So being new to this forum (and jeep ownership, for that matter) this is my first post. And I'm starting off with a bang.
Since day one of getting my 98 4cyl TJ, I knew I wanted to do an engine swap, so I asked around, and got multiple suggestions. I was told the 4bt, a Chevy 305, and even the Ford 308, and of course the ever popular 350. I got stuck on the 350 and have been looking for a cheap one to rebuild since. Until today.
I'm in the Army, so you get to meet people from all over the place. And my buddy, who hails from NC (I come from WV) has been working with engines since he was a kid (mostly bikes though.) Well, I was telling him about my wanting a 350, and how so far it had been fruitless, and he tells me, "Hey, I did a swap in my Chevelle, and I still have the Engine/Tranny at home, and if you want it you can have it." Now, mind you its not a 350, but a 307 from a late 1960's model Chevelle, and he is GIVING it to me, for free. His reasoning? "Hey, what are friends for?" Made my night..
Now, my big issue is to play the waiting game.. We are stationed in Hawaii, and the Engine is in NC and I'm not due to leave island for another 6 months.. Freight charges would be ridiculous (upwards of 1k) so I have to twiddle my thumbs until I get back home to pick it up, and I can't wait till I do. Cause hey, who can argue with free?