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what engine can i put in my 97

I want a bigger engine and an easy swap cause this will be my first swap right now I have the 3.0 4wd manual
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engine swaps arent easy unless your keeping the same motor...id go with a 302 but do a lot of research on it first
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How is the 302 on mpg
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its a v8 so expect v8 MPG
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Yeah that's kinda why I wanted to just put a 4.0 in but I was also thinking diesel like the 4bt or any other diesel i would have lots of help as soon as I get back to Idaho I am just waiting on my eas here in June
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Hate to break it to you but the 4.0 isn't going to be much better than a 302 gas mileage wise.
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Really so you think the 302 would be a better swap over the 4.0 do you think it would be just easy
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Yes, tons of people have put 302's in these trucks. It's very easy and of the two motors, I'd rather have an 8 since both mpgs are similar.

Search is your friend with this swap.
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so for the 302 what kind of truck could i get a motor and a tranny from that would mount easy and i am wanting to keep the 4wd
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When I did a 5.0L swap on my ’88 that had a 2.9L I got the same milage or maybe a little better.
I didn’t have to push the throttle down as much and in turn not burn as much gas.

Another 3.0 slow or a 4.0L would be OK but not improve anything.

The 302/5.0L with an auto would be easy but time consuming.
There are kits out there for all of the mounting and the wiring on a carb’d engine would be just a few wires.
Use a floor shift for the auto-trans and get a new drive shaft.

My ’88/5.0L had a 7.5 rear w/3.73s and it stood the test of time and a lot of power burn outs/smoke shows, I did burn out the posi but it was time for a locker anyway.

luck on your choice.
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