CJ7 Engine Conversion Info
Five years ago I put in a Chevy 350 and a TH350 into my 80 CJ7. I was not (and am not) a mechanic and pretty much winged everything... I was pretty impressed that it worked at all. Drove cross country twice in it, but I had many problems, and other factors contributed to its demise. I am looking for an 86 CJ7, and want to put in a small V8 again and was hoping I could get pointed to some good info.
There was a heat problem with the 350 and the TH350, the cab would get quite warm and the starter would cease to function for some time when it heated up. I would braing a book with me wherever I went, so if the starter wouldn't work, I would read until it did. From what little info I have been able to find about the 350/350 conversion, heat is a common issue. I had a custom 3-core radiator built, and engine temp itself was never a problem. Heat reflect under the carpet help? Any ideas on the starter problem?
I blew 3 transmissions i nthe 10,000 miles the motor ran. All three with a cracked bell housing and Red Lake under the Jeep. I used an Advanced Adapter's conversion kit, and nobody I ever showed the thing to could figure out what the problem was. Any ideas? The only thing I can think of, is that the motor mounts were mounted by sight... could the driveline been crooked enough to stress the tranny that bad?
Anyway, I am not stuck on a 350, or even GM at all, but I would like to get a GOOD plan in place with GOOD information this time, so I can keep the Jeep and have it be reliable enough for a daily driver. Links, pointers to old articles, ANYTHING would be helpful.
Thanks in advance!