View Poll Results: Is the AMC 304 v8 motor enough?
Ohhh Yes 2 15.38%
Good for some decent off-road 9 69.23%
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post #1 of Old 10-22-2012, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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To Buy or Not to Buy???

I will keep this short and to the point. After selling my prized 01 TJ that I had customized to my liking because my wife said we needed a family car...

We have agreed to look at a 79' CJ-7.

The CJ-7 has been given a new crate AMC 304 v8, 7" lift, interior, tires, wheels, paint, the works. I wont mention the price since that is based on what something is worth to the individual.

I need to know, will the AMC 304 v8 give me enough under the hood to do some decent four-wheeling?

Please help... I may make an offer tomorrow (Tuesday).

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post #2 of Old 10-22-2012, 06:58 PM
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Diamond plate likely is hiding a ton of rust, tires look like 35 or 36's and close to rubing so likely not near 7 inches lift.

I would pass myself..

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post #3 of Old 10-22-2012, 07:05 PM
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The 304V8 was not a great power house, it was discontinued the following year as it had barely more power than the 258 with all the emissions gear on it and the fuel consumption was embarrassing.

I guess that is why you see so many on the Forum with the 360, more or less a straight swap in and if you have engine work to do, a no brainer.

Having said all that the V8 does have plenty of torque due to its size and you will not find it wanting for most applications.

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post #4 of Old 10-22-2012, 07:13 PM
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Depending on what is under all of the plate it might be a decent jeep. One piece axles? Gears? auto or stick? If it has decent gears the 304 will be just fiine.

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post #5 of Old 10-22-2012, 07:26 PM
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Something look a little off to me. It looks like the rear axle has been moved back a few inches. Also what looks weird is the tires. The rear look bigger then teh front, but that could just be the angle of the picture. I don't know. Something just looks off.
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post #6 of Old 10-22-2012, 08:03 PM
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not a fan of the dick cepek wheels on a cj. I prefer the old school wagon wheels or bullet hole wheels
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post #7 of Old 10-22-2012, 08:03 PM
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To answer your question on the 304, the answer is yes it will.

I will only add that I agree with what every one else has posted. With the exception of the Comparison of the 258 to the 304 by Bagasjeep. On average the 304 has 30 more horsepower than the 258 thru the years. Plus V8's just sound cool. I have 2.

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post #8 of Old 10-22-2012, 08:07 PM
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I had to vote going to need some upgrades - because EVERY CJ needs some upgrades :-)

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Something look a little off to me. It looks like the rear axle has been moved back a few inches. Also what looks weird is the tires. The rear look bigger then teh front, but that could just be the angle of the picture. I don't know. Something just looks off.
I agree windknot, the centerline of the axle should be in the center of the wheel well. The front spring hanger and the rear shackle hanger look to be in the stock location. For reference this picture is my 2.5" spring lift and 1" body lift on 35's with 1" longer shackles (1/2") lift. For a total of 4".

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My guess is the owner of the Jeep installed a 4" spring lift, with 3" lift shackles ( OP) , the shackles only equals 1.5" of lift. Or a 3" body lift. The owner thinks its 7" total.

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post #10 of Old 10-23-2012, 01:10 AM
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To answer your question on the 304, the answer is yes it will.

I will only add that I agree with what every one else has posted. With the exception of the Comparison of the 258 to the 304 by Bagasjeep. On average the 304 has 30 more horsepower than the 258 thru the years. Plus V8's just sound cool. I have 2.

Bill
Yes, it only has 30hp more but takes the EPA suggested mpg from 17 down to 13?

I agree a V8 sounds cool.

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post #11 of Old 10-23-2012, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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Will it pass NY state emissions standard during an inspection?
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post #12 of Old 10-23-2012, 07:49 AM
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I have the 304 in my 73. It works great. However, tranny type and gearing can help it with those larger wheels. Mine has 3.73 and I am now planning to regear to 4.27.
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post #13 of Old 10-23-2012, 10:07 AM
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I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole.

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post #14 of Old 10-23-2012, 10:38 AM
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I wouldn't touch it with a 9 foot pole with a Snickers candy bar taped to the end.
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post #15 of Old 10-23-2012, 02:54 PM
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I would run. The diamond plate it's covering the rusted out remains of the body, I hate the look of those rims on a cj. Also it probably has stock axles and gearing still.

While my cj is excessive the 304 isn't much. I would take a 258 over it as a simple 4.0 head makes more power and mpg. A 360 OTOH I love those and the 401.

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