Originally Posted by dnuccio View Post
Easy way to install an engine in a ZJ V8 is without the intake on . I had no issues getting to anything on mine that way to remove it , or later install . CPS , pc of cake with no intake . EGR pipe , installs after just fine although I did cut a wrench to tighten it back on . Looking in my tool box , that would be a 7/8" wrench . Little tight , but , doable none the less . It's all you would have to deal with after the intake .
No need to remove anything but the clutch fan . Lift it out slowly and rotate it clockwise as will be needed . Goes back same way . That's how I did mine and would do it no different today . Of course , pulling the rad at this point is simple and no reason not to give yourself some extra inches .
I got so lucky when buying my engine . Ad read : 2001 5.2 and trans 50K $1500 . I offered $1000 for just the engine but he said come get it all for that . I get there , and before me stood a clean 5.2 , trans , and t-case from a 2001 1/2 ton . The trans I sold for $1200 IIRC , the t-case another $600 , and the intake and sensors a couple hun more . You could say I did alright on that deal (see 1995 Orvis build thread)
1995 Orvis build
1988 MJ build
1998 Slate 5.9 build
1998 Platinum 5.9 build