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Unread 09-24-2011, 10:55 AM   #1
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300 in an '82 cj5?

Issues this question before in another post of mine but I think it was overlooked.
Will a ford straight 6 300 ci fit in an '82 cj5?

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Unread 09-24-2011, 01:49 PM   #2
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Not without moving the radiator. The 258 six is already pretty close to radiator. The 300 is just a little bit longer.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 08:19 AM   #3
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No and there is no benefit to the swap either. And it's relatively pricey to swap.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 08:23 AM   #4
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ford 302

why not use the ford 302?? its the same liter
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Unread 09-25-2011, 08:35 AM   #5
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anything will fit anywhere, just depends on your $$$$$, skill, desire and patience to make it happen ( but mostly your $$$$$)
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Unread 09-25-2011, 08:53 AM   #6
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It's arguably the best engine that Ford ever produced, and in the opinion of many, the toughest, most dependable, longest lasting that anyone has ever produced. Mine had 380,000 miles when I got rid of it. And I got rid of it because the truck was rusted away the engine still ran fine.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 09:10 AM   #7
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The reason I am asking about the 300 is, I got a guy that is willing to give me one for an old four wheeler. It is kind of a good deal because the Atv doesn't run and is just in the way.
I'd rather go with a 350 because that is what the PO was putting in the jeep when I bought it. So I have pieces for a 350. But I am exploring all options.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 09:17 AM   #8
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best what? hp, torque, sound, fuel mileage, longevity. I would have to disagree, the best ford engine ever made was a monster boss 429 scj.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 10:29 AM   #9
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lol.......you blue oval guys. I just scrapped a f150 with a 300 in it, mainly cause it was a f150 with a 300 in it...........lol. tried to sell it, couldn't even give the thing away, so I scrapped it. I will say tho, that was a torky lil engine.

Put the sbc in ,if you already have the parts.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 10:38 AM   #10
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As much as i hate to admit, the SBC would be the best route for you, since you already have a lot of parts for that engine, and to sell them and buy the required parts for the Ford swap you'd lose $.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 10:46 AM   #11
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If it's a pre-'73 300, then go for it, otherwise the HP/Torque numbers are kinda close to the 258.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 11:56 AM   #12
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lol.......you blue oval guys. I just scrapped a f150 with a 300 in it, mainly cause it was a f150 with a 300 in it...........lol. tried to sell it, couldn't even give the thing away, so I scrapped it. I will say tho, that was a torky lil engine.

Put the sbc in ,if you already have the parts.
This. SBC is the way to go, unless you just WANT to make things more difficult.

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Unread 09-25-2011, 12:47 PM   #13
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when i first got my CJ7 i thought about a Ford 300. i used to race these engines years ago and just love them. but after taking a few measurements and adding up the cost to swap. i decided to leave my CJ all AMC. your biggest problem with the 300, is the manifolds are on the wrong side compared to a 258. depending in your induction system you may have battery tray issues. the exhaust has to cross over to the drivers side. that alone i would not like.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 02:50 PM   #14
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Best meaning reliability, they last forever and they are pretty torquey.
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Unread 09-25-2011, 06:01 PM   #15
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Best meaning reliability, they last forever and they are pretty torquey.

I hate fords, I am forced to work on them at work and hate every minute of it. ( I usually make my son work on the fords , if can....lol) BUT even I would agree wiith you on this point.

I too know of some 300's with over 300,000+ miles on them.(but I still don't have to like them)

But we also have SBC's at work with almost 300,000+ on them. One of them is my personal truck,(I bought it off of my employer). These are all 3500 cab/chassis trucks that have had the crap ran out of them, and pulled trailers twice as heavy as they should have.
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