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Unread 05-23-2010, 08:34 AM   #1
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Mileage for: CJ-7 304 V8? 11 mph?

I have a 1979 CJ-7 with the AMC 304 V8.

My jeep dealer replaced the plugs, cap and rotor, plugs, spark plug wires and vacuum lines in a major tune up, and completely rebuilt the carburetor, tuning it so it would use less gas to the extent possible as well.

I am getting 11 mph on the last two tankfuls since. Note that this is a combination of freeway driving, trail driving in 4 wheel low on occasion but usually 4 wheel high... just a good average of how I drive in a give week. I only use the jeep to go to the post office, cafe and then off road practically every day with an occasional trip 20 miles on the freeway... pretty average driving for me and not what you think of as a commuter since my office is here on our property.

How is this compared to your CJ with 304 V8?

I guess it is a lot better than what I was getting but I was hoping for more.

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Unread 05-23-2010, 08:43 AM   #2
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My 85 has a 78 304 in it. 2K since rebuild. I run 3.73 gears and 12.5 x 33" tires. I get 15mpg running down the highway at 65mph consistently.

I run an RV cam from Summit, and installed the Team Rush upgrade. You should check into the TR upgraded cap and rotor also. Bet you would gain a minimum 1 mpg.

Can't comment on MPG when trail riding. Most of the stuff I do is extreme. I can run all day in 4 Low on a tank.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 08:45 AM   #3
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I was getting 10 mpg consistently in my Waggie with a 401, QT and 31x50x15's. Highway/City and romping on it quite a bit.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 08:46 AM   #4
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With my 304 I am getting 10-11 mpg with all city driving.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 08:49 AM   #5
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I am assuming you have a Motorcraft 2100 carb and still have an AMC 20 rear axle. If your '79 is like mine, you will have a 3.54 gear ratio and a T-150 3 speed Tranny.

The best I have ever seen is 15 mpg. I consistently get 12-14 depending on the type of wheeling I am doing.

All emission devices have been removed from my '79 and I have dual Flowmasters running off the stock exhaust manifolds.

Do you know if your speedometer is reading correctly?
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Unread 05-23-2010, 08:51 AM   #6
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Good point on the speedo reading properly. I had to correct mine when I ran larger tires.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 09:11 AM   #7
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The jeep is completely stock on the gears, transmission,to my knowledge. I am running 31.5" tires, Goodyear MTR I's. It is not lifted. I do not know if the spedometer is accurate. It is at 41,000 miles. The sending unit on the gas tank is probably off as when it reads 'empty' I fill it up and only put in 7.2 to 8 gallons. I am assuming itis a 10 gal tank? As you all can tell, I am in the 'learning stage' about CJ's by what I am writing and reading here. I have had 7 new Wranglers during my lifetime. This CJ beats them all as far as clearance, power and uniquenss as had 4 cylinders mostly!

So, I am computing mileage with 7-8 gallon fill ups.

Gotto leave now will read morelater.Thanks!
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Unread 05-23-2010, 09:26 AM   #8
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Robert, the stock fuel tank is 15 gallons.

The best way to check you speedometer is with a hand held GPS. If you don't have one grab a friend who does and take them for a ride in your CJ. Once we have that info we can determine your actual mileage.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 10:54 AM   #9
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Most likely your speedo is off as your tires are much larger than the 215-15s it most likely came with.

Take it out on the freeway and check your odometer reading against a run along ten milemarkers. That will give you a convenient conversion factor for your mileage calculations.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 11:18 AM   #10
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I get 11 to 11.9 mpg with a 360 in a cj-7. I have 4.10 gears, 32" all terrains, and a t-18( no overdrive). I would think you should be doing better with a 304.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 12:40 PM   #11
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Drednot's suggestion is a good start; i was assuming my odometer is right and need to check it.

As a side question: If I go to the trouble to have the gas tank dropped to replace the sender unit (which incidentally suddenly the gas gauge started being off, after being fine in the several months I had it in which I was getting it in good condition, e.g., everything working and until now never checked mileage)... can you replace the 15 gallon tank with a 20 gallon tank without affecting clearance, etc. -- since if I am having the tank dropped anyway, it is a thought.... or maybe just have the sender unit replaced...

Thanks all.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 05:17 PM   #12
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Tired 304 in my stock '79 CJ7, new carb... consistently 10-11 mpg.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 05:42 PM   #13
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I did the Team Rush upgrade on my 77 CJ. New distributor, large cap, MSD wires and coil with a Summit box. No emission stuff. Hedman headers and mufflers. 31's and 4:10 gears. Went from 13 to 17+ in all around driving. The Team Rush was the best thing I have done to CJ to date. Highly recommend it.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 09:20 PM   #14
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Drednot's suggestion is a good start; i was assuming my odometer is right and need to check it.

As a side question: If I go to the trouble to have the gas tank dropped to replace the sender unit (which incidentally suddenly the gas gauge started being off, after being fine in the several months I had it in which I was getting it in good condition, e.g., everything working and until now never checked mileage)... can you replace the 15 gallon tank with a 20 gallon tank without affecting clearance, etc. -- since if I am having the tank dropped anyway, it is a thought.... or maybe just have the sender unit replaced...

Thanks all.
You can go to a larger fuel tank but it will affect clearance. The larger tank hangs down farther than the stock 15 gallon. This may not be an issue depending on the type of wheeling you do.
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Unread 05-23-2010, 09:36 PM   #15
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fill out your profile. What transmission and transfer case do you have?
aftermarket 21 gal. tanks hang lower than stock 20 gal. tanks
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