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post #1 of 7 Old 06-25-2015, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at a 2000 Wrangler/350 Chevy

Trying to judge how much it's worth, The Jeep has 77k miles, and the seller claims that the engine/trans swap (TH 350 auto) was only done 2500 miles ago. Other than the drive train, the vehicle is unmodified and very clean, and the installation looks professional. I will drive it when the seller returns from vacation next week, but I'm in a fog as to an offer.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-25-2015, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Unlimited04 View Post
...if its fuel injected, figure it's worth quite a bit less than a stock TJ in similar condition (see kbb.com).
That is debatable.

A TJ with a V8 can fetch more money than a comparable stock TJ. Easily proved by looking at past sales.
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Originally Posted by Wheelin98TJ View Post
That is debatable.

A TJ with a V8 can fetch more money than a comparable stock TJ. Easily proved by looking at past sales.
It is definitely debatable. Without seeing the quality of the conversion I always have to assume less because the finer details of fit and finish is what makes custom stuff worth more, or even the same as an unmodified Jeep. And even then, it's only worth more or the same amount to the right buyer....not to everyone.

Especially when it's got an old 3-speed auto in it. That immediately tells me the person didn't want to put much money or effort into the conversion...and obviously didn't go for a street friendly overdrive transmission like a 4L60E or 700R4. It also strongly suggests the 350 is carb.
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Yeah, I wouldn't touch a swap with any engine with a carburetor if it has one, and I'm not really digging the TH350 either.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-25-2015, 04:22 PM
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You might want to look into which county it is presently registered in..Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties all require it to pass an emissions test before you can get tags. You might want to check what axles he has under it as well, l would think a Dana 35 might not be stout enough for the kind of torque a 350 is capable of putting out. Have a look at the driveshafts, see if they have been shortened/lengthened and what do the welds look like on the tube. Also are they in line with the pinions, or does the driveshaft angle off to one side. If the engine is carburated, the installation is relatively straight forward compared to wiring a direct injected engine, There are kits available that do a nice job of tieing in the computers etc. With a TH350 , l too would not expect to see anything other then a carburetor on top of the manifold. Nothing wrong with that, but it indicates, at least to me that the owner probably got an engine out of an old pickup, cleaned it up and installed it. Get the engine serial number and you can easilly find out year, and application it was originally used in. Look on the passenger side head, at the front. There is a machined pad, might be obscured by the alternator, that should have two sets of numbers on it. Write them both down, l can' t remember which is which, but from those numbers you can find out a lot.

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-26-2015, 12:33 AM
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Here's an idea in my area. Personally I wouldn't buy anything with a carb (if it has one).


Originally Posted by mrblaine View Post
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