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Unread 07-13-2011, 11:06 PM   #1
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help me decide drive train for my CJ7

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 votes welcome!

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Unread 07-14-2011, 07:45 AM   #2
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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?
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Unread 07-14-2011, 07:49 AM   #3
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as Jim said, assuming the AMC 360 is in good shape, I would mate that to the T-18
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Unread 07-14-2011, 07:51 AM   #4
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I think the AMC 360 would be a cheaper conversion. At least the bell housing will bolt right on. I'd go with the 360, T-18 combo myself.
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Unread 07-14-2011, 10:02 PM   #5
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360 would need freshened up. Ford and amc bell housing bolt patterns are the same so no adapters are needed...
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Unread 07-14-2011, 10:16 PM   #6
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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.

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Unread 07-15-2011, 09:25 AM   #7
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Ford and amc bell housing bolt patterns are the same so no adapters are needed...
Is this true, never heard that before!
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Unread 07-15-2011, 09:53 AM   #8
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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
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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!
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Unread 07-15-2011, 10:13 AM   #10
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Oh my mistake LT1, I thought we were refering to the trans side
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Unread 07-15-2011, 02:06 PM   #11
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on the 360/T18. Sell the 289 and put the cash into the Jeep.
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360 and t18. Keep it in the family
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