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Unread 02-13-2014, 10:16 PM   #1
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Acquired a 1973 CJ5

Just bought a 1973 cj5 with factory 360. Has been garaged for 22 years, with an engine problem, which makes it almost awesome. I plan on rebuilding the engine anyway, so it's a win win.

It has no rust and no problems, other than the engine, which needs rebuilding. Hell of a deal @ $1200. I'll keep you posted.

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Unread 02-15-2014, 09:40 AM   #2
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Congrats but there's no such thing as a factory 360 in a CJ of any kind. The 304 was the only V8 Jeep ever offered in the CJ series. Externally they are identical, so you can't tell by looking but the displacement is embossed on the side of the block under the motor mount.
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Unread 02-21-2014, 07:31 PM   #3
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Congrats but there's no such thing as a factory 360 in a CJ of any kind. The 304 was the only V8 Jeep ever offered in the CJ series. Externally they are identical, so you can't tell by looking but the displacement is embossed on the side of the block under the motor mount.
Thanks! This is my fourth jeep and I never knew that. In fact there are pages online that have details for decoding the VIN number and some of them show VIN number support for a factory AMC 360, so I thought that was a factory option. I haven't bothered looking at my VIN.

Nonetheless I am excited about having a Jeep with a 360 in it. I have had two with 304s and one with a 258 straight six.
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Unread 02-21-2014, 10:21 PM   #4
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Congrats but there's no such thing as a factory 360 in a CJ of any kind. The 304 was the only V8 Jeep ever offered in the CJ series. Externally they are identical, so you can't tell by looking but the displacement is embossed on the side of the block under the motor mount.
Actually I'm not sure the verdict is in. As I said, there are plenty of resources that give help on decoding the VIN number on Jeeps and many of them show that there is such a thing as a Jeep with a VIN that specifies the 360. I'm about to get a flashlight and go check mine.

This page, (https://blog.jeep.com/heritage/a-his...-cj-6-1956-75/) says...

"This quest for power took another step forward in 1973, when parent company AMC shoved a 304-cubic-inch V8 (or the optional 360-cubic-inch) under the hoods of all CJ models."


Also, look at this page and examine the details for VIN Digits 7, and 8-13
http://www.offroaders.com/tech/jeep/vin_72-80.htm
Such as, An "N" in Digit 7 on 1975-1977 CJ5 indicates a 175HP 360. For model years 1978-1980, it indicates a 360 with a 2bbl carb.

1975 - '77: V8, 360 CID, 175 HP
1978 - '80: V8, 360 CID, 2 Bbl.


If it's a "P", then it is...

1975 - '77: V8, 360 CID, 195 HP
1978: V8, 360 CID, 4 Bbl.


So clearly AMC offered a factory 360 at the very least as a special order option.

I just checked my VIN, and the 8th character is an "N", which indicates that mine was indeed a jeep that shipped from the factory with a 360 / 3-speed and a two-barrel carb.

Here is a screen-shot of my VIN check, with my VIN (the last five digits are redacted) showing that it came with a factory 360.



You can run a vin check on yours for free here...
http://www.jeepz.com/forum/vin.php
So... I don't know, but I feel pretty strongly that my jeep came from the factory with a 360.
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Unread 02-22-2014, 06:11 AM   #5
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that's killer finding a jeep that clean for that cheap, lets see some pics
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/90-yj-frame-swap-build-up-1434246/
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Unread 02-22-2014, 10:12 AM   #6
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that's killer finding a jeep that clean for that cheap, lets see some pics
Ok. Here are two...



And once in the garage for short-term storage...

https://scontent-b-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/...23665815_n.jpg
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Unread 02-22-2014, 02:37 PM   #7
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Look a little closer at your VIN and I will wager very good money that it is an H instead of an N. Indicating a 304. As I said before, no CJ ever came with a 360 or 401 from the factory. The VIN decoder you are using is a universal one for all Jeep models, and indeed a Wagoneer or pickup or Cherokee with a 360 would have an N in the VIN, But consult a factory service manual and you will discover i am correct. You are using a single flawed source to verify your opinion, check multiple sources and you will see.
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