Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Seattle, WA area
Re: Engine Swap - Guidance from 200 ci to 302 V8
A couple minor points - be sure you get matching driveline parts to ease the pain. For example, the AOD requires the use of a 164 tooth flexplate (with the correct balance for the year engine), the correct starter, 11.5" converter, and different driveshaft yoke that uses a different U-joint than the I6 shaft - so you can't just use whatever's in the scrapyard or on Craigslist without being sure it's compatible with the rest of the components. Once you zero-in on what you want, folks here will help you verify what you'll need.
The blocks are similar enough to be interchangeable, however, the later 302/5.0 blocks do not have a boss for manual clutch linkage if you were going that route. The options are converting to hydraulic clutch or purchasing a block adapter to mount the linkage.
Someone is now making new spindles intended for I6 suspension that converts to 5-lug disc brakes but I don't remember who. Might be cheaper in the long run. Maybe a web search will get you some answers if someone else doesn't jump in with the info.
The swap is straightforward, but it's the 'little things' that will keep you busy...
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