Engine swap questions
Ok before I get flamed for this let me explain. I have a 97 1500 4wd 5.9. It's got right at 220k and its beginning to tired I believe. Now I have a 5.2 out of a 92-94 Dakota that I put a hughes whiplash cam, headers and such into a project truck I have. I hate the idea of going backwards but the 5.2 only had barely over 120k when I got it and the heads were checked for cracks, reworked and a few more things done that I don't remember right now, the cam,valve springs, retainers, lifters and all that are 98% brand new ( maybe 45 minutes of runtime). So.... it's a half new motor and as bad as I'd like to rebuild the 5.9 it's 100% financially out of the question. I currently have a 50mm tb and a sct tuner on the truck and I am in the process of talking to hemifever about a tune. My question is, I know they started using a neutral balanced torque converter in 96 I believe. So would I use the old 5.2 or my current 5.9 flex plate or would I get a newer 5.2 flex plate?