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Unread 01-09-2002, 04:31 AM   #1
Kjell Lindberg
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Questions CJ-7 1985

I'm thinking of swaping my 258 for a AMC V8.
Possibly a 304 or a 360. (Can't get 401'ones here in Sweden)
I'm currently running a T-156 4 speed box
and the standard DANA 300 transfer box.

Will the 304/360 drop right in?
Will the T-156 cope with the stress?
I've read the postings stating that the 258 have better torque, but I'm only doing light Off-Road anyway, I WANT THE SOUND OF A V8!

Also, my steel doors are badly rusted, anyone knows of a supplier of repair parts for them?

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Unread 01-09-2002, 04:28 PM   #2
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i was gonna go to a AMC V8. i wanted one real bad, but i found it was ALOT easier to install a 350
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Unread 01-10-2002, 04:12 AM   #3
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Best bet is to either go ebay for replacement doors but you'll have huge freight from the US or take em to a panel beater and see what he can do.

I was also going to go 360 last year but when i saw the price of parts I nearly died... make SURE you know what it will cost just to get the engine running how you want it. And if its a rebuild - make sure you get it checked by a 3rd party - once you own it its too late.

Good luck and got any photos ?

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Unread 01-10-2002, 04:33 AM   #4
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Well, I have got an offer for a 304 and a 360, from a guy that that is presently running his Jeep CJ-5 with the 304 and a 3-speed manual, and he's thinking of converting
to the 360, but the 360 could also be sold "As is".
Price for either motor is 400 $.
I think I will go for the 304 motor although the 360 probably is the better motor with more power.
The 304 was after all a standard mount in the CJ line.
Pictures will be made during the engine swap, including describing text, for those who are interested.
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Unread 01-11-2002, 02:26 AM   #5
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No problem with my 304 !You'll have to locate motor mounts , and your t156 will be just fine .Don't forget about radiator upgrade and definetly run the fan shroud
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Unread 01-11-2002, 03:18 PM   #6
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I would reccomend the 360 over the 304. The 360 is a good motor, and the dimensions of the block are exactly the same as a 304, they have the same block. The 304 swap and 360 swap are identical. Heres a good writeup on a 360 swap. http://www.swbbbs.freeservers.com/360swap.htm

I also have new fiberglass half doors from sale. They are steel horse and are gelcoated black. They do not accept windows and run $300 new, I will sell for $200, Also they are very light, so shipping wouldn't cost as much if you get steel half doors.

let us know how it goes
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Unread 01-11-2002, 05:13 PM   #7
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If you want to stick with AMC parts then get the 360. There is no substitute for cubic inches and it's the same basic block! Your T-176 with aluminum case is of marginal strength behind a strong running 304 or 360 so take it easy with either engine. Recommend a trans rebuild while you have it apart. I get sick of paying twice as much for performance parts and pulled my 304/T-15 drivetrain. Replaced it with a Chevy 350/NP435 combo. Easy swap, used readily available aftermarket and production parts to complete it.
Doors? I don't run no stinking doors.
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