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Unread 04-28-2013, 10:52 PM   #16
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Will it fit between the heater box and brake booster? I have a 71 gladiator and also a 78 chevy with a basically new 454 and th400 but I didnt think the 454 would physically fit in there.

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Unread 04-29-2013, 05:59 AM   #17
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Will it fit between the heater box and brake booster? I have a 71 gladiator and also a 78 chevy with a basically new 454 and th400 but I didnt think the 454 would physically fit in there.
Someone I spoke to said it would. If not I can put a body lift on it. There is also some guys in the Middle East that did the swap and it all fit for them as well too.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 12:39 AM   #18
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I'll have to do some more measuring on the actual jeep.
It seams to me a 454 is wider than the AMC's by somewhere around 4-5" but I could be wrong. Maybe I will have time tomorrow to check it out. Will be cool to see a 454 in a FSJ though.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 08:39 AM   #19
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I have 2 big blocks on the stands you guys need dimensions. Here is my 496 sitting next to the olds 455.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 09:37 PM   #20
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Someone gave me a Cherokee and another person gave me wheels and tires for it. So for now my focus is going to be getting the Cherokee where I want it.

Then the swap will have my full attention. I might just drop it on a K5 frame. I have also considered a 2" body lift to ensure the engine clears. I have found all the parts I need for an entire driveline swap. I also have found a few donor chassis.

At any rate this plan isn't dead and I'll update it as things progress.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 11:20 PM   #21
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Cool good to hear your pushing forward on this. I didn't have an actual measuring tape but did look over my trucks and It looks like it "should" fit in there with a little bit of fiddling. Granted different engine mounts will likely be needed and this allows you to place the engine where you want. Honestly the engine bay in a FSJ is pretty big and going off a "finger on a stick method" seams to be bigger front to back than a GM truck. I think you will be able to manipulate the engine mounts enough to put the bigblock in there and worse case you might need a body lift.

I am currently trying to get a mid 70's 2 door cherokee. I have a 71 gladiator as well. Now I must admit I am an old school kind of guy but my youngest brother has been pushing me to looking into GM LS engines. And he has me convinced that a 6.0l LS in my gladiator would be very cool. And if I can get the cherokee maybe a 5.3l LS if not another 6.0l swap for it.

I will be watching this thread.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 11:26 PM   #22
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Oh and I forgot to add this thought. There is always the option of swapping in hydroboost brake booster to clear up some space. And also swapping to an aftermarket heating system that all mounts inside the cab and gets rid of the big heater components in the engine bay. Hot rods and street rods and the desire for a smooth firewall benefits us jeep and 4x4 guys as well. There are several manufacturers to choose from to go this route.
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