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iluvcowjuice 05-22-2013 08:01 PM

AMC 360 Beautification and Installation
I just picked up a running AMC 360, Jasper rebuilt with 10k miles ($500), and I'm planning on cleaning it up, mating it to a T176/Dana 300 combo and swapping it into my CJ to replace the 304/T150/Dana 20. This is just to keep track of where I am, make it easy to share with my uncle, and so if I'm doing something terribly wrong someone will hopefully point it out.

Got the engine unloaded from the truck (that's the last time it will ever see 20mpgs)

Then I sprayed it down with more oven degreaser and hit it with the pressure washer, covered myself in dirt in the process, but it looks cleaner now. I think there's a small oil leak at the valve cover gasket, but I'm taking those off when I paint it and putting new gaskets on. Now it's hanging in the garage, mostly clean.

There's so much emissions crap and unnecessary things on this motor, I'm taking all the smog stuff off and converting the A/C compressor for on-board air because I can just take the top off and on-board air is the bees knees.

I finally got almost everything off, only had one broken bolt. PO broke a bolt in the block for the exhaust manifold and then put it back together like that (*******), so I need to PB Blast it and try to get it out with an easy out before drilling and tapping.

Tomorrow, I'm breaking out the air tools to try and get that flex plate off and then putting the block on the stand. Flex plate gets replaced with a flywheel when it goes back together.

Bungie cord keeps the motor from spinning.

First question, what kind of tape do I use to cover the surfaces when painting? I tried blue painters tape, but it wouldn't stick to the metal.

Jim1611 05-22-2013 08:07 PM

Nice project. You could coat some grease or vasoline on the areas you don't want paint to stick to.

John N 05-22-2013 10:13 PM

You'll need the proper driver's side exhaust manifold....that one won't work. Otherwise, good score.

iluvcowjuice 05-22-2013 10:27 PM

I'm taking the headers off of my 304.

ferday 05-22-2013 10:33 PM

Crawled! Take lots of pics, I'd like to do a 360 instead of a chev conversion. Sweet price if its in ok shape!

iluvcowjuice 05-28-2013 06:51 PM

I finally got the flex plate off using an impact wrench and was terribly confused as to how well that worked, how easily it came off, and why it took my dumb self two days to get it out.

I finished getting the front two pulleys off. The top one I used a puller on and it worked, but the bottom one was too deep to get my puller to fit. I was going to just stick a long socket in the middle to make it shallower, but I just used a BFH and beat it off (rubber mallet so I didn't screw it up). Then I went about pulling the valve covers and the ridiculously heavy stock intake and carb.

Here it is next to the new Edlebrock Performer Intake I got off craigslist with a carb for $100.

Here's a pic of the valley, I don't know what the casting numbers mean. I had to scrape that nasty gasket off the block being careful not to drop any in.

So here it sits right now, I put a tarp over it to keep things out. I need to find a flywheel for a 1991 360, I was going to just buy one for a 74 360, but I've read that they can be different between the years and that most stores just have "good enough" ones that they sell for the 304's 360's and sometimes the 401's, so I'll gladly take any advice on that.

Do I need an intake manifold gasket or should I use high temp RTV? Does anyone know where I can get cans of AMC Blue paint or if it's something I need to order?

Also, if someone wants the intake/valve covers/y pipe (grand wagoneer)/carb/any part of my current drive train shoot me a pm and we can work something out.

Anyone have any luck with this paint?

pman 05-28-2013 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by John N (Post 15469248)
You'll need the proper driver's side exhaust manifold....that one won't work. Otherwise, good score.

Good eye, John! But actually I'm living proof it can work. You just need a good creative muffler shop to give you the right mandrel bend.

Walter1978 05-28-2013 07:11 PM

Just heard good reviews on this paint today from a fellow member.

Walter1978 05-28-2013 07:15 PM

PMAN can tell you about the paint. He just posted today as well.

davbytrace 05-28-2013 07:26 PM

Dont get rid of the intake before you remove the oil shield from underneath. They are rare as hen's teeth.

iluvcowjuice 05-28-2013 07:28 PM


Originally Posted by davbytrace (Post 15491576)
Dont get rid of the intake before you remove the oil shield from underneath. They are rare as hen's teeth.

When I got the new intake it had the shield on it, so I have two. If you need one, let me know.

iluvcowjuice 05-29-2013 06:43 PM

For intake manifold gaskets, should I get this kit or this one? The first looks like the oil shield and the end rubbers, the second looks like a more complete kit, but I don't know if its compatible with the oil shield.

Also, looking at this flywheel and was wondering if anyone had any input, positive or negative.

I'm looking to order these with the paint tomorrow morning.

roadhog304 05-29-2013 07:16 PM

you want to use the first one "this Kit"

Brewski 05-29-2013 07:30 PM

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The Seymour paint is excellent. I used it on my rebuild and it sprays on great with a beautiful metallic shine. I don't think you will be disappointed. I only have 1000 miles on the build and it looks like the day I sprayed.

pman 05-29-2013 07:47 PM

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Cow juice-Like Walter said, I bought the AMC blue metallic from the same Amazon supplier. Very pleased with it! Repainted my valve covers on Memorial Day:

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