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Unread 04-22-2013, 11:07 AM   #1
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Eaches in the Jeep World

I bought a 1973 Jeep the first Year AMC took over the line guess what 73-75 have certain quirks when it comes to some body parts and other parts. I got an 1980 CJ-7 guess what? The Dana 300 has a short output shaft and some of the internal bearings are different from the 81-86 Dana 300. Most of the parts work but not all and because it was a limited production some parts (output shaft) are as rare as hen teeth. Let the buyer beware.

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Unread 04-22-2013, 11:21 AM   #2
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The 1980 short output version works great in a CJ5 where wheelbase is at a premium. That's what I run and it's working great so far. If it breaks I'll upgrade.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 04:53 PM   #3
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No, 72 was the first AMC produced CJ5 although they bought the company in 71. The 72-75 models share most features, and parts aren't exactly difficult to come by.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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I have a 1972 and have never had a problem finding parts. Although it may take a little more research here and there...

1972-1975 were the Intermediate years for CJ's...1972 was the first year they offered the AMC 304 and they lengthened the frame and fenders to accommodate the larger engine.

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