Originally Posted by CURRAN88
I plan on doing a engine swap. I currently have a 4 banger and thinking about putting a 4.6 liter inline six or a Chevy 350 small block. Any suggestions? Would I need to get a new tranny? Expected price? Thank you!
You will need a new trans. Even going to a Jeep 6 cylinder will require a transmission. You should be able to pick up a Jeep AX-15 for under $500. I have a Jeep 4.0L HO inline with all of the electronics that would almost bolt in... I'll let that go for $650... I have the power steering pump, box and reservoir that I will throw in for $100 (I think I have all of that for $200 on here). Also A/C that I have advertised for $325 or something... I would let you add that for $250. You may not need those, but I would offer them so that you could use the stock belt routing. I'll throw in an exhaust system and fuel tank with the in-tank pump you need for fuel injection (hard fuel lines, too) and a radiator... So, at that point it would cost you $1000 + trip expenses + transmission (+/-$400).
If you go with a small block chevy, you'll be looking at $500-$2000 for the engine, $300-$1500 for a transmission, $300+ for exhaust, $250-$500 for conversion kit (motor mounts, radiator, etc.) and probably another $300-$500 in incidentals... Trust me, there will be things that pop up like coolant tanks, fuel lines, motor mounts and hoses. Bottom line is that with a carb'd junkyard swap, you might get away for $1500. If you do it right and go crate engine and new components, you will likely drop $7k... plus labor if you don't do it yourself.
And there will be somebody that will chime in and tell you he swapped in a 350 for $13 and a 12 pack of beer... He isn't including everything.