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Re: Engine Swap Cost??
When I first started looking into it, that's all I wanted to know either - was bottom line cost. "Somebody give me a figure, dammit!"
For JUST the engine swap, you are looking at at least $2,500 if you go with a basically stock but completely rebuilt 350 and buy everything new in terms of componentry that you will need. And BTW, the engine itself makes up less than half of that AND that's with you doing all the labor (which is a BUNCH!!!).
Go the junkyard route for your engine and all your parts, and you might get that figure down around $1,500 or maybe even less depending on your ability to find and wheel -n- deal. Again you do all the labor (again, a BUNCH!!!).
Have I mentioned yet you will need a lot of tools and/or a lot of friends? Access to things like a grinder, welder, engine lift, etc...?
We haven't even opened the transmission can of worms yet. In short, when you put that much power at the beginning of the driveline, everything else behind it needs to be able to put up with it. Your tranny won't. Your t-case probably will, but it may need some work. Your axles won't, at least if you put big tires on there...
I think you get the idea by now. Putting a V-8 in a TJ will get 'spensive, quick. Recognize that the only thing a V-8 really gets you is the ability to push big tires down the road at a decent speed. A 4-banger has more than enough power for 99% of off-roading unless you are mud bogging. Don't get me wrong... I like power too. I'd have a V-8 if I could afford it.
Keep your head (and wallet) and take things slowly with the mods. Most of the old timers will tell you that driving skill will get a Jeep a lot more places than a big lift and a V-8.