So I figure this is as good a place as any to start another engine swap thread. I have not been working on this a lot and the project has had to be put on hold for various times.
I had a 1997 TJ with the 2.5L gaser and a bad transmission. Even when the trans was running right I never got more than 16 mpg. It was gutless too. So I read about a guy who swapped a diesel into a CJ and figured...sounds good.
I wanted a om617, but was lured into buying a om602 because it was newer, had been rebuilt recently and was a good deal. I should have went with the om617 since more people have done it and there is less hassle.
Here is the engine prior to being removed:
I was kind of surprised how much hoses and wiring they had for a basic engine. As you can see from the date, it's been a while.
I removed the ac and replaced the front and rear main seals along with alot of other items. It took a while to clear all the sludge.