I just purchased a stock 1966 CJ5 and am looking to upgrade the engine (4 banger). I'm unsure of what modifications would be required to swap up to a V8.....looking at 304 or 350? any thoughts? also original 3 speed tranny any suggestions on upgradeing it? I'm leaning towards the 350 engine.
Other planned additions: 4'' lift, 33in tires and possible front and rear axel upgrades.
The best thing you can do for that '66 is to install a 225 Dauntless V6. It was a stock option in '66, so bolt up is easy. This engine is small and light, but develops some kick-butt torque.
Learn more about the Dauntless V6 and the Early CJ5s (1955 - 1971) on Sparky's Early CJ5 Page: http://incolor.inetnebr.com/asparks/
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I got a 225 cid in mine and it can really move the little Jeep. A conversion to a 231 or the chevy 4.3 liter can be done with mininal effort. In my personal opinion, I think the the frame is too small for a V-8. I have seen it done and some work good. But I would look into a small block 6.
Originally posted by Nuck'nFice My first choice would be a 5.0L Ford, but the CJ-5 has small engine compartment so as much I do not like saying it, use a Chebby 4.3 V-6. I think it will deliver more power than the CJ-5 can handle.
Good Luck on your choice.
ive seen a 400 in there so i dont think 5.0 is going to be to big...
Jeepnvegas, What is needed to be done to swap to the Chevy V6. 4.3L I was looking to do that to my 66' CJ5 with the 225 engine. Its old but runs, thought about overhauling the original V6 or swapping it for the 4.3. what do you think and what is needed? tranny, adaptors, driveshaft, etc?
I have a 66 CJ5. looking to swap out my V6 to a chevy 4.3 V6. Im not going on any jamboree or anything but using it as a drive around town/and towns over. So i need it to go on the highway as well as. I read Novak site and it doesnt tell me what is all involved with swapping engines. has anyone done a swap with a 4.3 from a buick V6. what parts am I going to need that Im not thinking of. Running stock parts right now. thinking of going with SM420, with any other adaptors may need to mount the 4.3 to the new tranny, will i need to shorten the driveshaft, if so it can not be permanent, only temp right? Will eventually have to get a new shaft? Any help her would be great.