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I need to know how hard it is to swap a SBF into a 98 cherokee. I wouldn't have to ask if mine was carb. instead of fuel injection. But I never swapped a carburated motor into something that is suppose to be fuel injected.

My motor is knocking like crazy and I don't have the money to get another motor it mine blows. So I'm researching on what I would have to do to swap in the 302 into it to save money.
 

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Your not going to be saving money.. Even if the motor is free...

New cooling system, You are going to need to brace the unibody to carry the extra weight, create new motor mounts, what about a tranny. The AW-4 is tough, but it won't last long stuck behind a V-8
 

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Your not going to be saving money.. Even if the motor is free...

New cooling system, You are going to need to brace the unibody to carry the extra weight, create new motor mounts, what about a tranny. The AW-4 is tough, but it won't last long stuck behind a V-8


You'd be suprised. I know a guy (vaugly, through the intraweb) that put a 350 (bowtie) in his MJ for very cheap. Something like $300 I think he said. Granted, he had junk lying around. And could weld.

I'd be less inclined the run the AW4 because you'd have to buy or make an adapter, then because of strength reasons. It's a way better tranny then people give it credit for, it just needs a few mods to be really good.

A SBF weighs less than a 4.0.
 

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You'd be suprised. I know a guy (vaugly, through the intraweb) that put a 350 (bowtie) in his MJ for very cheap. Something like $300 I think he said. Granted, he had junk lying around. And could weld.

I'd be less inclined the run the AW4 because you'd have to buy or make an adapter, then because of strength reasons. It's a way better tranny then people give it credit for, it just needs a few mods to be really good.

A SBF weighs less than a 4.0.
Did he run into any cooling issues?
 

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You'd be suprised. I know a guy (vaugly, through the intraweb) that put a 350 (bowtie) in his MJ for very cheap. Something like $300 I think he said. Granted, he had junk lying around. And could weld.

I'd be less inclined the run the AW4 because you'd have to buy or make an adapter, then because of strength reasons. It's a way better tranny then people give it credit for, it just needs a few mods to be really good.

A SBF weighs less than a 4.0.
And a salvage 4.0 isn't much more than $300 here in a rather higher income state. Finney lives where salvage is even cheaper.
 

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And a salvage 4.0 isn't much more than $300 here in a rather higher income state. Finney lives where salvage is even cheaper.

True enough. I think it would only be cheaper than replacing the 4.0 with another if he had EVERYTHING lying around.

Generally it's the little things that kill you on a swap anyways.
 

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Couldn't answer that, but I think everything worked well enough as he DDs it. I don't think he had used a 4.0 rad, I think he used a chevy van rad. It was a 2.5L or 2.8L pre-swap.
Good to know, I hear of a lot of people reporting cooling issues when they dump in larger motors.
 

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Finney my brother is in norfolk and he said the pic and pulls there have all motors for 145.00, might be worth the trip.
 

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I know I could get a 4.0 for about 250 at the nearest JY but I like my fords and have a bunch of junk on my aunts farm to build mounts and stuff to stiffen the frame with. My sister is qabout to get married and my Brother in law is a body man and a welder. So I'm up for a challenge I'm also goin to put a c-4 behind it if I do the swap. I'm just worried about the gauges and elctronics.
 
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