07-19-2016, 10:31 PM
Join Date: Jun 2015
A V8 swap is a big deal. Before you get into any builds, you either need to have a big wallet or be good with a welder. That would be my first suggestion, get a decent MIG welder that can weld at least 1/4" with a 20' or 40' cubic cylinder of 75/25 argon/C02.
Engine swaps and axle swaps require welding, and most YJ frames will rot out on themselves.
For the air conditioning, it'll help your search if you're willing to get a manual tranny. I saw a video where someone said they had an automatic with air conditioning and that was only around 5% of YJs made? I may be getting the number wrong.
My suggestion would be to have another steady vehicle and buy a YJ with the 4.0L that needs machine work done on it. Look up the stroker builds, I hear they're pretty sweet, and they need machine work done on the engine anyway.
While the engine is being built, you can toss the rear axle, put in a Ford 8.8, and go spring over axle for lift. Put in an anti wrap bar in the rear, and over the knuckle heavy duty steering in the front.
Plus put an SYE in the transfer case, and custom order a driveshaft to the correct length.
for OJ, my YJ. 1993 Wrangler S 2.5L/AX-5/NP231 with SYE, Spartan locked Dana 30/Aussie locked Ford 8.8 @ 4.88, SOA lift with 2.5" OME HD springs and front Bilstein/rear Rancho shocks, Barricade 9500 winch, custom front and rear bumpers, 136 amp alternator, 35" Super Swamper LTBs.
1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty 7.3L Powerstroke, single turbo, 6 speed manual.