilt ax15 for my v8 swap! now i'm off to look for a motor.
I had a few questions about motors to put into her.
(since i'm trying to ditch the ecu, also the only wiring I want is to the gauges and Radio) what motors will drop right in and run off a good old-fashioned carb and ignition? do the AMC 273/318/340/360 V8's fit the bill? if not Ive heard some of the chevy, GM, and for V8's might also work.
Help is greatly appreciated and I will also be starting my own build thread soon!
what are you looking for in the end. whats your budget? what motors are you familiar with working on? personally, id do a 5.7, carbed, with a yl breakerless mallory distributor. least amount of wiring. or find a complete marine 350 carburated. i put a marine in my jeep and in a malibu. you can find them fairly cheap, and are very basic, no emissions, and no government bs. and the build hp all the way up the rpm band.
Just started my v8 swap.. I found a whole doner truck drove it on my trailer for $ 400.. It was a ford w/ 302 and auto. I bought the adapter kit from advanced adapter and my t case bolted right to the tranny ( which was rebuilt using the the tail shaft adapter and output shaft from the kit).. I went through the engine, and done some minor modifying. The kit also came with engine to frame mounts(weld on) and inside the frame headers. Using a Mallory dizzy and a gm style one wire alternator. Should be a very clean installation.. The 302, c4 tranny and np231 as a package is 8" shorter than the 6 banger set up and will set the engine 1 1/2 inches farther forward from the firewall.. Ford chevy dodge I have no preference but I have tons of sbf stuff (love my stangs as much as the jeep) that's why I went sbf having a whole doner vehicle has been nice and I don't plan to get rid of it until I'm done with the swap.. But watch your dollars depending on what your wantin in the end is how much you are gonna spend.. So far I'm about 3800.. And that's not including the axles or suspension that I have installed getting ready for this swap!! Good luck and keep us posted!!
go to junk yard, get a pre vortec 5.7, maybe $400, strip off all fuel and electrical to bare long block, leaving your tin. add edelbrock intake, 4bbl carb with mechanical choke, add mallory ylm distributer, only has 3 wires to it, one ground, one +, and one off the (-) on the coil. no vacuum, all centrifugal. use a one wire alt, and you have minimal wiring. then of course you need starter circuit, and guages. but very minimal. pm me if you want a schematic. i have one here.