Spend $10G and do a 2.8 Cummins swap!
That is where I am heading now I think. I found a shop in the UK that has lightly used complete heads for $500 shipped to the US. I have talked to one guy who is the "unofficial" Jeep CRD collector who has bought 6 heads from them and another guy who is a diesel mechanic in Wyoming(who I've met in person) bought one from them after he dropped a valve. Both said the heads they got were in great shape.You know what you have right now. Unless you go buy a brand new vehicle, you won't know nearly as much about the condition of your next vehicle as you do about the Jeep. I would vote fix it and keep it
I mean, other than being a cummins, that is a very similar motor. Only thing that blows is the timing stuff is on the back of the motor so you have to pull it to do any work, but it is a chain in that case so you shouldnt need too.Spend $10G and do a 2.8 Cummins swap!
Lots of us long for our 7.3 of our past.Oh man I still miss mine. The guy who bought it is a pipeliner and is out of town all the time in a company truck, so he really doesn't drive it that much. So it's only grown to about 350,000 miles, maybe 360 now. It still runs like a scalded dog, has had no major failures, but it is beginning to smoke pretty bad on a cold start.
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I have all the parts in. Just waiting on the shop to give the head a once over and possibly surface it.As a Jeep guy myself, I say fix her issues and drive till you don't drive anymore. I'm in agreement with Snakebitten on this, it may not add up but should make you happy.
This engine bay is already eye-wateringly tight with an I4 single turbo motor. I dont know if its possible to shoehorn in a DOHC V6 with twins. Maybe the 2.3 Ecoboost would do it.EcoBoost swap!