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Unread 05-28-2004, 04:26 PM   #1
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What do you guys prefer 8 cyl (304) or the 6

If you were getting a 76 - 79 or so CJ-7....

And for what reasons?

Most of the guys I see around Colorado seem to have the straight 6 with the 4 speed in it.

Thanks guys

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Unread 05-28-2004, 05:50 PM   #2
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6 banger is my preference

I like the 6 banger, but I'm biased since I own one in my 84 CJ7. The V-8 would be nice, but the AMC 8 is spendy to build relative to a chevy.

Building a 6banger up is not a cheap option either, but there's some sick and twisted satifaction wheeling better than someone with a V8, it's more finesse than brute strength. I guess that's why I like the straight 6 over the amc V-8. However, I would rather have a chevy V-8 than my straight six any day. The more GM parts that I put on my straight six, the better it runs.

For example - ignition problems--->GM HEI from their straight six is fully tuneable with a $5-10 spring kit, and $30 for a crane vacuum advance kit....solved all my stumbling idle issues that were present with the FORD Duraspark distributor I had recurved...twice, and could never get the problem solved.

And Howell TBI, which utilizes all GM parts, what a great setup. I flopped my jeep on it's side once, lost all oil pressure for a few seconds, but it was just purring like a kitten, like it did not know which way was up. Of course I shut it down, righted the jeep, checked the oil and so on. I was back on 4 wheels and rolling as soon as I fixed the blown bead that put me there.

And try finding BBD carbs that are worth a poop, good luck, or any of the emissions cluster of junk that came on them in the 80s for that matter. ALL that came off when I put the howell on, now I have a jeep with that and a catalytic converter only, passes smog like a dream, every time. And I can get GM TBI parts at nearly any parts store nationwide. Try getting anything emissions related to the airpump era in a day and your a lucky jeeper. It's never personally happened to me, I always have to wait a day for those parts to be delivered, even in a metropolitan area like Portland, Oregon.

happy jeep shopping

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Unread 05-28-2004, 08:40 PM   #3
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Sounds like you got a pretty fun setup

thanks for the info.. and idea's if I end up with the 6
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Unread 05-28-2004, 08:48 PM   #4
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I had 'em both. For off-road slow crawling, I would take the 6. For on the road driving, I would prefer the 8. The 8 got better mileage than the 6, plus sounded a lot better with a set of glasspacks on it.
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Unread 05-30-2004, 12:55 PM   #5
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Jeepmor,
Did you see a decent power increase with the Howell TBI? What about gas mileage? I've been thinking about it for my 80 CJ-5.
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Unread 05-31-2004, 05:11 AM   #6
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I've had both in my 5 and I really like the V8. The 258 was a great motor (until it caught fire) but nothing like having the power of the 304. You can never have too much power, you can still finesse a V8, just because the power is there doesn't mean you have to use all of it.
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Unread 06-03-2004, 12:23 AM   #7
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Why stop at a 304???

Go 360 or 401. I have one of each along with a 258. I still like the 258 for the low grunt though.
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Unread 06-03-2004, 01:00 AM   #8
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Weight wise, I don't see much need for the 8. I would think that's enought o get yourself in touble. But that's just me.
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Weight wise, I don't see much need for the 8. I would think that's enought o get yourself in touble. But that's just me.
The weight difference is only 40 pounds (500 vs 540). My winch weighs more than that.
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Ive got a 304 and love it. One thing I like about a 6, though is ALL that extra room to work on it!

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Unread 09-13-2013, 11:13 AM   #11
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If you were getting a 76 - 79 or so CJ-7....

And for what reasons?

Most of the guys I see around Colorado seem to have the straight 6 with the 4 speed in it.

Thanks guys
I had a 304 and up'd to a 360...something about cj's scream toughness and beast. If I wanted finesse I would have bought a wrangler or something newer and packed some panty liners...
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..If I wanted finesse I would have bought a wrangler or something newer and packed some panty liners...
...or a Liberty.
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Unread 09-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #13
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Ahhh...this is a 8 year old thread...
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Unread 09-13-2013, 11:29 AM   #14
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Ahhh...this is a 8 year old thread...
Good thread to debate! Lol
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