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Re: What worked???
"Wholy shnikies Loafer! Did you really stuff a 409 in your '5?! I've got to see some pics of that! . 409's..... ahhhhh! I'd love to find a decent one, for a decent price. Not for my '5, but for my '63 chev..... Bret "
Yea Bret I really did, and I LOVE it. The torque of the 09 combined with the gears and lockers are great for go and the 4wh disc make it whoa. I have the 409 Crossed Flags emblem on the front quarter. When I driving around town and stopped at a light people will give it the once over. You can always tell the one that know what a 09 is, when they see the emblems their eyes light up, a big smile appears and the the same question I have a thousand times.
You REALLY gotta 409 in that thing???
Actually it not as much of a stuff job as you might think. The 09 is only a couple inches longer and wider the a SBC.
The 700r4 helps a little on the road but she no MPG leader thats for sure. I did build my own mounts, the rest is pretty much like installing any other engine thats not stock in a CJ. I do have some pictures but I have no way of posting them.
There are still 09's available, and reasonable is relative, and you have to be careful that you don't buy a worn out block that can't be rebuilt. If you really decide you want one let me know I can point you in the right directions so you don't get burned, but as I said resonable is relative.
Wow this got a little windy, sorry