Okay.... well my Jeep adventure continues! Picked up a '73 CJ5 with a 304 in it about two months ago. I originally got it for the tub, fenders, hood and windshield frame- all fiberglass and figured that $1,700 was a good deal. Considering that just a new FG tub alone would run about that. Fringe benefits would be that it ran so I could drive it whilst I built a new frame for the D60's and 4BT. Sounded good until....
Now I've replaced the oil pan gasket, the exhaust manifold gaskets, the distributer, the coil, plugs and wires and even the starter. Fun Fun. After all of this she sounded great and ran a heck of alot better than when I got her. Until this past Friday. Driving down the freeway I threw a rod.
When it comes to body work, welding and other mechanical skills I'm pretty good but I'm still learning when it comes to engine work. A trusted mechanic that I normally go through said that it would just be cheaper to find another engine rather than try to fix this. Okay, this leaves me with a couple options. And that's where my question lies- what is my best option??
Swap in an I6 my brother has. If I did I'd carb it so as to simplify things a bit. But that brings up the question of drivetrain length. Would I have to do much in repositioning the trans and xsfer case, shortening the drive shaft etc. Or would it just drop in.
There is a guy that I contacted through Ebay who has a 304 block with crank and rods for $50. He's about a half hour away. Would it be better to get the block and transfer things over??
Scrap the whole idea of driving the Jeep while I build the new frame and get set for a deisel?
I'm looking for economy here simply because I don't want to sink alot of money into something that I'm not keeping. I'm just looking for a running vehicle. Any ideas????