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Lifting the engine cover reveals another bowtie surprise. That's a 350 small-block V-8. By mounting the V-8 low in the frame, the installers didn't have to butcher the floor or engine cover for extra clearance. The restoration urge is strong but with at least four times the power of the stock four-banger, this thing'd be a blast to beat on. V-8 powered FC's were never factory built but it's a little known fact that Jeep was toying with a heavy-duty FC variant that would have used an outsourced Ford 292 Y-block V-8 for power. A few engineering mules may have been made but that's as far as the project got before cancellation. This ain't one of 'em!