The wife and I are trying to figure out which way we're going to go with our Fifth. Before I hear about a 360 or magnum being cheaper and easier I'll start off with the fact we are in CA. Trust me, if I could I'd already have a 5.9 magnum ready for a swap.
Engine swaps are legal here but two things.
1. Has to be the same year or newer. So 360's or big blocks are out.
2. Has to be from the same smog class. So magnum engines are out. (passenger car vs light duty truck)
The next v8 that any Mopar sedan had is the 5.7 hemi and we've been really tempted by it.
I know there are motor mounts that will adapt it for a F-body engine bay and there's a company that makes a flexplate and starter to use the hemi with the 904 trans. But I've never seen one in an M-body.
Anyone have experience with this swap? Either to help or talk me out of it
I'm sure the ecu and fuel system will be the hardest challenge. But what else does it take to drop a modern hemi into one of these cars? I know the rear end will have to be beefier and subframe connectors will help a great deal to, but I'm just focusing on actually getting it in the car running and driving for now.
I may add, this is a few years down the road and definitely need time to save up.