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Old March 7th, 2009, 12:03 PM   #21
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Would a 4.0 be an easy swap so you could still keep it Jeep powered?
A 4.0 would be too long without a lot of body hacking.

A 2.5 liter 4 cyl would be cool.
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Old March 7th, 2009, 01:19 PM   #22
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A column shift willys is rare enough not to f' it up with a sbc. Find another flat head to replace it
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Old March 7th, 2009, 01:28 PM   #23
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Like back to the stone age I ahve a nice 304 for $250
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Old March 7th, 2009, 05:24 PM   #24
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find another L134. blocks can be found fairly cheaply
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Old March 7th, 2009, 08:24 PM   #25
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There is a 2.3 turbo Ford motor for sale in the classified section......
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2.3 turbo sounds cool. I have a 350 Im gonna tear into tomorrow. I plan to drop that in. According to novak adapters I should be able to drop it in with little modification. Just take it easy on the skinny peddle. I could go back to an L-head later on if some how begin to care if its original or not.
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Old March 8th, 2009, 08:00 PM   #27
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nice project, i always wanted to build a cj2a, cj3a, or a cj3b,maybe someday after my cj-7 wears out.why not put a chevy v6 in it? it would fit a lot easier with that short nose.
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nice project, i always wanted to build a cj2a, cj3a, or a cj3b,maybe someday after my cj-7 wears out.why not put a chevy v6 in it? it would fit a lot easier with that short nose.
Thanks. I already have the sbc 350. But according to Novak the v 6 is too tall for the 2a. would work fine in the cj3b (taller hood) The only v6 Ive seen work in a 2a is the buick odd fire v6. V6 would be cool if it fit. And besides the V8 sounds so cool.

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Many people have fit a 4.3 V6 under the low hoods (2a and 3a's are both low hoods, its the 3b's that are the high hoods).

The 4.3V6 is the exact same as your 350, just 1 cylinder shorter length. I'm putting one into my flatfender at the moment (mines a 3b with the taller hood), with an SM465 and a Dana 300 t-case.


Honestly, a big part of me wishes I stayed 4 cyl with mine. Just kind of seems right for a flatfender.

A unique and cool setup would be a Jeep MPFI 2.5 liter 4 cyl. Then using a bellhousing from 2.8 liter V6 S-10 (or others), mate it to an SM420 trans, with your Dana 18 on the back. Very short length, 7:1 first gear.
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Many people have fit a 4.3 V6 under the low hoods (2a and 3a's are both low hoods, its the 3b's that are the high hoods).

The 4.3V6 is the exact same as your 350, just 1 cylinder shorter length. I'm putting one into my flatfender at the moment (mines a 3b with the taller hood), with an SM465 and a Dana 300 t-case.


Honestly, a big part of me wishes I stayed 4 cyl with mine. Just kind of seems right for a flatfender.

A unique and cool setup would be a Jeep MPFI 2.5 liter 4 cyl. Then using a bellhousing from 2.8 liter V6 S-10 (or others), mate it to an SM420 trans, with your Dana 18 on the back. Very short length, 7:1 first gear.
Thanks for catching that cj3a typo. Yeah I think a smaller engine could be pretty cool especially with the ultra low gearing in the axles. I dont see a real advantage of having the power of a 350 in the cj2a except THEY SOUND SO FREAKING COOL!!
Really though, I got my sbc for a song, the parts are easy to find, have you noticed how cheap the parts are for a chevy? its a tight but easy fit with few mods and they sound so freaking cool! Im a little concerned about fueling this big engine with the small gas tank under the seat. maybe be get a propaine set up and switch between LP and gasoline.

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How big is the fuel tank?

I wonder is somebody could make a replacement valvecover for a efi 2.5 4cyl to look like a flat head?? That would be cool to see how many people would catch it.
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i know what you mean about the small block chevy . i have a 383 stroker small block in my 7 and i wouldnt change it for anything. i was looking into a propane conversion from gotpropane.com that does like you said, lets you run both fuels with a flip of a switch.
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How big is the fuel tank?

I wonder is somebody could make a replacement valvecover for a efi 2.5 4cyl to look like a flat head?? That would be cool to see how many people would catch it.
That would be neat looking. I think the tank is 5 gallons. im sure you can see why im concerned.
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Old March 9th, 2009, 10:08 PM   #34
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i know what you mean about the small block chevy . i have a 383 stroker small block in my 7 and i wouldnt change it for anything. i was looking into a propane conversion from gotpropane.com that does like you said, lets you run both fuels with a flip of a switch.
I think it was "Trucks" or "extreme 4x4" featured a propane setup from gotpropane.com. sweet and easy setup.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 09:42 PM   #35
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Got my engine paint kit from POR 15 today. Degreased the motor with the degreaser that came with the kit. Degreaser works awesome, I used conventional engine degreaser then break cleaner and finally acetone to strip the grease off. I thought it was ready to paint at that point but I decided to hit it with the por15 degreaser to see if it would could possibly get any cleaner and the stuff took off even more grime that I missed. They give you a rust remover/metal etching liquid that preps the metal. They include POR15 rust preventive paint and a can of colored top coat. Unfortunately they sent me the wrong color POR15 and the wrong color top coat. I called them they told me to keep the paints and they would send out the right stuff today. Great customer service. Ill post some pics of the finished paint job later this week. Time to clean the frame and transmission and t-case while I wait for the paint to come.

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since you are doing the v8 I would box the frame. save some future problems now
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Yeah I plan to, not sure how to go about it yet. the cross members terminate inside the frame. makes for a challenge.

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Old March 20th, 2009, 03:57 PM   #38
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A column shift willys is rare enough not to f' it up with a sbc. Find another flat head to replace it
Xeleventybillion trade that for a dime-a-dozen 2A to hack a V8 into. Even boxing the frame you will destroy it with a V8.

L-heads are cheap.

Doing a v-8 will require hacking the firewall and everything else
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Old March 20th, 2009, 06:34 PM   #39
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i agree.

my fathers cj2a(w/ 3 on the tree) is compleatly stock and is freaking AWESOME!!!!
it is my favorite of all of our antique cars.

i would LOVE to see you put another stock engine in it and do some moderate lift and tires for a sweet resto mod off roader.
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i agree.

my fathers cj2a(w/ 3 on the tree) is compleatly stock and is freaking AWESOME!!!!
it is my favorite of all of our antique cars.

i would LOVE to see you put another stock engine in it and do some moderate lift and tires for a sweet resto mod off roader.
Too late for the stock motor thing. Im not a die hard fan of the historicly correct and I have no plans to sell, so mods dont bother me a bit- I realize to many I am committing a sin, Im fine with that too. I do like the look of the stock jeep so I dont plan to ditch the look just some of the antique mechanicals. I plan to keep the stock seats, few if any body mods, stock rims, may be some shade of green or tan no bright colors for paint. A roll cage. I may lift it an inch or two over stock. But for the most part I want it to "look" unmolested.

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