Originally Posted by Annie O
I donít know much but I do know that although a Quigley 4x4 conversion is not a first choice for many on this forum (for valid reasons) Quigley as a company does not do conversions on less that a 5.4 Ford V8 (personally I canít explain the reason). Sounds like youíve gotten supporting advice on here!
Youíll find the right chassis and Iíll look forward to reading about your work
I'm from the old school where bigger was better (CID-wise that is
) so the idea of a 280 CID powering a 4x4 conversion on an E-Series chassis is just downright scary. I know gearing is beneficial and that the Ford Modular Motors like higher RPM's that's just just too tiny an engine, IMHO understand.
Of course my idea of why someone needs or wants 4x4 might be completely wrong or goes against the bulk of reasons why its desirable. Still that's a lot of drive train to keep in motion, anything smaller than a 5.4 just not the best choice.
I use an on-line VIN decoder but will also call my local Ford dealer to double-check their info on any one VIN. Sadly there's no way to simply look at a Ford E-Series motor and know its CID---except for the V10 of course.
Get the 5.4 and don't look back--its a better engine for your project.