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Old 04-05-2014, 10:00 PM   #1
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Anyone ever do a 5.0 302 ford swap?

What's up fellas, I was thinking down the road to change my motor to ford 5.0 and T-5 tranny and 8.8 rear, anyone ever do this or know if its even worth doing without spending a fortune in fab and parts? I can do the actual wiring myself but I'm not a fab guy so would have to get someone to probably do the adapters and whatever I would need.

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Old 04-06-2014, 12:13 AM   #2
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I have heard if it being done, but why not a 350 SBC? A lot more aftermarket support and IMO a much better engine.

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There is actually a guy here in GA that did that, who is selling his jeep. I could try to make contact and ask him if you want me to?
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I have heard if it being done, but why not a 350 SBC? A lot more aftermarket support and IMO a much better engine.
I am not a chevy guy at all. LOL! I have built a lot of mustangs in past years and more comfortable with the ford stuff, I use to run NMRA for years and built a lot of fox body. so parts are easier for me to get.
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There is actually a guy here in GA that did that, who is selling his jeep. I could try to make contact and ask him if you want me to?
Thanks, that would be cool.
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The chevy 5.3 swap is a LOT more common with a lot more information out there on it. Granted, I'm sure with a little extra fab work a 5.0 will work just fine.
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I just replied to his for sale ad hoping I can get a response back for you. It does state he used a C-4 Tranny.
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I just replied to his for sale ad hoping I can get a response back for you. It does state he used a C-4 Tranny.
Cool thanks, I appreciate it.
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Howbout a 351W with a ZF5 out of a 4x4 f150? This way you don't have to worry about a 2wd transmission.


SBC guys, the reason guys like us don't want them is because everyone and their grandma has done it already and it was old 20 years ago. Well, and because I am a Mopar guy with a soft spot for AMC's.
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:54 PM   #10
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I haven't got any luck getting the guy with the 302 swap to respond.
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Old 04-11-2014, 10:18 PM   #11
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I'm in the same boat. I want to buy a 302 Explorer on Craigslist for $1,000 and use the engine and 8.8 rear end and scrap the rest when I'm finished.

Novak has a pretty informative article you can read: Installing Ford V8 Engines into the Jeep YJ Wrangler
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I'm in the same boat. I want to buy a 302 Explorer on Craigslist for $1,000 and use the engine and 8.8 rear end and scrap the rest when I'm finished.

Novak has a pretty informative article you can read: Installing Ford V8 Engines into the Jeep YJ Wrangler
I would love to do a 331 stroker with either pro charger or turbo, mild motor but strong, with a C-4 mild stall and 8.8 myself, I will end up doing it but I want to finish my jeep and enjoy a bit before starting a lengthy process like that. Let me know if you do it, I'd love to here how the job went.
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Howbout a 351W with a ZF5 out of a 4x4 f150? This way you don't have to worry about a 2wd transmission.

SBC guys, the reason guys like us don't want them is because everyone and their grandma has done it already and it was old 20 years ago. Well, and because I am a Mopar guy with a soft spot for AMC's.
I don't think I need a Windsor but great idea on tranny' definitely don't want SBC, I want to raise the value not lower.. Lol!!!
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Being a MOPAR guy as well, I was trying to find a way to get a 4.7 engine from a Durango into my 1994 Wrangler. Just not happy at all with the 4.0 that's in there and I can get a whole Durango pretty cheap. Not much info (or interest) in that swap either. Given all the projects drwaing my attention, I'll probably keep the 4.0 for now and go with the (boring) Chevy swap in the future.
Like most, I want to drive the Jeep, not sit on a lengthy swap job.
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Being a MOPAR guy as well, I was trying to find a way to get a 4.7 engine from a Durango into my 1994 Wrangler. Just not happy at all with the 4.0 that's in there and I can get a whole Durango pretty cheap. Not much info (or interest) in that swap either. Given all the projects drwaing my attention, I'll probably keep the 4.0 for now and go with the (boring) Chevy swap in the future.
Like most, I want to drive the Jeep, not sit on a lengthy swap job.
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Old 05-02-2014, 05:49 PM   #16
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I am doing the swap right now. I have a lot of great information if you are interested. teddynaegele@gmail.com
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I love Novak's motor mounts, bellhousing adapter, slave cylinder, and transfer shifter cable. I have had to fabricate a few things like my drivers side header. it was for a mustang but it ported out right on top of the slave cylinder so I cut it and re-aimed it then welded it up to point where I wanted it to. I eliminated the smog pump and changed out the tensioner pulley for a ribbed pulley. I am using a 975K6 belt from autozone. I bought a power steering relocation bracket from mustangs unlimited and it is very clean looking and more than that it's functional. the steering bracket must be cut off with the old motor mount brackets and then it can be welded back on. I had to relocate the transmission and transfer case pretty far forward to clear the upper radius arms so I am going to have to use an electric fan. no big deal, I already had them on the jeep before and can reuse them. I may have to fabricate a little on the radiator to ensure clearance but frankly I'm just not there yet. I got my radiator off ebay and it is awesome. pretty sure it has a port for the thermostat for the electric fan. SYE is ordered and on it's way. I am going with gps speedo and all in one gauge for the other systems. I will send a link to anyone interested. still have to figure out cruise control, but doubt I will retain it. if not I will not need the jeep computer at all. that's about all I can think of for now. let me know if anyone want's more info.
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:07 PM   #18
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the best part about the location of the transfer being so far forward is that it will allow for a nice long rear driveshaft.
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:08 PM   #19
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I am also using an AX15 and the NP231. as per Novak it makes perfect sense. they came stock behind the V8 in the Dakota. Plenty strong.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:51 PM   #20
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There's a member here with the username of Ibuildembig. Send him a PM with your questions concerning a SBF swap. He's the go-to guy on the forum for these things.
I'm slowly collecting parts for a mild SBF swap with a Mustang 5.0 engine.
I'm going with a SBF instead of a SBC because I want something a little different than the billions of YJs out there with SBCs in 'em.
Not bashing the guys out there running SBCs in their YJs...just not for me.
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I'm a big Chevy fan , but the 302 sings a sweet song , I love the sound of them fords
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Old 05-03-2014, 06:00 PM   #22
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started my SYE swap today and started sorting through wiring. still thinking about fuel return. any thoughts?

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