I've been working on my 75 CJ5 for a few days trying to put a 76 304 V8 in (replacing a 258). So far there have been nothing but problems.
1st problem: Transmission mount.
The mount was completly destroyed and squished flat. Aparently, the prevous owner (That S.O.B.) never took the time to replace this bad mount with he installed the fiberglass tub. So the transmission sat about 1" lower than it should have. So when I installed a nice new Poly mount the fiberglass tub now rests on top of the transmission and transfer case linkage.
Install a larger body lift or drop the transfer case. I will probably install a larger body lift.
2nd Problem: The Pacesetter Exhaust kit
I bought the CJ5 complete in frame kit (Headers, Glasspacks, pipes and hardware). Well, I've got the engine in place and the headers are a problem. On the passenger side, the header dumps right in front of the transfer case!! There is no possible way to install this unless i want a 2WD CJ5. On the drivers side, the steering shaft is pressed hard against the header. I called 4WD Inc. tech support and they instantly passed me over to customer service who gives me an RMA number... (humm that's a little odd) So I take the number and ask to be transfered back to tech support. The tech guy then tells me that Pacesetter hasn't been bending the headers correctly and they don't fit. (nice job guys)
Go with "out of frame" Headman headers and pray that they don't interfere with the steering.
The Question: What should I do now?
I've got probably $2500 invested in this motor swap (including cost of motor) and it seems like I need to spend more friggin money.
Should I just put the 258 I6 back in and try to sell the motor for what I've got into it? (yeah right, like anybody would buy it for more than $250.)
Being unemployed I have plenty of time but a limited resource of money.
Here is a picture of this project: