7.3 gas v8

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You caught me green handed. I do live in Cali. Yeah I've heard of other swaps, but never seen something like FORD under the hood of JEEP. Haha you know what I mean?

So what is a website that sells a 7.3L gas v8? And does anyone know a good autoshop I can contact to consult such a task? Location - San Diego, but if anyone knows a shop that they trust I don't mind distance.
Know your history... Ford V8 engines (302) are a long time preferential swap over GM on older Willys trucks and wagons because of the front mounted distributor means you don't have to cut into the firewall like you do with a small block Chevy. There are plenty of Willys Trucks (the original Jeep pickup) running around with Ford V8s under the hood.



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Know your history... Ford V8 engines (302) are a long time preferential swap over GM on older Willys trucks and wagons because of the front mounted distributor means you don't have to cut into the firewall like you do with a small block Chevy. There are plenty of Willys Trucks (the original Jeep pickup) running around with Ford V8s under the hood.
Ford forward mounted distributors are also a historical weak point when the fan picks up water and soaks it, speaking of history.
 

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In California the motor must be available in another vehicle from the same manufacturer and that motor must be from the same model year or newer
Actually, truck to truck, car to car not manufacturer. To your point, the motor must be the same year or newer. Go to Defender.com and there is a gigantic thread on LS conversions for LR Defenders. CA members who use a GM truck LS in CA are getting approval. Interestingly, they have to flip the intake front to back to fit, but it works.
 
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I read an article the other day regarding a 7.3l swap into a Fox body Mustang. I believe it said that it is slightly narrower than the 5.0l Coyote engine. I wish I could remember which car site it was. Popped up on Google news feed.
 

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Know your history... Ford V8 engines (302) are a long time preferential swap over GM on older Willys trucks and wagons because of the front mounted distributor means you don't have to cut into the firewall like you do with a small block Chevy. There are plenty of Willys Trucks (the original Jeep pickup) running around with Ford V8s under the hood.
Gosh, yes but that's almost ancient history now. The Ford V8s were by far the way to go until the mid/late 1990s. After that point, the GM LS engine family proved to be much easier to swap, repair, and maintain vs. Ford's inferior SOHC and DOHC offerings. So, basically for the last 25 years nobody has been swapping Ford stuff into anything, much less a Jeep.

I'm a life long Ford guy, and GM hater. Been stranded on the highway too many times in the pre-cell phone era by GM junk. Lol. Just can't get over that. But it is what it is...Ford hasn't made anything worth while in decades. The new 7.3L gas engine is the ONLY engine they make that appeals to me and it just now is hitting dealerships. I guess that's why I've been driving Chrysler stuff for years now.
 

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Let's talk about this. Its so hard to google this topic because of googles terrible search algorithms these days.

Is it even legal to put a ford crate engine in a jeep, what are the consequences? Will the 7.3L gas v8 fit, and where can we shop for one? Links pls.

The 7.3L gas v8 sparked my eye for the gladiator, anyone else? I know its said to be meant for large capacity towing, but im in it for other matters. Vroom vroom.
You would probably be better to drop a 5.0 Coyote in there, and then supercharge or turbo it. Don't underestimate it based on displacement alone, they are hellacious motors with LOTS of power and capability for upgrades right from the factory. A 15-17 5.0 Coyote can handle up to around 850 RWHP in stock form.

I've had two different new Mustang GT performance pack cars with the MT-82 transmission (2013 & 2017). They are absolute beasts. I just traded my 2017 yesterday for the 2020 Gladiator Rubicon. Only reason I did, was because it was running out of warranty.
 

                           


































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