Here are the previous 2 posts on this project:
Iíve gone ahead and dropped the engine in. The MORE engine mounts made the job WAAAAY easier (especially for first timer doing this swap with no helpers). I dropped the engine and tranny in together (had to remove the front bumper to get the hoist far enough back). You can see the mounts welded in place and then painted over. I also included a pic of my new battery tray (birthday in October), air cleaner (Xmas), and firewall wire port (Xmas too). I should have a challenge running the exhaust on the passenger side. Look closely at the pictures and you can see about ľĒ between the frame rail and collector on the passenger side.
I still have to run exhaust, and put fenders back on and finish wiring. I also have to install transfer case (had to send the Rube adaptor back, it had a defect). The transfer case will be almost flat (clocked up), to give me an almost flat skidplate which should be close to flush with the lower framerails. Exhaust might be a problem for this though. I also have to finish the serpentine belt (alternator fan spacer issue), and get the driveshaft lengths modified after the transfer case is in. Finally, I have to run ARB lines, fuel lines, and breather lines all down the passenger frame rail, right where the exhaust pipe needs to be. Fun.
Finally, I included pics of my 2 helpers. Itís nice because during the winter my daughter likes to spend time in the garage with me (making a mess with tie wraps, etc) hours on end in the evenings.
Iíve definitely learned tons on this swap which I can pass along. One example of MANY: when using a standard GM PS pump off Ebay, you need a custom pressure hose since the pump end connection is different. Look for some more detail on CJ7 V8 swaps in general. Iím working on a group of articles detailing all Iíve done and how you can do a V8 swap of your own with ALL of the details I dealt with.
Iíll do a final post here when I have it running and all hookups done.
On a side note, anyone who happens to be in the area of West Michigan are welcome to PM or email me for a visit, I love talking about the Jeep and showing it off.