This CJ was built by a good friend a few years ago. Over the past few years, Jeff, the owner found the big block chevy’s that he was running to be a poor fit for him. He ran one low on oil and wore a cam lobe off the second engine. Aggravated with having the Jeep apart more than it was on the trail meant it was time to come up with a better plan. By now I’m sure you all know that we use the GM LS engine in most of our projects. The reason is that it fits the budget, the chassis, and the romantic image you had in your head of it staying on the road and you enjoying it. So many times people end up with the vehicle they pictured but forgetting the constant issues of oil leaks, belts coming off, poor start ups from it being carbureted, etc etc. We were able to talk Jeff into the same displacement engine that he had but in the form of a GM LS crate engine. We picked the Chevrolet Performance Parts LSX454 and topped it with a ton of great parts from Holley Performance. This Jeep is running Holley EFI, a single plane intake manifold with multiport injectors, a Terminator throttle body, their accessory drive, and a few other things. After months of it being back on the road, Jeff reports more power than the big block ever had and MUCH more drivability! We built a stainless exhaust system and also had the TH350 beefed up to hold the power. This CJ7 sure is a handful!