CJ-7 Projects


Lightforce Lights - H.I.D. High-intensity discharge Upgrade

HEI Ignition System (GM Style) Installed in the AMC 360 V8
Getting rid of gremlins and improving performance

Installing 23,000 Volt Offroad Lights

Autogage Tachometer Installation

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Project CJ-7
Offroaders Guide
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From Basic Equipment to Well Equipped.  An extensive list guide to help you prepare your vehicle for the offroad.


Onboard Air
Converting a York
AC Compressor
to Pump Air

Trailering Safety and Trailer Hitch Information


Off-Road Truck Driving Techniques and Safety

Off-Road Lights
by LightForce Product Review / Installation.
from Off-Road Lights


Jeep Dana 300 TeraLow - 4:1 Gearset for the Dana 300 Transfer Case

AMC V8 Engines
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Hemi Engine - All about the Hemi Engine

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Ford 351 Cleveland V8 Engines
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Chrysler Hemi Engine

AMC V8 hp/Torque, Compression & Bore/Stroke by year

Engine Size Conversion Table
Converting engine displacement from CID, Liters, C.C.

Engine Overheating Basics - 16 Common Causes of an Overheated Engine

Fan Clutch Diagnosis
How to tell if the Fan Clutch in your Cooling System is failing or has failed.

Automotive Gauges & Instrument Functions
Information they display & their importance.


From the
Department of Cheap   Tricks and Useful Tips

Ultra-Cool Hand Throttle for Free!

Jeep V8 Swap Tips

The Exploding Clutch

Radiator Protection using 6 bucks worth of material

Cracked Under Pressure - Fixing a smashed fingernail

A Cheap, effective alternative to undercoating

Home-built Saginaw Gearbox Brace for the cost of lunch!

Ammo Box Storage - Mounting Them for Quick Disconnect

Home-built Serious Skid-Plate protection for the Oil Pan for under 20 bucks!

Ramp Travel Index
RTI / Ramp Travel Index  What it is and how to calculate it, with and without the ramp.





Project CJ-7  
AMC 360 Engine Install

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One of the lucky finds that I came across though a friend from my home town was an AMC 360 that started life as a crate engine installed in a Jeep Grand Cherokee.  The 360 was in the Grand Cherokee only long enough to rack up about 14k miles before the Cherokee itself expired around the engine.  The 360 was yanked out and I ended up buying it for a fraction of what a new crate engine 360 would have cost.  Along with the engine itself I also acquired all of the accessories including the alternator, power steering pump, the air conditioning compressor that will be converted to an air compressor and the carburetor (will be replaced by a Holley fuel injection system now living up on my shelf).  Other items I acquired for the engine were the flywheel that was machined prior to installation, a stock AMC 258/304 bell housing, a new CenterForce II clutch, pressure plate and pilot bearing, a V8 clutch type fan scored at a swap meet, a started (also @ a swap meet) and some other stuff.

If you have an AMC 258 much of the parts are interchangeable from the 304 and in this case the 360 with the exception of a motor mount frame horn.  For that I had purchased a set of 304 V8 frame horns from Northfield 4x4.  The bell housing was a 258 bell housing.  From what I learned, some of the 258 bell  housings had multiple bolt patterns on the transmission side. The engine side had the correct bolt pattern for my 360.  I found one that had multiple bolt patterns that worked with my T-18A.  Adapting the 360 to the T-18A required more work to the T-18A than the engine or the bell housing.  For more on that go here.  

One modification that I learned from Mike at JeepFan.com was to notch the the clutch fork to prevent binding on a stud installed on the bell housing.  This is more specific to the T-18A than the engine but regardless it's an important tip.  For info on modifying the clutch fork read this.

Also for my purposes I needed to get a replacement for my driver side exhaust manifold.  The 360's manifold dropped down right on top of my clutch linkage and a 304's manifold exits more forward as to clear the linkage.  A thanks goes out to Mike again for graciously giving me the much needed 304 manifold.  Thanks Mike.   I suspect that if you have an automatic, you may not need a 304 and the stock 360 manifold will work but that I don't know for sure.

Prior to installing the 360, I cleaned and painted the engine.  I had removed the accessories and took pictures of how everything bolted up including the brackets and belts.  Having a digital camera made this easier.  I later printed out the images for reference since I knew I'll probably forget something.  For cleaning the engine I used a process of spraying Simple Green and water followed by suction with the shop vac where the water pooled in the engine.  I then let it dry.  I had no rust on the block itself so I painted it with an engine enamel.

All of the accessories were also painted, one by one using a aluminum casting color and re-installed onto the engine after it was mounted on the frame. 

360 prior to painting.


T-18A ready to mate to the engine. Original automatic ring gear was removed.


After the freshly machined V8 flywheel was properly torqued onto the crankshaft a CenterForce II clutch and pressure plate were bolted to the flywheel using an alignment tool shown here.  Be sure to use Locktite on the bolts rated for engine use.

Next, with the help of Mike from JeepFan.com we raised the 360 and mated it with the T-18A/Dana 20 shown here on a dolly.




With the entire drive train bolted together we raised everything with 2 hand winches, one on the engine and one attached to the yoke on the Dana 20.  We roll the frame in and lowered it all down to the pre-installed motor mounts and bolted it up.  The skid plate was not installed yet, pending some modifications to it so a floor jack was placed under the transmission and the rear hand winch was left in place until the skid plate was completed.  For more on the skid plate modifications click here.


My humble garage.  Now there's some tight working conditions.


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Latest trips Offroad
... trail reports with the Project CJ-7
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Sounds System, Raised the Rear Seat
Storage below and a great place to mount 6x9 Speakers for Great Bass ... In a Jeep!

York AC Compressor Conversion.  What used to pump Freon, now pumps compressed air to the front and rear bumpers.  125 psi,  2 gallons of storage, air fittings at the bumpers, enough CFM to power air tools!.  Click Here for more  Details


Dick Cepek's 2008 F-250 Super Duty Project Vehicle ? Project CRUSHER

Warn X8000i
Winch Installation

ARB Air Locker Install
Jeep Wide Track Axles Swap

Mud Tire Reviews

Building a Garage?
Need a Garage Plan?

Reader's Rigs and Seriously Stucks!


Jeep Trans Swap Info
T-18A Transmission Rebuild & Short Shaft Conversion