For the passed couple months I've been weighing out my options for potential engine swaps for my YJ. My current set up is an AMC 258-TF999-NP231-D30-D35 (stock short of the fuel system).
For potential swaps, I was looking at these two places for mount kits:http://www.advanceadapters.com/categories/engine-mount-kits/59/1990/0/13/0/0/0/0/http://www.novak-adapt.com/knowledge/yj_87_95_swap.htm
For GM I was reading the following webpage among MANY others:http://www.novak-adapt.com/knowledge/yj_87_95_swap.htm
For Ford I was reading the following webpage among once again, many others:http://www.novak-adapt.com/knowledge/fsb_swap_yj_87-95.htm
And after reading up on mopar, I completely threw out that option.
As with pretty well any frankenstein swap, transmission, transfer case, and axles become the primary focus because you can weld up mounts and cut to fit to put the heart in
With both GM and Ford, I discovered I'd be neck deep in adaptors, modified axles, etc. Everybody seems to say "Just throw a SBC 350 in that beast". And there reasons for it are usually parts availability, or heard about it being done, or they're red-necks who think the sbc 350 is the "cure-all" like that gray gold we call duct tape
All kidding aside, the Ford was looking like a better bang for my buck for a number of reasons.
But after taking a ride in my buddy's CJ with a AMC 360, I started reading up on them.
I understand there are a few issues with it such as parts availability, oil delivery,its external balancer, and exhaust. However nothing I read about it made GM or Ford more attractive.
Here's where I need some first hand experience, not speculation and not judgement. I need to know what info I'm missing before I go ahead with the 360 swap. From my research I've found the following:
-The 360 will bolt right up to the TF999
-The fuel pump is on the passenger side just like the 258, but the hardline may require "tweeking"
-If I get the motor from a FSJ, I'll need the engine side cast mounts for a CJ that was equiped with a 304 or 360
-My frame side mounts will work, but the passenger side needs to be elongated.
-The cheapest exhaust system solution is fender headers
-A triple-core rad with a separate transmission cooler off of an F-150 that had the towing package is necessary for low speed wheeling.
-The throttle is the same concept as the 258 (integrated kick-down) and very minor modifications may be required
-If desired, the fuel system can be upgraded to TPI from a late 80's, early 90's FSJ down the road.
So, if anybody has any advice or tricks they could pass on, please do so. And if I'm overlooking anything small or anything that could be a real hang-up please tell me about it. I want to have everything ready to go so it's a weekend swap (it's my daily as well as my toy).