Just started my new project installing 302h0 in my cj7. The Reason why i went with the 302 is because the previous owner installed a carburetor 302 already so I had most of the Fitment issues solved. I'm going with a painless wiring harness, External high-pressure fuel pump, advanced adapter mounts. The PO did a Terrible job with the motor mounts before. It already has a Ford T 18 behind it And a dana 300 t-case.
Sadly this is how the previous owner mounted the engine to the frame
Nice. Hopefully you document like crazy. What is your opinion on the position of the motor in the jeep as it sits now. It looks way lower than I have mine mocked up. How are your angles for everything? Did the po put new front and rear drive shafts.
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The engine looks so much lower because it has a body lift..... I've never checked angles, but I have rode around on this set up for two years now trying to decide what i wanted to do with the motor and I haven't had any Issues.
As far as the shafts go I have no clue the PO did the work. I'm just going back through and fine tuning his set up. The trans mount looks to be in its stock location even with the ford t18 behind it Which surprised me. Ill be taking lots of piks next weekend and make sure to take some of the trans location and drive shafts and stuff like that.
They do, and good torque can be made easily. if it were me, I'd look into getting a custom grind done for a camshaft. The cam and intake on that thing are both more for the higher end of the RPM spectrum. If the old engine impressed you before, get a good custom grind or RV style cam to throw in there and you'll be giggling like a little girl every time you go wheeling. Sorry, I was a Ford guy in a past life. lol
1978 CJ7: 304, 3Spd, AMC 20 Rear, Thrush Welded Mufflers W/ Turndowns, Unknown Front, Worn out Dana 20 case
I'd beef those mounts up too, allot in fact. What year is your engine? Good choice on the T-18 too, you'll never need to worry about it from now on if it's in good shape going in. Not sure if those mounts have the offset made into them but your engine will need to sit 1" closer to the driver's side, as is the factory engine too.
Definitely going to be beefing those mounts up after I do a mockup run . I know in the picture that Mount Dose not show adjustability but the other mount has like three or four different holes I'm assuming that's for the Compensation of the 1 inch to the driver side. Thanks For the info. I struggled for about two years on what I wanted to do if I wanted to stay with the 302 or maybe go with a 4bt I'm a ag/diesel mechanic so I really wanted to do the 4bt but ultimately It already had a 302 and I like the power on the trail.