I have a healthy 289 ford from a 67 mustang thats has k-code heads and a fairly fresh .60 over rebuild and a friend has a cheap amc 360... I also have in my possesion a T-176 and a T-18 so can help me decide what do ruN!!!!!!!!!!
1) 289 with T-176
2) 289 with T-18
3) 360 with T-176
4) 360 with T-18
All would work good. If geared right the 289 might not be as hard on gas as the 360. The 360 could be a bolt in swap but you'll need to change some things for the 289. It would also matter what kind of shape the 360 is in. Does it need a rebuild?
I would say it depends on your planned usage of the Jeep. I would expect the 360 to have considerably more torque than the 289, if you need that off road for instance. While the 289 might get u a bit more gas mileage as was already mentioned. Furthermore, if passing smog test is a consideration and assuming the 360 is the same year or newer than your Jeep, that might be of importance to you. If you're going to spend a lot of time off road the T-18 has the advantage of lower first gear, however the t-176 might be more enjoyable if street driving is your primary consideration (I have no experience with the t-176, I'm just saying IT MIGHT BE MORE ENJOYABLE).
Something else u might want to consider is the potential value of the 289 to a Mustang restorer. It might put a wad of cash in your pocket that u could use on your Jeep. Just a thought.
83 CJ7 AMC 304, Ford T-18 with Novak Adaptor, Dana 300 TC.
Ford and amc bell housing bolt patterns are the same so no adapters are needed...
Is this true, never heard that before!
1985 CJ7 - total customization underway, Sublime green and Plum crazy purple, Ford 9", 258 w/ Holley 475
1985,93 CJ7,YJ - L98 TPI Vette motor, Atlas twin stick, Dana 60s front and rear, Arbs, 39.5 Swampers
I have a ford bellhousing and an amc bell housing and the T176 and T-18 both bolt right up to it... so as far as those 2 trannys go its the same
When you say: "Ford and amc bell housing bolt patterns are the same"
This usually means one is referring to the actual bolt pattern on the back of the block/engine.
Not the bolt pattern on the transmission side.
AMC & Ford does NOT share the same bellhousing bolt pattern!