Well, I figure I might as well start a thread on my swap. Haven't started yet, just need to get a few more parts and I'll be set. If only someone would buy my 4.0 then I could get started. (Hint hint! Check the classifieds!)
I got the motor from a '96 ram with a manual transmission. I'll be reusing my nv3550, so I finally picked up a bellhousing from a dakota with the 3.9l and ax-15 (took forever to find). I spoke with Evan at Backwoods and he steered me in the right direction for a clutch to match everything. The clutch kit is for a 99 Dakota with the 5.2.
Since I have a '96 motor, guy who I bought it from told me it was a '98 and I trusted him enough to not check the block casting, I will be running all new gauges. So far I have the fuel level, oil pressure, and engine temp. Still need to get the tach and speedometer. I'm going to cut a piece of aluminum and use the factory cluster as a template and go from there. Should look pretty good when I get done, or so I hope.
The motor came with starter, flywheel, complete wiring harness except for two plugs that were cut (but I won't need em anyways), all new power steering lines still in the box, and all the hoses still attached. I ditched the factory air box, didn't think it would fit under the hood, plus it's just so bulky. I just picked up a new throttle cable from the stealership yesterday. Gonna run an autozone special electric 16" fan. I'm not sure how well it will do, if it doesn't work out then I'll just get a flex-a-lite one. I still need to get block hugger headers, and a CPS, then I should be all set to go.
The hardest part will be the wiring, of course; however, I have a friend thats gonna help me with that part so it should go pretty smoothly with two people tackling it. Plus, it will be good to have someone to make sure I'm not splicing in the wrong wires!
More to come soon!!