Hey, anyone heard of people buying small diesel engines and putting them in a YJ
I was reading a magazine the other day and I saw where this man had taken a small 3 cylinder engine out of a Kubota medium size Yard Tractor 33HP and put it in his 94 Yj. It is an everyday driver and the article said he was getting 13 MPG and no HP with the 2.5 and now he's getting nearly 30 and has much more HP and Tourque. Said he gave 350.00 at a Lawn mower Junk Yard for the motoe and it cost him an additional 400.00 for additional items to make it work. Said he had most of the stuff in and around his garage to do the conversion.
They use the Cummins 4BT diesel engines. They are often found in delivery vans like the ones bread companies use. They sell for around $2500 - $3000. Not a very cheap alternative considering you can but a 4.6 stroker Jeep motor for around the same price.
Its been my experience these lawn mower salvage places know to the penny what parts are worth and I doubt if a 33 hp Kubota diesel would sell for 350 ( unless it was in a fire ). I just switched a 4 to 6 cylinder in a yj and met up with more problems than I anticipated. A diesel swap sure would have many complications before it could be considered complete and reliable.