Best Cj7 V8 Motor
I have an 83 Cj7 Project. It needs a new engine and a transmission/transfer case to mate. I just need motor suggestions, not necessarily the transmission and transfer case, unless you'd like to add that!! I bought my CJ7 non-running so I'm not too sure on how it runs with it. It currently has the 258 inline six. It has a motorcraft ignition, clifford intake manifold & Tb spacer. It has a Holley carb, tho not sure on the cfm! Also has a blue distributor labeled "max power," though I've never heard of that. The exhaust appears to be aftermarket as well, though all labels are rusted so I can't tell. I'm not much of a 6 cyl guy. I love the 8's. I need a really good reason to make me stay with these inline 6's. Ive heard that they guzzle gas more than some 8's! I have seen on youtube that the 258's are godawful slow, too. Now, if i did a v8 swap, what would be the best engine??? Now, I'm taking into effect 1. Ease of installation in regards to finding proper mounts and transmission to mate it with 2. fuel economy. 3. horsepower/torque (though torque is more what I'm looking for) 4. a deep v8 grunt obviously, hopefully a high lift cam to give it some grunt! 5. how easy it is to work around the motor.. because I know something like a 454 might not fit too well..... and last but not least...6.. PRICE!!!! Also, should I go new (crate), used and rebuild myself, or remanufactured... Thanks!!