Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by 73 cj5, Jan 30, 2022.
I had a slew of engine swap thoughts but most were just that, thoughts.
big block GM/Mopar/Ford
Pontiac 194 (can't find one)
Mercruiser 4 cylinder variant
It's a Volvo desert here! I found a couple of candidates but I don't want to pay $1k for an engine and wiring harness.
2.3 4cyl Ecoboost or 1.5 3cyl Ecoboost? I really like the idea of the 2.3 because it's available in RWD format in Mustangs and Rangers.
I personally think a 406ci 351 W with a 4" stroker crank would be an amazing Jeep engine. Lots of stroke and cubic inches in a fairly light and compact package. Doesn't even need great heads to make gobs of low end torque.
Yup, a 406 would make a great Jeep engine. So would an old school 383 sbc put together with a lot of stock parts, or as I did in the early 80's, all GM parts. That made an engine that would run at 300 rpm over almost anything even with a not so good CR and was relatively cheap to build. My latest creation was much more expensive endeavor but I'm pretty sure it will eliminate that "almost".
There are a near infinite number of engines out there that could be used. All with their individual advantages and deficiencies, be it performance, engine availability, parts availability, adapability, and cost. 73 CJ5's list runs the gamut from really meek to wild. One needs to carefully consider the desired end use and the potential budget and go from there.
You forgot about the bronco variant with the 7speed manual...
Some of the puzzle.....
I'd rather have an sm420 but this junk was in the garage already. Still might get an sm420 if I can find one...
I lost interest in this for awhile but I got the front end done and working on the rear. I had to put a transmission in the jk and rebuild the 241 so that made an impact on the progress as well. Keeping the venerable Fhead for nostalgia sake if nothing else. I need to get a d18 to lower the driveshaft angle and it'll line up better with the 14b offset.
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