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Re: Which is easier???????????
<font face="Comic Sans MS">In that event, if it's like that, it's difficult to say... The transmissions have different bolt patterns so they will need to be swapped out as well... I'm not sure about whether the crossmembers are the same, or any of that other good stuff... Perhaps you could see if a parts yard would like to trade a 4.3L in good condition for the 2.8L and transmission, or something like that... You can probably find some good low mileage ones if you look around, etc... Definitely the way I'd try to go, before swapping in the 2.8L... The 2.8 is not a bad little engine despite what some say, but if you have the option, you'd probably get better mileage and be happier with the 4.3L, just because you have to usually hit the throttle on the 2.8 pretty hard to get it to do what you want (at least I personally did, whereas the 4.3, you'd probably hardly ever have to boot it to accelerate well)...
Of course this is just an opinion...</font>