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Keeping Engine Swaps Running Cool

Posted in How To on November 1, 2001
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OK, so you’re finally done with the epic task of stuffing a fresh V-8 between the framerails of your cherished Jeep. Everything seems to be going well. Everything should work seamlessly, so you are going ’wheeling. You jump in your Jeep, and six miles down the road towards the trail you notice your temp gauge pointing skyward. Now you not only have to wait to go ’wheeling, but you also have to look forward to hanging out at the nearest pork-rind-flogging gas stop like some pre-teen hoodlum with nothing else better to do until that needle drops back down to earth.

Jeeps with engine swaps like to overheat. That iconic Jeep grille has been at the root of many a Jeep owner’s swapping problems. In an attempt to help you out we have tapped into our Jp resources to bring you some tips, tricks, and opinions from some of our favorite Jeep engine swappers.

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