Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: NASHVILLE ,IN.
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Re: Almost ready for 4.3 swap...
I have a 1985 4.3 in my 1988 zook,350 auto,4:16 t-case,5:38 gears.I drive carefully and I have not broken anything yet.I rarely see 2500RPM.You dont need speed,with our torque you just idle over stuff.I have a junkyard ford radiator,with an electric fan ,all in the stock location.I have a 3" body lift and there was still HUMP work to do to get the trans in.Use A cable shifter.The trans dip stick comes up in the passenger side hump toward the front.The t-case sits almost in the stock location.Exhaust is tight,some raise the motor, some lower it to clear the exhaust manifolds and frame rails,depends on what manifolds you use.Install poly bushings and good t-case arms or you will tear something up,broke the side out of my new t-case when the rubber mount let go.I put my rear springs up front added a leaf and rearched 2" and it works great.Be sure to get your bump stops close to stock again.I run jeep front springs in the rear.If you need any more help call 812 988 4107.I work 4am to 7pm,RR
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