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01-10-2009, 12:02 PM
My AMC 360 is running great but it sounds like it has a rattle noise coming from the bottom, so either I am going to have to rebuild the motor are swap something else in. But the way I look at it if have to swap out the motor Im going to something bigger. I might be able to score a totaled 96 F350 with a 7.3 turbo diesel, the motor is running and very well taken care of, my question is would my 82 j10 be able to hold up the wieght and power of the diesel... I know it would alot of wiring, but it would be cool when it is finished....
01-10-2009, 01:50 PM
You may want to take some measurements to see if it'll even fit. Even with the 6.2/6.5 Chevy diesel, there can be clearance issues with the valve covers hitting the heater box.
01-10-2009, 03:07 PM
Hmm good point, maybe I should just rebuild my 360 and put a 700r4 behind it are even look for a 401...
The PIG Smith
01-10-2009, 08:40 PM
While the heater box and brake booster would cause some clearance issues, these are solvable.
The biggest issue I know of when thinking about a Powerstroke 7.3 is the weight.
These are very heavy motors.
I 'think' that a Powerstroke may tip the scales at 1200-1300 pounds.
There are members here that feel a Dana 44 front axle can support the weight of a Cummins 6BT in a FSJ.
I do not.
So, can a Dana 44 front axle support the weight of a Powerstroke 7.3?
IMHO, I think not.
I am sure there will be others that will disagree with me.
Most folks use GM 6.2/6.5 and Cummins 4BT and 6BT because there is NO computer.
While the wiring of a Powerstroke is doable, it would be a challenge.
01-10-2009, 08:47 PM
Yeah I have been searching for the last hour about a 6.2 swap but I cant seem that much info...
01-10-2009, 09:38 PM
I have a 74 J-10. I was driving one day and it started making the worst noise I ever heard from an engine. It sounded like a coffee can full of marbles. I shut it off immediately. I checked under the hood and everything looked fine so I restarted it - same thing. Long story short it was the flex plate. Luckily I did not pull the engine and start rebuilding before I discovered this. There are three or four big cut outs in the flex plate. Each segment of metal between the cut outs was severed except for one 1/4" ligament remaining.
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