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Re: need info on an engine....
The 304, and 360 are not fuel injected.
I can not imagine why anyone would take the time and money to swap an engine and not go FI. I would personaly rather run a fuel injected Toyota engine before I would run any carbuerated engine,..thats just me, but if it wont run smoothly and reliably on supersteep hills, its just an anchor.
There are good aftermarket systems available but given the $2000 price tag he has placed on the swap, I dont think that will fit into the budget.
The 4.3 is decent engine but they are not very torquey, and HP is fairly expensive to build into them.
I have 5 friends who went to 4.3 in the last couple of years,..3 have since replaced them with V8 (2 SBC's, 1 5.0 HO Ford) The other 2 have solved the problem by adding NOS. They are both on very light vehicles also(one of them is Grady McCloeuds "Jackyl"). The 4.3 didnt even have the power to pull the my Buddy Camo's Toyota based rig up the puny sand dunes at Johnson Valley. He was running 38" tires, on a tubed buggy, and a built 4.3.
If you are gonna do a chevy swap, I would sure suggest the 350, or even the 305, at least when its all said and done you will have an FI engine swap that you can surely feel the difference.
That being said, Im not sure that even the 4.3 can be done well for $2000.