I'm wanting to start a thread as I work through my engine swap. This is the largest mechanical project I have began so I want to poll the experts and share the experience. I live in Northern California so the swap will need to be smog legal.
I'm a student at Southern Oregon University and live in Redding, CA. I'm not a master mechanic but have done everything I can within my limits.
I have an 84 CJ7 that had an underpowered 4 cylinder, so i bought a 4.3 engine out of a 2000 blazer. It came with the 4L60E tran, GM radiator(which doesn't fit), everything under the hood including computer, wiring harness, starter, fuse boxes, etc.(Got it all for $1150)
Where i am now:
I have pulled out my old engine and tranny. Unbolted the transfer case which i am going to use(Dana 300). This weekend I am going to undercoat the body and spray a bedliner material in the engine compartment(If i get that far.) cost for this will be around $150 for materials.
Things to buy:
tranny to transfer case adapter... about $450, and another $200ish for a shop to install shafts.
conversion radiator... $275 ebay
engine mounts... $130 novak
twin stick transfer case... $100
lokar auto floor shifter... $175 ebay
My biggest question about the swap is wiring. Painless doesn't do a wiring harness for post '99 GM V6 engine conversions. My first choice would be to use the harness out of the blazer. Any expertise on this would be great. I assume I have to just eliminate what i don't need and plug everything in. My friend tells me i'm naive and can't use it. I'll try to get some pics up throughout various stages of the swap. Questions and answers are welcomed. Thanks for reading