Swap out Cherokee 4.0 with a Slant 6?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Jim Y, Dec 25, 2003.

  1. Jim Y

    Jim Y Guest

    The slant 6 brings back fond memories of my dad's 63 Valiant and 77 Volare.
    The straight 4.0 in the Cherokee is not my favorite powerplant. Would it be
    realistic to expect I can drop a slant 6 into a cherokee? I'd really like
    my son to see a real workhorse American Iron engine.
    Jim Y, Dec 25, 2003
  2. The 4.0 *is* a real workhorse American iron engine. It's an updated AMC
    258. The Slant-6 would not be anything even remotely close to a drop-in on
    any Cherokee, and you'd never pass emissions.

    Daniel J. Stern, Dec 25, 2003
  3. Jim Y

    Jim Y Guest

    Agreed, but I want my son to be able to say "my daddy" drives a slant 6.
    The AMC engine was never well known. The Slant 6 is legendary
    Jim Y, Dec 25, 2003
  4. So go get a Slant-6 car or truck and drive it.

    Daniel J. Stern, Dec 25, 2003
  5. Actually the AMC engine is well known in the AMC circles, the 4.0L stock is
    a pretty potent mill. There's a couple of guys that put one in a Hornet with
    some mods to the mill and run a 12 sec. in the 1/4 mile at the local track.
    A 4.0L wrangler with 3.73's would run circles around my hyperpaked Feather
    Duster unfortunately...You'd spend a lot of money trying to get the slant to
    perform up to the fuel injected 4.0L standards...

    If you're wanting to get into the whole slant six 'thing' try over at
    www.slantsix.org and look over the articles and read some of the back posts.

    Good luck, maybe a 1977 Slant six Ramcharger with 4.11's offy
    intake,headers, etc...might be a better choice for you...
    Rob Armstrong, Dec 25, 2003
  6. Jim Y

    Jim Y Guest

    Where would I locate a Slant 6 in running condition. Don't think many are
    really on the road.
    Jim Y, Dec 25, 2003
  7. The 4.0 is probably as good as a slant 6.

    Matthew S. Whiting, Dec 25, 2003
  8. www.ebay.com
    your local 'nickel ads'
    your local classified ads

    You can also buy crappy generic rebuilt motors from kragens, schucks, etc,
    or do the job yourself for about $1200 if you put it together yourself.
    There are lots of them on the road and in several other countries
    too....(considering mopar made a few million of these from 1960-1987...or
    later if you live south of the border...)
    Rob Armstrong, Dec 25, 2003
  9. Jim Y

    clare Guest

    Hundreds and thousands of old Dodge Pickups with slant sixes are still
    on the road. Quite a few Volarie/Aspen and Dart/Valiant as well. Even
    a good number of full size Dodge and Plymouth cars are still running,
    If the body stayed together, it's still running - because the old
    engines were almost bullet-proof.
    And they COULD be made to go - and go well. Didn't have to throw a LOT
    of money at them either - but the 4.0 HO AMC engine is definitely
    easier to get the performance out of - it was a killer engine right
    out of the box (would out-pull a LOT of 302 Ford and 304 AMC vehicles,
    as well as a lot of 318s.
    clare , Dec 26, 2003
  10. Jim Y

    Joe Guest

    How old is your son, 40? Who the heck is he going to talk about that cares
    about a slant 6? I know it's great, but the 4.0 is venerable in its own
    Joe, Dec 28, 2003
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