Double the horsepower??? It will feel like triple unless you had a REALLY good operating 2.6. And Jeep guys are always gonna think your crazy because your not wheeling a jeep. I know someone with a 25k dollar jeep and easily put another 12k into it for upgrades. Funny thing is my 88 monty with 35's goes to all of the same places, and i bought my truck for $750.
Anyway, yes, with the motor out bolt the bellhousing up to the engine. I don't recall the 3.5 starter body being any bigger than the 3.0 but maybe without looking at a comparison at the momment, its possible. What I was more refering to is the way the engine plates pitch (twist) the the starter differently. When you bolt the bellhousing up to the engine, you will see that the 3.0 bellhousing doesn't line up right with the engine plate for the starter. I just cut the plate on that spot and used the peice of the engine plate that the starter goes against and the bolt holes slide through as a shim. This way the starter lines up right. If that made any of sense... You will see more of what I mean when you test fit the engine to the bellhousing though. Definitly not a clearance issue.
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