Re: Engine swap...
I've had my skoolie for about 15 years and been many, many places with it.
I would say about 80% of the skoolie owners that have made an engine swap regreted it.
I'm on my 5th, yes I said it fifth, engine. Each time I've replaced it I've keep the same kind of motor.
My skoolie is a 1979, dognose, full length, with a Chevy 350, 2 barrel carb., automatic transmission.
I've been places I'd only take a 4-wheel truck. I've been coast to coast, north, south and everywhere in between.
I've passed semi's going through the rockies, smokies, and about every other hill.
I'm not saying it's fast but it will get you there.
My point is for that "little" 350 to be able to do all that you have to have the proper combinations.
the motor, transmission, and read end were designed to all work together.
If you swap engines for something else there's a very good chance you will lose more than you gain.
Each engine has a very limited R.P.M. range where it produces the most torque.
My 350 (small block) has excellent power in the mid- rpm's.
If I swapped for a 454 (big block) that engine makes it's most power in a much lower rpm.
Just because it's bigger, or more horsepower dosen't mean it will be better.
If I wanted more power I could screw in an rv cam. Or I could go all out and install a supercharger.
Be carefull about any drivetrain swaps. I've met a lot of dissatisfied skoolie owners that wish they just left it the way it came.