Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: cordova, Md
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I would agree that a sound, well tuned 351W (or 302) in stock form is plenty of engine for a jeep. I knew the engine wasn't sound when I installed it. Sounds stupid, but at the time I figured this engine mocked in place would allow me to move on with the project, knowing I would have to deal with the engine when the cashola was there. Iv'e had fun with this wore out engine also, so I do not regret this move. I am in the latter stages of the build. The engine has seen no road time and mild off road time around my farm, but it has not let me down during this limited use. Even with horrible gearing, the engine does not feel weak and does not sound like it is running rough. she's got low oil pressure 20 psi, and low/inconsistant compression. The head are fresh and new rings did not help, I feel sure that the cyls. are out of spec. I wish I weren't so indecisive. I can't decide between hauling this block to the shop for machining and assembling it myself or a reman. My ultimate goal is a reliable (SBF) engine.
did you ask for pics? I do not know how to get them on here.