Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Redlands, California
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\'66 Wagoneer pre-purchase questions.
Hi, I am a visitor from the Jeepster site. I am considering purchasing a '66 Wagoneer, and would love some help from you FSJ guys. I haven't seen it yet, and the ad doesn't have much info other than "runs good, excellent condition..., etc." (I have only been able to speak to the wife, who knows nothing about it).
I'm not sure which engine it has. Either way, I would probably want to swap something else in eventually because I assume the I-232 is probably underpowered, and the 327 is difficult to get parts for. Are there any easy engine swaps for this vehicle? Since the I-232 is the predecessor of the 258, that seem like you could swap in any later AMC V-8. Is that correct? Also, does the AMC 327 share the same bolt pattern as the later AMC V-8's (so I could easily swap in a later AMC V8)?
Is the TH400 trans the BOP or BOC ("round top") tranny? I am guessing it is BOC, since that is what came in the Jeepster. If thats the case, I should be able to get factory adapters to go to a Buick 350 (same adapter used on Jeepsters with Buick 225 and the TH400), or a later AMC V-8 (using the adapter from a 72 or later Commando). Does this sound right? If it is BOP, then I understand that there are inexpensive adapters to go with a Chevy V-8.
I know I would want to convert to front disks (I've done this on my Jeepster's D27). Other than that, anything else that would need immediate attention if it is only going to be used for light off-road use?