Well, my last jeep I swapped in a TBI chevy 350 with an SM 465, and they only thing I ever wanted to change on that jeep was I wish I had a 5th gear, so with this jeep the NV 4500 was the only choice for me, and I HATE automatics. This way I can use all dodge ram parts too, its a big heavy trans, but...as I said, overkill is the way for me haha, and everything is a direct bolt on, no mix matching parts, and a lot of the adapter plates for autos on the bread vans have a 10 degree and on them, so in order for the trans to be mounted level, the engine has to be mounted on a 10 degree angle, which looks stupid to me.
The name of this jeep is "Phoenix" which my dad came up with because, to make a long story short, I was building this Jeep at my school, and when I hastily left the shop to attend an ASME meeting, the Jeep caught fire, and burned out completely, and destroyed the shop....ect. ect.
So I had an engine, a frame and a new body sitting on the ground, and 6 weeks to put it all together in order to graduate haha.
So my dad named it "pheonix" because it is the Jeep that "rose from the ashes"
I have some good pics of the fire too haha.
lesson learned, never be in a hurry when welding
Jeep 1:Used to have a 93 YJ 2.5l- 3.5" Black Diamond, Chevy TBI 5.7l V8, SM 465 4 speed, 8.8 rear( 4.10, L/S), rhinoline, Mile Marker 9000, NP 231, Had to sell it due to college
Jeep 2: 89/91 YJ, 4BT Cummins, NV4500, NP 231, Old Man Emu 2.5" suspension lift, 1" body lift.....Runs and drives, but very much a project
Interned at Novak Conversions 2 summers ago
Ask me about my 4BT Cummins Motor Mounts!!