Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Vancouver, Washingon
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Re: YJ Engine Swap : 5.0, LT1, or other
To quote an old saying "If you have to ask how much" then it's to expensive. Now, please don't take me wrong. I've converted my CJ5 to a Small Block Chevy, and spent over $3000 doing it. I did all the work myself. I really doubt that very many mechanics would want to do an engine conversion. In the mechanic business, time is money. It takes lots of time to do an engine conversion. Most mechanics could make twice or maybe threes times as much money fixing vehicles that need one or maybe two parts to get fixed. An engine conversion would require lots of unexpected parts, and time delays. I would think that finding a mechanic to replace an original YJ engine these days would be hard enough, let alone a conversion. I'll make a wild guess, and say that maybe for $5000 you could get someone interested enough to get a V8 for your YJ and install it and not overheat.